UNTHSC-School of Public HealthOctober 7, 2011
In this Issue
MHA Panel
CPH Exam
Tuesday Interlude
TSOPHE Conference
Job Opportunities
Academic Calendar
SPH Student Spotlight
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 11
  • MHA  Internship Debriefing

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

November 7-11
  • PhD comprehensive exam will be distributed sometime this week

November 11
  • MPH Comprehensive Exam

November 29
  • Resume Review EOHS, HMAP, MHA, DrPH, PhD students


UNTHSC-School of Public Health 

SPH Students,

SPH News and Events
For the Semester and School Year
MHA Internship Debriefing 

Tuesday Interlude for October 11 will feature the MHA Internship Debriefing from 4:00-5:30 pm in EAD 703.

Come join us and learn about the MHA student's internship experiences and major projects conducted!

Light refreshments will be served. 

To view the event flier click in the link MHA_InternDebrief_Flier.

Doctoral Symposium
Tuesday Interlude for October 18, 2011 is the SPH 1st Doctoral Symposium for the DrPH program.

It will be held from 3:00-5:30 pm in EAD 703.

Allen Applegate and Susan Jackson are the Doctoral Candidates the will be presenting their projects.

This event is open to all UNTHSC faculty, staff, and students, and public health professionals and guests! 

Please see the attached flier for more details DrPHSymposium_flier.
Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam
2011 CPH
SPH Seminar and Grand Rounds
For the Semester and School Year
"Trends in Prevalence of Food Allergies and Their Associated Comorbidities"

Associate Professor, Liam O'Neill, PhD, will be presenting on the prevalence of food allergies in our society. The seminar will discuss the increased prevalence in food allergies among adults and their association with metabolic disorders.  


Title: "Trends in Prevalence of Food Allergies and Their Associated Comorbidities"


Date: Tuesday, October, 2011


Location: CBH - 470


Time: 10 - 11 AM

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

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
All remaining Resume Review sessions for EOHS, HMAP, MHA, DrPH, and PhD students have been moved to the November 29th Tuesday Interlude. This session will consist of resume tips and a review session.


Students will need to submit their resumes to Misty Smethers by 5:00 PM on November 28th at Misty.Smethers@unthsc.edu .


The details 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 5 this Friday, October 7 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

The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship-Call for Applications

Are you a medical student looking for something different to do next year?
         Are you curious about how public health and the CDC work?
         Do you want to work with state, local and international public health partners?
         Are you interested in being ahead of the curve on prevention and accountability in health reform?
         Would you be interested in:
         investigating outbreaks of tuberculosis among the homeless, or in a prison population?
         traveling to Latin America to help set up a surveillance program for pertussis?
         assessing risk factors for birth defects using national data bases?
         being at the forefront of injury prevention research?
         participating in the response to a public health emergency?
Do you want an experience that offers an opportunity to enhance your research skills, build leadership potential, and improve your clinical acumen via a population health perspective, all by working on real-life problems?
Then consider applying to The CDC Experience!
The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship tailored for rising 3rd- and 4th-year medical students, designed to increase the pool of physicians with a population health perspective. 
Eight competitively selected fellows spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offices in Atlanta, GA, where they carry out epidemiologic analyses in various areas of public health. Examples of previous and current areas of concentration include viral and bacterial diseases,cardiovascular health, obesity prevention, birth defects, STDs, injury prevention, and air pollution and respiratory health.
Applications for next year's fellowship class must be submitted by Friday December 2, 2011.
Questions? Ask us at cdcexperience@cdcfoundation.org.

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.


New positions for the training program will become available per July 2012. To be considered, be sure to send your application form no later than 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,
Job Opportunities 

Assistant Professor in Health Promotion

The Department of Health and Kinesiology Department at The University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for an Assistant (tenure-track) Professor in Health Promotion. 


Responsibilities include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in health promotion and health education, conducting nationally visible research in identified specialty area(s) in collaboration with current faculty, pursuing external funding, and performing university and community related service.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track): Health Promotion


Required qualifications:

1) an earned doctorate in Community Health, Health Promotion, Public Health, Health Education,  or related field (ABD with anticipated graduation of August 2012 will be considered for Assistant Professor rank. Preference will be given to candidates who have already finished their degrees); 2) demonstration of ability to teach in the areas related to health promotion and public health; 3) demonstration of a solid research agenda and capability; 4) potential for external research funding.


Preferred qualifications:

1) focus on substance use or health informatics; 2) experience with education and research of culturally diverse and underserved populations; 3) teaching experience in health promotion; 4) record of publications and external funding; 5) potential to collaborate with current faculty; 6) CHES or MCHES certified.


All applicants must submit by mail 1) a letter of application; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) unofficial transcript of terminal degree; 4) names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references; 5) one-page description of research agenda. The committee may solicit additional references or other supporting materials. 


The review process starts on December 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. 


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. Summer employment is contingent on student demand and funding. The position will begin in the Fall 2012, pending budget approval. 


Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they are eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire.  


Send application materials via U.S. Postal Service or overnight delivery to: Dr. Sara B. Oswalt, c/o Mr. Richard Blatchley, Department of Health and Kinesiology, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249. Electronic applications should be submitted torichard.blatchley@utsa.edu.   

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Job Opportunity: PH Immunoligist Faculty Position 


We are seeking applications for a faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure-track).  We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in laboratory-based research and teaching focused on immunology of human infectious diseases.  



  • PhD, MD, or MD/PhD in immunology, infectious disease, or microbiology with strong immunology background
  • Demonstrated laboratory research creativity, independence, and productivity
  • Ability to develop a strong, extramurally-funded research program
  • Demonstrated effective teaching and communication skills
Salary will depend on experience and individual qualifications

Deadline to apply is Friday, December 16, 2011 

The position is expected to begin July 1, 2012 


To apply please self-register online at: http://esph.berkeley.edu:80/candidate/selRegister.php?i=76


Submit all the following documents in pdf format to the address below:

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed CV
  • Statement of research objective, teaching interests ,and professional goals
  • reprints of 3 relevant publications
Please send at least 3 letters of reference to:
Immunology Faculty Search Committee
c/o Teresa Liu
School of Public Health
50 University Hall 
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
You may also email PDF's of the above requested materials to Teresa Liu at idadmin@berkeley.edu or mail them to the address above.



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 .

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.

Academic Calendar
Important Academic Dates


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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