Trepka, Mary Jo, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Hepatitis C Pilot Study
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Robert Stempel School of Public Health


Office: HLS 582
Tel: (305) 348-7186
Fax: : (305) 348-4901
Email: trepkam@fiu.edu

Mary Jo Trepka has a B.A. in Chemistry and German from Grinnell College, an M.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and a M.S.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She is an Associate Professor with the Robert Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University. Prior to that, Dr. Trepka was the Director of the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control with the Miami-Dade County Health Department. She was also an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, and an epidemiologist with the Institute of Epidemiology, GSF-Forschungszentrum fuhr Umwelt und Gesundheit (Research Center for the Environment and Health) in Munich, Germany. Dr. Trepka has been the PI for several Florida Department of Health researches. She is a fellow at the American College of Preventive Medicine, and a member of the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She also belongs to the American Public Health Association, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the American College of Epidemiology, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Dr. Trepka participates in CRUSADA as the Principal Investigator of the Hepatitis C Pilot Study.

Research Support
Principal Investigator. Development and Evaluation of a Multimedia Computer Food Safety Education Program for WIC Clients. USDA, Grant No. 2004-00721 ($599,557). September 2004 September 2007.

Co-Principal Investigator. Population-based Models to Establish Surveillance for Asthma Incidence in Defined Geographic Areas. CDC, Grant No. U59/CCU420713-02 ($375,450). October 2001 September 2004.

Consultant. Atmospheric and Marine-based Interdisciplinary Environmental Health Training Project. NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Grant No. 1 R25 ES10713. August 2000 July 2007.

Consultant. Effectiveness and Predictors of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Screening and Posttest Counseling in HCV-positive Clients taking Action to Prevent HCV Transmission and Liver Disease Progression. NIH, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Latino HIV/AIDS Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Grant No. R24MD00498-01 ($20,000). April 2004 October 2004

Principal Investigator. Evaluating active surveillance in outpatient clinics project. Florida Department of Health ($61,266). November 2002 August 2003.

Selected Publications
Lieb, S., Trepka, M.J., Liberti, T.M., Cohen, L., Romero, J. HIV/AIDS patients who move to urban Florida counties following a diagnosis of HIV: predictors and implications for HIV prevention. J of Urban Health. In Press.

Trepka, M.J., Bloom, S., Zhang, G., Kim, S., Nobles, R. Inadequate prenatal syphilis screening in a high-risk community. Sex Transm Dis. In Press.

Trepka, M.J., Zhang, G., Leguen, F., Obiaja, K., Malow, R., De La Rosa, M. Intermediate benefits and harms of hepatitis C screening: results of a screening program. J of Pub. Health Manag. Pract. In Press.

Trepka, M.J., Murunga, V., Cherry, S., Huffman, F.G., Dixon, Z. Food safety beliefs and barriers to safe food handling among WIC clients. J of Nutr. Educ. Behav. In Press.

Bloom, S.A., Trepka, M., Nobles, R., Becerra, M., Reef, S., Zhang, G. Low rates of post-partum vaccination in a predominately Hispanic, foreign-born population. Am J Prev Med 2006; 30(2): 119124. 2001.