PHS Newsletter Issue # 36

Issue Number 36, Date 11/6/2013



Wednesday, November 6th. 7:00 - 8:00PM. Campus Center 904.

For more information about the event scroll down to the “Public Health Club” section

ATTN: Seniors and Juniors

Exploring Opportunities for After UMass

Tuesday, November 12th 7:00-8:00pm Campus Center Room 101

Mary Ellen Liseno from Career Services will be hosting an event to help Juniors and Seniors prepare for after graduation. The Program Advisor and Peer Advisors will be available for one-on-one advising sessions for after event. Please bring your ARR, tracking form, and laptop if you want us to review your requirements. Advising appointments are filling up quickly, I highly encourage that seniors take advantage of this event.

Advising Sessions!

We have various sessions depending on your class. Find answers to courses, studying abroad, internships, resources, and any other questions you may have!

See below to see which session is best for you.


See the Public Health Peer Advisors


Thursday, November 7th 6:00-7:00 PM. Campus Center Room 903

Monday, November 18th 5:30-6:30 PM. Campus Center Room 904-908


Tuesday, November 19th 6:00-7:00 PM. Campus Center Rm 905

Collateral Field 101 Workshop:

Thursday, November 21st 5:30-6:30 PM. Campus Center Room 905

Understand and plan your collateral field

*If you have questions about program requirements, bring your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) from SPIRE.*

See Registration Tips at the bottom of the newsletter

Interested in Occupational Therapy?

231 Herter 5:30-6:30pm

Kinesiology Club

Come learn about being an Occupational Therapist. There will be a guest lecturer from a local occupational therapy clinic tonight. She will provide an overview about the profession and advice about getting into the field.

City Year Visits UMass

November 20th, 6:30 – 7:00 PM

Campus Center Room 904

Learn about the program and the application process!

Public Health Graduate Panel

November 20th, 7:15 – 8:30 PM

Campus Center Room 904

Thinking about going to graduate school? Talk to current PH graduate students about their experience in the program and preparing for the program.

Academic Opportunities

STPEC 491H: Global Health Inequalities Course

Wednesdays 4:40 - 7:10PM.

Faculty: Sarah Cantillon.

This course takes a critical look at the study of health inequalities from a multidisciplinary perspective.  It will be primarily reading based. Topics covered include globalization, social inequality and health; the social production of class and race; the social gradient of health inequalities; sexuality and global public health; migration and public health; stigma, discrimination and the implications for global health implications. The course will use case studies in its analysis of global health inequalities. The course could go toward your upper level collateral field.

How Ethics Haunt Places: Lessons from the ‘Spirit Ambulance’ and the End of Life in Thailand

Thursday, November 14th. 6:30PM. Location TBD.

A talk by Scott Stonington, MD, PhD.

Scott Stonington is a Medical Anthropologist, a Resident in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He will be talking about end-of-life care in Thailand, as well as the MD/PhD path in the social sciences more generally. Event hosted by Culture Health and Science (CHS).

Naturopathic Medical College Virtual Fair

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Meet school representatives from Naturopathic Medical Colleges in a live virtual setting. Free for all prospective students. For registration and schedule, visit here.

Grassroots Community Organizing!

Applications due November 15th to Gordon Hall

GCO is a student-facilitated Spring semester class where YOU can be empowered to take action & work towards social change. GCO is a 5 credit honors Anthropology course open to all majors that meets on Thursday nights from 4pm- 7pm. It also includes an alternative spring break. This can count as part of your collateral field!

To find out more about this awesome opportunity, click here!

Combining Social Science and Engineering in Costa Rica

REU Site - Globalization and Community Health Field School

Go beyond the classroom and gain hands-on experience applying anthropology and civil and environmental engineering to address community health issues.  Learn about the Costa Rican health care system while finding culturally relevant solutions for the health concerns of local populations through guided research projects.

This program offers the opportunity for optional course credit in public health.

Find out more here!

SPHHS Practicum Presentations

Friday, November 22. 11:30AM - 12:30PM. 321 Arnold House.

Learn about graduate work and research happening at UMass in the School of Public Health! Topics include community health education in Ghana, maternal and refugee health. This is also a great opportunity to meet and network with professors and graduate students at UMass if you’re interested in research or independent study opportunities.

Study Abroad Night: Go Abroad with Public Health!

Monday, November 25th 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Campus Center Room 803

Learn about public health study abroad programs

Scholarships and Support

Applying for Scholarships

Read about strategies for finding scholarships and other types of merit aid.

Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund

Application due Friday, February 28, 2014.

Members of the DiGiammarino family, some who are UMass alums, founded this scholarship in order to honor their parents, Frank and Helen DiGiammarino, for their devotion to academic success. Eligibility includes rising seniors, who are members of the Commonwealth Honors College, and interested in community-engaged research during the summer. You must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4. Three recipients will be chosen for an award of up to $2,000.

To apply and find out more information click here.

Swedish Scholarship Awards 2014

This scholarship includes a full tuition fee waiver for either of the following Master’s programs in International Development and Management at Lund University or in Social Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at Stockholm University.

Start the process by signing up and completing the online application! This will include answering multiple choice questions, a short essay question and writing a motivational statement.

Click here for the competition details, rules, and eligibility.


Amherst Wire

Health Writer

Amherst Wire is an online culture and lifestyle magazine run through the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst. The health and food column editor is looking for writers to submit original articles related to health and food. Suggested topics include recipes, health tips, exercise classes, holistic health, local farms, project/thesis, local health concerns, gender, race, class, sexuality, resources, LGBTQ health and PSAs. This is an opportunity to receive credit, writing experience and the chance to have your work published.

Interested writers should contact Kelsey at

Springfield and Holyoke Center for Human Development

Wellness Program Intern

Make a difference with locals and help provide wellness programs to behavioral health clinics in Springfield and Holyoke. Students with health care or psychology interests or related major are invited to apply. The work includes customer service, health services/healthcare, psychology, and teaching/education. They are trying to combine primary care into their clinics. Training will be provided during January 2014. Applications are being accepted all year.

Contact Jennifer Higgins at or click here for more information.

Everywoman’s Center (EWC)

Three internships available. Click on the position title for link to posting.

Educator Advocate

This position involves facilitating  workshops such as healthy relationships, how to be a positive bystander, and sexual assault 101 throughout the community. Other duties include administration, support services, advocacy, consulting, counseling, and customer service. The time commitment will be 3 hours per week, including a 70 hour training in the Spring, as well as weekly team meetings. You’ll be expected to complete 2 workshops and 1 project after training.

Information and Referral Specialist

Duties will include administration, support services, counseling, and data management. You will offer culturally competent information and referral services to the UMass, 5-College and Hampshire County Community as well as coordinate a special project. Time commitment is 6-10 hours per week, a 40 hour training in the Spring, and  weekly staff meetings. Students have the option of receiving credits.

Rape Crisis Advocate

Provide 24-hr rape crisis intervention services for survivors of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and relationship violence. Provide services for sexual violence survivors of all genders within the UMass, 5-College & Hampshire county community. Students have the option of receiving credits.

Friends of Orphans

Campus Intern Initiative

Deadline: November 23rd, 2013

Work with staff members in an African NGO to help raise awareness, or improve the lives of people affected by the war in Uganda. You can do this with campus outreach events that inform people of the organization’s work, Northern Uganda conflicts, or through other experiences. Fundraising is also required to raise money for families in poverty. Make a change, even if it starts out small!

Contact the coordinator at or more information can be found here.


Health Advocate

Have a chance to work with CommunicateHealth, experts in making health appear fun, to increase health literacy through creative communication and graphic design. Interns must be self-motivated with a strong enthusiasm for health. Those who are computer savvy with strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills are invited to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be sent to

Click here for more information.

Volunteer Opportunity!

From January 23rd - March 6th. Monday - Friday at 8:20AM

Wildwood Elementary will be having their morning American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart and need volunteers to help promote healthy lifestyle and behaviors to their kids! February is Healthy Heart month.

The positions includes set-up, break-down, and engaging with kids during the activity.

Contact Elizabeth Fernandez O'Brien if you’re interested at

Job Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Conference

Project Assistant

Applications due Friday, November 15th

This job will be to assist the conference coordinator in planning and implementing all aspects of the 20th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference in April. Candidates must have exceptional organizational, writing, and computer skills. A student in their junior or senior year is preferred. Seeking an individual who enjoys working on a wide variety of projects. This position has a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week and pays $9.00 per hour. Find the application here.

Resident Assistant or Peer Mentor

Applications due December 6th

Do you like being involved in your community? Do you love planning programs and bulletin boards? If so, apply to be a Resident Assistant or Peer Mentor next year. Attend an information session to get more information about these these positions and get a chance to ask current RAs and PMs your questions. Dates and times for information sessions are below.

November 6th: Brett, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

November 7th: Cance, 7:00 - 8:00PM & Butterfield, 8:00 - 9:00PM

November 8th: Campus Center, 1:00 - 2:00PM

“Standing Up or Standing By”

Presented by the Center for Women and Community

November 14th

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Pierpont Lounge in Southwest

Public Health Club


Wednesday, November 6th. 7:00 - 8:00PM. Campus Center 904.

A representative from VOX will be speaking to us about their campaign for sexual education standards in Massachusetts. We’ll be taking pictures documenting why sexual health education in important to us. We’ll also be mentioning a few on-campus events that you should know about as Public Health students, such as a documentary screening and CPR Night. We'll be brainstorming Spring event ideas too and begin planning for National Public Health Week in April. Hope to see you there!

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!

Campus Announcements and Activities

UMass Student Farmers’ Market

Every Friday from 12:00 - 4:00PM. Goodell Lawn.

We are entering the last month of the season for the UMass Student Farmers’ Market this year!  UMass students come together with produce they have grown to sell to the UMass community.  This is a great place to get some fresh, locally grown produce and support your fellow students.  The Farmers’ Market also sells flowers and pumpkins if your room is in need of some authentic fall decor!

Study Abroad Info Session

Thursday, November 7th. 6:00 - 8:00PM. Wilder Hall room 201.

Hosted by CMASS. Come and listen to students who have studied abroad share their experiences. Have the chance to talk to an advisor from IPO (International Programs Office) and learn about how to get started as well as the application process and different scholarships offered to make your dream of studying abroad become a reality!

ZUMBAthon and Belly Dancing Fitness Blowout!

Saturday, November 16th. 3:00 - 5:00PM. Student Union Ballroom.

Hosted by the Campus Recreation Student Advisory Committee. Come get your Zumba on by attending this Zumbathon with two full hours of trained instructors leading a huge Zumba class! Zumba is an energetic, fun workout that promotes health and wellness on campus. There will also be a performance by the Belly Dancing Club to get a taste of this type of dance! Admission prices will be determined and Zumba t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Time to fight the flu!

Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics on campus

November 7th and 21st, 1:00 - 4:00PM. University Health Services room 302

Flu season is upon us, and as Public Health majors, we know how important it is to get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others from the nasty flu!  Luckily, you can get vaccinated conveniently on campus. Your insurance will be billed, so make sure to bring your insurance card. UHS offers the injected and inhaled forms of the vaccine.

Advising Tip

Registering for Spring Classes

For some reason, the month of November seems like it is going to fly by. With midterms, classes, and clubs in full swing, you might not realize that the Spring course catalog is now open on Spire. Don’t forget about Spring registration and be sure to check your enrollment date!

Here are some helpful tips:

Be knowledgeable: Find your enrollment date and time. It’s on the right side of Spire.

Be proactive: Know what general education requirements and major requirements you still need to graduate. Update your tracking form, so you know what courses you should be looking for before registration begins.

Have a plan: Look through the course catalog and search for classes that you need or seem interesting! Read the descriptions and add them to your shopping cart. Add backup courses in case you cannot get into your first choice. Doing this early will give you time to rearrange classes if needed and you don’t want to be rushing to find classes just minutes before your enrollment.

Finally, don’t stress! If you don’t get into a class, don’t worry, you will have another chance next semester, or there is always the possibility that the professor can waive you in at the beginning of the Spring semester or if you contact them with a legitimate excuse.

Follow these tips and Spring enrollment will be a breeze!

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 Tracking Form.

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