Dr. Roderick K. King Named M.D./M.P.H. Director and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education

An experienced physician and public health leader, Roderick K. King, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s M.D./M.P.H. Program and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.

“Our goals include integrating public health into the traditional medical degree curriculum, and strengthening and streamlining our M.D./M.P.H. program, which has grown significantly in recent years,” said King, associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Division of Health Services Research and Policy, and CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation.

“Dr. King brings the impressive credentials of both the M.D. and M.P.H. degrees to this leadership role, as well as a wealth of experience with on-the-ground and people-relevant public health, and leadership experience at the national level on critical issues such as health manpower deployment and training,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim Dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “His role will include furthering the already close relationship of our medical and public health educational programs and introducing new and innovative pedagogy to both programs.”

Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Acting Co-Director of the Educational Development Office, called King a “tremendous role model” for M.D./M.P.H. students and a “leader in medical education.” He added, “Dr. King will help the physicians in our regular curriculum gain a better understanding of the public health track.”

The Miller School’s M.D./M.P.H. program is one of only a few in the U.S. that gives students an opportunity to earn both the medical and public health degrees in four years. Its integrated curriculum addresses the knowledge, skills and experiences fundamental to those competencies required of a public health physician.

“Approximately 50 of the 200 incoming medical students each year choose our challenging dual-degree program,” King said. “In recent years, there has been greater student diversity in both the traditional M.D. and M.D./M.P.H. programs. That reflects our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging, in keeping with our university’s highest values.”

A board-certified pediatrician, King joined the Miller School faculty in 2012 after spending 13 years at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School for Public Health. As a clinician and researcher, he has been active in addressing health disparities in South Florida minority communities, as well as public health issues like the impact of rising sea levels on coastal areas.

Last September, BUILD Health Challenge, a national partnership, awarded a $75,000 planning grant for “Building a Healthy and Resilient Liberty City,” an anti-violence intervention program led by King as CEO of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation, with support from the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, and Jackson Health System.

“Through the power of collaboration, we expect to make healthy changes for the residents of Liberty City,” King said. “Our goal is to develop innovative, evidence-based strategies that will allow us to tackle the root causes of this deadly public health problem.”

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