Faculty and adjuncts teaching in the MPH program publish and present
in a variety of venues relevant to their area(s) of research expertise and the scholarship of teaching. Funding is also
sought from a number of sources in support of research, teaching, and community
As a unit within a regional, comprehensive university with a strong focus on workforce development, the mission of the Master of Public Health program includes achieving excellence in teaching, research and community involvement by attracting the highest quality adjuncts from the public health, health care, and military communities. Students are welcomed to participate in research and funding opportunities with faculty outside of their internship experience, particularly when completing term projects in various courses.
MPH Faculty (core)
Martin, M. P.
MPH Faculty (joint)
Amin, R. Norling, G. Walch, S.
Johnson, J. Lanza, J. McLeod, P. Murphy, R.
Hi students! If any of the topics below interest you, and you would like to participate with us in projects involving basic research or
program evaluation and planning, sign up for the new
Directed Studies in Public Health course.
Hoyt, R.E., Editor. (2008).
Medical Informatics: Practical Guide for the Healthcare Professional 2008.Sutton, M.A. &
& Yoshihashi, A., Associate Editors. 2nd Edition, Lulu.com. Purchase here.
NOTE: All proceeds donated to the UWF Foundation to promote medical informatics education in the United States and abroad.
Speaks, J.E., Randall, C.J., Jimenez, A.G., Dabruzzi, T.F., Sutton, M.A., Pomory, C.M. & Bennett, W.A. (2012). Temperature tolerance comparisons among juvenile reef fishes from a beachrock nursery in Dry Tortugas National Park. Florida Scientist, 75(4), 242-248.
Sutton, M.A., White, L.J., Mbizo, J. & Stewart, G.L. (2010). Assessment in online programs: Use in strategic planning for faculty/adjunct development and course instruction to improve faculty and student engagement. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(1), 129-145.
Bentz G. L. , Liu R., Hahn, A., Shackelford J., Pagano J.S. 2010. Epstein-Barr virus BRLF1 inhibits transcription of IRF3 and IRF7 and suppresses induction of interferon-beta. Virology. 402(1):121-8.
Trepka, M.J., Martin, P., Mavunda K., Rodriguez, R., Guoyan Zhang, G., Brown. (2009). A pilot asthma incidence surveillance system and case definition: lessons learned. Public Health Reports, (124): 297-279.
Gilmore, A.S., Zhao, Y., Kang, N., Ryskina, K.L., Legoretta, A.P., Taira, D.A., Chung, R.S. (2007, in press). Patient
outcomes and evidence-based medicine in a preferred provider organization setting: A six-year evaluation
of a physician pay-for-performance program. Health Services Research.
Karouna-Renier, N.K., Rao, K.R., Lanza, J.J., Y., Davis, D.A., Wilson, P.A. (2007, October). Serum profiles of PCDDs, PCDFs, in individuals near the Escambia Wood Treating Company Superfund site in Escambia County, FL. Chemosphere, 69(8):1312-1319.
Findley, M., Smith, S., Gorski, J. & O’Neil, M. (2007, October). Group differences in safety climate among job positions in the nuclear decommissioning and demolition industry in the US. Safety Science, 45(8):875-889.
Murphy, R. (2007, July). Evidence-based leadership for reduced risk.
Managing Infection Control, 7(7):64-72.
O'Conner, R.D., Gilmore, A.S., Manjunath, R., Stanford, R.H., Legorreta, A.P., & Jhingran, P.M. (2006). Comparing outcomes in patients with persistent asthma: A registry of two therapeutic alternatives.
Current Medical Research and Opinion, 22(9).
Rivers, S. & Stewart, G.L. (2005). Arboviral surveillance in Escambia County. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.
Bilukha, O., Hahn, R., Crosby, A., Fullilove, M., Liberman, A., Moscicki, E., Snyder, S., Tuma, F., Corso, P.,
Schofield (Gilmore), A., Briss, P. and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. (2005). The effectiveness
of early childhood home visitation in preventing violence: A systematic review.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28(2 Suppl 1): 11-39.
Findley, M. & Gorski, J. (2005, April). Global inequities in occupational health and safety. Professional Safety, 50(4):24-30.
Journals, Under Review
Behan, K.J., Mbizo, J., Johnston, M., & Dumas, M. (2013).
Does race alter the relationship between HbA1c and glucose in Type 2 Diabetes? Clinica Chimica Acta.
Lanza, J.J. (August 2007).
Radiological incidents and the Florida physician. Florida Medical Association Journal.
Li, K. & Bengel, O. (2007). Multivariate MaxMin plots as tolerance limits. Submitted to
Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation.
Ryals, P.E., Cross, R., Jones, J., Riggs, B.M., & Stewart, G.L. (2007, April). Phospholipid and phospholipid-bound fatty acid composition of isolated Trichinella spiralis muscle larvae and nurse cells. Submitted to Molecular and Biochemical Parasitiology.
El-Sheikh, E.M., Mbizo, J., Stanny, C.J.,
Sutton, M.A., White, L.J., & Williams, M.H.
(2010, Accepted). Engaging faculty in the assessment process at the University of West Florida. Submitted to Maki, P.L. (Ed.), Faculty Experiences with and Perspectives on Assessing Student Learning , Stylus Publishing, 1st edition.
Bowyer, K.W., Sutton, M.A. & Stark, L. (2009). Object recognition through reasoning about functionality: A survey of related work. In Dickinson, S. (Editor), Object Categorization: Computer and Human Vision Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 129-147.
Mbizo, J. & Yoshihashi, A.
(2009, Accepted). Imaging and communication in medical and public health informatics: Current issues and emerging trends. Submitted to Bankman, I.N. (Ed.), Handbook on Medical Imaging and Analysis, Academic Press, 2nd edition.
Sutton, M.A. (2009). Image segmentation by fuzzy clustering: Methods and issues. In Bankman, I.N. (Editor), Handbook of Medical Image Processing and Analysis, Second edition. Elsevier, Inc., 91-111.
Sutton, M.A. & Stark, L. (2008). Function-based reasoning for goal-oriented image segmentation. In E. Rome et al. (Eds.): Affordance-Based Robot Control, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Germany: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 159-172.
Mbizo, J., Okafor, A., & Holland, E.H., (2013). Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with arthritis, and other musculoskeletal diseases in the United States Submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.
Mbizo, J., Okafor, A., & Holland, E.H., (2013) Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and hypertension in the United States. Submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA
Sisskin, E., Mbizo, J., Hahn, H.& Stewart, G., (2013) Use of case studies of local environmental issues as a teaching tool in a professional MPH program. Abstract submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston
Beard, S., Mbizo, J., Sisskin, E., Guest, K.D., Pierce, M.D., Holland, E., and Okafor, A. (2012) Source of Nutritional Information and Obesity Among Adults in Northwest Florida : A Community Survey. APHA Annual Meeting
Sisskin, E., Mbizo, J., and Hahn, A. (2012) Using Quality Matters standards to better align public health competencies with coursework in an online MPH program. APHA Annual Meeting
Mbizo, J., Guest, K.D., Holland, E.N. , Okafor, A., Pierce, M.D., & Beard, S., (2012). Gender Differences in Use of Preventive Eye Care Services Among Diabetic US Adults, Evidence from the BRFSS, 2010. Abstract submitted to the American Public Health, (Accepted)
Nanda, J.P., Nanda, M., Mbizo, J., Guest, K.D., & Sousa, E., (2012) Gender differences in bullying and suicide attempts among U.S. High School students. Abstract submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting (Accepted & Presented)
Mbizo, J., Holland, E.N., & Okafor, A., (2012) Use of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccine in People with Diabetes. Abstract #270056 Submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, (Accepted)
Mbizo, J., Okafor, A., & Holland, E.N.(2012). Variations in Use of Preventative Dental Services Among Diabetic US Adults, Evidence from the BRFSS, 2010. Submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting (Accepted)
Sousa, E., Mbizo, J., and Sisskin, E. (2012) Racial and Gender Differences in Behavioral Risk Factors for Obesity Among Adolescents 14 to 17 Years Old: evidence from YRBS, 2009. Presented at NAAAS Annual Meeting
Okafor, A., Mbizo, J., & Erica Holland, E.N., (2011) Socio-demographic Determinants of Teeth Loss among Diabetic and Non-Diabetic American Adults, BRFSS, 2010. Submitted to the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting (Accepted)
Mbizo, J., Beard, S., & Sisskin, E., (2011) Perceived Risk and Knowledge Determinants of the H1N1 Vaccine Use in Escambia County, Florida, 2009-2010 Flu Season Oral Abstract # 247950 Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.
Mbizo, J., & Okafor, A (2011) Prevalence of No Known Major Risk Factors for cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease Among Residents of US Gulf Coast States. Poster Abstract # 240499- Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.
Sisskin, E., Mbizo, J., & Hahn, A.,(2011) Strategies for student involvement in their local community in an Online MPH Program, Oral Abstract # 240727- Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington DC.
Martin, P. (2011). Improving Health Care Efficiency in Haiti: Proposal of a Health Policy.
Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
Sisskin, E., Mbizo, J., & Sutton, M.A.(2010) Interactive strategies for teaching environmental justice in online Master of Public Health Programs. Submitted and presented Accepted for Oral Presentation at the 138th American Public Health Scientific Meeting, Denver, CO.
Mbizo, J., & Hossain, M.B. (2010). Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease among Blacks in the United States. Abstract presented at the 2010 United States Conference on African Immigrant Health (USCAIH). Atlanta, GA.
Martin, P. (2010). Public Health in Medical Education I Conference.
Poster presentation at the American Association of Medical Colleges, Cleveland, OH.
Mbizo, J., Sutton, M.A., Sisskin, E., & Stewart, G.L. (2009) Determinants of infant mortality and disparities in Escambia County, Florida. Submitted to the American Public Health Association for the Annual Scientific 137th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA
Sisskin, E., Mbizo, J., Hahn, A., Sutton, M.A., Stewart, G.L., & Reedy, S.L. (2009) Innovative strategies for online delivery of public health courses and programs: Implications for student engagement and retention. Submitted to the American Public Health Association for the Annual Scientific 137th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA
Wells, D.L., El-Sheikh, E.M., Sutton, M.A., Di Santo, V. & Bennett, W.A. (2009). Automated image processing of X-radiographics of digestion in stingrays. Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, CSREA Press, 715-719.
Sutton, M.A., Mbizo, J., & Stewart, G.L. (2008). "A Competency-Based, Online Master of Public Health Program: A Model for Innovative Assessment Strategies". Invited presentation to 2008 UWF Spring Mini-Conference: Best Practices for Assessment and Curricular Reform (in coordination with UWF Articulation Day), Pensacola, FL
Mbizo, J., Sutton, M.A., & Stewart, G.L. (2008). "Using Second Life as an Extra Credit Engagement Tool for Scavenger Hunts in the Online Master of Public Health Program" Invited presentation to Learn 8 in '08 Technology Sessions, Academic Technology Center, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Li, K. & Bengel, O. (2007). Multivariate MaxMin plots as tolerance limits.
Proceedings of the International Statistical Institute Meetings, Lisbon, Portugal.
Gilmore, A., Tian, H., Legorreta, A., Taira, D. & Chung, C. (2007). A decision tree approach to estimating
cost savings of pay for performance programs in a PPO setting. Presentation at the 12th annual international meeting for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Arlington, VA.
Min, J., Lin, F., Legoretta, A., Kang, N., &
Gilmore, A. (2007). Cost effectiveness and clinical outcomes of coronary computed tomographic angiography compared to myocardial perfusion imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Presentation at the 56th annual scientific session for the American College of Cardiology, New Orleans, LA.
Ajidahun, A., Cross, R.W., Stewart, G.L. & Lepo, J.E. (2006, May). PCR detection of helicobacter pylori prevalence in pig feces. Presentation at the American Society of Microbiology, Orlando, FL.
Lanza, J. (Editor/Author). (2007, April). State of Florida emergency management annex for an all-hazards radiological emergency. Annex E to the
Florida Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Rao, K.R., Karouna-Renier, N., Lanza, J.J.,
et al. (January 25, 2007). Biomonitoring of mercury levels in hair samples from women of child-bearing age in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, FL. Florida Department of Health Epi Update.
Publications, In Development
Santana, J., Mbizo, J., Zia, F., Olaku, O., Hossain, M.B., & White, J., Complementary and Alternative Medicine use by Hispanic cancer patients and the impact of Acculturation, 2013
Mbizo, J., Holland E.N., Okafor, A., Pierce, M.D., & Guest, K.D., Trends and Prevalence of No Known Major Risk Factors for cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease Among Residents of US Gulf Coast States, 2013
Mbizo, J., Holland, E.N., Okafor, A., Guest, K.D., & Beard, S., Trends and Variations in Use of Preventative Dental Services Among Diabetic US Adults, Evidence from the BRFSS, 2000 - 2010. 2013
Mbizo, J., Pierce, M.D., Holland, E.N., Okafor, A., Guest, K.D., & Beard, S., Use of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines in People with Diabetes , 2013
Behan, K., & Mbizo, J., Investigating the accuracy of the point of care testing for A1C in patients with Sickle Cell Trait., 2013
Okafor, A., Mbizo, J., Beard, S., Pierce, M.D., Holland, E.N., & Guest, K.D., Socio-demographic Determinants of Teeth Loss among Diabetic and Non-Diabetic American Adults, BRFSS, 2010.
Lanza, J.J., Wilson, P.A., & Hodges, D. Health screening profile of a community near the Escambia Wood Treatment Co. Superfund site in Pensacola, FL—Clarinda Triangle. Report to be submitted to CDC, Fall 2007.
RECENT FUNDING, core faculty
External Grants, basic research
Identifying the prevalence, awareness, and barriers to preventive care of obesity and diabetes among African-Americans and Hispanics.
Partnership for Public Health, Inc., $7,500.
Mbizo, J., Sisskin, E., & Stewart, G.L. (2010): Uptake of H1N1 Influenza Vaccine in Escambia County, Florida. Fl. Department of Health, $20,000.00
Antimicrobial activity of contact lens care products against acanthamoeba.
Alcon Laboratories, $10,000.
Internal Grants, basic research
Martin, P.M. (2013-2014).
Geographical differences in the perception and attitudes regarding diabetes and obesity. A comparison between Escambia and Miami-Dade County.
UWF, Scholarly and Creative Committee, $2,000.
Mbizo, J. (2010). Self-Management of Blood Glucose Among Person Diagnosed With Diabetes in Escambia County, Florida: A Field Study. UWF, Scholarly and Creative Committee $2,000.00
Mbizo, J. (2007-2008).
Complementary and alternative medicine exploratory study: The potency of the Old Path herbal tea.
UWF, CAS, $2,000.
Bennett, L. (with Sutton, M.A., Faculty Advisor).
Recycling works: An application of the EPA’s quest for less program to the Bajo people of Indonesia.
College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Project Grant.
Funding provided for travel, $1,000.
External Grants, evaluation and planning
Mbizo, J.(2013) UWF Escambia County Public Health Training Program grant. Partnership for Public Health. $7,500.00.
White, L. Sutton, M.A. & Ter Haar, L. (2009) Innovative New Programs for an Industry-Vested IT Workforce in Northwest Florida: Software Engineering Graduate Program, $292,728
Sutton, M.A., Hoyt, R.E., Mbizo, J., Hahn, A., Behan, K., & Stewart, G.L. (2009). Innovative New Programs for an Industry-Vested IT Workforce in Northwest Florida: Health Sciences and Technology Training Retreats for High School Guidance Counselors and Academy Directors. Florida’s Great Northwest, $10,000
Stewart, G.L. (2006-2007).
Marketing of UWF's health programs and Okaloosa Schools health academy tracks.
Subcontractee to Okaloosa School District, U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Grant, $25,000.
Internal Grants, evaluation and planning
Building high-quality online programs at UWF: Support for strategic planning and accreditation efforts using a team-oriented model emphasizing quality, 360-degree assessment, and public accountability”. UWF Pace Academic Development Grant, $25,000.
OTHER RELATED AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Walch, S. (2006-2007). Named the
William A. Bailey Health and Behavior Congressional Fellow by the
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her activities involved
conducting legislative and oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates and preparing
briefs and writing speeches related to her area of expertise in HIV/AIDS
and other health focused issues. This appointment came on the heels of the
$1.1 million grant she wrote which
was funded for five years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) for Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information Services (OASIS) of Fort
Walton Beach. This grant implements a community-level intervention that addresses
the HIV prevention needs of heterosexual African American men and
women and HIV prevention intervention for young gay and bisexual men.
Hahn, A. (2012) Outstanding HOSA Chapter Advisor for Florida, Health Occupations Students of America
Sutton, M.A. (2009). U-Care Award, Excellence Matters Faculty and Staff Reward and Recognition Program
Recognized with nomination: “I’m taking the second course I’ve had with Dr. Sutton and she consistently demonstrates the characteristics described in this award. She seems to genuinely care about her students as people as well as how much they learn. She emphasized the importance of quality and integrity in everything the students pursue during class and as professionals in their field. She shows innovation in the way her online classes are structured and in the projects she assigns. She responds promptly to all student inquiries and encourages students to embrace collaboration, teamwork, and innovation in the rapidly evolving field of health informatics. She is quick to solve student technical issues, and, when needed, provide effective work-around solutions. She’s flexible with the sequence and due dates when there are server issues or other technical problems but still motivates students to stay current and be responsive to each other’s postings. She is very knowledgeable and effective at making the online experience as personal as a seated course experience. In the two semesters I’ve had her as an instructor, she has had to work around systems issues, guest speaker schedule changes and student technical problems – she did all of this effectively and with creativity, flexibility, and by keeping everyone in the loop.”
Sutton, M.A. (2008).
U-Make A Difference Award, Excellent Matters Faculty and Staff Reward and Recognition Program.
Recognized for demonstrating knowledge, quality, innovation, ownership, professionalism, stewardship and caring in creating assessment programs for SAHLS and Biology that were used as a model of excellence and put UWF on the national map for excellence in programmatic assessment. Also recognized for creating a comprehensive training program for online instruction for all of the adjuncts and full-time faculty teaching in Biology and SAHLS that has increased the quality of the online experience for students and has trained faculty to develop top-quality online courses.
(2008). UWF Excellence Matters Award.
Sutton, M.A. (2007).
Appreciation Award, Pensacola chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Recognized for helping to promote safety and health along the Gulf Coast by bringing quality occupational safety and health educational opportunities to Pensacola and the surrounding communities.
Sutton, M.A. (2005).
Certificate of Appreciation, Academic Technology Center, UWF.
In recognition and appreciation of efforts to develop and
teach quality online courses and programs.
(2004). Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence Professional of the Year Award.
(2003). Florida Department of Health, Secretary’s Special Recognition Award (Domestic Security Health Team).
Thesis Supervisions (joint faculty)
Stadel, D. (with Raid, A., Thesis Chair). (2007). Statistical analysis of cancer rates in Florida. M.S., Mathematics and Statistics.