Public Health Research
The Public Health Research Unit is located within the Division of Community Health Promotion at the Department’s Central Office. Within Public Health Research, the Biomedical Research Program administers annual funding opportunities for research grant applications, monitors research grants, evaluates progress of research grant project aims, and provides research consultations and technical assistance. Annual reports are submitted to the Florida Legislature on research progress. The goals of the research grants are to find new discoveries leading to the prevention, treatment, and cures for cancer, tobacco related diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease.
This program is also responsible for the Department’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Human Research Protection Program, which provides research consultations and technical assistance concerning applications for research review by the IRB. The Department’s IRB reviews research projects that involve clients, data, facilities and/or staff.
Biomedical Research also provides two educational programs to enrich the internal research capacity of the Department, the Research Excellence Initiative and Florida Health Grand Rounds. The Research Excellence Initiative is a year-long education program for Department professionals conducting research, epidemiology, and program evaluation. The initiative builds skills and ability for quality and innovative research with the highest regard for research integrity, research ethics, and regulatory requirements. The Research Excellence Initiative is now in its fourth year.The Florida Health Grand Rounds is a webinar series held in the Fall and Spring semesters in partnership with Florida university-based researchers and hosted by the Department. The topics have a broad focus, touching on emerging, innovative, and cross-cutting areas of public health. Florida Health Grand Rounds provides an opportunity for Florida researchers to highlight and share their work with department staff, leading to a more efficient transition into public