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COPH grad works to lower heparin medication errors

Heparin dosing is challenging say pharmacists like Dr. Deborah Booth, a USF College of Public Health graduate who earned her MPH in December, because patient-specific factors, such as age or weight, can alter the medication’s properties.

February 12, 2024Alumni & Development, College News, Research & Innovation

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COPH student, faculty hook up for mystery knitting

Dr. Alison Oberne, director of the BSPH program at the USF College of Public Health, first got introduced to knitting while pursuing her MPH at the college.

February 12, 2024College News

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Dr. Bill Sappenfield receives Title V Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Bill Sappenfield, who recently retired from the USF College of Public Health, has received the Title V Lifetime Achievement Award.

February 12, 2024Awards & Honors, College News

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How do students really feel about synchronous, hybrid learning? Two COPH professors find out

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, hybrid learning has become a mainstay on many college campuses throughout the country. But how do students feel about this new normal?

February 12, 2024College News, Research & Innovation, Student Life

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Why Florida set a record in ACA signups for 2024. And how you can still enroll

Florida once again leads the nation in signups for health plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, with more than 4.2 million residents enrolling during the open enrollment period that ended earlier this month.

February 12, 2024College News, In the Media

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From swimmer to soldier: the public health journey of Lt. Col. Sean Beeman

Although born in Kansas, USF College of Public Health (COPH) alumnus Sean Beeman considers Trophy Club, Texas, his hometown. And being a competitive swimmer in high school gave him the jumpstart to join the Navy and serve as a search and rescue swimmer for 14 years, which eventually led him down a lifelong path of military service and public health.

February 11, 2024Alumni & Development

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COPH doctoral students team up with WHO to examine eradication, control of neglected tropical diseases in Africa

Two COPH doctoral student teamed up to work with WHO to document the global health efforts in combating NTDs in Africa over the last decade.

January 29, 2024College News, Student Life

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One postdoc’s journey from MCH fellowship to the CDC

Dr. Megan Barry recently completed a postdoctoral MCH fellowship with the COPH. The fellowship is a two-year program on research pertaining to maternal/infant health, child/adolescent health, women’s health, sexual/reproductive health, family/community violence and unintentional injury.

January 29, 2024Awards & Honors, College News

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Controlling water-linked diseases in Africa

Dr. Ricardo Izurieta, a specialist in water- and vector-borne diseases and director of the college’s global communicable diseases program, spoke recently at a conference focused on water, environment and food safety.

January 29, 2024College News, Research & Innovation

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Nurses, PTSD and the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of his doctoral training, Santiago Hernandez Bojorge embarked on a research project examining the prevalence and risk factors for PTSD among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 29, 2024College News, Research & Innovation

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Dr. Donna Petersen retires as dean of COPH

Effective this month, Dr. Donna Petersen, the fourth dean of the USF College of Public Health, (COPH), will be retiring from her leadership role at the university after 19 years of extraordinary service.

January 8, 2024College News

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Captain Matthew Dooris’ career in the Coast Guard shaped by public health

USF College of Public Health (COPH) alumnus Captain Matthew Dooris just recently earned his Certification as a Protection Professional was also awarded his third Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Coast Guard in July 2022 .

January 8, 2024Alumni & Development, College News

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