Cherrelle Dorleans (MPH ’17)
Stempel College’s MPH program provided her with the foundation to grow as an emerging public health professional and a leader and mentor among peers, while learning from and working with renowned faculty in the area most passionate to her—sexually transmitted disease and HIV/AIDS prevention. She served as president of the Stempel College Public Health Association (SPHA) for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Cherrelle’s research interests aligned with several faculty in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and she was able to integrate her research interests with her practicum experience at the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. Within the STD/HIV Prevention and Control Program, she examined the challenges of STD/HIV prevention among African Americans, Caribbean and Hispanic populations in the county.
The MPH program provided her with transferable skills including knowledge of theoretical constructs, the design, implementation and evaluation of HIV prevention evidence-based interventions, as well as the development of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
She wants to pursue a Ph.D. as she advances her interests in sexual health, health promotion, global health and health disparities research among disadvantaged minority populations. Through her ambition and passion, she plans to use what she learned at FIU to serve and educate those around her.