Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs Ranked Fifth in the Nation

UF Online has risen to No. 5 in the 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the best online programs in the country, up from No. 12 in 2018. This ranking includes the College of Health & Human Behavior online bachelor degrees in Health Education and Behavior, and Sport Management.

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Spaceflight changes your brain pathways

With support from NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, APK's Dr. Rachael Seidler is studying the effects of spaceflight on the human brain — specifically the impact on white matter in areas that control movement and process sensory information.

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Keith Humphreys Addresses Opioid Epidemic

On March 19, HHP hosted the 34th annual D.K. Stanley Lecture Series featuring noted Stanford professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and former Obama administration senior drug control policy advisor, Dr. Keith Humphreys. His presentation “Effective Strategies for Responding to the Opioid Crisis” discussed multiple strategies and tactics that have some effectiveness in reducing the opioid epidemic and associated harms. Watch the lecture, as well as a special Facebook Live interview.

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25 Years of Service and Counting

On Monday, March 4, President Fuchs and Vice President Jodi Gentry celebrated staff legacies at the University of Florida with 25 years or more of service. The College of Health & Human Performance has eight staff members with 25 years and counting.

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David Vaillancourt unlocks new way to diagnose Parkinson’s

With his recent laboratory discovery, Dr. Vaillancourt, professor and researcher at HHP in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology department, is poised to transform how Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed and monitored — and maybe even cured one day.

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The first “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance.

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UF faculty, including Dr. Angélica Almeyda Zambrano, are collaborating with a team of international researchers to understand how ancient landscapes can help us design, plan, organize and maintain systems resilient to cultural and ecological change.

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HHP Advisor Named 2019 UF Professional Advisor of the Year

On Monday, April 8, Brittany Schambow, academic advisor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, was selected as UF’s Professional Advisor of the Year. This award is a testament to Schambow’s outstanding student advising and commitment to professional development.

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UF Recognizes HHP Grad Students

Earlier in April, the university celebrated Graduate Student Appreciation Week with a university-wide research day and awards ceremony. Congratulations to six graduate students recognized for outstanding mentoring, teaching and research.

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On Monday, April 15, HHP hosted “Transparency: Physiology, Wellness and Beyond in the Trans Community.” The event featured student presentations on physiological changes during the medical transition process. Presenters from Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren’s human physiology class responded to questions posed by faculty judges and members of the community. Attendees had the opportunity to learn new information shared by LGBTQ advocates and take this knowledge forward into professional careers and other opportunities.

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In collaboration with Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, HHP welcomed elementary school students for an immersive biomechanics experience featuring 10 labs and four departments.

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HHP Celebrates 12 at Spring Awards Ceremony

On April 12, 2019, we recognized 12 HHP alumni, faculty, staff and students who are making an impact within The Gator Nation and beyond. Their impact is profound and they are a source of inspiration and pride.

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Congratulations, Robert Leeman - Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor

On April 12, 2019, Robert Leeman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, was named the inaugural Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor which will be housed in HHP in perpetuity.

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On Sunday, May 5, the College of Health & Human Performance recognized degree recipients in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Dean Michael Reid, Ph.D., presided over the ceremony for Spring 2019 graduates in the departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology; Health Education and Behavior; Sport Management; and Tourism, Event and Recreation Management.

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Remembering Robert Singer

Robert “Bob” Singer, Ph.D., retired chair of HHP’s Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Sciences), passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the age of 82.

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In partnership with the Walt Disney World Company, the University of Florida’s College of Health & Human Performance now offers an expanded selection of online master’s degrees to Disney employees. Master’s degrees in Tourism and Recreation Management, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and Health Education and Behavior will join the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management as online degrees eligible for 100 percent tuition coverage under Disney Aspire.

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HEB's Amy Mobley receives RIS Mid-Career Award

Amy R. Mobley, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, received the Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science RIS Mid-Career Award supported by Abbott Nutrition.

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Q&A with new APK Chair David Vaillancourt

This summer, Dr. David Vaillancourt moves into his new role as the Applied Physiology & Kinesiology department chair. He joined UF and APK in 2011, and in addition to the role of professor, Vaillancourt served as director of the Center for Exercise Science and vice-chair for the department.

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Q&A with new HEB Chair Mildred Maldonado-Molina

This summer, Dr. Mildred Maldonado-Molina joins HHP as the new Health Education & Behavior department chair. She comes to the college from the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the UF College of Medicine where she is an Associate Professor and Director of the Family Data Center.

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New school year brings two new departments, new department chairs

With the new school year on the horizon, the College of Health & Human Performance has several important updates and exciting news to share, including the formation fo two departments and new department chairs.


Holly Moses, two additional HHP faculty members, recognized as Career Influencers

Congratulations to Holly Moses, Ph.D., lecturer and internship coordinator in health education and behavior. Dr. Moses was one of two winning the faculty division in the inaugural UF Career Influencer Awards hosted by the Career Connections Center on Friday, July 19, 2019.

In addition to Moses, two additional HHP faculty members received nominations.

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Scott Powers Recognized by American College of Sports Medicine

Congratulations to Scott Powers, Ed.D., UAA endowed and distinguished professor in APK, for receiving the 2019 Honor Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida in June.

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Middle School Summer Camp “Girls With Nerve” Empowers the Pursuit of Neuroscience

UF Researchers Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., and Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., teamed up to bring more than 20 middle school students to campus this summer for a free, week-long summer camp aimed at empowering girls to explore neuroscience.

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HHP Tailgates Kick Off Sept. 7

HHP alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to our tailgates at the Florida Gym before each home football game. Catch up with the community and learn about what's new in HHP.

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Chris Hass Appointed ASB Fellow

Chris J. Hass, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs and professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, has been appointed a fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics. He is one of two fellows nominated for the 2019 cohort and is recognized for his professional achievement, leadership and service as a top member of the ASB.

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Non-invasive, automated MRI for Parkinson’s diagnosis promises to improve patient care

In an international study at 17 MRI centers in the U.S., Austria and Germany, a research team led by HHP's David Vaillancourt, Ph.D., used a non-invasive MRI method with 1,002 patients to develop an automated system to accurately diagnose Parkinson’s disease and related but different neurodegenerative disorders.

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Christian Taylor talks about the Triple Jump and being a Proud Gator

Known worldwide as a clutch performer in the men’s triple jump, Christian Taylor, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Champion, will soon add to his long list of accomplishments a Bachelor of Science degree in the online sport management program

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Women’s Tennis Partners with UF Online Grad Programs

The Women’s Tennis Association and Women’s Tennis Benefit Association announced a partnership with the University of Florida, where WTBA will subsidize in-state tuition fees for WTA members who enroll in online master’s degrees from the UF College of Journalism and Communications and the UF College of Health & Human Performance. The WTA, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the global leader in women’s professional sport and the principal organizing body for women's professional tennis.

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The article, “Perceived health, medical and psychiatric conditions in individual and dual-use of marijuana and nonprescription opioids,” by Tessa Frohe, Beseler, Mendoza, Cottler and Leeman, was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 87, issue 10, pp. 859-871 this month.

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On Nov. 12, ESPN’s The Undefeated and University of Florida hosted the 2019 Wasdin Town Hall on sport, social justice and the media with 17 sports professionals and speakers. The event was a collaborative effort between the College of Health and Human Performance, the College of Journalism and Communications and the Levin College of Law.

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Celebrating International Educators and Scholars

Click the link below to read about HHP international student scholars who have been recognized for their academic accomplishments and contributions to the UF and Gainesville Community.

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Drone-mounted lasers reveal ancient settlement off Florida coast

Using drone technology, a team of UF researchers including HHP’s assistant professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management Angélica Almeyda Zambrano, Ph.D., discovered how an ancient Floridian village played a key role in pre-Columbian geopolitics. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have been featured in The Guardian.

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