PHS Newsletter Issue # 41

Issue Number 41, 12/16/2013


Prerequisites Changed for PUBHLTH 390TL: Ecotoxicology & Public Health

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00PM - 2:15PM

This course will provide a broad perspective of environmental contaminants, how they impact wildlife, and what lessons can be learned and applied to protect human health. Students will gain knowledge of basic principles of ecotoxicology and an understanding of critical case studies that have informed policies and practice in public health. Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 152 (formerly 101) or BIOLOGY 110 (formerly 102) and CHEM 111 and 112. Students who do not meet the prerequisites may enroll with permission of the instructor.

PUBHLTH 290B- Introduction to Public Health

ATTN: First Years, Sophomores, & Juniors who did not take PH 320

Tu/Th from 2:30-3:45pm

This course presents an overview of the field of public health, including major health problems; social, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting health; important actors within the public health system; and approaches used.

PUBHLTH 290b can go toward the PUBHLTH elective numbered 300-599 (only allowed it taken Spring 2014). If you take PUBHLTH 290b, then next Fall, there will be a new section of Junior Year Writing that you will have priority to take. The new PH 320 section will be focused on Health Communication.

SPHHS 2013-14 College Outstanding Teacher Award

Deadline: February 5, 2014

The University of Massachusetts Amherst College Outstanding Teacher Award is to recognize excellence in teaching and to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.  If there is a teacher who you feel deserves to be recognized and deserves an award of $1000, please take the time to fill out the form and submit it by the deadline. Each college, faculty or school selects outstanding faculty members thus providing recognition for additional faculty each year.

Please email your completed form to Adrian Grace at

Create a ClimbCorps Team!

ClimbAmerica! is a special fundraising event produced by Brigham and Women's program, ClimbCorps, in which participants climb Boston’s tallest buildings to help fight heart disease. You can challenge yourself and race against other climbers, or use it as a chance to exercise and spend time with friends and family. It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness for this important cause and climb in honor of loved ones who have been affected by heart disease. The climb will be on January 24th at 53 State Street in Boston, MA. If you are interested in becoming a leader or want to learn more about the event please visit ClimbCorps’ website.

Academic Opportunities

Are You Pre-medical or Pre-dental?

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If you still moving your schedule around over winter break, have space, or need a one credit course, take a look at these options for the Spring!

UMass Amherst Department of Public Health

Paid Undergraduate Research Opportunity

(5 positions available SPRING 2014)

The Public Health Department is offering an exciting and rare opportunity for undergraduate public health students to receive a paid position as a research assistant. As part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study, DPH are seeking to hire a team of five students to participate in a cancer-related research project with faculty from epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, engineering and veterinary and animal science.

Five positions are available for current undergraduate juniors who are public health majors and have completed a course in chemistry with a lab component.  Preference is given to Commonwealth Honors College students and those with prior lab experience, but all are welcome to apply. More information and the application can be found here.

NRC126: Insects and Human Society

Tuesday/Thursday 11:15AM - 12:30PM. (BS)

Faculty: Roy Van Driesche

This course provides students with a survey of insect biology, including communication, defense, feeding, and mating behaviors. Social behavior with a focus on termite, ant, and honey bee societies. Beneficial uses of insects such as silk and pollination, and negative interactions with humans, including disease vectors, parasites, and crop pests

STOCKSCH 197P: Physical Care and Wellness for Beginning Farmers and Gardeners

Wednesdays 6:00PM - 7:30PM

This class will help students become aware of how to manage physical work while maintaining personal health.  An introduction to basic anatomy, efficiency of common movements and positions used in farming and gardening, including simple stretches and breathing exercises.


EDUC 202: Exploring Differences and Commonalities

Thursdays 4:00 - 6:30PM. 4-credits. General Education (SB) (U).

The course is structured as an intergroup dialogue (IGD) undergraduate course. Intergroup dialogues are facilitated small group experiences that bring students from different racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientations to explore their commonalities and differences. Students will examine the nature and impact of social justice issues on campus and in the community, and explore ways of working together toward greater equality and justice. Intergroup dialogues strive to promote sharing of personal experiences and perspectives, meaningful conversations, and critical examination of social issues. Click here for more information on how to sign up.

UNIV 190-L: Demystifying Library Research (1 credit)

Contact: Kate Freedman at

The course, taught by Undergraduate Education Librarian Katherine Freedman, is primarily intended for first and second year students, and transfer students, but it is open to all. This course will enable students to find reliable information more efficiently and effectively and provide skills that will help them during their college career  and in the future. Three of the meetings will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the remainder of the course will be held online via Moodle.

Scholarships and Support

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

Each year, Tylenol chooses 40 applicants who are pursuing a career in health care for their scholarship.  Recipients are chosen for their academic excellence, community engagement and dedication to caring for others.  Each recipient receives between $6,000 and $10,000.  The application process opens in the spring, this is a great scholarship to keep your eye on for the upcoming semester.

Visit this link to find out more!

Bernie Dallas Memorial Scholarship

Application due: January 1, 2014

This scholarship is available to any current sophomore, junior, or senior at UMass Amherst. Applicants must have been active and in a position of leadership for at least one academic year in a RSO, the Student Government Association, Community Service Learning and/or one of the eight Student Businesses. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrating a commitment to academics as well as to co-curricular activities. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to two students, preferably one male and one female.

Contact the Center for Student Development for the application in Student Union room 416.

Alumni Association Leaders in the Making Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and was designed to support the academic and career pursuits of promising students from diverse campus populations whose records suggest that they will develop into alumni with admirable leadership qualities upon graduation. In order to receive this scholarship, student must be a full time sophomore or junior in good standing (GPA = 3.0 or higher). Students must demonstrate distinctive character, leadership and motivation particularly through active University, community or civic service.

Applications are available at the end of the fall semester and may be picked up in the Alumni Association Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F or online at


For more internships, visit our workforce development page

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Internship Challenge

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has an Internship Challenge program in which they link companies and interns and reimburse affiliated companies for paid internship positions in the life sciences.  Interns can submit their resume and cover letter at any time, which will enter them into the database for employers to look through and contact potential interns.  This is a unique database to be a part of and a great way to find a paid internship.

More information and the application can be found here.

Unum Externship Program

January 9, 2014. 8:30am - 3:00pm

RSVP Deadline: December 20

Visit Unum for a one-day event to learn about the company and culture. Juniors and seniors of all majors are encouraged to take advantage of this unique and exciting opportunity. Meet young professionals, senior leaders, and employees involved in community service. Learn about internship programs and professional development. Tour the new building and spend time job shadowing in multiple departments as well as attending a networking lunch and small group discussions. Visit this link to get more information.


Contact: Jayke Bouche at

To apply to either position, send a resume and cover letter to the e-mail above.

Policy and Advocacy Intern

Responsibilities include researching current policies that impact mothers and families, develop opportunities for MotherWoman to promote policy change, collaborate with organizations and coalitions with similar policy work and understand basic structure of political system. Minimum of 6 hours per week during school.

Research Intern

Analyze studies regarding prenatal and postpartum issues, assemble synopses of analysis, compile research relating to MotherWoman’s mission. Minimum of 6 hours per week during school.


Fitness and Wellness Intern

MediFit is a company that offers a range of health promotion and fitness programs. Interns will gain experience conducting fitness testing and evaluation, providing safe and effective exercise programs, and assist in planning and implementation of health promotion and incentive programs. This internship is best for motivated, enthusiastic juniors or seniors with a background in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education or a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must have completed anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and basic exercise testing and prescription. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required before beginning the position. Good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to multi-task are desired. The application and more information is available here.


Labor Law and Research Intern

Application due: February 3, 2014

Verité is an Amherst-based company that strives to ensure people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. As a part-time, unpaid intern, one would be responsible for reviewing international labor standards, updating reports, and assisting the research and development team.

Directions to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and academic writing sample of 3 pages or more to

In the subject line, please enter the following: INTERN: Last Name, First Name - Spring 2014.

More information about Verité can be found at this website.

Wildwood Elementary School

Jump Rope for Heart Volunteer

Contact: Elizabeth Fernandez O'Brien at

February is Healthy Heart Month! From January 23rd - March 6th, 2014, Wildwood Elementary will be having their morning (8:20-8:45AM) American Heart Association (AHA) Jump Rope for Heart. The goal is to have every Grade 2-6 student participate on their assigned day whether or not they bring in AHA pledges. Volunteers are needed to set up and break down the event. During the jump time, volunteers will ask students age-appropriate questions about heart rate and healthy hearts. Staff participate as well. Two volunteers are needed every morning for every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 8:15 a.m.

Job Opportunities

Global Health Corps 2014-2015

Applications due: January 26, 2014

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Access the application here.

Experience City Year Shadow Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Locations: Boston, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. During the visit you will learn about City Year's work addressing the national dropout crisis in public schools and engage in Leadership Workshops similar to training our corps members receive. RSVP by Friday, December 20th.

E-mail the recruiter at the site you're interested in attending.

Clinical Research Program Manager

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Clinical Research Program Manager will be assigned 1-2 active clinical studies and will be responsible for the implementation of those studies under the guidance of the principal investigators. Additionally the Clinical Research Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating grant submission activities and for other Program-wide administrative and regulatory activities. For more information, please visit here.

Public Health Club

See you in the Spring…

…for our first meeting of next semester! Join the Public Health Club to be a part of promoting health and wellness on campus through events, activities, and National Public Health Week!

Wednesday, January 29th. 7:00 - 8:00pm. Location TBA

Like the UMASS Public Health Club facebook page for fun posts and meeting information! Become a member on CampusPulse to learn about our November events.

Contact us at if you have any questions!

Health and Wellness Tip

With temperatures dropping and finals week finishing up, your immune system can become very run down. It is important to keep yourself healthy during this busy time of year. Here are a few tips on how to avoid getting sick or boost you up again.

  • Wash Your Hands: Germs spread through the air and linger on inanimate objects, and washing your hands is the easiest way to avoid catching these germs! Wash your hands in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds. It is also smart to carry hand sanitizer when you can’t reach a sink.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking water daily supports a healthy immune system and prevents dehydration. Caffeinated drinks are very popular during finals week, but your body needs water to function.
  • Get Your Rest: If you don’t get enough sleep, your physical and mental health are negatively impacted. Lack of sleep can cause a weak immune system and poor information retention. It is important to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night in order to stay sane and healthy. If you don’t sleep enough overnight, naps are a great way to catch some Zs and recharge during the day.

Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:45am-4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am-11:00am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2:00pm, & 2:30pm-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-11:00am & 11:15am-1:45pm

Please bring a copy of your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).

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