A huge part of the work we do here at the Department of Environmental and Global Health (EGH) extends beyond domestic research and involves addressing health issues and disparities on a global scale. Eric Coker, PhD, who joined EGH in the summer of 2018 as a Clinical Assistant Professor, is a testament to our commitment to creating positive change for international populations.
When he joined the department, Dr. Coker brought with him a wealth of experience and expertise in epidemiology, environmental health, and exposure science. In addition to teaching, Dr. Coker was keen on expanding on his previous air pollution research in Uganda and establishing partnerships with international collaborators. With these goals in mind, he applied for and was awarded the Global Fellowship by the University of Florida International Center, which supports junior faculty conducting research with an international reach. This fellowship allowed him to travel to Uganda this spring, a land-locked East-African country, to help establish a network of air-monitoring systems, lead training sessions with locals, and meet with key partners in the community, and more.
Hear about Dr. Coker’s most recent trip to Uganda and why he believes developing projects and partnerships like these are so meaningful and enriching.