First Public Health Doctoral Student to Graduate in the BSCH Department

Published: September 12th, 2012

Category: Student News

This summer was an exciting time for the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health (BSCH) and for former doctoral student, Ysabel Polanco. Dr. Palanco was the first doctoral student in Public Health to graduate from the BSCH Department.

Prior to coming to the University of Florida in 2008, Dr. Polanco obtained a Medical Degree and Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology. Dr. Polanco decided to pursue a degree in Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences to give her the tools to conduct community research, which she utilized in her dissertation research.

In Dr. Polanco’s dissertation research, she explored the factors associated with pesticide use in a rural agricultural campesinos community in San Cristobal, Colombia. See photos and video below.

She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Medical School at the University of Antioquia, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, in Colombia.

Mrs. Polanco’s Dissertation Research Photos

Mrs. Polanco’s Dissertation Research Video