The Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness (FCPHP) was
designated and funded by the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) through a cooperative agreement with the Association
of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) in April, 2001. It was
one of the first 7 academic public health preparedness centers
thus designated. There are now 27 academic centers for public
health preparedness in accredited schools of public health.
is the only CDC designated Academic Center for Public Health
Preparedness in the state of Florida.
FCPHP is a part
of the University of South Florida, College of Public Health;
the only fully accredited College of Public Health in the
state of Florida.
To improve the capacity of public health workers to respond
to bioterrorism and other current, new, and emerging public
health threats in Florida and the nation by providing training
and resources that will contribute to public health workforce
preparedness. The Center has three national specialty training
areas: disaster behavioral health, crisis leadership, and