The College of Public Health’s commitment to community-engaged
research has strong roots in the college’s history as the original academic
program in public health opened expressly for the citizens of Florida. Since its
beginning, the college has led efforts across Florida to address infant
mortality rates, worker safety, improved air and water quality, infectious
disease control, cancer prevention and child safety.
The faculty and students here in the college are deeply committed to working with a multitude of partners and projects aimed at improving the health of our community, whether that community is down the street, across the Tampa Bay bridges, in another part of the county, or across the world. Projects that engage community partners and address critical research questions include topics aimed at improving the health of mothers and babies, assessing barriers to vaccination among children and the elderly, eradicating malaria, improving infant feeding practices and expanding access to health care to name just a few.
The College of Public Health’s Office of Research and Practice welcomes community partners and students interested in working on these and other important projects. We are a community-engaged college and our practice is our passion!