Outstanding Social and Behavioral Science Scholar
A recent MPH graduate, Julie Mann, was awarded the Outstanding Social and Behavioral Science Scholar Award from the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health. For each graduating cohort, the department only gives out one of these awards to recognize an outstanding student. Julie’s dedication throughout the MPH program including her coursework, experience as a teaching assistant and culminating internship, demonstrate her outstanding scholarship in public health.
Julie recently completed an internship with Dr. Nash Moawad in UF’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Julie and Dr. Moawad found a common commitment to collaboration between health professionals to improve access to efficient, effective health care, and this commitment is demonstrated in their research on pelvic pain and barriers to care in university women. With scant research in this area, Julie was determined to make her mark and contribute to our understanding of pelvic pain and barriers to care.
In this study, Julie and Dr. Moawad assessed the prevalence of different types of chronic pelvic pain in women attending to UF, as well as any barriers to care when searching for diagnoses and treatment. “Chronic pelvic pain is a major public health burden, in terms of both sheer prevalence and cost, and it is also a collection of very distressing conditions on the individual level,” said Julie. Although Julie is heading to law school next year and hopes to pursue a career in health care law, she plans to continue to do her best to contribute to the growing body of research regarding chronic pelvic pain.