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Michael J. Rovito is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. Rovito holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and a M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University, a B.A. in Geography from Millersville University, and is a certified health education specialist. His work specializes in testicular self-examination and testicular cancer, male health behavioral change, and formative research, including theory, instrument development, and intervention design.

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health, Temple University
  • MA, Master of Arts
  • CHES, Certified Health Education Specialist, NCHEC
Areas of Specialty
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Quality of Life
  • Men's health
  • Public Health
Research Grants
Health Sciences

A Qualitative Assessment of QOL Among Testicular Cancer Survivors

  • PI: Michael J. Rovito
  • Co-PI: Humberto Lopez Castillo
  • Co-PI: L. Taliaferro
  • Amount: $5,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)
    Physical Therapy

    A Study of Physical Therapist-Provided Medicare Services

  • PI: Xinliang Liu
  • Co-PI: Michael J. Rovito
  • Co-PI: William Hanney
  • Co-PI: Reid Oetjen
  • Amount: $7,983 | Timeframe: 04/01/2015 - 03/31/2016
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Center for Innovative Healthcare, Inc.
  • HSC4730: Applied Health Research Methods
  • HSC4501: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Health Sciences Students Compete in Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | May 7, 2021
    Ten groups of  health science students across five sections in Applied Health Research Methodology recently gathered online to present their final project – a research proposal poster. As the culmination...
  • Health Sciences Alumna Shares How She Discovered Her Path
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | March 1, 2021
    Taylor Goss ’18, a Health Sciences graduate currently working on her second master’s degree before applying to medical school, did not grow up wanting to be a physician. “Medicine was...
  • Health Sciences Students Showcase Research Proposals at Annual Symposium
    Written By: Megan Pabian | December 16, 2020
    As the semester draws to an end, Health Sciences students from five sections of the Applied Health Research Methodology class participated in an online symposium of nearly 100 attendees to...
  • Health Sciences Student To Receive University Researcher Award
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | November 23, 2020
    Congratulations to health sciences, pre-clinical track senior Alyssa Church, who was selected to receive the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA) for the month of February 2021 at the University of...
  • Men’s Health Encompasses A Wide Variety of Topics and Concerns
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | June 23, 2020
    In 1948, the World Health Organization defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Often, men’s health...
  • Why Are COVID-19 Cases Trending Younger? Expert Blames Invincibility Mindset.
    Written By: Bay News 9 | June 22, 2020
    With the age of new coronavirus cases trending younger across Florida, health experts are digging into why this is happening. Health officials told Spectrum News that people in the 18-35...
  • Health Sciences Student Karina Castro Named to 2020 Knight of Distinction Program
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | April 2, 2020
    Karina Castro, a first-year health sciences student, has taken a step forward in her academic career at UCF and has been selected as a Knight of Distinction. The Knights of...
  • Health Sciences Undergraduate Students Get a Taste of Research
    Written By: Drexler B. James | December 9, 2019
    Many health sciences undergraduate students aspire to have careers in healthcare. An important tenet of medicine is that interventions and treatment be research-based. To help prepare students to understand and...
  • Health Sciences Places High Priority on Undergraduate Research
    Written By: Drexler B. James | November 15, 2018
    The Department of Health Sciences works tirelessly to ensure that its 4,000 undergraduate students are actively engaged in their education at UCF. “We are really emphasizing integrative learning in our...
  • Men and Violence: Shifting the Narrative, Tackling the Stereotypes
    Written By: Public Health Newswire | November 15, 2018
    When we talk about men and violence, we often talk about large issues such as gun violence and violence against women. But we also need to focus on the ways...
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