Research for a better future

Faculty members are tackling some of the world’s greatest health challenges, from infectious diseases to chronic conditions, such as diabetes, substance use and obesity.

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No. 9 in NIH research funding among schools of public health at public universities

$36 million in total research awards FY19-20

$22.8 million in NIH awards to college principal investigators and co-investigators

8 NIH-funded training programs

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Resources for PHHP researchers

Find out about college or university resources such as the Aims Design Studio, various educational opportunities and contact information for the grants core office


‘Teach back’ reduces hospital admissions

At a typical doctor visit, the physician does most of the explaining. But a PHHP study published in the journal General Internal Medicine shows that when certain patients “teach back” a doctor’s instructions, they’re less likely to wind up in the hospital.

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Understanding medical marijuana

The Florida Board of Governors of the State University System has selected UF to lead the statewide Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research. Members will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana, dosing, and the effects of smoking versus other methods of consumption.

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Testing vaccines during emergencies

A public health emergency creates a challenging environment for the study of experimental vaccines, necessitating the need for novel, flexible and responsive trial designs. In a paper published in Science Translational Medicine, a group of researchers led by UF biostatistics faculty describe key considerations for the design and analysis of such trials.


Using less oxygen to improve breathing

Research in therapeutic intermittent hypoxia got a boost with the award of two National Heart Lung and Blood Institute-funded grants. Intermittent hypoxia exposes patients with breathing problems from illness or injury to a lower level of oxygen in short, repeated bursts for a limited period to strengthen breathing ability.


Sedentary lifestyle cancels out heart benefits of normal weight

Low levels of physical activity can put healthy weight adults at the same risk for cardiovascular disease as adults who are overweight, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Researchers develop cheap, quick test for Zika

Current methods for testing for Zika are not easily available in resource-strapped countries and when they are, results of confirmatory tests often take weeks. UF researchers have developed a rapid, cost-effective point-of-care test for the Zika virus that can be used in the field.


Improving access to diabetes care

UF and Stanford University have received a $7.6 million grant from the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand the Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes model, also known as Project ECHO®. The program is designed to improve access to care and health outcomes for children and adults with Type 1 diabetes.

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Keeping weight off

Many people struggle to maintain weight loss over the long-term. In a new study, participants who have participated in a weight loss program will continue to be tracked in order to monitor mood, thoughts and behaviors that have been hypothesized to predict weight change.

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Centers and Institutes

The college houses several research centers and institutes focused on a wide array of research topics

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Graduate student research

For information on research opportunities for graduate students, please contact the departments or program directors.