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Erin Kobetz, Ph.D., MPH

General Information

Erin  Kobetz, Ph.D., MPH


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  • Associate Dean, Health Disparity
  • Associate Director, Disparities and Community Outreach, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Associate Professor, Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Director, Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Senior Associate Dean for Health Disparities


Research Interests

• Health Disparities
• Cancer
• Community-based Participatory Research
• Socio-ecologic Approach to Research and Intervention
• Community Engagement
• Community Health Workers


2004 Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1999 MPH
Emory University
1997 B.A.
University of Texas



Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer. Dr. Kobetz’s research interests focus on the area of community-based participatory research, cancer prevention and health disparities. 

In 2004, she established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), a campus-community partnership between Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and key community-based organizations in Little Haiti, the predominately Haitian area in Miami, Florida. Since its inception, this partnership has garnered over 20 million dollars in extramural funding to address the excess burden of cancer experienced by the Haitian Diaspora and was recently recognized as the University’s model for community engagement.

In recent years, Dr. Kobetz has begun collaborating with a number of other South Florida communities, similarly characterized by health disparity and lack of access to the formal healthcare system. Such efforts have been locally and nationally recognized and serve as an important strategy for working collaboratively with underserved communities to achieve sustainable health and social change. Dr. Kobetz has been honored with the first annual UM Citizenship Award; Marie Claire Heureuse Health Leadership Award; Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Spirit of Service-Learning Award; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Professional Award; Sylvester Professorship; and most recently the Health Choice Network’s Jessie Trice Hero Award.