Wayne Westhoff, Ph.D.
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Education and History
Came to USF
A.A.S. Broome Community College, 1974
B.A. St. Leo College, 1988
M.S.W. University of South Florida, 1991
M.P.H. University of South Florida, 1991
Ph.D. University of South Florida, 1994
Dr. Wayne W. Westhoff joined the Department of Global Health at its inception after he wrote the concept paper and business plan to create the Department in 2003. Upon his return from Venezuela where he was a Fulbright Scholar (2003-2004) he developed the new concentration in Global Health Practice. From 1998 to 2007 he was the associate director for the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance and was responsible for training and education with Southern Command in Latin America and the Caribbean Basin regions. He also has a joint appointment with the Department of Community and Family Health where he was housed prior to the creation of the Department of Global Health.
Dr. Westhoff is responsible for the development of the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management (2001) and the Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance (2005) and is currently the director for both certificates. In 2009 the concentration in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief was approved by the State of Florida and it is now the third concentration in the department. He is the course director for this new concentration in addition to the course director for the Global Health Practice concentration. He is the instructor for three of the courses in Humanitarian Assistance, two courses in Disaster Management, and one course in Global Health Practice.
As an associate professor, Dr. Westhoff's research is primarily in the field of health education and promotion, with a strong emphasis in: 1) disaster preparedness, 2) health education in the Dominican Republic, and 3) chronic disease among Latinos in Florida and Latin America. He has obtained over fifty grants where he was the Principal Investigator and has over thirty-five peer reviewed publications in scientific journals. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Westhoff is actively involved in USF's community through committees and student organizations. He also devotes extensive volunteer time in outreach to the local, state and global community through board membership and non-profit organizations.