PHS Newsletter Issue # 37

Issue Number 37, 11/14/2013


Standing Up or Standing By

Tonight, November 14th. 7:30 - 8:30PM. Pierpont Lounge in Southwest.

This workshop will teach participants what they can do to prevent sexual violence in our community. It will challenge participants to think about violence prevention as a cultural and environmental chance, rather than risk reduction. Participants will discuss the multiple ways to confront sexual violence that are safe and healthy. By the end, participants will begin to understand how to be agents of social change.

Issues with Course Enrollment?

There are problems with enrolling into PUBHLTH 494CI. We are working with the scheduling office to fix the issues. There will be enough seats for seniors. There are also several 500 level public health courses that appear open, but students cannot enroll in the course because they have an undergraduate student limit. If you cannot get into the course right away, please see the advising tips, written by a Peer Advisor, at the bottom of the newsletter.

CPR Certification Night

November 18th, 7:00 - 9:30PM. Campus Center 165 - 169.

CPR Night is being hosted by the UMass Public Health Club!

Come to Arnold 330 to sign up and pick up materials.

Registration fee is $20. There are limited seats available.

Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., but when ordinary people know CPR, a victim’s survival rate can double, or even triple. Schools are adding thousands of lifesavers to our communities by training their students, faculty and staff in CPR. An opportunity to renew an old certification or join the cause.

Film Screening and Food Drive!

November 21st. 7:00 – 9:00PM. Campus Center Reading Room.

Admission: 1 non-perishable good

The Undergraduate and Graduate Public Health Club are excited to announce the upcoming screening of the film “A Place at the Table.”

This powerful documentary investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem from the voices of hunger and nutrition experts. This film peels back the curtain on the problem of food insecurity, weaving together the stories of low-income Americans who struggle to put healthy food on the table. Following the screening, there will be a brief discussion on the information just presented.

This is sure to be a compelling and powerful event for a great cause. Don’t miss out!

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 .


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


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

Collateral Field 101 Workshop:

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

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

Academic Opportunities

Five College Interchange Pre-Registration For Spring 2014

Pre-registration from November 12 - 22. Goodell 613.

Are you interested in taking a class at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith or Mt. Holyoke in the Spring?

It's time for Five College Interchange pre-registration requests!

These dates may be different than your UMass enrollment appointment. Anyone can request to pre-register starting on November 12 even if they can't start enrolling in UMass classes until later. Click here for further details on searching for courses and pre-registering.

PH494CI: Research Senior Capstone

Tuesdays/Thursdays 2:30-3:45PM. Apply soon, space is limited.

Faculty: Paula Stamps.

This course will involve an independent study format, with each student working in a research groups of 3 or 4 students and will be research-based and writing intensive. The research groups will be writing small research-based policy papers on a range of topics that come from PH129.  Topics will include definitions of health and illness, delivering health care to non-documented residents, and health disparities.  Each student will work in two or three different groups over the course of the semester and prepare two or three different policy papers.

Your papers will be used to provide background information as Dr. Stamps works on the writing of a new textbook for PH 129.  Your contributions will be acknowledged in this textbook and your work will help me write a book that students can connect to.

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.

EDUC202: Exploring Differences and Commonalities

Thursdays 4:00 - 6:30PM. 4-credits General Education (SB) (U).

The course is structured as an intergroup dialogue (IGD) undergraduate course. Intergroup dialogues are facilitated small group experiences that bring students from different racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientations to explore their commonalities and differences. Students will examine the nature and impact of social justice issues on campus and in the community, and explore ways of working together toward greater equality and justice. Intergroup dialogues strive to promote sharing of personal experiences and perspectives, meaningful conversations, and critical examination of social issues. Click here for more information on how to sign up.

HONORS495K: Principles and Practices of Community Engaged Research

Faculty: Elena Carbone

This popular 1-credit hybrid online course teaches the fundamentals of engaging in research with communities. The course is open to Sophomore, Junior and Senior honors students and to non-honors students with permission from instructors.

Medicinal Plant Courses at UMass

Click here for course times and descriptions.

These are a variety of 1 - 4 credit course offerings through the Medicinal plant program. Topics include herbs, spices, medicinal plants, shamanism, wild edible plants, women's herbal health, clinical herbalism, and traditional healing systems.

Grassroots Community Organizing

Meets Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00PM. Applications due: November 15th to Gordon Hall

5-credit Honors Anthropology course. (open to all majors)

GCO is a student-facilitated Spring semester class where YOU can be empowered to take action & work towards social change. 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!

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.

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

Thursday, November 14th . 6:30PM. Herter 601.

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.

Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health

Applications due: February 14, 2014.

Students will receive a whirlwind introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research. Participants take non-credit introductory courses in biostatistics and STATA (a statistical program), and attend a series of afternoon topical seminars. The seminars, led by Harvard School of Public Health faculty members, are designed to broaden participant's understanding of the relationship of biostatistics to human health by providing a snapshot of methods developed and applied to real research projects in different fields.

Click here for more information and application details.

Scholarships and Support

Sara’s Wish Foundation Scholarship

Application due: March 1st.

A specialized scholarship available for UMass Students in memory of Sara Schewe and Dr. Barbara Burn. This scholarship fund was created in memory of Sara Schewe, who passed away in a fatal bus accident while studying abroad and participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea Program. This scholarship is awarded to young women that have a passion for making the world a better place, as well as leadership, service, and adventure. Students must be planning to study abroad to a non-traditional country and must be an American citizen.

More information can be found here.

Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund

Application due: 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.



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.


Public Health 324 Course Assistant

Eligibility includes being a Junior or Senior Public Health major and received an A or A- in Public Health 324. Responsibilities involve attending lectures (Tu/Thurs 9:30 - 10:45AM) and assist with classroom management. Undergraduate TAs will be expected to attend weekly meetings with Dr. Reeves and graduate TA, assisting with grading, holding weekly office hours, and writing a final term paper. Click here for the application.

Spanish Translator- Volunteer Opportunity


Need a fluent Spanish speaker to take notes at a meeting on November 18th from 6:00-8:00pm. The meeting will be a focus group offered through Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY). The meeting will be conducted entirely in Spanish. It would also be helpful to have the notes translated into English. If interested contact, Sarah Bankert.

Amherst Wire

Health Writer

Contact: Kelsey at

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.

Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC)

Asthma Self-Management Training Facilitator Internship

Contact: Sarita Hudson,

This position involves presenting Open Airways and/or Kickin Asthma to elementary or

middle school students with asthma. Both programs help children manage their asthma on a daily basis so they can avoid asthma attacks and stay out of the emergency room.

Become a Certified Asthma Educator by the American Lung Association through three training sessions to prepare to present the program. Interns work in teams of two and with the school nurse to determine school scheduling. This position will give students an opportunity to learn about asthma self-management and gain valuable training and experience in presenting evidence-based trainings.

Springfield and Holyoke Center for Human Development

Wellness Program Intern

Contact: Jennifer Higgins,

Make a difference with locals today 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, click here for more information.

Friends of Orphans

Campus Intern Initiative

Contact: 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!

More information can be found here.

Governor Deval Patrick’s Western Massachusetts Office

Governor’s Office Internship Program

Contact: Elizabeth Cardona at 413-784-1200 or

Deadline: November 22nd.

Have in interest in public service? Want to spend time gaining a valuable experience and learn all about the inner-workings of government? The Governor is seeking interns for the Spring of 2014. Students must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 2-3 letters of recommendation, and should send them to the contact above. Go here to learn more.

Job Opportunities

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Computer Support Specialist

Contact: Eva Goldwater

Duties include inventory computing equipment, recording technical information such as Make, model, Operating System, RAM, installed software, etc. Interview users regarding data to be moved to new computers. Replace hard drives and set up new computers. Find and install drivers, install software on Windows PCs.

Temporary, intermittent position, 10 hours/week for approximately 3 months, with possible gaps waiting for equipment to arrive. Availability during January break a plus. $11-12/hour.

Qualifications include technical knowledge of hardware/software and attention to detail. Initial computer inventory must be complete, accurate, and legible.

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.

Public Health Club

CPR Night

November 18th. 7:00 - 9:30PM. Campus Center 165 - 169.

Receive or renew your CPR Certification.

CityYear and Public Health Graduate Panel

November 20th. 6:30 - 8:30PM

Find out about the CityYear program and how to apply! Following this presentation, we will also be hosting a Public Health graduate student panel. Current students pursuing their MPH will talk about their experiences applying and transitioning into graduate school. There will also be a Q&A session for individual questions.

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

Public Health Study Abroad Night

Monday, November 25th.6:30 – 7:30PM. Campus Center 803.

Have you thought about studying abroad in the Summer or for the next school year but still have public health course requirements? Come to this study abroad information session tailored specifically for public health students. We will be highlighting a few programs, courses, and providing materials with the options you have to enjoy a public health experience abroad.

8th Annual UDANCE: Dance Marathon to Benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital

Saturday, November 16th. 12:00PM - 12:00AM. Student Union Ballroom.

Dance the night away at the 8th annual UDance! This will be a 12-hour dance and entertainment marathon to benefit the Baystate Children’s Hospital of Springfield, MA. There will be student performance groups along with other activities. Spend your Saturday night on a good cause. There is a suggested donation of $15.

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.

Get and stay healthy with University Health Services.

Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics on campus

November 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.

Free, Anonymous STD and HIV Testing

November 21st, 12:00 - 3:30 PM. Campus Center 101

No appointment necessary and no blood is involved. Only oral swabs. HIV test take about 20 minutes. Testing is conducted by Tapestry Health. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center.

Advising Tip

Getting Into Tough Classes

As we go through the spring enrollment process and officially choose classes, you may find that some are already full. If it’s a class you really like, or want to get into, don’t give up hope. Here are a few pointers on trying to squeeze yourself into a class.

1) Watch Spire: Students are always randomly dropping classes so keep checking for an open spot throughout the rest of the semester and winter break.

2) Email the professor: Sometimes it may help to explain to the professor why it’s important to take the class, to get put onto a waiting list or maybe they can even override you in. If you contact a professor, explain why you are interested in taking the course and how you would be a valuable asset in their course. Please remember to be respectful.

3) Go to the class: If all else fails, when Spring semester starts, try to sit in on the class. Try talking to the professor afterwards and they are more likely to enroll you when they see your determination.

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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