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College of Public Health gets its own Living Learning Community

Previously, public health/health sciences majors shared an Living Learning Community (LLC) with nursing students. But with interest in public health at an all-time high (thanks, at least in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic) it became clear that College of Public Health students could sustain their own " Bulls in Health" LLC.

April 27, 2021Campus Life

USF COPH Dean Donna Petersen

USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen earns 'She Stepped Up' award

USF College of Public Health Dean Donna Petersen is one of six women across Florida who earned the American Council of Education (ACE) Women’s Network “She Stepped Up Award: Recognizing Extraordinary Leadership in Facing 2020’s Unprecedented Challenges.”

April 13, 2021Honors and Awards

Mosquitoes used by Dr. Adams and his team to study malaria parasites are kept in secure containers in an insectary at US

USF Health-led global team searches for vaccine to prevent P. vivax malaria

With the support of a five-year, $4.86-million National Institutes of Health grant, Distinguished University/USF Health Professor John Adams, PhD, leads a team of international researchers focused on accelerating the discovery of a vaccine against Plasmodium vivax malaria, a major global health problem.

April 12, 2021USF Health


Light pollution drives increased risk of West Nile virus

A new study from the University of South Florida is the first to provide direct evidence that light pollution is driving infectious disease patterns in nature.

March 24, 2021Research and Innovation

A graphic depiction of COVID-19 virus

Public Health research team finds chlorine dioxide gas 99.91% effective against COVID-19 virus

COVID-19 has taught us a lot of things. And one of the more important lessons has been the need for thorough, fast and effective disinfecting measures. A team of researchers from the USF College of Public Health’s Center for Environmental/Occupational Risk Analysis and Management set out to determine how effective commercially available chlorine dioxide gas products were in reducing COVID-19 viral loads on face masks and surfaces.

March 22, 2021Research and Innovation, USF Health

USF College of Public Health building

Pandemic spreads surge of interest in public health programs

The USF College of Public Health has seen a record increase in student applications for many of its degree programs.

March 22, 2021COVID-19, University News

Student watches an ad as biometrics tool tracks her eye movement and facial expressions

USF researchers use neuromarketing tools to assist Baycare Health System, national public health agencies to assess the impact of COVID-19 messaging

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Florida has pooled its expertise and resources in order to help influence the effectiveness of public health messaging related to COVID-19.

March 2, 2021Research and Innovation

Mikayla Maddison, graduate research assistant

USF epidemiologists analyze the prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Tampa Bay

Researchers in the USF College of Public Health are conducting genomic sequencing of positive pooled samples to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Tampa Bay. This data will be utilized to project how emergent variants could influence the course of the pandemic.

February 19, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

COVID-19 vaccine

New statewide data emphasizes urgency in ramping up administration of COVID-19 vaccines

Edwin Michael, professor of epidemiology in the USF College of Public Health, has obtained statewide forecasts of the impact of vaccine rollouts using his SEIRcast COVID-19 Forecasting and Planning portal.

January 14, 2021COVID-19, Research and Innovation

Finished biodigesters. Photo courtesy of Whitney Fung Uy

Campus Food Waste Recovery Project earns USF Student Success Team Collaboration award

Up to 40 percent of food that is produced in the U.S. goes to waste and it’s impacting our health, according to USF College of Public Health doctoral candidate Whitney Fung Uy.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

A chart showing the number of projected infectious cases based on various social conditions.

Report: Vaccination rollout won’t prevent third wave of COVID-19

Tampa Bay is beginning to feel the effects of the third wave of coronavirus, and the vaccine won’t be able to stop it in time. The Pfizer vaccine started being administered to health professionals Dec. 14; however, mass distribution likely won’t begin until the spring. In the meantime, social distancing measures will be vital in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

December 16, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

Forecast predictions on the number of COVID-19 cases given varying social conditions

Report: Social distancing and face masks will help crush COVID-19 pandemic by late April

USF-developed computer model projects social mitigation measures will have a dramatic effect on how quickly Tampa Bay recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 4, 2020COVID-19, Research and Innovation

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