Jerne J Shapiro

Jerne J Shapiro,

Instructional Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 273-6861
Business Email: shapiroj@ufl.edu

About Jerne J Shapiro

I have over 20 years of experience in public health and focus on applied epidemiology, serving as a fellow in the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service and later as Director and Lead Epidemiologist for the University of Florida’s COVID-19 control and mitigation response. Additionally, I held the position of County Epidemiologist for Alachua County. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Epidemiology Department at the University of Florida.

My work centers on mentoring and teaching both undergraduate and graduate students about the power and importance of Public Health, with a focus on fostering intrinsic motivation in their learning process. I am currently the MPH in Epidemiology Concentration Coordinator.

Recently taught courses included Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, Public Health Concepts, Principles of Epidemiology, Special Topics on COVID, and Applied Epidemiology.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I supervised up to 40 employees, overseeing the development and analysis of surveillance activities and conducting COVID case investigations. Surveillance activities covered various areas such as wastewater epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, sentinel surveillance, congregate dorm and Greek Housing, and preschool and K-12 research schools. As a volunteer advisor on infectious diseases, I maintain my relationship with the Florida Department of Health in Alachua.

In my early career, I worked with the Florida Department of Health, focusing on outbreak investigations at both the state and county levels. This required conducting epidemiological investigations for significant outbreaks like Viral Meningitis, locally acquired Malaria, Hepatitis A, Salmonella, MRSA, West Nile Virus via blood transfusion, SARS, and Norovirus.

On an instructional track, I do not conduct research or supervise Ph.D. students.

Additional Positions:
MPH Epidemiology Concentration Coordinator
2023 – Current · University of Florida

Accomplishments

2022 Champions for Change, Health and Well-Being
2022 · University of Florida Office of Sustainability
University Level Superior Accomplishment Award recipient for Academic Personnel
2022 · University of Florida
UF’s National Champion of Humanistic Care Award, Healthcare Team Member Category
2021 · Arnold P. Gold Foundation
University of Florida Health Science Center, Division 5, Faculty Superior Accomplishment Awardees
2021 · University of Florida
Exemplary Online Teaching Award
2020 · Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Florida
Inductee Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega
2020 · Public Health Honor Society
Prudential Financial Davis Productivity Award
2007 · Florida Department of Health
Public Health Student of the Year
2002 · Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of South Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
PHC6905 Independent Study
2015-2016,2018-2020
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2015-2016,2018-2020
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2017-2020,2022-2023
PHC4101 Public Health Concepts
2012-2019,2022-2023
PHC4024 Applied Epidemiology
2007-2019,2021-2024
PHC6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
2016-2019,2024
PHC6937 Special Topics in Public Health
2016-2017
PHC6316 Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication
2021-2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2021
HSC3801 Clinical Observation / Health Care Volunteer Work
2022-2024
PHC7918 Independent Study
2023-2024
PHC6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
2023
PAS5009 Behav and Commnty Med 2
2024
PHC6940 Master of Public Health Capstone

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Applied Epidemiology
  • COVID-19
  • Field Epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Infectious disease surveillance
  • Local and State Health Department
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-8830-0232

Publications

2023
Application of Phylodynamic Tools to Inform the Public Health Response to COVID-19: Qualitative Analysis of Expert Opinions
JMIR Formative Research. 7 [DOI] 10.2196/39409. [PMID] 36848460.
2023
Persistence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Omicron Variant in Children and Utility of Rapid Antigen Testing as an Indicator of Culturable Virus.
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 76(3):e491-e494 [DOI] 10.1093/cid/ciac693. [PMID] 36029095.
2023
Retrospective Analysis of Wastewater-Based Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Residences on a Large College Campus: Relationships between Wastewater Outcomes and COVID-19 Cases across Two Semesters with Different COVID-19 Mitigation Policies
ACS ES&T Water. 3(1):16-29 [DOI] 10.1021/acsestwater.2c00275. [PMID] 37552720.
2022
Antigen vs RT-PCR Tests for Screening Quarantined Students in Florida During the COVID-19 Pandemic SARS-CoV-2 Delta Variant Surge.
JAMA pediatrics. 176(5):525-526 [DOI] 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.0080. [PMID] 35254393.
2022
Evaluation of screen, test, & protect: A public health program to control and prevent COVID-19 at a large academic university.
Journal of American college health : J of ACH. 1-4 [DOI] 10.1080/07448481.2022.2080506. [PMID] 35727228.
2022
Low-frequency variants in mildly symptomatic vaccine breakthrough infections presents a doubled-edged sword.
Journal of medical virology. 94(7):3192-3202 [DOI] 10.1002/jmv.27726. [PMID] 35307848.
2022
Multi-Faceted Approach to COVID-19 Surveillance at a Large University Campus in the Southeastern United States.
Disaster medicine and public health preparedness. 17 [DOI] 10.1017/dmp.2022.109. [PMID] 35492011.
2022
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Delta Vaccine Breakthrough Transmissibility in Alachua County, Florida.
Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 75(9):1618-1627 [DOI] 10.1093/cid/ciac197. [PMID] 35271704.
2008
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in a college football team: risk factors outside the locker room and playing field.
Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 29(5):450-3 [DOI] 10.1086/587971. [PMID] 18419370.
1990
Contents of the SAIS Review, vols. 1-10
SAIS Review. 10(1):211-222 [DOI] 10.1353/sais.1990.0042.

Education

MPH
2001 · University of South Florida
Dual BS in Microbiology and Plant Pathology
1998 · University of Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6861
Emails:
Business:
shapiroj@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100231
DEPT. OF EPIDEMIOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 326100231
Business Street:
EPIDEMIOLOGY
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32611