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University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

The voyage of one COPH alumni through public health

Originally from Puerto Rico, Karen Ruiz-Ayala, a USF College of Public Health alumna, moved to Spring Hill, Fla. when she was young and discovered her passion for public health through reading.

May 10, 2024Alumni & Development

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From tragedy to triumph: One alum’s path to the U.S. Army

USF College of Public Health (COPH) alumna Emanuelle Dias is a proud native Floridian who grew up in South Florida. When she was 14 years old, her mother passed away from breast cancer which inspired her healing journey through education, research and cancer prevention.

April 19, 2024Alumni & Development

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Dr. Linsey Grove receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Dr. Linsey Grove is the recipient of the 2024 Outstanding Alumni Award.

April 5, 2024Alumni & Development

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A couple’s generosity connects them across the USF spectrum

Jean and Phil Amuso’s philanthropic roots run deep at the University of South Florida, entwining many facets of the institution they love – most notably the Alumni Association, the newly named Samuel P. Bell, III College of Public Health building and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

March 22, 2024Alumni & Development

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The FPRC and FL-CK&F team up to create more accessible health insurance messaging

Two COPH groups—Florida Covering Kids & Families and the Florida Prevention Research Center—recently teamed up to create clearer, more effective health insurance marketing messages during the Medicaid unwinding process.

March 22, 2024Alumni & Development, College News, Research & Innovation

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Transitioning careers: One alum’s path from microbiology to public health

Originally from Cleveland , USF College of Public Health (COPH) alumna Tracey Rummel moved to San Diego before eventually settling in Tampa, Fla. There, Rummel was introduced to public health through her 20-year career in microbiology.

March 7, 2024Alumni & Development, College News

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Partnership growth in Panama

A team of USF Health professors representing the USF Genomics and Internal Medicine-Infectious Disease traveled to Panama in February. The delegation was focused on strengthening existing Panamanian partnerships, discovering new programs and visiting local health institutions, while providing a forum for the USF faculty to share current research projects.

March 7, 2024Alumni & Development, College News, Research & Innovation

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From Baton Rouge to the CDC: The journey of one COPH alum

USF’s College of Public Health (COPH) alum Euna August describes herself as a biracial (African American and Korean) woman who hails from Baton Rouge, La. “My parents, who taught me the value of education and hard work, laid the path for me to pursue excellence,” she said.

February 23, 2024Alumni & Development, College News

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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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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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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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How color guard helped one COPH alum perform beyond the field

Kylah Stubee said taking such an active role in color guard (she participated in both fall and winter seasons) gave her the time management skills she needed to succeed in college.

January 8, 2024Alumni & Development, College News, Student Life

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