UNTHSC-School of Public Health

September 23, 2011

Name this Newsletter!


The Office of Student & Academic Services will be holding a contest to see who can best name this newsletter. Students, faculty, and staff can submit their name and in 25 words or less explain why this name should be chosen.


The winner will receive a School of Public Health shirt, fleece, or polo.


Contest is open from now through the October 14. All submissions should be directed to Misty Smethers at Misty.Smethers@unthsc.edu



Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam

Registration for the 2012 CPH exam is now open!  

Exam will be administered February 3 - 27, 2012 


The School of Public Health will pay the full registration cost of the CPH examination for the first 60 MPH, MHA, and DrPH students to sign up for the examination.


After the first 60 registrations, the cost of each registration is $350.


Act now to take advantage of this opportunity.    


For more information on how you can take advantage of this opportunity, click here


SPH Seminars & Grand Rounds

Health Scientist, Elena Craft, PhD, will be presenting on the threat of air pollutants on Texans' health. The seminar will discuss the risk posed by benzene and butadiene, current EPA screening guidelines and their effectiveness in protecting public health.    

Title: "Effects Screening Levels: The Texas Answer to Protection from Hazardous Air Pollutants"


Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Location: CBH - 470


Time: 10 - 11 AM


Tuesday Interlude Resume Review Sessions

Resume review sessions for each concentration will be conducted during Tuesday Interlude. Each session will consist of resume tips and a review session.


Students will need to submit their resumes to Misty Smethers by 5:00 PM the day before the session at Misty.Smethers@unthsc.edu .


The dates for the resume review session are as follows:



September 27th - EPID students


October 11 - EOHS, DrPH, PhD students


October 18 - HMAP, MHA students


Snacks will be provided for those students that attend.



TSOPHE 2011 Fall Conference 

The Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) will be holding its 2011 Fall Conference October 13-14 at MD Anderson Cancer Center's South Campus Research Building.  


Louise Villejo, MPH, MCHES, will be presenting "The Many Faces of Health Education." Other speakers include Sheryl McCurdy, PhD and Lei-Shih Chen, PhD, CHES. 


For registration information visit, http://tsophefall2011.eventbrite.com 



Campus Bible Study

We are organizing a new Bible study group on campus and would like to invite you to join!


This group is open to all students, faculty and staff.


Currently we meet on Friday's from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm but are open to suggestions.


In order to become a registered student organization and to be affiliated with Intervarsity Campus Fellowship, we need at least 10 members.


We are studying the book of James, chapter 4 this Friday, September 16 and welcome all who are interested to join us.


For more information, please contact me, Oladimeji (Ladi) Akinboro at oladimeji.akinboro@live.unthsc.edu


May God Bless You and Good Luck With Classes!


Ladi Akinboro

MPH Student- Biostatistics 

Volunteer or Paid Opportunity

Student workers are needed to tutor and mentor K-5th graders, middle and high school students at the Stop Six Community Go Center at ABChristian Learning Center. Position begins September 15. Students are paid if they are work study eligible. If not work study eligible they may volunteer. Please refer interested students to Liz Davis at (817) 773-1399 or ldavis@abchrist.org.


The Go Center/Literacy position is posted online at the UNTHSC financial aid (workstudy) job posting.


Events & Updates

APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition


The APHA is hosting their 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in


Washington, DC, this October 29 - November 2.


Registration and Housing for the 2011 Annual Meeting are now open. Take advantage of early-bird discounts and register today at www.apha.org/meetings/registration.


Complete your online registration and you will be linked to a housing form pre-populated with your contact information.

PHSA "The Communicator"


Check out this month's issue of The Communicator!


The Communicator has upcoming PHSA events, extracurricular changes, and updates from your PHSA officers and representatives.


To view the first issue, click here.






Block your calendar every Tuesday from 3:00p.m.-5:30 p.m. for Tuesday Interlude sessions, Journal club, PHSA socials, and other events.


October 4

Career Roundtable- EAD Atrium


October 11

MHA Panel

Journal Club


October 18

Doctoral Residency Symposium- EAD 705


Session for Spring 2012 Practice Experience Students

3-4 PM (LIB-400)


October 25

Journal Club


"Writing an Abstract" Training Session

3-4 PM EAD-719


Graduation Workshop- EAD 705


November 7-11

PhD comprehensive exam will be distributed sometime this week


November 11

MPH Comprehensive Exam

Internships and Fellowship Opportunities

HIV CENTER for Clinical and Behavioral Studies

at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University

POSTDOC Opportunity


The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies (Columbia University New York) is offering a NIMH-funded postdoctoral training program, focusing on HIV, gender, and human sexuality. Trainees receive up to three years of support for stipends, health insurance, travel for conferences, and research. An application form can be found at the website.


One position for the training program will become available per January 2012. To be considered, be sure to send your application form no later than October 1, 2011. The deadline for positions becoming available as of July 2012 is January 2, 2012.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Persons from underrepresented groups (including those with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds) are strongly encouraged to apply.



For more information, visit http://www.hivcenternyc.org/training/nrsa.html



Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, CDC

Seeking Medical Anthropology Student


Seeking a graduate student in medical anthropology, or combined anthropology/ medical student, interested in qualitative fieldwork in a group of fascinating Guarani communities in lowland Bolivia. Research group is currently conducting a community survey in  6 villages which includes serological testing for Chagas disease (preliminary data show a seroprevalence of >50%), stool testing for soil transmitted heminths, anemia testing and cardiac evaluations (for Chagas heart disease).


Research Topics of Interests:

  • Knowledge, beliefs, disease concepts and attitudes toward Chagas disease
  • Its vector (which infests the houses)
  • Control programs for hte vector which rely on indoor residual insecticide spraying
  • Attitudes toward care seeking in government health facilities
  • Alternative treatments and healers 


For additional information, contact:


Caryn Bern, MD, MPH

Medical Epidemiologist

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, CDC

Phone: (404) 718-4726



Professor Robert Gilman, MD, DTM&H

Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Phone: (410) 614-3959




Job Opportunities

Weir SPM

 Job Opening: Occupational Nurse 


Responsible for providing occupational health services to the employees of Weir SPM in alignment with established medical key priorities and compelling business needs. Responsibilities include the delivery of comprehensive occupational health nursing, medical testing, travel health, health promotion, return-to-work assessments/fitness-for-duty evaluations, and assistance with Disability/Worker's Compensation case management.



  • Registered Nurse, Current Certification in CPR and Basic Life Support 

Salary plus bonus. $75K plus 20% bonus. 


For more information on how to apply contact:

Anthony Garner, Corporate Recruiter

Office: 817.935.1904






MIT Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change

Position Available: Communications Officer 


Communication Officer will facilitate external communicaitons and manage the dissemination of public information. The successful applicant will function as a writer and editor, webmaster, and public information officer promoting the program's research and newsworthy activities.


  • Bachelor's in Environmental Science, Economics, Engineering, Public Policy or related field
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills
  • Profiency with modern publishing and web-based communication tools
  • US citizen or permanent resident of US
  • Science journalism experience or advanced technical degree preferred
  • Understanding of economic/policy analysis and/or climate science


Evaluations will begin immediately with anticipated start date of October 1, 2011.

University of Texas Soutwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX)

Tracking and Evaluation - Senior Research Associate 



  • Plan and direct the Evaluation program components of a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at UT Southwestern Medical Center  
  • Supervise other staff positions
  • Serve as regional and national CTSA Evaluation Program liaison. Attend meetings and disseminate information to program leaders and other involved in program evaluation
  • Provide and support in the NIH Annual Reporting and grant renewal processes

For more information, click here.


If you are interested in this position please send resume to Raul.Caetano@UTSouthwestern.edu




School of Medicine of Virginia Commonwealth University

Seeking Qualitative Research Consultants


 Each consultant will work closely with regional Organ Procurement Organizations to conduct qualitative assessments of intensive care units (ICU) in area hospitals. The assessments utilize anthropological methods of field research, specifically direct observation and semi-structured interviews, to identify impediments to solid organ donation within hospitals ICUs. The national research study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Consultants are needed for the following areas:

 New York, NY ; Orlando, FL; St. Louis, MO; Cleveland, OH; Phoenix, AZ; Birmingham, AL 


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's in Antropology or similar social science discipline
  • Field research experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with field research design and implementation
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis;
  •  Experience working in healthcare setting (preferred)
  • Ability to travel in local area; flexible schedule
  • Knowledge of organ donation and transplantation (preferred)

Completed applications (i.e., CV and cover letter) should be addressed to:

Gerald P. Alolod

Dept. of Social and Behavioral Health

School of Medicine

Virginia Commonwealth University

PO Box 980149

Richmond, VA 23298


Email completed applications to Stacy West at smwest@vcu.edu








September 30   

Last day to Drop a course or withdraw from UNTHSC with an automatic "W"


October 3 

Beginning this date, instructors may drop a student with a grade of "WF" for non-attendance.


November 18

Deadline to submit graduation documents for Fall 2011 graduates.


December 2 

Last day to drop a course with consent of the instructor or withdraw from UNTHSC .

Deadline to submit your Intent to Graduate form for Spring 2012 or Summer 2012.


December 5 - 9

Final examination schedule


December 9 

Last day of term


December 14 

Grades due to registrar by 5:00 PM