Title: Associate Professor
College: College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Epidemiology; College of Medicine, Department of Medicine
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Robert (Bob) Cook is an infectious disease epidemiologist who conducts population-based research focused on prevention of HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.  He received his MD and MPH in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia, he completed a two-year research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and a Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of North Carolina. He then joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, where he held joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (1996 – 2006).

Dr. Cook’s research has focused on prevention issues involving HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The overlap of substance abuse and HIV/STD has been a major focus, and he is currently conducting an NIH-funded study to evaluate the impact of pharmacologic treatment for alcohol problems in HIV-infected women.  Dr. Cook has established collaborations with the Alachua County Health Dept, where he has collected data on risk behavior and the potential impact of digital media interventions within the HIV/STD clinic settings.  Multidisciplinary collaboration is a common theme in Dr. Cook’s work, as he seeks to link epidemiologic approaches with other scientific disciplines ranging from genetic assessment to behavioral health in high-risk populations. He is collaborating with other EPI scientists on projects such as HIV infection in Morocco, Malaria in Haiti, and vaginal bacteria in Florida.

At the University of Florida, Dr. Cook serves as scientific or academic mentor for MPH and PhD students in Epidemiology.  He teaches a 3-credit graduate course, “Public health concepts in infectious diseases” (PHC 6517), and two doctoral-level courses “Epidemiology seminar II” (PHC 7000), and “Epidemiologic Review and Critique” (PHC 6901) , and also serves as small group faculty for medical students and the CTSI training program at UF.  He is the concentration coordinator for Epidemiology, associate director of the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured, co-director of the University of Florida MD-MPH program, and a PHHP college representative on the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate Research and Scholarship Committee.

Dr. Cook lives in Gainesville with his wife and three boys (aged 8 – 13).  When not at work, he enjoys playing music (mostly keyboards), playing golf (quite poorly), college sports, and time with friends and family.

Contact information:
Robert (Bob) Cook, MD, MPH
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Florida
CB 100231
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Voice: (352) 273-5869
Email: cookrl@ufl.edu