Sherri L. Porcelain

Voluntary Instructor

(305) 284-3128
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Professor Sherri L. Porcelain has been part of the Voluntary Faculty in Public Health Sciences Miller School of Medicine since 1986, and teaching global health in world affairs for the interdisciplinary international studies program at the College of Arts and Science since early 1990's. She served as a Senior Research Scholar for the University of Miami Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies on public health issues from 2008-2016. She was a member of  University of Miami’s Field Epidemiology Survey Team (F.E.S.T.) from 1980-2003, a collaboration with the Departments of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and the former Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, conducting community based research and clinical trials on ectoparasitic, fungal and other public health issues in Latin America. She became the Director of University of Miami’s F.E.S.T. Disaster Research Program from 1992-2003 working in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Middle East as a consultant to numerous international community based health programs, evaluating emergency response, mitigation, and health diplomacy and security analysis. She has received teaching and service awards working with students, local and international community based organizations, first responders and military programs. Her earlier publications included research on international community health and infectious diseases, and her book chapter on Security Challenges in The Americas: Newly Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases in Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century, Lexington Books, in February 2015 reveals the trajectory of her teaching interests. While she is no longer conducting field epidemiological research, she continues to offer guidance to students interested in global health field work and training and maintains a close working relationship with the Guna Indians, Panama to develop a social enterprise for global health.