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Cottler receives honorary doctoral degree from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Linda B. Cottler, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in public health from Thailand’s leading research university, Chulalongkorn University. Cottler was recognized for her contributions and achievement in public health at a ceremony held Oct. 20 at Chulalongkorn’s campus in Bangkok. Thailand’s…

New Epidemiology PhD Program Director

Dr. Deepthi Varma (left) has been named the new PhD program director for the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Cindy Prins led the program since 2013 but was recently offered and accepted the Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs and Director of the Master of Public Health program. “I am really proud of…

Epidemiology Students Receive Multiple Awards and Honors

Shivani Khan (left), Mirsada Serdarevic (center), and Amy Elliott (right) received conference scholarships to attend the annual conference for the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and present their research on gambling addiction. Mirsada Serdarevic and Shivani Khan also received the Graduate School Council Travel Grant to help with…

Dr. Striley Part of Panel in Showing of “Breaking Points” for Community

Dr. Catherine Striley, an assistant professor and director of the Master of Science in Epidemiology (MSE) program in the Department of Epidemiology, was part of a panel held at the new “Hall of Heroes” in the Gainesville Police Department headquarters held on September 15, 2016. A showing of “Breaking…

New faculty member’s publication featured on NHLBI news mentions

One of Epidemiology’s newest faculty hires, Dr. Jinying Zhao, had a publication featured on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s news mentions.  Her featured publication titled “Processed meat, but not unprocessed red meat, is inversely associated with leukocyte telomere length in the Strong Heart family study” was published…

Epidemiology announces new faculty member Dr. Hui Hu

The Department of Epidemiology welcomes new Research Assistant Scientist Dr. Hui Hu. Dr. Hu received his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Florida in 2016, and his research interests focus on health effects of environmental exposures, substance use, and racial disparities in health outcomes. He has been involved…

HealthStreet First Annual Night of Dance

On Aug. 20, 2016, UF HealthStreet hosted a community event in the heart of Gainesville, the first Annual Night of Dance, held at Bo Diddley Plaza. This was an amazing celebration of our community’s diversity, creativity, and commitment to improved health. Around 500 people attended the event, enjoying fun activities and…

New Professor joins Epidemiology Department

Dr. Jinying Zhao joined the Department of Epidemiology this month as Dean’s Professor and Director of the Division of Genetic Epidemiology under the pre-eminence initiative.  She received her MD at the Zhengzhou University School of Medicine in China (1989), her first PhD in Molecular Genetics at the Chinese Academy…

A UF study reveals when teens (and tweens) try marijuana

UF researcher Xinguang (Jim) Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of epidemiology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the UF College of Medicine, studied when adolescents are most likely to try marijuana.