PHS Newsletter Issue # 40

Issue Number 40, 12/04/2013



Pre-medical and Pre-dental Advising Changes

One of our pre-medical advisors has plans to retire from UMass. Seniors and Juniors will still work with Karen O-Connor, while sophomores and freshman will be newly directed to make appointments with Martha Baker from the College of Natural Science. Here contact information is Also, CNS has a list serve students can find through their website that pre-med/pre-dent students are highly encouraged to sign up for. Click here to subscribe.

New Public Health Courses on Spire

See the new public health courses under “Academic Opportunities”

The Public Health Peer Advising Center

The office will close for winter break on Friday, December 5th 2013. Visit them in the New Year when you return!

Recognition for Public Health Work


Submit your public health work or research to be recognized by a national organization. NewPublicHealth has a series called "The Future of Public Health," which features public health students and emerging leaders. They are looking for guest submissions from students who are leading their fields and doing truly exceptional work as part of their practicums or internships. is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's online forum for information and discussion about public health. They connects the dots in the public health field and between sectors to keep you up to date on the issues that affect the health of your communities and the work you do.

Academic Opportunities

STOCKSCH 197P: Physical Care and Wellness for Beginning Farmers and Gardeners

Wednesdays 6:00PM - 7:30PM

This class will help students become aware of how to manage physical work while maintaining personal health.  An introduction to basic anatomy, efficiency of common movements and positions used in farming and gardening, including simple stretches and breathing exercises.

New Course: PUBHLTH 290b: Introduction to Public Health

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM - 3:45PM
This course presents an overview of the field of public health, including major health problems; social, behavioral, and environmental factors affecting health; important actors within the public health system; and approaches used. Restrictions: open to first year and sophomore public health majors only

New Course: PUBHLTH 390TL: Ecotoxicology & Public Health

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00PM - 2:15PM

This course will provide a broad perspective of environmental contaminants, how they impact wildlife, and what lessons can be learned and applied to protect human health. Students will gain knowledge of basic principles of ecotoxicology and an understanding of critical case studies that have informed policies and practice in public health. Prerequisites: BIOLOGY 152 (formerly 101) or BIOLOGY 110 (formerly 102) and CHEM 121 and 122. Students who do not meet the prerequisites may enroll with permission of the instructor.

UNIV 190-L: Demystifying Library Research (1 credit)

Contact: Kate Freedman at

The course, taught by Undergraduate Education Librarian Katherine Freedman, is primarily intended for first and second year students, and transfer students, but it is open to all. This course will enable students to find reliable information more efficiently and effectively and provide skills that will help them during their college career  and in the future. Three of the meetings will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the remainder of the course will be held online via Moodle.

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.

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program

Paid summer research in health services

To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and  the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School with the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.

Undergraduate Research Experience in South Africa

Applications due: December 13, 2013.

Students selected for participation in this program will be called Water, Society, and Health (WaSH) Scholars. Students who participate will conduct research over an 8-week period at the University of Venda and surrounding communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa. You will work at the interface between water, society, and health through community-based research opportunities on appropriate environmental technologies and systems for water supply and treatment to improve human health. WaSH Scholars will receive a $2000 stipend plus housing and travel expenses.

Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.

Scholarships and Support

2013 Community-Engaged Research Program Scholarship

Application due: Friday, December 6th. 5:00 PM.

Up to six sophomore and junior honors students will receive $1,500 to work with a faculty mentor on a new or ongoing community research project in the spring. This research is intended to inform their senior honors thesis.

Find the application and more information about the research program, here.

Bernie Dallas Memorial Scholarship

Application due: January 1, 2014.

This scholarship is available to any current sophomore, junior, or senior at UMass Amherst. The student must have been active and in a position of leadership for at least one academic year in a Registered Student Organization, the Student Government Association, Community Service Learning and/or one of the eight Student Businesses. The student must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0, which demonstrates a commitment to academics as well as to co-curricular activities. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to two students, preferably one male and one female. Students may re-apply and be considered, again, for this scholarship through their senior year.

Contact the Center for Student Development for the application in Student Union Room 416.

Alumni Association Leaders in the Making Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and was designed to support the academic and career pursuits of promising students from diverse campus populations whose records suggest that they will develop into alumni with admirable leadership qualities upon graduation. In order to receive this scholarship, student must be a full time sophomore or junior in good standing (GPA = 3.0 or higher). Students must demonstrate distinctive character, leadership and motivation particularly through active University, community or civic service.

Applications are available at the end of the fall semester and may be picked up in the Alumni Association Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F or online at



Contact: Jayke Bouche at

To apply to either position, send a resume and cover letter to the e-mail above.

Policy and Advocacy Intern

Responsibilities include researching current policies that impact mothers and families, develop opportunities for MotherWoman to promote policy change, collaborate with organizations and coalitions with similar policy work and understand basic structure of political system. Minimum of 6 hours per week during school.

Research Intern

Analyze studies regarding prenatal and postpartum issues, assemble synopses of analysis, compile research relating to MotherWoman’s mission. Minimum of 6 hours per week during school.


Public Health 391B Undergraduate TA

Eligibility includes completion of Pubhlth391B with a final grade of A or A- and being a Junior or Senior. Responsibilities include attending lectures (MWF 9:05 - 9:55AM) and assist in classroom management. Will be expected to meet with Dr. Mattews and other TAs, hold weekly office hours, and develop two R modules for a final project.

Click here for a link with the application.


Fitness and Wellness Intern

MediFit is a company that offers a range of health promotion and fitness programs. Interns will gain experience conducting fitness testing and evaluation, providing safe and effective exercise programs, and assist in planning and implementation of health promotion and incentive programs. This internship is best for motivated, enthusiastic juniors or seniors with a background in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education or a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must have completed anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and basic exercise testing and prescription. CPR/AED and First Aid certifications required before beginning the position. Good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to multi-task are desired.

The application and more information is available here.


Labor Law and Research Intern

Application due: February 3, 2014

Verité is an Amherst-based company that strives to ensure people around the world work under safe, fair, and legal conditions. As a part-time, unpaid intern, one would be responsible for reviewing international labor standards, updating reports, and assisting the research and development team.

Directions to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and academic writing sample of 3 pages or more to

In the subject line, please enter the following: ‘INTERN: Last Name, First Name - Spring 2014.’

More information about Verité can be found at this website.

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.

For more internships, visit our workforce development page

Job Opportunities

Experience City Year Shadow Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Locations: Boston, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. During the visit you will learn about City Year's work addressing the national dropout crisis in public schools and engage in Leadership Workshops similar to training our corps members receive. RSVP by Friday, December 20th. E-mail the recruiter at the site you're interested in attending.

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.

Global Health Corps 2014-2015

Applications due: January 26, 2014

GHC is looking for driven, passionate, young leaders with diverse skill sets and experiences to join the movement for health equity. One-year paid fellowship positions are available with high impact NGOs and government organizations in East Africa, Southern Africa and the US. Applicants can apply for up to 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. We are looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines.

Access the application here.

Public Health Club


Arnold 136. 7:00PM.

Our last meeting of the semester will start off as a potluck and then we’ll transition into Spring planning. Come get involved for next semester to plan National Public Health Week, share some new ideas for the Spring, socialize, and enjoy lots of food!

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!

Events and Activities

“It’s Never Too Early: Diabetes Prevention in Pregnancy”

Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series With Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber

Monday, December 9th. 4:00 PM. Mullins Center.

Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber from the university’s epidemiology department has spent her recent efforts studying the impact of lifestyle behaviors on high-risk pregnant women with her national research team. Listen to Professor Chasan-Taber lecture her findings and how unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and stress at the time of conception/during pregnancy may put the unborn child at higher risks for heart disease and diabetes as an adult; and what lifestyle changes may be taken to prevent these adverse health effects.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a public reception.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Northampton Winter Craft Fair

December 7th - 8th. 9:30AM - 4:30PM. Northampton High School.

Admission fee is $3 and all proceeds support the BBBS organization

Looking for some holiday gifts and a study break?  Attend the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County’s Northampton Winter Craft Fair! 90 artisans will be selling their crafts, food from Nancy Jane’s Catering and the Hot Chocolate Run to benefit Safe Passage will be taking place on Sunday.  Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that has tremendously benefited children and families in Hampshire County, so stop by and help them continue to do so!

Health and Wellness Tip

Finals are almost here! Of course, exams are a stressful time for students, but by managing your time and staying healthy, you can get through them successfully!  Here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep you on track!

  • Study in chunks well ahead of time! It’s only Wednesday - you still have time this week to start studying for your finals rather than saving it all for this weekend.  You will retain the information better learning it in chunks over a period of time, and you will feel less stressed knowing that you already got some studying out of the way!
  • Form a study group! Get together with other students in your class so that you can talk about the material and help each other understand it.  If you can teach the material to someone else, it means you really know it.
  • Try to fit in some exercise.  If you can squeeze in a yoga class or go for a quick jog, you might relieve some stress and be able to focus better while you study.  If it is going to make you feel better and be more productive while you study, it is worth your time!
  • Disconnect from social media!  We’ve all been there - you reward yourself for studying by checking Facebook and the next thing you know you’ve wasted an hour.  Social media can suck up valuable time that you could be using to study.  Try logging out of your Facebook and Twitter on your computer and phone - the log-in page might make you think twice.

We wish you the best of luck on your finals!  Before you know it, you’ll be home for winter break enjoying some well-deserved rest.

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 Academic Requirements Report (ARR).

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