Florida Public Health Training Center

at Florida A&M University

The Florida Public Health Training Center is housed in the Institute of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).  The Florida PHTC provides continuing professional education for the public health workforce in Florida as well as student field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects. Areas of expertise include: health disparities, cultural competency, community-based participatory research, and interprofessional collaboration.

Founded in 1887, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities.  FAMU’s faculty educate students at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels; and prepares graduates to apply their knowledge, critical thinking skills and creativity in their service to society.  Created in 1995, the mission of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) is to develop and produce culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research and service. The IPH offers both the master of public health (MPH) and doctor of public health (DrPH) degrees, with the MPH degree being offered both in an online and traditional format. The IPH program is the only accredited public health degree program that is administratively housed in a college/school of pharmacy. It is also ranked #5 in the production of African Americans with a public health degree.

  • Health Disparities
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Cultural Competency Training
  • Data Analysis and Management
  • Public Health Genomics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Public Health Association
  • State Academic Institutions
  • County Health Departments (Florida)
  • Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health
  • Directors of Health Promotion Programs (DHPE)
  • Consortium of African American Public Health Programs
  • American Public Health Association (Black Caucus of Health Workers)
  • Florida Blue Foundation
  • Community-Based Organizations (local and state)
  • Public Health Training/Continuing Education
  • Needs Assessment and Collaborative Development
  • Practice, Faculty-Student Collaboration
  • Student Field Placements

Cynthia HarrisCynthia M. Harris, Ph.D., DABT

Principal Investigator and LPS Director

Dr. Cynthia M. Harris is Director and Professor of the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health.  The Institute of Public Health was created in 1995 by the Florida Legislature and administers two accredited public health programs: Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Programs.  She is the inaugural director.  Dr. Harris has over (25) years of research and service experience in health disparities, community-based participatory research, and environmental toxicology and health risk assessment.  She currently serves on the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) Board of Directors, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Charter Science Advisory Board, and is Vice-President of the Trust for America’s Health Board of Directors. She is also a former councilor of the national public health accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health.  She has served on numerous grant reviews for several federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Environmental Health Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.  Dr. Harris is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.


Matt DuttonMatthew Dutton, Ph.D.

Faculty Trainer

Dr. Matthew Dutton is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University.  Dr. Dutton received his PhD in Biostatistics, MS in Applied Statistics, and BS in Statistics from Florida State University. Dr. Dutton’s research is primarily focused on the application of statistics to important real-world problems.  He serves as an analyst to research projects from various concentrations with the goal of providing the highest quality of statistical rigor with relatable conclusions for wide audiences.  He is experienced in the areas of meta-analysis, statistical modeling, hypothesis testing, and research design and implementation.  He also studies pedagogical methods in both public health and statistics.  Methods in teaching statistics to the non-statistical student are of particular interest to him.


Sandra SutherSandra G. Suther, Ph.D.


Dr. Sandra Suther is a professor in Economic, Social & Administrative Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University. She received her master’s in Medical Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her doctorate in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Dr. Suther has over 17 years’ experience in community-based research utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Research interests include racial and ethnic health disparities, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health as well as concerns about the misuse of new genomic technology. Additionally, Dr. Suther has been evaluating health programs and projects for over 15 years. She has served as evaluator for 12 funded programs (Texas Department of Health, Florida Department of Health, HRSA, NIH, NSF, Howard Hughes Medical Institute).


Charlotte BakerCharlotte Baker, DrPH

Faculty Trainer

Dr. Charlotte Baker is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her current research focuses in the areas of sports injury epidemiology, physical activity, health disparities, social epidemiology, blood disorders, and translating research to practice. Charlotte holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Appalachian State University. Her goal is to always use her research and practice skills to serve and enhance the lives of the underserved and to use epidemiology and data to influence prevention and policy.