College of Public Health and Health Professions
Esther Piervil is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at UF and a current third year McKnight Doctoral Fellow. Her research interests focus on improving health outcomes in underserved and underrepresented minority populations. Specifically, Esther is interested in identifying and addressing the factors that influence health decisions and disease management among underserved and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities.
Esther received her Master of Public Health degree, concentrated in Health Policy and Management, from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the UF College of Health and Human Performance. As a first-generation Gates Millennium Scholar, Esther is passionate about public health education and community level health promotion, as a means of reducing health disparities and negative health outcomes that exist among at-risk minority populations. She has participated in research projects associated with chronic disease prevention related to diabetes, nutrition, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer outcomes, and tobacco use.
In addition to her research, Esther also enjoys mentoring and tutoring first-generation college students as a group facilitator for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (MFOS). During her tenure as a graduate student, Esther has been honored with the Outstanding Diversity Research Award and the University of Florida Health, Shands Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship in recognition of a strong commitment to the ideals and endeavors of the health professions and disparities research. She has three manuscripts in submission for publication.