PHS Newsletter Issue # 16

Issue Number 16 Date 1/31/13


Last Day to Add/Drop a course is Monday, February 4th.

The Peer Advisor Center (Arnold House 330) has new office hours for the Spring!

Drop in hours for one-on-one sessions with a Peer Advisor:

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday: 8am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Wednesday: 8:45am-4pm

Thursday: 8:30am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-11:00m & 11:15-1:45pm

**Please remember to bring a completed copy of the tracking form!

The Program Advisor, Megan Griffin, has new office hours for Spring 2013!

Tuesday: 1:00-3:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00-11:30am

Thursday: 10:00-11:30am

**Please remember to bring a completed copy of the tracking form.

There is also a new and efficient way to making appointments! You can make an appointment through GenBook:  A direct link will be put on our public health website in a couple of weeks.

Ms. Griffin’s office hours will be extended on Thursday, Friday and Monday before add/drop. Please refer to GenBook for the hours. Please note that her response time to emails is longer than usual due to the high number of emails in the first two weeks of school. She will respond as soon as possible. If it is urgent, please make an appointment. 

Do you need:

- a credit override

- have your internship/independent study approved

- or get study abroad courses approved?

Find the appropriate form on the SPHHS website and give it to Dr. Gloria DiFulvio in Arnold 302. If Dr. DiFulvio is not in her office, put a hard copy of the form in her mailbox and email an electronic copy and state that you left a copy in her mailbox. If you need to make an appointment with Dr. DiFulvio, there is a sign-up sheet outside her office. Her office hours are Mondays 3:00-5:00pm.

Updated public health advising forms on the Undergraduate Public Health Website!
In the middle of the page, click on the following: “Click here for a full list of helpful forms for tracking your requirements.” The following forms have been updated to make it easier for you to fill out: collateral field proposal, collateral field description, tracking forms, and course exception forms. While the tracking forms may look different, please note that none of the course requirements changed.

MicroBio Lab- There will be two sections of Microbio 390B offered in both fall and spring, which is the new 1 credit lab designed for students seeking entry into post graduate programs such as vet school, pharmacy school, PA school, etc.  Students will have to fill out an application like they did this past fall and seniors will have first priority.   Microbio 312 will be reduced to 1 section for both semesters.  Entry into 312 will be initially restricted to microbio majors only.  After that I will try to fit in as many other majors as possible.

Public Health Club will meet on Monday,  February 4th at 6:00pm in the Campus Center, Room 101.

Five College Interchange registration ends at 5:00pm on Monday, February 4th. Signed forms must be submitted to 613 Goodell in order for the class to appear on SPIRE.  If you have any questions, visit their website, visit them in 613 Goodell, call them at 413-545-5352 or send an email to

Academic Opportunities

Hampshire College Epidemiology- There are still openings in the Hampshire College Epidemiology (NS 248) course this spring (T/Th 10:30-11:50, 316 Cole Science Center). If you are interested, please show up at the class before add/drop to see if there are available sots. Please note that this course will not count as a substitute for PUBHLTH 324, but could be used toward your collateral field.

Research Day will be April 2, 2013 3-6PM  in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Campus Center. Information is available for student presenters on the Research Day page of our website.

Session II: Field Practicum in Public Health & Environment: This is a 4-credit course in Kenya available to undergraduates. This summer program will introduce students to rural health issues in Kenya, emphasizing the links between health and environment, and community-based health care and modern medicine. Students will gain experience in assessing and analyzing public health and environmental concerns in Maasai communities in partnership with local community-based health organizations. This program is an undergraduate-level field course open to qualified students in all disciplines who are eager to begin exploring their interests in international public health. The program is particularly applicable to those considering a major or concentration in global or international health, public health, nursing, pre-med, or medical and health sciences programs.
This course may be taken independently or in combination with the Wildlife Management and Conservation course (Tanzania) in Summer Session I. Students participating in two summer sessions in East Africa are eligible for a $500 discount.
See website for more details:

Summer field studies at the Institute for Sustainable International Studies in Belize June and July. Sessions run in two week segments, June 1 – 29, July 6 – August 3, and students can combine courses for a four week study abroad experience.     

These field courses take advantage of the rich social, cultural and natural environment of Belize. The courses provide students with a real world setting which brings them face to face with the issues and content for their learning, challenge them to link theory and practice and stimulate their intellectual curiosity. ISIS courses are designed as 3 credit hour courses and students receive credits from Sacred Heart College transferrable with home institution approval.  For more information about instructors and syllabi and to download forms, see the ISIS website.  The application deadline is March 15th 2013. For Custom or Existing Belize Programs:  If you already have or would like to develop a custom program, the ISIS Team creates or enhances quality, faculty-led courses incorporating Belize's natural and cultural elements into the course work.   Service Learning opportunities are also available.  For more information visit their website,, and page at Facebook.  

Five College independent study available to this semester to finish the Valley Women's History Collaborative interviews. In addition to doing some reading in the field, the students will be put in pairs and will conduct two interviews. Students will be provided a workshop about oral history. They will also visit the Sophia Smith Collection where the NELCWIT papers are. They will use this material to place their interviews in their historical and sociological context in a final paper.  If interested, students should register for HACU 300 at Hampshire College the same way they would register for any other Five College class. If you have questions, please contact Susan Tracy. Please note that this will not go toward our public health internship or elective.  


For tips on how to find and sign up for an  internship, visit the Undergraduate Public Health FAQ section online.

For internship listings visit the SPHHS website.

Job Opportunities

Study Coordinator - Reducing Health Disparities in LGBTQ Youth of Color [Job ID #368] The Study Coordinator will work with a team of scientists and community partners to select and pilot test a Positive Youth Development Program for LGBTQ youth of color and design a rigorous research study of this program to reduce health disparities among the target population. The Study Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the project, which include: organizing and documenting project team and community advisory board (CAB) meetings; maintaining project files and records; preparing and maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions for research projects; overseeing and/or conducting data entry and transcription as needed; managing study data storage; and conducting analyses of study data. For more information on additional responsibilities, requirements, and application, please visit the SPHHS website.

For more job listings visit the SPHHS website.

Community Announcements and Activities

Public Health Club will meet on Monday,  February 4th at 6:00pm. The Public Health Club has a new meeting day and time! Meetings will be held on Monday night’s at 6:00pm beginning February 4th in the Campus Center, Room 101. If you have any questions or would like to organize an event please email “Like” the Public Health Club on Facebook

Brandt to Discuss Traffic, Pollution and Smart Growth in Faculty Colloquium. Associate Professor Sylvia Brandt will be giving a presentation on her most recent research which examines the full health care costs of childhood asthma in high-traffic cities. This study resulted in a report, which the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has named one of the top research papers of 2012.
Location: UMass Campus in Thompson 620 (6th floor), from noon-1 p.m.on February 4th (Brown bag lunches are welcome.) More details can be found here.

FREE LUNCH- There is a candidate visiting this week for the Assistant Professor position in Commonwealth Honors College and Community Health Education program in the Department of Public Health. Since you are a student in the program, attending the lunch and presentations will be of benefit to you. The candidate will be teaching a couple Public Health Honor courses in the upcoming year. There is a second presentation for the Assistant Professor position in Health Policy and Management program in the Department of Public Health. By attending the presentations, you will have the opportunity to give your feedback to the hiring board about the candidates.

The candidates' presentations will be in Arnold House Room 321.
    - Dr. Jabson is presenting on Friday, February 1st at 1:00. Lunch will be from 12:15-12:50pm.
            -Title of presentation: Psychosocial Factors Relevance for Understanding and Reducing Cancer Related Disparities among Minorities and the Medically Underserved
    - Dr. Martin Anderson is presenting on Friday, February 1st from  2:00-3:00. Lunch will be from 12:15-12:50pm.
            - In this talk, he will examine the effects of public catastrophic insurance programs on enrollment and selection in private health insurance programs used to supplement Medicare. 

If available, I highly encourage you to attend. Plus, there is free lunch!!!

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Peer Advising Hours

Monday: 9:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday: 8am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Wednesday: 8:45am-4pm

Thursday: 8:30am-11am, 11:15am-12:30pm, 12:45pm-2pm, & 2:30pm-5pm

Friday: 8:30am-11:00m & 11:15-1:45pm

Please bring a completed tracking form.

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