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Brittney Harris Awarded CDC Health Communication Fellowship

Brittney Harris, MPHBrittney Harris, MPH, an alumna of the Master of Public Health program in the Petrock College of Health Sciences, has been selected for an ORISE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Communication Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship, which is one to two years in length, involves the Mass Media Team in the Prevention Communication Branch. The Prevention Communication Branch is responsible for developing, implementing and disseminating consumer HIV prevention social marketing campaigns and supporting campaign goals via community mobilization.

Harris received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Radford University and worked for Bethune-Cookman University as the Natural Science Laboratory Manager and Safety Officer before completing the Master of Public Health degree. Harris was a member of the inaugural cohort of the MPH program and also worked as an HIV Prevention Specialist in Daytona in 2018.

"B-CU is excited to have its first alumna accepted into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fellowship. It is a great honor," said Dr. Deanna Wathington, Executive Dean, Petrock College of Health Sciences.

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research, current public health research and developmental activities.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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