PHS Newsletter Issue # 17

Issue Number 17 Date 2/6/13


Public Health Club will meet on Monday,  February 11th at 6:00pm. 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

The Breakdown of Public Health Advising

Peer Advising Drop-In Center

Peer advisors can answer questions about the public health field, applying to the major, University and program requirements, completing  advising forms, and planning balance academic schedules. (413)545-3816

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

Program Advisor

Megan Griffin, Arnold 305,, (413) 545-2523

Ms. Griffin can answer questions about advising, course exceptions, changes to ARR, collateral field proposal forms, adding/dropping a course after the end of add/drop, & taking a course for a third time

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm; Wednesday 9:00 am - 11:30 am; Thursday 10:00-11:00 am (Make an appointment online through GenBook: )

Program Director

Gloria DiFulvio, Arnold 302,, (413) 545-4535

Dr. DiFulvio can answer questions about advising, requesting a credit

overload (more than 19 credits), internships and independent study   approval, study abroad course approval, and capstone.  

Office Hours: Monday 3-5 (please sign up on office door)

*Please bring a copy of your tracking form to advising sessions*

Check out ALL the public health advising forms on our Undergraduate Public Health Website!

Academic Opportunities

Lecture: Multi-Sector Systems Approach to Obesity Prevention
Lecturer: Dr. Christina Economos
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
7:30 PM
Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke

Lecture: Effects of Violence in Northern Mexico on Healthcare Access for US Residents
Lecturer: Kimberley Geissler, candidate for the Assistant/Associate Professor position in Public Health and Health Policy and Management
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
1:00-2:00 PM
Arnold 321
Description: An estimated 11% to 50% of residents in the US-Mexico border region cross into Mexico for healthcare due in part to low-priced provider options and looser prescribing requirements in Mexico. Since late 2006, violent crime has risen rapidly in northern Mexico, affecting physician supply in Mexico and increasing risks associated with crossing for healthcare. I address two distinct research questions: 1) does the homicide rate in the adjacent Mexican municipality affect border crossing?, and 2) does the homicide rate in the nearest Mexican municipality affect self reported healthcare access? Contrary to expectations, Mexican
homicide rates were not significantly associated with these healthcare access measures in US border counties.

Lunch and Lecture with Health Policy and Management Candidates for Faculty Position
Lunch: 12:00 PM
Lecture: 1:00-2:00 PM, Room 321
Tuesday, February 5: Kim Geissler, a doctoral candidate from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Her research explores factors affecting access to health care services for low-income populations, both domestically and internationally. Please refer to the description of her presentation listed above.
Thursday, February 7: Erin Trish, a doctoral candidate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Economics. Her research focuses on the relationship between the private health insurance industry and hospitals, with implications for overall costs of healthcare premiums.
Friday, February 7: Jennifer Whitehill, a post-doc fellow at the Pediatric Injury Research Institute at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on using social media to prevent injuries among youth and young adults.
Tuesday, February 12: Jinhyung Lee, an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Geriatrics and Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.  His research interests are health economics and healthcare finance, focusing on the role of information technology in the healthcare industry.

Lecture: Racism and Health: Finding Questions and Directions
Lecturer: David R. Williams, Ph.D. Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health; Professor of African and African American Studies; Sociology Department Affiliate at Harvard University
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
1:15 PM
Campus Center, Reading Room
Short Biography: Dr. David R. Williams is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist, enhancing the understanding of the complex ways in which race, racial discrimination, socioeconomic status and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is currently one of the most widely used measures. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and has played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities.

Culture Health and Science Certificate
Certificate: The CHS program allows students an opportunity to explore human health, disease, and healing from an interdisciplinary perspective. The study of human health requires theoretical frameworks and research strategies that integrate physical and socio-cultural aspects of human experience.
Senior Deadline: Seniors hoping to attain the CHS Certificate must meet with a campus CHS advisor before FRIDAY, April 12, 2013 to verify their certificate checklists and bring with them an unofficial transcript.
More information:

Campus and Community Events

Wednesday Feb. 13, Thursday, Feb. 14, & Friday, Feb. 15
12:00-4:00 PM
Goodell 511
Want help with your resume before the career fairs? Stop by for 15-minute walk-in resume reviews. Extra staff will be on hand. All students and majors are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend!

Career Blast 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Campus Center Auditorium
Employers attending this event have a variety of opportunities and look forward to meeting UMass students in a friendly and professional atmosphere. All majors and degree level students will find employers available to talk with them about full-time employment, internships, co-ops and summer jobs.
The list of employers coming can be found here
Students seeking more information, please click here

On-Campus Networking Night
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Campus Center 10th Floor
This very special evening, arranged exclusively for current UMass Amherst students, will bring experienced professionals from a wide range of employers, from major corporations to non-profit organizations, to engage and assist you with career guidance and employment opportunities in a small group setting.
Registration is required:

ALANA Career Fair
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Student Union Ballroom
Meet employers looking for ALANA students of all majors for full-time, Co-op and/or Internship opportunities. Typically employers attending this event have specific openings to discuss, and many attend just to meet you and talk about future possibilities.
The list of employers coming can be found here
Companies seeking more information, please click here
Students seeking more information, please click here

Job Opportunities

CMASS Publicity and Marketing Department
Organization: Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success is looking for dynamic, energetic, self-directed and highly committed undergraduates with EXCELLENT WRITING SKILLS to join us as one of our CMASS Web Writers! Work-study is preferred with a starting pay of $9.00 for 10 hours per week.
Internship and expectations:

  • Writes/prepares original articles to be published, featured  and uploaded in the CMASS  website on a weekly basis
  • Must attend CMASS related events on/off campus in the evening, during the day or on weekends to obtain content for  articles
  • Identifies other non-CMASS related events on/off campus in the evening, during the day or on weekends to obtain content for articles
  • Conducts library and Internet research on selected topics and conducts interviews for the Spotlight Section of the webpage
  • Works closely with immediate supervisor on editing article before submission to webmaster
  • Highly dependable, responsible and able to meet deadlines
  • Able to responsibly use  video/camera when necessary
  • Able to work independently and is self-motivated
  • Works with immediate supervisor in CMASS outreach initiatives some weekdays and weekends

Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, two references and a sample written work to on or before February 6th, 2013.

Sorcery, Witchcraft & Healing: A Pluralistic Approach Fellowship with Elliot Frakin
Description: This project will open with a consideration of sorcery and healing which is widespread in Africa. It will be launched by a presentation from a Samburu (Maasai) laibon medicine man and his interpreter. Both the laibon, Kanikis Leaduma, and school master Daniel Lemoille, will discuss the practices of divination, prophesy, sorcery, and healing in a public lecture on Thursday evening.  
Project Dates: Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm (Public lecture), Fri., April 5, 1:00-4:00pm and Sat., April 6, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm
More information:
Contact: Rosetta Marantz Cohen at  
Apply: no later than March 1, 2013.

Environment America Fellow (also available as an internship)
Environment America (; 401-421-6535)
Organization: Environment America works to advance the environmental vision and values we share—clean energy, clean water, wilderness and wildlife protection, healthy food and sustainable agriculture, and more. It is an environmental advocacy group with offices around New England and across the country. Fellows can be placed across the country and in Washington, D.C. Most fellowships begin in August but a number is available throughout the year since the applications are on a rolling basis. Fellows will earn $23,750-$24,000 with multiple benefits.
Job Description: As an Environment America fellow, you’ll get a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.
•  Plan and run grassroots campaigns: you’ll identify a policy or power-building goal, develop a strategy, then devise and carry out the tactics of your campaign.
• Organize town hall meetings: you’ll create events where constituents have an opportunity to make their needs clear and hold politicians accountable. You’ll also lobby lawmakers directly, learning to make a convincing case for our policy goals.
• Set up and speak at news conferences: you’ll create news events to get the word out about your campaign through the media. You’ll also meet with editorial boards, and get op-eds published.
• Run citizen outreach campaigns: you’ll build the power of your organization, learning to fundraise, manage staff and educate the public.
Candidates who are ready to commit themselves to the environment with a leadership and organizational background, top-notch written and verbal skills, intelligence, and an eagerness to learn.
Early application deadline is February 15th.

UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
UMass MRC (University Health Services, 413-577-5193)
Organization: The UMass MRC is an interdisciplinary team of medical and non-medical volunteers whose mission is to support the existing public health infrastructure by enhancing local emergency preparedness and public health emergency response. The Amherst MRC is committed to supplementing local health care resources in times of natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism, and other public health emergencies The Amherst MRC serves the community through ongoing public outreach programs and education.
Job Description: This is a non-benefitted contract position with a stipend of $2,500 per semester. Contract period will be Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 academic semesters.

  • Management of operations for the MRC       
  • Update the MRC unit profile at least monthly. ( Mandatory activity)
  • Organizes and maintains meetings and  the member database; which includes demographics, activity levels, certifications, and trainings attended.
  • Ensures members have a CORI check performed through the Department of Public Health Ma Responds database in collaboration with the Hampshire County MRC coordinator
  • Maintains ongoing contact with members, welcomes new applicants.
  • Arranges training programs: MRC 101, and at least 3 trainings per semester.           
  • Participates in drill planning  
  • Builds and maintains partnerships with other organizations; including but not limited to: Five College Inc., University Health Services, UMass Environmental Health And Safety, Amherst Health department, Hampshire County Public Health Coalition, UMass Emergency Manager, Hampshire County MRC
  • Represent the MRC’s interest with the community.
  • Document unit achievements and write reports as needed.  
  • Coordinates UMass Amherst MRC communications and marketing efforts on UHS, SON, and Western Mass MRC websites, as well as facebook.
  • Facilitate the evaluation of MRC operations and activities.
  • Organize Advisory Council meetings, processes, and input.            
  • Track   volunteer statistics to concretely demonstrate program accomplishments.  

Apply: Contact Ann Becker at 413-577-5193.


Health Career Connecting Internships (Deadline: February 11, 2013)
The Health Career Connection
Organization:  Seeking undergraduates from all academic disciplines interested in pursuing careers in public health, health education, health policy and management, community health, nursing administration, environmental health, health information technology, and medicine.
Internship: Full-time, ten week positions, and the program connects interns to Schools of Public Health, such as the University of California, Berekely School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Apply: To learn more, click here.

NIOSH Internship Program: Deadline March 18 (Deadline: March 18)
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Internship: This is the tenth year of the summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Students work with labor unions or community-based organizations on a variety of issues of major importance to workers and the occupational safety and health professionals.
Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: Berkeley/Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, and New York City. To learn more and to apply, click here.

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Internship (Cannot be used for Public Health credit, just general UMass 298 credit)
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce (28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA; 413-253-0700)
Organization: The AACC is a fast paced, centrally located visitor’s center, which also functions as a networking hub for area’s local businesses. We provide referral services and information by phone, printed publications, and website. We sponsor special events, develop tourism in the area, work with schools, town government, provide counseling and resources to the business community and develop programs for our members and business community at large.
Internship: Tasks vary daily. Interns are responsible for answering phones, meeting and greeting guests, updating website listings, printing out and putting together packets for members and the general public, assisting with events, and general office work. Depending on the intern’s interests and skills, special projects may be assigned such as compiling data, creating signage, surveys, postering, etc.
Requirements: Basic familiarity with computers and Microsoft Office programs, good people skills, available to work full time or part time with a minimum of 8 hours per week. Economics minor preferred.
Apply: Send resume, cover letter (with indication of which semester you are applying for), and writing sample to Tammy-Lynn Chace at

MLSC 2013-14 Internship Challenge
Organization: The Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The program will offer paid internships for over 400 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences.
Requirements: Any student enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university is eligible to apply, provided that they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 2-year/Community College/Certificate students must be enrolled in an Associate's Degree or Certificate program or completed one within the past year.
  • 4-year college or university students must have or will complete(d) at least their sophomore year the semester before the internship, or have graduated within the past year.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in a Master's Degree program or have received their Master's Degree within the past year. Ph.D. and M.D. candidates are not eligible.

Contact: Ryan Mudawar at

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

Strength & Conditioning/Personal Training Internship
All-Access Fitness Academy (904C Boston Turpike Road, Shrewsbury, MA; 508-845-3974)
Organization: The AAFA assists members in achieving both health and fitness goals by offering a variety of strength and cardio equipment not seen in most clubs, All-Access Physical Therapy to recovering patients, and sports performance areas to conduct strength and speed training sessions for athletes.
Internship: An opportunity to assist with member assessments, exercise and nutrition program writing, sports performance classes, and small group exercise classes. Interns will frequently interact with members, personal training clients, and physical therapy patients in an exercise science or related program for one semester or summer.

  • Show competence in teaching warm-up routines and exercises to athletes
  • Be open to learning new skills  and take direction
  • Be knowledgeable to teach various exercise techniques and answer member’s exercise questions while on the fitness floor
  • Comfortable to interact with clients, athletes , and physical therapy patients
  • Demonstrate a desire to further your career in Strength and Conditioning and/or             Personal Training
  • Must present yourself in a professional and an enthusiastic manner

Apply: Send letter of interest and resume to Scott Lubarsky

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

Check out these facts about the flu…

February is a fantastic month - winter is at its peak, but spring is just around the corner, so snuggle up by the fire with a warm cup of hot coco and enjoy the last weeks of winter! If you get too chilly, however, just relax. Spring is coming! However, the most important thing to know about February is that it is peak flu season according to the Center for Disease Control. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. If February 14th rolls around and you or your significant other is experiencing any of the symptoms—STAY AWAY!

The unfortunate reality of the flu is that it can spread to others from about 6 feet away from people talking, sneezing or coughing. It is also possible to contract the flu through touching an object that is contaminated by the flu virus. With that said, frequent hand washing is a must during February.

            So what can you do about the flu? How can you and your loved one get protection against this virus? The Public Health answer is simple: get vaccinated!  The flu vaccine is highly effective and comes in two different forms (inhaled and injected). Both are equally effective and the method you choose depends on your personal preference. There are a lot of places where you can get vaccinated. The UHS, for examples, offers free clinics throughout flu season. You can also get vaccinated at most pharmacies, and at your doctor’s office. The flu vaccine only lasts for one year, so even if you got a vaccine last year you are due for another. Throw all your worries about the flu out the door and get vaccinated today!

Written by Becky B.

Edited by Dominique S.


Hello from the Public Health Peer Advisors! We are a group of experienced and involved students on campus with a two-fold objective: to support you in your academic needs and promote the understanding of public health. In order to fulfill this mission, we will highlight public health related events in the Pioneer Valley that will help you become better informed about this field and make decisions that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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-11:00am & 11:15-1:45pm

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

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