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Institute of Public Health

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Institute of Public Health

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Institute of Public Health

Your future starts here

Greetings and Welcome to the FAMU Institute of Public Health!

As Director and Professor of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), it is and has been my pleasure to administratively serve the public health training needs of our students – future public health professionals! The IPH “A-Team” is a cadre, a family of faculty, staff and students, who together, actualize our mission “to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service.”

Our IPH offers both the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degrees and has several notable distinctions as noted below:

  • Only accredited public health degree programs administratively housed in a college/school of pharmacy
  • First accredited (by the national Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)) public health program in North Florida
  • First public health program to offer the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Florida
  • Conferred the first DrPH degree in the state of Florida
  • Ranked #5 in the production of African Americans with a public health degree

Thus, we continue to contribute to the public health workforce needs and evidence-based research in addressing health disparities that disproportionately impact the poor and underserved. Through training, research and service, we are also consistent with the FAMU motto of “Excellence With Caring!”

Yours in Health,
Cynthia M. Harris, Ph.D., DABT

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ADDRESSING PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS THROUGH EDUCATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Mission

The mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially- improve the health status of the diverse poor and under-served.
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. IPH was given the authority to initially offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program. In March of 2004 and October of 2004, the FAMU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, respectively, approved FAMU’s development and implementation of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Program
Specifically, the mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

The overall goals for the Institute of Public Health are:

  • To provide quality graduate education and training in public health;
  • To advance knowledge of the cultural competencies required to decrease high risk behavior and promote healthy behavior choices;
  • To promote and advance competencies in professional development in public health.
  • To conduct research that provides an evidence base for improving the health of those who bear a disproportionate burden of disease;
  • To disseminate and translate research knowledge and findings gained to all public health stakeholders and the community at large.
  • To encourage effective health promotion and disease prevention measures through proactive community outreach efforts statewide;
  • To contribute to the development of effective public health policy for Florida’s poor and underserved populations;
  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable, culturally competent public health workforce
  • To strengthen existing partnerships and establish new sustainable service linkages with university, local, state, and national agencies and organizations

MPH Handbook

DrPH Handbook

FPHP Student