20170905_194647The Undergraduate Public Health Association (UPHA) was established in 2016 for students interested in the vast field of public health. UPHA intends to promote public health through professional development, field experience, and networking.



President: Yoola Adeniji

Adeyoola Adeniji is a fourth year student majoring in Health Education and Behavior with a specialization in Community Health Promotion and minor in Communication Studies. Her career interests include healthcare management, health communications, international health, and emergency preparedness.


Vice President: Lina Babiker

Lina is a third year student at UF. She spent a number of years traveling across and living in developing countries where she observed a less than standard quality of life. Growing up in societies with poor healthcare conditions sparked her interest in public health and has motivated her to dedicate her career to improving those disparities. In her free time she enjoys reading, eating, traveling and re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender. She looks forward to an incredible second year for UPHA!


Secretary: Ivanna Rocha

Ivanna was born in Hialeah FL, grew up in Phoenix AZ, went to middle and high school in Melbourne FL. She is currently entering her second year as a biochemistry major hoping eventually to get dual degree in Health Science for Pre-Public Health and a minor in Statistics. She is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and she loves to bake, sew, paint, and learn languages.


Treasurer: Morgan Gates

Morgan Gates is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Public Health program and is also her first year of the Master of Public Health combined degree program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. She plans to pursue a career in health education or health promotion after completing her Master of Public Health in Summer 2019. Morgan is from Fort Walton Beach, FL and she works part time at the UF Computing Help Desk.


Director of Public Relations: Ryan Romero

Ryan Romero is a second year Public Health major from Sarasota, FL. After completion of his Bachelors of Public Health, Ryan plans to enter medical school in the pursuit of becoming a physician. Ryan has career interests in biotechnology, virology, and endocrinology. He spends his time volunteering at the Shands Research Hospital, studying at the Reitz Union, and participating in health-awareness fundraisers.


Social Liaison: Kathryn Plavetic

Kathryn is a second year student from Orlando Florida, majoring in Business Management and minoring in Spanish. After her undergraduate years, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Health Administration. Her long-term goal is to work towards becoming a hospital administrator in which she strives to improve the quality and efficiency of care. In addition to serving as the social director of UPHA, Kathryn is a member of the Florida Leadership Academy within the Heavener School of Business. She also spent the past summer working as a compliance intern at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. Kathryn is excited for the upcoming year in UPHA, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the vast field of public health.


Community Service: Courtney Ricketts

Courtney Ricketts is a fourth-year student at the University of Florida, majoring in Public Health and African-American Studies. She is also pursuing a minor in Health Disparities. Her interests include health disparities as they relate to underserved communities in general, but specifically Ms. Ricketts would like to focus on health disparities in the black community. Courtney is also a member of The Dream Defenders, a grassroots community organization based in Florida. Her ultimate goal is to bring truly affordable, and universal healthcare to the United States. Courtney Ricketts currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.

Advisor: Dr. Michael Moorhouse