UF Epidemiology Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Epidemiology promotes diversity through our teaching, research, and service. We are committed to an inclusive environment that promotes individual and group equity and elimination of discrimination. Our students, faculty and staff are expected to treat one another with dignity, and respect regardless of gender, age, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status, religious views, ethnicity, race, or culture. We also pledge to work continuously to make changes that will bring about an equitable and diverse academic community.

Our Academic programs

PhD in Epidemiology

A terminal research degree granted on evidence of distinctive attainment in epidemiology and on ability for independent investigation.

Master of Science in Epidemiology

A research degree that trains students in epidemiological methods and professional development and culminates in a publishable thesis.

Master of Public Health, Epidemiology Concentration

A multidisciplinary graduate-level degree that focuses on the practical elements of public health that can be applied in a professional career.

Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Our 12-credit, fully online Certificate in Psychiatric Epidemiology is the only certificate program of its type in the world.

welcome to uf department of epidemiology

Message from our Chair

Dr. Stephen Kimmel

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida! We are a premier department in one of the top public universities in the country. Our mission is to make scientific discoveries, educate others, and provide service so that we improve the health of the population. We do this through the practice of consequential epidemiology.

Dr. Stephen Kimmel

Pleased to Welcome New Faculty


Welcome Dr. Drew Westmoreland

Drew A. Westmoreland, MSPH, Ph.D., joined us on August 1, 2022, from the Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health at CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. Dr. Westmoreland is a sexual health researcher drawing heavily on behavioral, social, and infectious disease epidemiology. Her research interests include HIV and STI epidemiology, behavior associated with increased vulnerability to and acquisition of HIV and other STIs, innovative uses of technology in epidemiologic research to engage vulnerable populations, applied network analysis in sexual health research and interventions, and emerging public health crises (e.g., COVID-19). Dr. Westmoreland’s NIAAA-funded K01 research focuses on the impact of alcohol consumption on daily HIV PrEP adherence.

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Welcome Dr. Ashley Malin

Ashley Malin, Ph.D., joined us on August 1, 2022, from the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her research examines potential impacts of fluoride, metals, and nutrition on neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine outcomes.

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Congrats Dr. Shantrel Canidate

Shantrel Canidate, MPH, Ph.D., started her tenure track on August 1, 2022. She is a social and behavioral scientist and health disparities researcher with applied experience in HIV outreach to marginal populations and clinical studies related to substance use disorders (SUDs) and HIV. Her primary research focuses on applying an interdisciplinary approach to identifying, understanding, and addressing health disparities in HIV among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the South. She is currently funded through the first-ever Health Equity Research Scholars for Action (HES4A) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this work, she is examining how syndemic factors (e.g., alcohol and depression) and social network factors interact to influence HIV care continuum (HCC) outcomes (e.g., adherence, retention in care, and viral suppression) among Black MSM in Florida.

Dr. Shantrel Canidate


Congrats Dr. Simone Marini

Simone Marini, Ph.D., started his tenure track on August 1, 2022. His research focuses on the artificial intelligence applied to biology and medicine. He is particularly interested in data integration, i.e., in developing models by harvesting heterogeneous data from genomics, proteomics, medical literature, ontologies, and knowledgebases.

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Welcome Dr. Takis Benos

Dr. Takis Benos, Ph.D., joined us on June 15, 2022, from the Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interest includes Causal modeling; integrative analysis of big, biomedical data; gene expression regulation; modeling of DNA regulatory elements; modeling of microRNA binding events; modeling and simulations of gene networks; gene networks in disease.

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Research Assistant Professor

Welcome Dr. Yiyang Liu

Dr. Yiyang Liu, Ph.D., was previously a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida. She specializes in HIV and substance use research, clinical decision support, and electronic health record analyses. Her Ph.D. training is in psychiatric epidemiology, and most of her doctoral study involved identifying substance use and use disorder behavior risk factors. Her postdoctoral training focuses on leveraging data science and advanced modeling methodologies to study the intersection of HIV and substance use.

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JOb Opportunities in the department

What’s Happening

Dr. Shantrel Canidate awarded NIH fellowship…

University of Florida faculty member Shantrel S. Canidate, Ph.D., M.P.H., has received a research fellowship from the National Institutes of…

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Qualitative Research Colloquium

First Colloquium for Fall 2022: August 10, 2022; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Dr. Deepthi S. Varma, PhD, MPhil, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of…

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Drs. Benos and Liu have joined the Department of…

The Department of Epidemiology is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members. Takis Benos, Ph.D., Professor, joins us from the Department of…

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