BSCH PhD Program Welcomes Five New Doctoral Students

Published: September 29th, 2013

Category: Department Life

This year, the BSCH Department welcomed five new doctoral students! The PhD Program is growing strong and now has 17 students with a variety of public health interests.

Research interests among the new students include prevention of chronic health challenges, body image issues, medical decision making, tobacco prevention and cessation, and HIV/AIDS. All students entered into the program with a master’s degree in Public Health or related degree and bring a wealth of research and community experience.

Jarrett Brunny has an undergraduate background in Anthropology and Geography and a master’s degree in Public Health. To date, Jarrett’s career has been marked by a passion to help communities identify and solve contemporary problems in public health. He has served as executive director of United Way of Putnam County and cofounded the Brunny Institute, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to innovation, partnership, and enhancing community health.

A first generation college student, Shantrel Canidate, has a BS degree in Health Services Administration and an MPH degree. Prior to entering the PhD program, Shantrel worked at the Alachua County Health Department’s Minority AIDS Program (MAP) as the HIV Outreach Coordinator. She was responsible for supervising the MAP Volunteers, coordinating and conducting all outreach testing, providing counseling services to clients, and inputting all HIV/STD results in the HMS system.

Gail Castaneda, a Gates Millenium Scholar, has demonstrated her dedication to community service and leadership activities from a very young age. She has an undergraduate degree in Tourism, Parks, and Recreation and a master’s degree in Health Education. Her research interests pertain to poor body image among the college population.

Originally from Cuba, Felix Lorenzo is a lifetime Gator with a BS in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Management and Policy. Felix is a recipient of the competitive McKnight Doctoral Fellowship based on his academic achievements, strong letters of support, and essay detailing his public health interests and reason for pursuing a PhD. Felix completed an internship with the Office of Minority Health, under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tzu-Jung (Jennifer) Wong is originally from Taiwan. She earned a BS in Healthcare Management and a MSPH in Health Services Research. Currently, her research interests are working in tobacco prevention and cessation at the community level and working to mitigate the lack of health education resources and services in developing countries. Her goals are to promote community health in China, Taiwan, and U.S.

The BSCH Department is excited to welcome their new students!

New Doc Students 2013

 Jarrett Brunny, Felix Lorenzo, Shantrel Canidate, Gail Castaneda, Jennifer Wong