Message from the Director

Dr. liz wood, DHS, MPH

Message from the Director

Welcome to the University of Florida’s Bachelors of Public Health program. Our mission reflects that of the college, to preserve, promote and improve the health and well-being of populations, communities and individuals. To do this is in the BPH, we strive to create a foundation for public health education so that our students can incorporate the skills and knowledge obtained by complimenting it with medicine, dentistry, nursing, law, etc., by matriculating into graduate public health programs, or by entering the public health workforce. Undergraduate public health students are exposed to areas such as epidemiology, global health, the US healthcare system, among many others. It is through this curriculum that students can learn more in depth about areas of interest or “discover”, as it often happens in public health, a new topic or niche that was previously unknown. In addition to classroom learning, we promote, design, and integrate our undergraduate students into research and practice-based opportunities to help address the complex and unique challenges in public health. – whether that be a study abroad in Haiti or decreasing the spread of HIV among rural populations in Florida, our students are on the front lines of prevention, promotion, and service. ~Dr. Wood

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The College of Public Health and Health Professions

The College of Public Health & Health Professions (PHHP) is one of the most diversified health education institutions in the nation.

Established in 1958, the College of Health Professions was the first college of its type in the United States dedicated to educating students of many different health professions in an academic health center. In 2003, the College changed its name to the College of Public Health & Health Professions and expanded its mission to include public health on a broad scale. Currently, PHHP is one of six colleges that comprise the University of Florida Health Science Center – other colleges include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

With over 2,200 students, the College is a national leader in the education of health professionals. We emphasize the development of intellectual resources and skills that can prepare our graduates to prosper in today’s complex health systems. Additionally, the College is committed to developing cutting edge science and outreach in areas such as aging and disability, disaster response, health systems functioning, and behavioral and environmental determinants of health for individuals and communities.

PHHP is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and improving the health and well-being of populations, communities, and individuals. To fulfill this mission, we foster collaborations among public health and the health professions in education, research, and service. Consistent with our mission, the College has three primary goals:

  • Provide excellent educational programs that prepare graduates to address the multifaceted health needs of populations, communities, and individuals.
  • Conduct quality research and disseminate findings that are responsive to priority health needs.
  • Serve as active participants and leaders in University, public health, health practice, and health services communities through collaborative approaches to intervention, professional practice, and policy.