PHS Newsletter Issue # 42

Issue Number 42, 12/18/2013



Fall 2013 Grades

Fall 2013 grades will be finalized by Saturday, December 28th, 2013. Check SPIRE then to see if grades are ready. Any grades or statistics which may be visible on SPIRE before that date are tentative.

As a reminder, all public health core and elective courses must be a C- or higher to count toward the public health major. Math, statistics, foundation, and collateral field courses must be a D or higher to count toward the major.

PUBHLTH 290B- Introduction to Public Health

ATTN: First Years, Sophomores, & Juniors who did not take PH 320

Tu/Th from 2:30-3:45pm

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.

PUBHLTH 290b can go toward the PUBHLTH elective numbered 300-599 (only allowed it taken Spring 2014). If you take PUBHLTH 290b, then next Fall, there will be a new section of Junior Year Writing that you will have priority to take. The new PH 320 section will be focused on Health Communication.

Academic Opportunities

Columbia Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (CSIBS) Program

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for Summer 2014

CSIBS provides advanced undergraduates and select recent college graduates with training and exposure to the biostatistical sciences.  Students will spend eight weeks with the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health taking courses, engaged in research, and being mentored by a faculty member.  After successful completion of the program, students receive 3 credits of coursework at the Mailman School of Public Health.

For more information on program eligibility/requirements and the online application, click here. If you have any questions, contact Justine Herrera.

Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training (BEST) Diversity Program

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for Summer 2014

The BEST Diversity program was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities will spend eight weeks with the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health taking courses, engaged in research, and being mentored by a faculty member.  Participants receive a summer stipend. *2014 program pending grant approval*

For more information on program eligibility/requirements and the online application, click here.

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.

Interested in the UMass Nursing Program?

Attend an information session to learn more about the UMass College of Nursing’s Second Bachelor’s Degree Track. Learn about the curriculum, pre-requisite courses, application procedures and campus resources, including online programs. To reserve a seat at a session email Cynthia Mendoza no later than noon on the Friday before your preferred session.

Wed. 01/15/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112

Wed. 02/12/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112

Wed. 03/12/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112

Wed. 04/09/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112

Wed. 05/07/2014 4:00-5:00pm, Skinner Hall - Room 112

Scholarships and Fellowships


For a listing of extensive Fellowships Requiring a Bachelor's Degree with additional resources and scholarships by San Francisco State University, click here.

ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program

The ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Program was established in 1995. Its goal is to address emerging needs of public health, and to provide leadership and professional opportunities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for students and graduate students of ASPPH member graduate schools and programs of public health. The fellowships are from one to two years in duration, depending on the needs of CDC and the fellow. The Fellowship Program was established to strengthen the relationship between the academic public health community and public health practice agencies. The types of fellowships will vary according to specific areas of research or training within CDC´s Centers/Institutes/Offices (CIOs). 

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


Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention

2014 Prevention Internship

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the Prevention Internship.

The Prevention Internship allows interns the opportunity to receive front-line experience in the field of substance abuse prevention within the SPF – TIGs and other Tribal Organizations. The internship focuses on providing interns with hands-on experience as well as web-based trainings in substance abuse prevention, epidemiology and evaluations. The interns will learn new techniques, master best practices in the field, and apply knowledge gained from their professional and cultural experiences. For more information, please visit the CSAP website.

Volunteer as an Intern Abroad in Medicine

Projects Abroad: Medicine & Healthcare

Interning abroad on a medical project is an ideal way to observe how the poorest resourced medical institutions in the developing world operate. Whether you are a pre-medical student, currently in medical school, or a trained professional, you will be able to gain great insight into the hospitals, clinics, and centers that we work with. For more information about their program, click here.

Job Opportunities

Corporate Wellness

SPHHS will host a corporate wellness panel at the end of February. This is a great opportunity to meet employers and learn more about working in the corporate wellness industry. The date and room will be announced soon!

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.

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

See you in the Spring…

…for our first meeting of next semester! Join the Public Health Club to be a part of promoting health and wellness on campus through events, activities, and National Public Health Week!

Wednesday, January 29th. 7:00 - 8:00pm. Location TBA

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

Create a ClimbCorps Team!

ClimbAmerica! is a special fundraising event produced by Brigham and Women's program, ClimbCorps, in which participants climb Boston’s tallest buildings to help fight heart disease. You can challenge yourself and race against other climbers, or use it as a chance to exercise and spend time with friends and family. It’s also a great opportunity to raise awareness for this important cause and climb in honor of loved ones who have been affected by heart disease. The climb will be on January 24th at 53 State Street in Boston, MA. If you are interested in becoming a leader or want to learn more about the event please visit ClimbCorps’ website.

Advising Tip

Winter break is a great time to look for summer internships and programs. Apply for some of the fellowships listed in the newsletter.

Visit the SPHHS Facebook page for news and events.

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