Jacob Ball


Bachelor of Science, Public Health, Global and Community Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Master of Arts, Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Concentration in Public Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Hometown: Ossining, NY
Research Interests: Infectious disease transmission dynamics and control; mathematical modeling; applications of network analysis methods in infectious disease epidemiology; intervention efficacy in different social, political and economic contexts.
Long-term career goals: I see myself and my interdisciplinary work as a bridge that brings together researchers in public health, the social sciences, biology, ecology and more to address basic and applied questions related to the spread and control of infectious diseases. I hope to work for the US federal government or for an international NGO as an applied epidemiologist.
What philosophy guides your education: “We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject matter or discipline.” – Karl Popper
Date Accomplishments
February 2018 Travel award to Models of Infectious Disease Agents Study (MIDAS) 2018 Network Meeting in Bethesda, MD
January 2018 Awarded Student Travel Scholarship of $500 to the Population Biology of Vector-Borne Diseases symposium at the University of Georgia. The symposium is sponsored by: Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases at UGA.
November 2017 Organizing and hosting “Identifying and addressing mental health disparities in the Gator Nation using electronic medical records” symposium at UF Social Justice Summit in January in Gainesville, FL
September 2017 Co-author on a study nominated for the Kenneth Lutterman Award for Best Student Paper in the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA)
August 2017 Abstract selected for poster presentation at 6th International Conference on Infectious Disease Dynamics (EPIDEMICS6) in November/December in Barcelona, Spain
June 2017 Presented a poster at the American College Health Association (ACHA) 2017 Annual Meeting in May/June in Austin, TX: “A 10-year case series of HIV-positive students at one university: Implications for clinical practice and collegiate public health”
Paper accepted for publication in Le Infezioni in Medicina: Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Haque U, Ball JD, García-Loaiza CJ, Galindo-Marquez ML, Sabogal-Roman JA, Marin-Loaiza S, Ayala AF, Lozada-Riascos CO, Diaz-Quijano FA, Alvarado-Socarras JA. Spatial distribution of Zika virus infection in Northeastern Colombia. Infez Med 2017 Jul-Sep; 25(3).
April 2017 As part of Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program, completing three-month summer internship at Army Public Health Center, US Department of Defense, Disease Epidemiology Division
Accepted and awarded full travel scholarship to the Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Interdisciplinary Instructional Institute (QMRA-III) in August at University of Washington in Seattle, WA
Nominated for 2017 Dean’s Scholar Award in the College of Public Health and Health Professions
March 2017 Received three travel awards to attend 9th Annual Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) at University of Washington in Seattle, WA: Chair’s Travel Award (UF Department of Epidemiology), Dean’s Office Travel Award (UF College of Public Health and Health Professions), and University of Washington Department of Biostatistics
January 2017 Invited to be a member of the American College Health Association Data Warehouse Technical Team that is working to build an inter-institutional data repository to facilitate benchmarking and epidemiological analysis of collegiate health data
October 2016 Paper published in Global Health Research and Policy: Usman A, Ball JD, Rojas DP, Berhane A, Ghebrat Y, Mebrahtu G, Gebresellasie A, Zehai A, Mufunda J, Liseth O, Haque U, Chanda E. Dengue fever outbreaks in Eritrea, 2005–2015: A case for strengthening surveillance, control and reporting. Global Health Research and Policy. 2016 Oct 26;1(17). DOI: 10.1186/s41256-016-0016-5
July 2016 Paper published in Global Public Health: McLean KE, Abramowitz SA, Ball JD, Monger J, Tehoungue K, McKune SL, Fallah M, Omidian PA. Community-based reports of morbidity, mortality, and health-seeking behaviours in fourMonrovia communities during the West African Ebola epidemic. Glob Public Health. 2016 Jul 27:1-17. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1208262. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27463979
June 2016 Co-first authored paper published in Acta Tropica: Haque U, Ball JD, Zhang W, Khan MM, Treviño C JA. Clinical and spatial features of Zika virus in Mexico. Acta Trop. 2016 Oct;162:5-10. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.06.010. Epub 2016 Jun 14. PMID: 27311388
March 2016 Guest lecturer for the UF undergraduate human sex and sexuality course
January 2016 SER travel award to Epidemiology Congress of the Americas in June in Miami, Florida