Board of Governors approves public health doctoral program

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:52 p.m.

The University of Florida plans to offer a doctorate program in public health starting this fall.

The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, approved the program Thursday at its meeting in Pensacola. The program will have concentrations in two areas: environmental and global health, and social and behavioral changes.

There is a projected need for more than 200,000 public health workers in the U.S., said Michael Perri, dean of UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions. Students earning Ph.D.s in the UF program will work as faculty teaching those on the front lines of public health, he said, as well as researchers addressing global health issues like the spread of the H1N1 virus.

"The migration of germs and microbes knows no boundaries," he said.

In other business, the board authorized the issuance of debt to finance the construction of UF's Translational Research Facility. The Florida Cabinet is considering approval Friday, the last step before construction can start in June. The building is expected to be ready by March 2013.

In addition, the board approved regulations under which universities can seek market-rate tuition for graduate-level distance and continuing education programs. UF plans to seek higher rates for five programs, including its master of business administration program for working professionals. The board will consider approving the rates next month.

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