Maria Rincon


Maria Rincon, MPH is a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Health Communications Internship Program, working under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Kent. She obtained her B.S. in biology from the University of South Florida and a Master degree in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology of microbial diseases from Yale University. As an undergraduate, Maria was engaged in diverse research, including cancer molecular epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and molecular mechanisms of disease causation in Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) at the University of South Florida. As a graduate student, her research focused on infectious disease epidemiology, assessing the potential for the adaptation of the CDC’s FoodNet Population Survey as a source of control subjects for research on foodborne illness. Her current research interests include cancer health disparities, gaps in health literacy and cultural sensitivity in health communication and community outreach.