The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions shapes tomorrow’s public health and health professionals through dynamic and responsive educational programs, transformational research, groundbreaking discoveries and equitable health-related service.
The college offers a diverse variety of degree programs — two bachelor’s, seven master’s, eight Ph.D. and three professional degrees, as well as several certificate programs. By combining the population perspective of public health with the patient focus of our health professions disciplines, the continuum of care is covered, from prevention and treatment to rehabilitation that supports the health and well-being of communities and individuals.
Faculty members publish their findings in high-impact journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, Science and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In support of the university’s artificial intelligence initiative, the college has hired several new faculty members with expertise in AI. Current PHHP research projects using AI technology include developing precision doses for a nonpharmaceutical treatment for brain health, real-time surveillance of antimicrobial resistance, predicting the effectiveness of new cancer nanomedicines and forecasting hotspots of infectious disease transmission. College researchers are also conducting a number of ongoing studies related to COVID-19, such as disease modeling, long-term health effects among patients with COVID, and coronavirus transmission between humans and animals.
The college provides clinical, professional and community service at the local, national and international levels. The department of clinical and health psychology provides psychological services for the entire academic health center and UF Health Physicians practices. Students in physical therapy, occupational therapy and clinical and health psychology offer pro bono services through equal access clinics, providing care for local residents who are uninsured or underinsured. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, college faculty, staff and students have contributed in many ways, including serving as disease investigators in support of the university’s campus response through the Florida Department of Health, volunteering at vaccination clinics, providing campus and community wastewater surveillance, combating misinformation through numerous media interviews, and collaborating with the World Health Organization on the implementation and evaluation of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment trials.