Program directors and academic staff
Steven Foti is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Director of Graduate Studies. He received his PhD in Statistics Education in 2017 and his MS in Statistics in 2013, both from the University of Florida. Steven is originally from New York where he earned his BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Physics from Clarkson University. He teaches Biostatistics courses in literacy, methods, and data visualization to graduate students in public health and medicine. His experience and interests are in statistics education, statistical literacy, and assessment.
Environmental Health and One Health
Dr. Joseph Bisesi is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University in 2005, 2007, and 2011, respectively. He then completed his post-doc at the University of Florida, where he studied molecular toxicology. Dr. Bisesi then joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health in 2014. In addition to his teaching and research program, Dr. Bisesi currently serves as the program director for Ph.D. and Masters programs.
Dr. Bisesi’s training is grounded in environmental toxicology with a focus on studying the effects of waterborne toxicants in humans and aquatic organisms. His dissertation research was focused on understanding the impacts of antidepressants on the brain biochemistry and feeding behavior of aquatic organisms. Additional training in the examination of molecular mechanisms of toxicants in mammalian and fish models allows Dr. Bisesi to work across human health toxicology and ecotoxicology to address complex public and environmental health issues related to environmental contaminants. Dr. Bisesi’s current research program is focused on elucidating the effects and toxic mechanisms of numerous emerging contaminates, including nanomaterials, plasticizers, and pharmaceuticals as well as legacy contaminants of concern including pesticides and heavy metals. Much of his research is focused on the gastrointestinal system, which is an understudied target of chemical contaminants. His research has been published in numerous high impact environmental journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Environmental Science: Nano. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Bisesi current projects include: probing the contributions of phthalate plasticizers to the obesity epidemic using zebrafish as a model, examining the desorption behavior of pharmaceuticals and pesticides bound to carbon nanomaterials in fish gastrointestinal systems, and exploring the impacts of heavy metals to aquatic organisms under varying pulsed exposure and water quality conditions, and examining the presence and impacts of environmental toxicants in developing countries including Haiti and Zambia.
Cindy Prins, PHD, MPH, CIC, CPH, is the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ assistant dean for educational affairs and a clinical associate professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Prins received her PhD in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology from Penn State University in 2000, where she studied replication of JC virus. She completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Florida, focusing on regulation of vaccinia virus transcription elongation. Concurrently, she earned her MPH in the Epidemiology concentration from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at UF in the fall of 2006. After this she worked as an Infection Control Practitioner at UF Health Shands Hospital. Dr. Prins joined the Epidemiology faculty first as an adjunct lecturer in 2009 and then full time as a clinical assistant professor in the fall of 2010. Dr. Prins’ research interests include the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, including those caused by multi-drug resistant organisms, and compliance with vaccine recommendations. Dr. Prins is Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) and Public Health (CPH).
Health Services Research
Dr. Santanu K. Datta, PhD, MBA, MS, is an Associate Professor and holds the Louis C. Gapenski Endowed Professorship. He joined the University of Florida in May, 2019 after a 22-year career with the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine as well as a joint appointment in the Center of Excellence in Primary Care at the Durham VA Medical Center. He obtained a BS in Chemistry, an MBA in Finance, and an MS in Economics from Florida State University and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Datta conducts health economics, health outcomes, and implementation science research for various diseases, health interventions and programs, and health policies. His current research is focused in the areas of lung cancer screening, smoking cessation, and adolescent vaping.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jamie L Pomeranz PhD, CRC, CLCP
Jamie L. Pomeranz, Ph.D., CRC, CLCP is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Pomeranz has obtained three degrees from the University of Florida which include: Masters of Exercise and Sports Science, Masters of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Life Care Planner and has worked with people with disabilities in multiple capacities for over 20 years. His clinical background includes working with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Pomeranz has been on faculty at the University of Florida since 2004 and his topics of research include: health promotion for people with disabilities and life care planning and modern measurement theory. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, Dr. Pomeranz developed 30 peer reviewed publications and two book chapters. Dr. Pomeranz currently serves on the PHHP Blended Learning Taskforce and is a past member of the collaboration task force and committee for promoting collaboration between public health and health professions. He has and continues to mentor multiple Ph.D and MPH graduate students from the public health program. He currently teaches within the Bachelors of Health Science undergraduate program and serves as the Advisor for the Pre-Public Health Concentration and the Honor’s Program Director within the Bachelors of Health Science Program. His courses include: Critical Issues in Public Health, Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health and Health Professions, and Research Methods. Dr. Pomeranz has received funding from the Area Health Education Centers the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Veteran’s Health Administration. His NIH project involves developing one of the first empirically-based tobacco cessation programs for people with disabilities. Finally, Dr. Pomeranz has received numerous awards including: Excellence in Research, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence.
Serves as the College of Public Health and Health Professions liaison for the administrative side of all academic operations. Works with academic program coordinators college-wide to ensure smooth operations to best serve our students, faculty, and staff.