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Quick Facts

  • Top 25% - Ranking among doctoral programs in "Public Policy, Public Affairs and Public Administration" according to the National Research Council
  • 72 - Number of students enrolled in the program in Fall 2016
  • 12 - Number of program graduates in 2015-16

Student Spotlight

Colleen Campbell

Colleen CampbellColleen Campbell, a student in the Social Work Track, presented her ongoing research on violence against home health care workers at the Fourth International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, held Oct. 22-24 in Miami.

Campbell made two oral presentations at the conference, a 90-minute workshop and a 30-minute lecture, both of which were published in the conference proceedings. They focused on the ethical dilemma posed by this workforce problem and organizational intervention strategies aimed at reducing this form of violence. Read more

Campbell is also a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker working for the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center out of Gainesville.

Lloyd Duran

Lloyd DuranLloyd Duran (M.S.W.'10) is a full-time doctoral student in the Social Work Track and a graduate teaching associate.

Duran is studying reintegration services for veterans returning from deployment and works part-time at the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran of the invasion of Iraq, so I enjoy working with that population because I am a part of it," Duran said.

His hometown is Hialeah, Fla.

Photo: Duran outside the Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center
(Photo by Abi Bell)

>> Also see Doctoral Student's Advocacy for Vets Recognized by Orlando VAMC - May 29, 2015

If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,  Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,  Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,  Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,  Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group
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