PHS Newsletter Issue # 21

Issue Number 21 Date 3/6/13


March 7th is the deadline to drop a class with a "W" or elect to take a course Pass/Fail.
There is actual paperwork required to withdraw from a course (you can't do it on SPIRE) and you will need your instructor's signature. So, don't wait until the day of the deadline to make your decision!

The mid-semester date is also your last chance to change a class to Pass/Fail grading. If you're considering the P/F grading option, be careful! There are many things to consider before making this choice, including the fact that courses taken P/F may not count toward Gen Eds, major reqs, or predictor courses. Just like dropping with a W, electing to take a class P/F requires paperwork (but not an instructor's signature).

You should see your advisor soon if you're considering either taking a W or changing a course to P/F. You can pick up the necessary paperwork in the Registrar's Office in 213 Whitmore.

*IMPORTANT* Public Health Information Sessions

Seniors Final Graduation Check:
Wednesday, March 6th 6:00PM-  Campus Center Rm. 101 **TONIGHT**
Tuesday, March 12th  7:15 PM-   Campus Center Rm. 101
*The Program Advisor will attend the Senior section. Bring a copy of your ARR. Before printing your ARR, clear your shopping cart and click “Expand All”.

Wednesday, March 27 7:00 PM-   Hasbrouck 228

Tuesday, March 26 6:30PM-   Hasbrouck 228

Transfer/First Year Enrollment 101:Thursday, March 28 5:15 PM-   DuBois 767
*this session is for students interested in learning more about navigating SPIRE as well as tips and tricks with course selection and scheduling.

First Years: Monday, April 8 6:30 PM-   Hasbrouck 228

*please remember to bring completed tracking sheets, Academic Requirements Report (ARR), and any necessary filled out course exception and/or collateral field proposal forms
-empty shopping cart prior to printing out ARR

Meet and Greet your Public Health Professors! The Public Health Club is Hosting a Professor Panel
Monday, March 11
6-7:30 PM, Campus Center 168c
The Public Health Club would like to invite you to come and participate in our Professor Panel, where we invited 8 Public Health professors to talk about their journey in college, after college, and valuable advice they would like to offer to students. You’ve seen them in class, now learn from them outside of class! It’ll be a great opportunity to get tips on how to navigate through the next chapter after UMass and see your favorites all over again. 

Outstanding Teacher Award 2012-2013
The following individuals have been nominated for the Outstanding Teacher Award. If you would like to support one of these candidates, please send a letter of recommendation to Adrian Grace at :
Maria Bulzacchelli
Lorraine Cordeiro
Eliza Frechette
Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio
Jerusha Peterman
Gwyneth Rost
Brian Whitcomb

Do you need to meet with the Program Advisor? As a reminder, to make an appointment with the Advisor, please do it through here:

Academic Opportunities

Lecture: Reducing Health Disparities: Changing the Public Health Paradigm
Lecturer: Dr. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer at Partners in Health
Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke
This is a valuable lecture for all students interested in global health. Dr. Joia Mukherjee trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and has an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she teaches infectious disease, global health and health disparities.
See more at:

Massachusetts General Hospital: Information Session  
Tuesday, March 12
5:30-7:30 PM, Wilder Hall
MGH Institute of Health Professions is an innovative graduate school with programs in Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders, and new programs planned for 2014. It was founded by the world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and operates within Partners HealthCare.  As the leading health professions graduate school in Boston, MGH Institute actively recruits students to develop a more diverse and culturally competent workforce.  The Institute is continually striving to meet the growing demands of health care reform; serve the unmet needs of underrepresented groups and prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders.  To meet these goals, MGH Institute is seeking top quality, talented and culturally diverse applicants to our graduate programs. 

Civil Liberties and Public Policy: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
Hampshire College
April 12-14 2013
This is the 27th annual conference by CLPP. This conference is for students and community activists interested in issues of reproductive freedom. At this conference, there will be more than 75 workshops and training on topics including abortion access, birth and families, disability justice, queering reproductive justice, racial justice, and immigrant rights just to name a few.
More information:
Register: Please register online before the conference so we can be best prepared for all our participants.

Conference in Public Health: Public Health Knows No Borders
Friday, April 19, 2013 at Levering Hall on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus
9 AM - 3 PM
This year’s theme highlights the fact that not only does public health know no borders in a geographical sense, but also that public health knows no academic borders. Public health encompasses aspects of so many different interests - from history and culture, to science, to policy - and without specific knowledge in each of these areas, public health would be difficult to promote or understand.
This one-day conference will feature student presentations, guest speakers, the opportunity to network with practicing public health professionals, and a keynote address by Dr. Joseph O’Neill, an international health expert and board certified internist.
More information:

Study Abroad with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)!
Program Options: Australia, Cambodia, China, Thailand, New Zealand, and Vietnam
Timeframe: Summer (3-6 weeks), semester, year
Subjects: (Including but not limited to) Science, social sciences, health, arts, and numerous electives
Scholarships for TEAN: Apply here
More information:

Scholarships and Support

Stay Fit In College $700 Scholarship Award (Deadline: March 7)
Organization:, which promotes fitness in college, has just announced scholarship awards for the 2012/2013 academic year. There is no purchase necessary to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship award aims to help students avoid the dreaded freshman 15. Any student that attends a university, community college, or even a technical/trade college may apply for the scholarship award.
Apply: Prospective student applicants should contact their school’s scholarship office and request an application or simply visit


Plus One Health Management Internship
Internship: The position will offer the intern extensive insight into the field of corporate fitness and wellness, providing an environment of challenge, motivation and fun. The students will apply their skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to opportunities provided at the fitness center for a minimum of 120 hours total. Times are adjusted according to class schedules and work hours as needed.

  • Observe fitness evaluations for new members
  • Complete a project specified by your Internship Coordinator
  • Learn the responsibilities of an Exercise Specialist
  • Learn high-quality customer service skills


  • Junior/Senior level Kinesiology, Exercise Science or related field student (lower             coursework completed)
  • Student must be able to obtain credit for the internship
  • Minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks required
  • Use of Plus One operated fitness centers available with liability waiver
  • Exceptional, motivated and enthusiastic personality

Apply: Please send resume to Heather Fanizza (

Fullbridge Program
Organization: The Fullbridge Program is the highly regarded program that bridges the gap between academic success and workplace success – giving you a distinct advantage in landing and succeeding at your next internship or job. This summer, Fullbridge will offer 4-week sessions in June and July in both Boston and New York City.

  • Identify your passions and define your goals
  • Develop a roadmap for your career – no matter what your field of interest
  • Acquire the real world business skills you need to succeed
  • A learn by doing approach that simulates a real workplace
  • A personal coach to provide support and feedback throughout the program

More Information:

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

Job Opportunities

Exercise Specialists for Plus One Health Management Inc.

Company: Plus One Health Management Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive wellness solutions for corporations and other discerning organizations. From the design, development, and management of on-site wellness centers, to the creation and execution of results-focused employee wellness programs, to the five-star delivery of hospitality spa and fitness services, Plus One applies an integrated approach to individual and employee wellness.

Responsibilities: Applicants must be energetic, versatile, and highly reliable. You will be required to assist the fitness director in the following duties:

  • Identify participant goals, performs individualized assessments, and implements progressive, personalized exercise prescriptions designed for members.
  • Provide outstanding customer service with any participant who enters the fitness center and engage members regularly.           
  • Initial training courses are required upon hire and continuing education is encouraged throughout employment with Plus One.            
  • Exercise Specialists also stay actively involved in wellness programs for      their members, in the form of competitions, screenings, newsletters, lectures and fitness and wellness fairs.   

Requirements: Exercise Specialists must maintain current CPR and First Aid certifications. He/she must also have a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or in a related field or hold one or more NCCA accredited certification such as ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE. A Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Health Promotion or in a related field and three years of industry experience is preferred.

Apply: please visit the careers section of our website at

Association of Schools of Public Health
Organization: ASPH is currently accepting applications for a variety of fellowship positions available for recent and soon-to-be-graduates of our member schools.

1) The ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 7)

Apply: <>

2) The ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship (Deadline: March 18)

Apply: <>

3) The ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship (Deadline: April 17)

Apply: <>

Campus Announcements and Activities

Break the Silence: TWLOHA Benefit Concert for Mental Health
March 7, 7:00 PM
Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room, Amherst College
Spoken word poet Anis Mojagni, two bands from New York, and Amherst's oldest a capella group, the Zumbyes will be performing in a night of music, food, hope, and conversation, benefiting To Write Love on Her Arms.

Need a Passport? Come to UMass Passport Day!
Tuesday, April 9, 2013,  9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Campus Center 165-69

Bring the following documents to apply for or renew passport:
•Proof of citizenship: previous passport, an original certified birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship
•Proof of identity: two forms of ID (driver’s license, military/student ID)
•Copies of the Identity documents: In addition to the originals, you must bring photocopies of the IDs
•Passport photo: For quicker processing, bring a passport photo. Photo service will be available on-site.                     
•Payment: NO CASH OR CREDIT CARDS. Personal checks or money orders ONLY.
Bring two checks or two money orders.
Check 1 for the execution fee of $25 made payable to “USPS”
Check 2 for the application fee made payable to “U.S. Department of State.”
The amount of the application fee depends on whether you want a passport card in addition to a passport book ($110 for book only, $140 for book and card).
•Expedited processing is an additional $60 payable by check or money order to “U.S. Department of State.”
•Application: Application forms can be completed at the event, or you can bring a completed form with you. Forms available at:

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

The Spring Break Diet

It is almost that time of the year when college kids flee south for a week to inhabit the sunny beaches, relax, and enjoy themselves. As exciting as spring break can be, many people overly stress about their body appearance in a bathing suit. Weeks before spring break, many college-aged individuals crash diet and overly exercise to achieve a “beach-ready” body.

An article published in the New York Times explains, “spring break is one of the most dangerous times of the year for young women struggling with their weight and eating” (Williams). Many crash diets actually cause the body’s metabolism to slow down. This is because the metabolism panics at the idea that it is in starvation mode. Typically, crash dieting actually inhibits one's ability to lose those five extra pounds because the body is metabolizing at a slower rate.

Other repercussions as a result of crash dieting include losing muscle mass, blacking out, nausea, and headaches. Further, the influx of people who hit the gym in the few weeks leading up to spring break is a cause for concern. Many people skip meals all day and proceed to work out for hours at a time. This is NOT a healthy combination! The body is put in great danger by participating in these habits that can have serious repercussions. Clinical psychologist Margo Main explains that, “this is a trigger time for youth to start to obsess about weight and body image… (there is a) spike in weight anxiety every year among younger patients before spring break” (Williams). There is also a danger once spring break is over and people go back to their original diet. A sudden cease in severely dieting can cause many emotional and bodily disruptions that can lead to negative effects.

So this spring break, do not deprive your body from crucial nutrients! Instead, try to end unhealthy diets and excessive exercise by focusing on consuming healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and exercising for thirty to sixty minutes daily. An excellent resource for those in need of nutritional advice is the Wellness Center in the Recreation Center. It is located right next to member services and is an easy quick-stop before a workout!

Written by Avery H.
Edited by Mary C.

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.

Reference: Williams, Alexis. "Before Spring Break, The Anorexic Challenge." New York Times, 6 Apr. 2006. Web. 16 Nov. 2012. <>.

Peer Advising Hours

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

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

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