Julia R Varnes

Julia R Varnes,

MPH Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor

Department: College of Public Health and Health Professions Dean's Office
Business Phone: (352) 294-5382
Business Email: jrvarnes@ufl.edu

About Julia R Varnes

Julia R. Varnes, PhD, MPH, MCHES is the director of the Master of Public Health Program for the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy as well as faculty within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration. She is also an affiliate professor with the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Dr. Varnes received her PhD in health behavior, with a minor in research and evaluation methodology, from the University of Florida. Dr. Varnes holds two masters degrees, one in health education (UF), and one in public health (University of Maryland, College Park).

Dr. Varnes has worked in college health at UF for over 15 years, first as a public health practitioner with UF’s Area Health Education Program (AHEC) and later with GatorWell Health Promotion Services. She joined UF as faculty in 2014, and joined the College of PHHP in 2021. Dr. Varnes is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Focusing on psychosocial health, Dr. Varnes’s research and academic interests are specific to interpersonal violence, objectification, and gender role expectations; inclusivity and accessibility for persons with disabilities; and professional preparation. In her teaching, advising, and mentoring, she aims to instill concepts of empowerment, compassion, acceptance, and cultural competency/humility in future professionals.

Additional Positions:
Affiliate Faculty
2014 – Current · UF's Center for Gender, Sexualities, & Women's Studies Research

Accomplishments

Ann E. Nolte Writing Award
2023 · Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education
Teacher of the Year
2017-2018 · University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2015-2020
HSC5536C Medical Terminology for the Health Professions
2014-2020
HSC6712 Evaluating Health Education Programs
2014-2016,2018-2020
HSC5135 Emotional Health Education
2014-2016,2018-2020
HSC4134 Emotional Health and Counseling
2015-2020
HSC3537 Health and Medical Terminology
2015-2021
HSC6318 Planning Health Education Programs
2021-2025
PHC6940 Master of Public Health Capstone
2020
HSC5142 Drug Education
2020
HSC4143 Drug Education
2010-2011,2017-2018
HSC4302 Methods and Materials in Health Education
2018
HSC4912 Undergraduate Research
2011
HSC3102 Personal and Family Health
2021-2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2022,2024
PHC6251 Assessment and Surveillance in Public Health
2022-2023
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2022-2023
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2022
PHC6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
2023
PHC6146 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation
2024-2025
PHC6905 Independent Study
2024-2025
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2024
PHC6149 Public Health Leadership

Board Certifications

  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist
    NCHEC

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-2356-8761

Areas of Interest
  • Body image
  • Health risk behaviors
  • Inclusivity and accessibility
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Objectification
  • Professional preparation
  • Sociocultural influences on health and well-being

Publications

2024
Strategies and Interventions Used to Prevent Violence Against Sex Workers in the United States: A Scoping Review Using the Social-Ecological Model.
Trauma, violence & abuse. 25(3):2436-2451 [DOI] 10.1177/15248380231214786. [PMID] 38054440.
2023
Cross-sectional study of physical activity, dietary habits, and mental health of veterinary students after lifting of COVID-19 pandemic measures.
PloS one. 18(9) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0291590. [PMID] 37708218.
2023
Emergency department patient‐centred care perspectives from deaf and hard‐of‐hearing patients
Health Expectations. 26(6):2374-2386 [DOI] 10.1111/hex.13842. [PMID] 37555478.
2022
Competency Focused Versus Philosophically Grounded Health Promotion Practice: Impacts on Innovation and Addressing Health Inequities
Pedagogy in Health Promotion. [DOI] 10.1177/23733799221094617.
2022
Emergency department condition acuity, length of stay, and revisits among deaf and hard‐of‐hearing patients: A retrospective chart review
Academic Emergency Medicine. 29(11):1290-1300 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.14573. [PMID] 35904003.
2022
Emergency department utilization among deaf and hard-of-hearing patients: A retrospective chart review
Disability and Health Journal. 15(3) [DOI] 10.1016/j.dhjo.2022.101327. [PMID] 35581134.
2022
Improving Representation of People With Disabilities in Health Education
Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 8(3):174-177 [DOI] 10.1177/2373379920978822.
2021
Conceptual Model of Emergency Department Utilization among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients: A Critical Review
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(24) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph182412901.
2017
Structure of the Objectified Body Consciousness Scale: Reevaluated 20 Years Later
Sex Roles. 77(5-6):325-337 [DOI] 10.1007/s11199-016-0731-x.
2015
Body Esteem and Self-Objectification Among Collegiate Female Athletes
Psychology of Women Quarterly. 39(1):95-108 [DOI] 10.1177/0361684314531097.
2013
A systematic review of studies comparing body image concerns among female college athletes and non-athletes, 1997-2012.
Body image. 10(4):421-32 [DOI] 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.06.001. [PMID] 23856303.
2013
Examining the association between binge drinking and propensity to join the military.
Military medicine. 178(1):37-42 [PMID] 23356117.
2007
A randomized, controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of a transdermal delivery system of nicotine/mecamylamine in cigarette smokers
Addiction. 102(5):795-802 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.01763.x.
2007
Sensitivity and specificity of a reagent-impregnated test strip in identifying smokeless tobacco users
Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 9(4):499-503 [DOI] 10.1080/14622200701243151.
2007
Theory comparison: Implications for future interventions of binge drinking in college undergraduates
The Health Education Monograph Series. Student Edition(24):5-9

Education

PhD Health Behavior
2013 · University of Florida
Master of Public Health
2008 · University of Maryland, College Park
Master of Health Science Education
2003 · University of Florida
Bachelors of Science, Health Science Education
2002 · University of Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5382
Emails:
Business:
jrvarnes@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO BOX 100185
College of Public Health & Health Professions
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Business Street:
College of Public Health & Health Professions
1225 Center Drive, HPNP Room 4033
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 32611