Justice Mbizo

  • Position:  Chair and Associate Professor
  • Department:  Public Health
  • Office Location:  Building 38, Room 127
  • jmbizo@uwf.edu
  • Campus: (850) 474-2650

Biography:

Dr. Justice Mbizo, associate professor, teaches epidemiological research methods and applied public health analysis.

Mbizo's research focuses on applying epidemiological and statistical methods to understanding underlying multi-level causes of health disparities in chronic diseases. These methods include the integration of emerging information technologies for chronic disease and health disparities solutions. He is interested in the role of personal, community and systems factors contribute to the health and health-seeking behaviors of people with chronic diseases among the underserved and marginalized. His work also extends to international health on HIV and gender-based violence and its public health impact.

He has been involved in several community-based participatory projects. He was the principal investigator for Florida Department of Health-funded projects that assessed health disparities among minority infants, and H1N1 vaccine uptake in Escambia county. He has collaborated to investigate if sickle cell trait leads to erroneous hemoglobin A1C test results among African American diabetics. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles. He has co-authored two book chapters: “Public Health Informatics”and “Public Health Informatics: Currents Issues and Trends”. He has collaborated with researchers at the National Cancer Institute, and  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and internationally from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

At UWF since 2006, Mbizo has served on the National Board of the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and currently on the Executive Board of the Florida Public Health Association. He is a member of the Florida Public Health Association, and American Public Health Association.

He received a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Concordia College - Michigan, master’s in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a doctorate in public health from Morgan State University.

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