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Press Release for Monday, April 11, 2016

Brooks College of Health Graduate Student Receives National Scholarship

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 Heather Loran, a public health graduate student in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida, was recently presented the Barbara A. Cooley Scholarship by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, awarded to a master’s-level student enrolled in an accredited health education program.

She received the $1,000 scholarship April 7 during the SHAPE America National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is her seventh scholarship as a graduate student in the MPH program at the University. She is also the recipient of the UNF Graduate School Scholarship, Society for Public Health Education Vivian Drenckhahn Scholarship and the Florida Public Health Association Graduate Scholarship, to name a few.

“All of the Master of Public Health faculty at the University are extremely proud of Heather,” said Dr. Tammie Johnson, UNF associate professor and director of the MPH Program. “She has worked hard and deserves this honor.”

Loran, a Bartram Park resident, is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at UNF, with a concentration in health promotion and health education, and works as a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Brooks College of Health. She is also the clinic manager for five teen health centers through the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, serves as the facilitator for the Teen Health Project through the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and works as a data research assistant at the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.

She is a member of the National Health Education Honorary, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Florida Public Health Association, Society for Public Health Education and SHAPE America. Loran plans to pursue a career in health education related to sexual and reproductive health. She is expected to graduate from UNF in August.

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and its national standards for K-12 physical education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.