PHS Newsletter Issue # 28

Issue Number 28 Date 5/8/13


SENIORS- Remember to complete the Senior SPHHS Exit Survey. You received an email from Martha Zorn yesterday with the link to the survey. Your feedback is extremely valuable as we continue to make changes and improve the Public Health program. Thank you!

SENIORS- The Department of Public Health would like to invite you and your family to a special event to honor all of our graduates.

Date: TOMORROW Thursday, May 9th from 3:00-4:30
Location: Newman Center Cafeteria.

Please RSVP here:

Each senior will receive a SPHHS travel mug!

*Light refreshments will be served*

Commencement Information:

The Peer Advising Center is closed for the semester. If you need to make an appointment with an advisor, please sign up here:


If you got certified on April 2nd, you can now pick up your CPR cards in the Draper Annex (separate building from Draper, in between Draper and Marcus). Your card should be in an envelope outside the door (inside the building), and you have to sign off that you took your card. If you would prefer you can bring a self-addressed envelope to Arnold House 330 and we will mail it to you.

Any questions, please email Thank you.

Academic Opportunities

Public Health 160: My Body, My Health will be taught this Summer!

First session, online-based, and a great way to get ahead in credits!

Are you interested in the best Career Preparations course UMass has to offer? PUBHLTH 397C Health Careers is available this summer as a Public Health elective!

This course encourages students in the SPHHS to explore their personal health career development and discuss the role that their self-concept plays in career decision making. Self-assessment inventories will be utilized to examine how one’s major relates to finding career satisfaction. Contemporary internship/job search skills and strategies will be identified and implemented. Knowledge will be gained in designing a professional resume, gaining interviewing techniques, process of obtaining references and negotiating salary. A discussion of professionalism, navigating a multi-generational workforce, the role of social media and networking will be covered. Alternative options will be reviewed such as graduate school, Peace Corps, gap year, professional schools, etc.

Contact: For further questions please e-mail Mary Ellen Liseno at

Opportunities for Communities, Inc., a non-profit organization

June 29—July 10, 2013 class: Lekòl Dete 2013

Organization: Working alongside our Haitian partners, Opportunities for Communities (OfC) students learn to plan and implement sustainable development programs while building relationships with local community members. Students experience Haitian culture, language, foods, Haiti’s varied landscapes, and learn about Haiti’s political and social climate.


x Community-based participatory development projects

x The Restavek system and the future for these children

x Learn the power of micro-lending programs

x Engage village children in educational games and sports activities

x Day trip to the beach at Port Salut with lobster and fish dinner

Costs: Roundtrip from JFK to Port au Prince (estimated at $650), plus $1,000 for accommodations, ground transportation, meals and program fee. Scholarships ($250) available for qualified applicants.

Contact: For more information or to register, contact:


Find internships with Foundation for Sustainable Development

The FSD International Internship Program offers 9-52 week placements at any FSD site with one of our 300 Community Partners. It's an intense, immersive program for students and young professionals looking to gain international development experience and training.

Learn more:

For tips on how to find and sign up for an  internship or independent study, visit the Undergraduate Public Health Opportunities Beyond the Classroom.  For additional internships, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect.

Job Opportunities

Departmental Assistant for the President’s Office’s Research and Evaluation Department at The Donahue Institute

Hadley, MA

Time commitment: 20 hours per/week, may fluctuate as summer progresses, possibility of extending work into the Fall 2013 semester

Requirements: hardworking, experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe, capable of working in a team and independently with a flexible attitude and ability to stay mentally organized while juggling multiple different projects.

Duties: Transcription, data entry, optical scanning of forms, and general office assistance (training is provided)

Apply: Send e-mail with resume to Kristen Gibbons at

MASSPIRG Summer Campaign

Hours: 1:45 PM-10:00 PM

Pay: $9.00-$14.00/hour

Description: Every year Massachusetts businesses are throwing away over 2 million tons of waste that, by law, should get recycled. This extra waste clogs landfills and fills incinerators which causes pollution and threatens our health. We are hiring campaign staff to work on a the campaign to stop this.

Contact or to apply: Please contact the MASSPIRG office at (413) 256-6434

For additional job listings, please visit the Workforce Development page on the Public Health website and Career Service’s  Career Connect

Public Health Club

2013 National Transgender Health Summit
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit. Programming includes plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.

Full program information is available online at

Early bird registration ends April 25, 2013. Register today! CME and CEU course credit available.

Public Health in the Pioneer Valley

This week’s article is in light of the graduating class of 2013. Congratulations!

The class of 2013 has been a dedicated, inspiring, and intelligent group of students. While some of us may be excited and ready to join the workforce, others are dreading the day they can no longer call themselves a college student. Whether you may just be one of those dreaded students, or someone who just wants to explore another world of opportunities, check out this list of things to do after graduation [and before you begin your career].

Find an Internship: if you are someone who is not quite ready to start a full time job or you just do not know what to do with your life, check out Career Connect. This is a database filled with both paid and unpaid internships/co-ops for UMass students and alumni. Even better, it could lead to full-time job later on.

Get a “fun” part-time job: Especially if you are someone considering graduate school in the near future, this is a great way to make money and do something enjoyable. Some examples include being a nanny on Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, bartending, or just working at your favorite store!

Travel: Not so fond of moving back home? Explore other states or even travel across the world. There are several opportunities all over the world that will pay. Who wouldn’t want to get paid and be on vacation at the same time!

Give Back: This may be a great fit for you if your parents are not happy that you have not found a full-time job yet. Apply for national service opportunities such as AmeriCorps, Teach For America, City Year, or even the Peace Corps.

Written by Sarra S.

Edited by Molly F.

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