The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s (HWCOM) Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research is committed to the unbiased generation and analysis of data and the dissemination of results in order to serve the needs of the community, the academic pursuits of FIU faculty, and the educational aspirations of students. The mission of the Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research is to provide research education, support, and capacity development to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM).
Vision & Goals
The mission of the Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research is to provide research education, support, and capacity development to the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM).
The Department supports HWCOM faculty, students, and staff, as well as its external partners in the areas of medical and population health sciences research. The Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research is comprised of three divisions: Student Research and Learning, Applied Health Sciences Research, and Faculty and Staff Support. We aspire to inspire future research, support programmatic activities designed to invoke change, effectively translate findings into relevant public policy recommendations, and train the next generation of health care providers in the proper use of evidence-based medicine.
Healthy neighborhoods provide the backbone for academic achievement, the establishment of a strong workforce, a stable development and a vibrant economy. The FIU HWCOM Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research seeks to support a long-term, successfully sustainable community through research and education directed at: recognizing, understanding, and effectively responding to the intersections between a community’s health status and the social determinants of health (those conditions in which people are born, live, work and age). It is these social determinants that are most responsible for health inequities and the vast disparities found in health status across the varying populations of South Florida. Chronic disease and preventive health indicators throughout the South Florida region illustrate the complexities associated with ethnically diverse medically underserved populations and health status, thus highlighting the need to understand these differences on a neighborhood level. FIU’s HWCOM Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research is leading the way in not only interpreting but responding to these factors.
Message from the Chair
Improvements in a community’s overall health and wellness rely on the effective engagement of a three prong strategy in which each element is designed to interact and support each other. These are: 1) systematic data collection subjected to evaluation and review; 2) program/intervention development and implementation, and 3) responsive public policy. The data in item #1 is collected by the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research. Throughout the data gathering process, performed within the appropriate community context and in accordance with the objective assessment of the collaborative structures and processes established to affect systems change, our Department supports the vision and mission of the FIU HWCOM by being responsive to locally identified needs and preparing the next generation of South Florida health care providers to be World’s Ahead.
Juan M Acuña, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics
Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology & Chair
Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research
Annual Faculty and Student Awards and Student Research Symposium
This event recognizes achievement and highlights innovative research findings in the areas of basic sciences, community-based, epidemiological research, health care quality and improvement research, and medical education research.
Download 2015 Symposium Program (PDF)
Download 2016 Symposium Program (PDF)
Call for Abstracts
The Call for Abstract for the 2018 FIU HWCOM Medical and Graduate Student and Resident Research Symposium has closed. The Call for Abstracts for the 2019 Symposium will be released in early 2019.
Community Research Initiatives
Faculty & Staff
Acuna, Juan M
Chair, Department of Medical and Health Sciences Research; and [...]
Lozano Leon, Juan Manuel
Vice Chair, Department of Medical and Population Health Science [...]
Barengo, Noel Christopher
Research Analyst II
Herdy Varella, Marcia
Perez Alonso, Anelys
Rodriguez de la Vega, Pura E
Research Specialist I
Ruiz Pelaez, Juan Gabriel
WardPeterson, Melissa Kari
Research Analyst II
Woltering, Abigail Maria
Zevallos, Juan C., MD
Chief Division of Applied Health Sciences Research & Data Coordinator; [...]
Raul Herrera, MD
Antoine Messiah, MD
Molly Moor, PhD
Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Medical and Population Health Sciences Research
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