Public Health | Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Hermes Florez, MD, M.P.H, Ph.D., has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Florez is a professor and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences within the department. Dr. Florez also serves as the director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. “I am appreciative that Dr. Florez has graciously accepted the opportunity to step up into the role of interim chair. It’s an especially exciting time for the department and the work we are doing in public health. I fully support Dr. Florez and his strategic vision for the department,” said Henri R. Ford, M.D., M.H.A., dean and chief academic officer at the Miller School of Medicine.


The School of Education and Human Development invited five key stakeholders and leaders in the field to a panel discussion that addressed the implications for prevention and treatment in tackling the opioid epidemic.


A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine examined cancer risk in over 100,000 career Florida firefighters, including approximately 5,000 females who were assessed from 1981 to 2014. Researchers from the NCI-designated Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Public Health Sciences, as well as the Florida Cancer Data System co-authored the study.


In a study recently published in Malaria Journal, researchers found that attractive toxic sugar baits are an effective control method of the Anopheles mosquitoes in Mali, West Africa, where sustained malaria transmission occurs despite the use of other control methods. 

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