UNTHSC-School of Public HealthSeptember 30, 2011
In this Issue
CPH Exam
Career Roundatable
Seminars & Grand Rounds
Tuesday Interlude
TSOPHE Conference
APHA Conference
Campus Bible Study
Job Opportunities
Academic Calendar
SBPHP General Body Meeting
The Society of Black Public Health Professionals is havong their second meeting of the year on October 6, 2011 from 11-12 pm in EAD 719. 

We will be discussing upcoming events, fundraising opportunities, and many other opportunities.


Check OrgSync for all SBPHP updates and upcoming events. 
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 orldavis@abchrist.org.


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

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.

Save The Date
Block your calendar every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. for Tuesday interlude sessions, journal club, PHSA socials, and other events.

October 4
Career Rountable- 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
UNTHSC-School of Public Health 

SPH Students,

SPH News and Events
For the Semester and School Year
Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam
2011 CPH


March of Dimes Funds Scholarships for Certified in Public Health (CPH ) Exam



The Foundation to Advance Public Health through Certification (FAPHC) is pleased to announce that they have received a grant from the March of Dimes to provide a limited number of scholarships to offset the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) 2012 CPH Exam fee for students and alumni of CEPH-Accredited Schools of Public Health and MPH Programs having an academic focus area of Maternal and Child Health. Competitively selected students and alumni will have their registration fees for the 2012 CPH Exam paid for directly and will become known as "2012 - March of Dimes Certified in Public Health Scholars."


Students and alumni of CEPH-Accredited Schools of Public Health and MPH Programs, who are also U.S. Citizens, are invited to apply through their schools. From among applicants, schools may select up to three students and/or alumni per school for scholarship consideration. Final selection of scholarship recipients will be made by members of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH).



The deadline to submit an application to Misty Smethers is Friday, October 7, 2011.


For information on eligibility and selection criteria and to view the application, please click here.


SPH Career Roundtable 
The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is hosting Career Roundtable on October 4, 2011 from 4:00-5:30 pm in the EAD Atrium.

This is a unique speed mentoring event that includes Alumni and other professionals representing various public health backgrounds. For additional details, click here.

A small reception will follow. 


Dress is professional.


Please RSVP your attendance to sph@unthsc.edu with the subject "Career Roundtable".

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:


Events & Updates
For the Semester and School Year
TSOPHE 2011 Fall Conference

APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Campus Events
Activities During the Week
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 

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

Health Equity and Community Engagement Research

with Marazul Charters, in consultation with MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba) 


The research program is scheduled for the week of January 8-15, 2012. The research  program will include both meetings and on-site visits, Monday-Friday. 

Objectives of the research are as follows, with an emphasis on equity: 

  *  To examine Cuba's community-oriented primary care health system, with an emphasis on maternal-child health
  *  To examine Cuba?s specialized programs for youth.

Full time health professionals conducting research in Cuba are allowed to do so under the US Treasury Department's general license for professional research.  


Participants make arrangements directly with Marazul Charters, as we are an agency licensed to make all program and travel arrangements to/from and within Cuba (marazulhealth@gmail.com or 1 800 223-5334, ext


The cost for a one-week program including roundtrip air from Miami to Havana, Cuban visa, accommodations, meals, transportation and full research program in Cuba varies, but can range from $2000 - $2600.  This is in addition to the cost of a domestic flight to Miami. 


For more information, please email marazulhealth@gmail.com


Medical students and resident physicians may wish to consider joining us next winter or summer for our Interhealth South America global health experience in Ecuador we have organized the past several years.
The program includes several components:
* Clinic and community health and medical work on both individual and group levels
* Seminar introduction to healthcare provision in South America
* Observation of primary and community healthcare institutions
* More emphasis now being placed on participation in traditional/indigenous rural health activities
* Tours of Andes Mountain and upper Amazon River basin rainforest sites demonstrating a variety of natural environments
* Formal medical Spanish language instruction.
* Interactive introduction to medical interviewing and physical examination in Spanish
* Family homestay for a portion of the time
January 29 - February 25, 2012
June 24 - July 21, 2012
The program is most appropriate for those who may prefer working in an international setting on a more group oriented rather than individual basis. Opportunities are available for both beginning Spanish speakers as well as those who have experience with the language.
We remain in Ecuador the entire time to serve in a facilitating role for students, as they work with colleagues in Ecuadorian institutions.
We would appreciate if those potentially interested are provided with information about the program. Please also feel welcome to be in communication with us at any time if you may wish further details about the work we do in Ecuador with students. Thank you very much.
Don Wedemeyer M.D.
Tampa, Florida
Information is also available on a web site we maintain primarily for updating basic schedule information,

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 

IRON CLAD Technology Services

 Job Opportunites: Industrial Hygienists 


We are looking for 15 Industrial Hygienists. Positions are in Texas - 2 in Corpus Christi, 9 at Ft. Bliss and 4 at Ft. Hood. Applicants must be a legal U.S. citizen.


Primary Responsibilities:  


Conduct portions of surveys and investigations of a variety of complex industrial operations in order to identify and evaluate conditions which may be hazardous to the health of worker Investigations result in identifying very complicated and complex hazards and in recommendations for corrective procedures, or preventive measures in unconventional complex activities. The adequacy of these surveys and investigations effects the health and well-being of the workforce. Conduct studies, analyzing findings, and preparing various reports. Environmental conditions involve a variety of hazard, chemical, noise, heat, actinic rays, ionizing and non ionizing radiation, and other environmental physical agents. Assigned work includes a variety of conventional industrial shops, production areas, laboratories, confined areas, and outdoor work sites and include significant functions involved in heavy industrial operation.  Responsible for entry of data into industrial hygiene surveillance system data bank and retrieval of data as required.  Conducts surveys locally or at remote sites to identify and evaluate health hazards and potential health hazards. Surveys involve determining compliance with established threshold limit values (TLV), evaluating exposures, and advising on control measures and changes in work procedures or schedules to comply with the established health requirements and to provide information for evaluation purpose.  Performs analysis using standard methods to determine nature and degree of toxic material present in a variety of materials, such as environmental samples, and industrial products. Determines measurements to be made and methods to be used, calibrates and adapts various kinds of equipment, such as standard spectrophotometers. air sampling trains.


Basic Qualifications:


 Bachelor of Science Degree in safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, toxicology, chemistry or biology directly related experience.


 Knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts: principles, and practices in planning and performing a general range of industrial investigations identifying and evaluating occupation health hazards in a wide variety of conventional industrial operations and portions of complex studies. An extensive developed knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the planning and performing a general range of industrial chemical, bacteriological investigations or to conduct portions of large and complex investigations.


 Knowledge of computer hardware and software for entry and retrieval of needed data.


 Knowledge required identifying and evaluating occupational health hazards found in a variety of industrial chemical operations where the processes are the more conventional in nature and literature on the hazards is available but requires research and modification prior to application also knowledge required to assist in more complex investigations involving a wide variety of conditions.


 Knowledge required to adapt and recommend control measures or possible approaches to the control of harmful exposure.


 Ability to investigate and evaluate working conditions in order to gain compliance with occupational health and safety standards, policies, and regulations.


 Ability to exercise tact and to be skillful in gaining the confidence and cooperation of all stakeholders.


Preferred Qualifications:
CIH - Certified Industrial Hygienist
For more information visit www.ironcladts.com .

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




Job Position: Project Coordinator Mid-level Professional

MIUSA seeks a Project Coordinator with excellent international exchange, writing, outreach, networking, research, new media and advising skills to join the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange team, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA.

This is a mid-level professional position that works collaboratively on national level projects with the Project Manager, Project Specialist, Information Services Specialist and Project Assistant team members. Competitive candidates will bring at least 2 - 4 years experience working in a relevant field, a passion for disability inclusion, and skills to contribute to a national-level project.

For more information click here.

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


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

Academic Calendar
Important Academic Dates

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


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