GLOBAL ACTIVITIES RESEARCH, TEACHING AND SERVICE
Faculty and students are conducting projects in countries including Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad, Uganda and Zambia.
Students participate in multiple international trips and experiences. These include audiology students’ annual trip to Yucatan, Mexico to provide hearing services; physical therapy students offering training for therapists in Nicaragua and Mexico; and undergraduate and master’s students conducting research in Haiti.
Research ranges from tracking and preventing the spread of infectious diseases across the globe; examining global environmental change; and exploring health disparities and air pollution.
Trainees in the Indo-US Training in Chronic Non-Communicable Disorders & Diseases Across Lifespan receive mentoring on research methods at UF and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences in Bangalore, India. Research opportunities range from topics focusing on children and adolescents, to those affecting older adults.
Students in the on-campus certificate in global health program will learn the basic causes of key global health threats; apply equity, gender, and rights-based approaches to understanding the health needs of marginalized or vulnerable groups; and apply public health and other disciplinary methods to understand and characterize global health problems and solutions.
To combat high rates of malnutrition and stunting in children under 5 years old in Burkina Faso, Dr. Sarah McKune, a researcher in the department of environmental and global health, is leading an innovative intervention to increase egg consumption in young children.
Ira Longini, Ph.D., and Natalie Dean, Ph.D., faculty members in the UF department of biostatistics, played an integral role in the design and analysis of trials testing the effectiveness of the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, which is anticipated to save many lives.