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. These disciplines represent the full continuum of care, from prevention to early detection and intervention to rehabilitation that supports the health and well-being of communities and individuals. In 2022, the college launched a new nine-credit certificate to help undergraduate students apply knowledge in artificial intelligence to future careers in public health and health sciences.
Faculty members publish their findings in high impact journals, such as Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA and JAMA Network Open. In support of the university’s drive to become a national leader in artificial intelligence research and education, the college has hired nine additional faculty members with expertise in AI. Their research programs focus on precision medicine, health disparities, clinical decision-making, outcome predictions, environmental risk assessments and more.
Faculty, staff and students take an active role in engaging and serving the community and region in a number of ways. Examples include three equal access clinics providing clinical psychology, occupational therapy and physical therapy services to people who are uninsured or underinsured; UF HealthStreet, a community engagement program that connects community members to research opportunities and health and social services; and mentorship of middle school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects. Clinical activities include the department of clinical and health psychology’s UF Health Psychology Specialties practice, which provides psychological services for the entire academic health center and UF Health Physicians practices. The department of occupational therapy offers UF SmartDriver Rehab, the area’s only driving rehabilitation service providing evaluations and interventions to improve driving skills of older adults and drivers of all ages who have medical conditions that may affect driving.