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Katia Ferdowsi is a lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She holds a medical degree from Azad University, Tehran Medical Branch and a master of public health degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, where she also completed her residency in community medicine.

Ferdowsi was certified as eligible for entering accredited U.S. residency or fellowship programs by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in 2009 after passing all the required exams. Although she initially trained and practiced as a physician, Ferdowsi is very passionate about teaching. She enjoys having the opportunity to share her medical knowledge with students and to show them how what they are learning in the classroom relates to their lives and future careers.


  • MD, Doctor of Medicine, Azad University, Tehran Medical Branch
  • MPH, Master of Public Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Areas of Specialty
  • Disease prevention
  • Public Health
  • common and preventable diseases in youth
  • Global Health

Research Grants

Health Sciences

Understanding Barriers to Implementation of a Refugee Mental Health Assessment for Newly Arrived Refugees in Central Florida

  • PI: Asli Cennet Yalim
  • Co-PI: Katia Ferdowsi
  • Amount: $5,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)
  • HSC2524: Introduction to Human Disease

  • HSC4558: Pathophysiology II

  • CHPS Students Earn Honors Undergraduate Thesis Scholarship

    Written By: | December 12, 2022
    Three UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences students are recipients of the UCF Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) Scholarship. The Burnett Honors College partners with the academic colleges and regional...
  • UCF School of Social Work Awards Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | March 9, 2020
    The UCF School of Social Work is committed to providing essential and unique research to health and mental health fields through the school’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training...
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