PHS Newsletter Issue # 43

Issue Number 43, 1/9/2014



Are you retaking a course?

If you are retaking a class this semester and fail to get a passing grade (C- or higher), you will not be given a 3rd time to repeat the class.   If you are concerned about your ability to receive the proper grade, please seek tutoring support (for example, the Learning Resource Center Your second grade will be counted toward your cumulative GPA even if it is lower than you initial grade in the course. 

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.

Scholarships available through Center For Student Development

The Center is offering two scholarships (see descriptions below). The application will be announced on Campus Pulse the first week of school

Are you looking for internships or jobs?

Attn: Seniors and Juniors

Read about SOPHE Career Connection below. Also, visit the SPHHS Workplace Development, UMass’s CareerConnect website, and USAJobs.

ClimbAmerica! – January 26th, Boston, MA

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. To get involved, register online for a climb or make a contribution to a team, individual climber, or the event.

Academic Opportunities

Open Seats: PUBHLTH 390x- Sustainable Development

MWF from 1:25-2:15pm

The course is designed to introduce students to the challenges of sustainable development for low income countries, focusing on Haiti as an important case study.  This course includes a week-long student/self-funded trip to Haiti over Spring break.  Students will learn about the history of Haiti; public health issues there in the context of global health priorities; emerging constraints on economic development programs due to concerns about environmental degradation and global warming; and design and conduct 1-3 small pilot public health projects for implementation in Bellabe, the project site. Open to Public Health Juniors & Seniors. For more information, see the attached flyer.

Application: Complete and send the attached application to Dr. Buchanan. He will be out of the country and unable to process any applications until the weekend before school starts.  You are encouraged to apply even if you are not able to go to Haiti.

Open Seats: 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 111 and 112. Students who do not meet the prerequisites may enroll with permission of the instructor.

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?

Attention: Pre-Dental Students

The Healthy People 2020 team invites you to register for their upcoming webinar on Thursday, January 23, from 12:00- 12:45 p.m. ET. This event is part of their monthly Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? webinar series. Join the conversation on­­­­ the effect of oral health on overall health, as well as ways to effectively address access to oral health care among underserved populations.

This 45-minute webinar will be led by Dr. Don Wright, Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He will be joined by Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, and Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH, Dental Officer, both from the Division of Oral Health, within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Eunice R. Konieczny Student Leadership Award

Application will be announced on Campus Pulse the first week of school

This award was established in 1985 to recognize a graduating senior who is currently an RSO, SGA, or Student Business officer. The student must exemplify the highest leadership and public service ideals to the university community and must demonstrate a commitment to the Student Activities Trust Fund (SATF). This award honors Eunice R. Konieczny who provided over twenty years of dedicated service to the Student Government Association. Scholarships to be awarded at the Sammies Student Life Awards, April 22, 2014

Eligibility: Student must be a senior who is a current RSO, SGA or Student Business officer with at least one academic year of experience as an officer within their respective organization. Student must also have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Bernie Dallas Memorial Scholarship

Application will be announced on Campus Pulse the first week of school

This award was established in 2007 to recognize a sophomore, junior or senior who is active in an RSO, the Student Government Association, the Student Businesses and/or Community Service Learning initiative. The student must exemplify the highest leadership qualities and ideals, and must demonstrate a commitment to the University of Massachusetts Amherst community. The award honors Bernie Dallas, a member of the Class of 1966.

Eligibility: Student must be a sophomore, junior or senior who is currently active in an RSO, SGA, Student Businesses and/or involved with Community Service Learning initiative. The student must have at least one academic year of experience in a leadership role. Student must also have a 3.0 GPA.

Selection Criteria: Student must show how their participation in an RSO, SGA, Student Business and/or Community Service Learning enhanced their personal development, leadership, team building, and sensitivity to diversity. Candidates must show their participation enriches themselves, their organization and the larger campus community.

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). 

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


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


Special Needs Intern- Children with Autism

New England Center for Children

Applications will be accepted between 11/18/13 and 9/16/14.

The New England Center for Children is looking for juniors and seniors who are studying in the field of psychology, education, communication disorders and other human services related programs.

  • Gain relevant experience in the application of behavior analysis principles with students who have special needs.
  • Get the opportunity to train and work alongside professionals in an occupational environment while receiving academic credit. Internship is unpaid.
  • Internships are flexible to student’s scheduling needs. Summer internships are also available.
  • The Center can design a program that meets the academic requirements of the college.
  • In many cases, internships have led to full-time employment upon graduation.

For more information about the Internship program and to apply, please log on to CareerConnect through UMass’s Career Services. You log on with your student ID.

Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda

Uganda Village Project

Summer 2014

The Uganda Village Project (UVP) is an international public health organization that works with people of Iganga to promote public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of Iganga, in southeast Uganda.

Interns spend 8-9 weeks living and working in a village in rural Iganga District, Uganda, gaining experience in public health, community education, and international development. Interns work in diverse teams composed of Ugandan and non-Ugandan team members. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities in several focus areas, including water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, malaria, and reproductive health.

Learn more about our internship program here.

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 internship focuses on providing interns with hands-on experience as well as web-based trainings in substance abuse prevention, epidemiology and evaluations. 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

New Student Orientation Leaders

University of Massachusetts

Application Deadline: February 7th, 2014

Each year New Students Orientation selects a new group of great students for the Orientation Leader position. Orientation Leaders are among the first people new students interact with at UMass Amherst and it is important for our staff to make a great first impression.

Our goal is to select students who truly represent the undergraduate population to fill these positions. Because you are active members of our student body, we hope you will give serious consideration to applying for this important student job.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify and they must also be current UMass Amherst undergraduate students. Inquiries regarding the Orientation Leader position can be made by contacting Elizabeth Cleary at or 413.545.9681.

The job description and application are available online.

SOPHE Career Connection

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly announces the launch of the SOPHE Career Connection. This new online resource is designed to provide a fast, easy way to connect health education and promotion professionals with employers looking for qualified candidates. The new SOPHE Career Connection serves as a crossroads for connecting health education students, practitioners and researchers with employers looking for professionals with health education expertise and/or specific experience in various settings.

The new SOPHE Career Connection provides: 

  • FREE and confidential resume posting - Make your resume available to employers in multiple settings - from schools, universities, health care, community and government. Keep your resume confidentially, if you choose.
  • Job search control - Quickly and easily find relevant job listings in different employment sectors and sign up for automatic email notification of new jobs that match your criteria.
  • Easy job application - Apply online and create a password-protected account for managing your job search.
  • Saved jobs capability - Save up to 100 jobs to a folder in your account so you come back to apply when you are ready.

Web Designer

Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts

The casino gambling impact study project (Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts, SEIGMA), is seeking applicants for web designer position.

 The minimal qualifications are:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent education and training).
  2. More than 3 years of web design experience.
  3. Experience with social sciences research (e.g., economics, public health, sociology, psychology).
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups, preferably in an academic setting.
  5. Knowledgeable with web based technology and scripts.
  6. Experience with Drupal.
  7. Experience with online data dissemination.
  8. Excellent  communication skills.
  9. Experience with providing hands on training.

 Here is a link to the longer job description. 

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

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

Advising Tip

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

Visit the SPHHS Facebook page for news and events.

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