artificial intelligence for the public’s health

Researchers in the College of Public Health and Health Professions are using artificial intelligence tools to improve population health and treatment interventions.

research themes

Applied AI

Studies led by faculty in both public health and health professions disciplines explore real-world health issues, including the outcomes of pharmaceutical treatments in large populations, the effects of re-purposing drugs for other health conditions, the impact of environmental contaminants on the risk of diseases, such as cancer, and the use of assistive technology to improve daily life for older adults and people with disabilities.

Ethical AI

Scientists are developing fair and equitable models that not only recognize social bias and health disparity, but also can be acted upon in interventions. Examples include increasing access to care for vulnerable and underserved populations and reducing stigma in order to improve quality of life for people living with HIV.

Interdisciplinary AI

Research across disciplines includes fusing molecular epidemiology and deep learning methods to track and curb transmission of infectious diseases, as well as AI-empowered neurocognitive research.  

Methodological AI

Methodological approaches include advancements in machine learning and “causal AI” with strong biostatistical foundations, such as efficient multi-omics big data analysis, deep propensity networks, automated learning of causal effects from large-scale electronic health records, multi-site large clinical trials, and Bayesian dynamic trials.

PHHP AI Leadership

Mattia Prosperi
Department: College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean's Office

Mattia Prosperi PhD, FAMIA

Professor And Associate Dean For AI And Innovation

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ai hires

Aprinda I Queen
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Aprinda I Queen Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-8990
Takis Benos
Department: Department of Epidemiology

Takis Benos

William Bushnell Presidential Chaired Professor
Li Chen

Li Chen

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5909
Joseph M Gullett
Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

Joseph M Gullett Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-8631
Noah Hammarlund

Noah Hammarlund

Phone: (352) 273-6073
Muxuan Liang

Muxuan Liang

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5935
Zhoumeng Lin
Department: Department of Environmental and Global Health

Zhoumeng Lin BMed, PhD, DABT, CPH, ERT

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-6160
Feifei Xiao

Feifei Xiao

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5917
Sai Zhang
Department: Department of Epidemiology

Sai Zhang

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5468

PHHP Artificial Intelligence Work Group

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AI Seminar Series

The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions Artificial Intelligence Work Group is pleased to host presentations from renowned experts in health care and public health AI. These presentations are free and open to the campus community.


Funding opportunities


PHHP Research Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is designed to provide funding to PHHP faculty for pilot/feasibility studies to enhance their opportunity for obtaining extramural research funding. The program is organized around three major themes: artificial intelligence, direct clinical impact and general topics in public health and health professions.

Ph.D. student support

Ph.D. Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence

The PHHP Ph.D. Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence program fosters doctoral students’ training and research in AI and encourages out-of-the-box ideas. The awards are designed to offer an opportunity for academic growth, professional networking, results dissemination and research support for students and mentors.

Applications for the 2024 cycle will be accepted March 19 through May 10.



The college has launched a certificate program for undergrads titled Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Public Health. The nine-credit certificate includes three courses: “Higher Thinking for Healthy Humans: AI in Healthcare and Public Health,” “Ethics in AI: Who’s Protecting Our Health” and “Data Visualization in the Health Sciences.”


The college is developing a certificate in Artificial Intelligence Research Methodologies in Healthcare and Public Health for graduate students that will focus on using AI to answer health-related research questions. Once these are fully established, the courses will be developed and submitted to the Graduate Council for approval.


more information


For more information on AI activities at PHHP, contact the college’s dean for AI and innovation, Dr. Mattia Prosperi.

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