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UMiami: Public Health Researchers Lead Journal of Public Health Student Capstones (JPHSC) Project

Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, assistant professor, and Dr. Viviana Horigian, associate professor, both from the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, served as co-principal investigators in “The Journal of Public Health Student Capstones (JPHSC) Project.” The goal of this project, which was supported by the Leslie and Loretta Copeland Foundation, was to create a faculty/practitioner-reviewed online public health journal that is dedicated to publishing the scholarly work by undergraduate and graduate public health students that is conducted as part of their fieldwork and capstone experience.

The journal will begin accepting submissions in January 2020 and the inaugural issue will be published in June or July 2020. Until then, project investigators and their team plan to continue to recruit editors and increase their pool of manuscript reviewers. They will also send out promotional packages to departments of public health, encouraging faculty or capstone advisors about the opportunities for publication for their students.

Future translational activities for this journal include disseminating public health knowledge produced by students on a variety of current public health issues. Project investigators hope that the journal will encourage current public health students with their future capstone projects, will help advance the careers of those with accepted manuscripts, as well as help inform current public health professionals of the type of work students and up-and-coming public health professionals are working on.

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