UNTHSC-School of Public HealthNovember 4, 2011
In this Issue
Dean's Focus Group
Graduation Documents
Student Satisfaction Survey
CPH Exam
Job Opportunities
Seminars & Grand Rounds
Tuesday Interlude
Campus Events
Academic Calendar
Just for Students
A new Spring 2012 elective course is being offered in Project Management in Healthcare (HMAP 5391). The course will be held Mondays from 3-6 pm.

For a full course description click on the link below HMAP 5391.
Alumni News
The University of North Texas is hosting a Veterans Job Fair on Tuesday, November 8 2011 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Silver Eagle Suite, Union Building. The job fair will consist of an employer panel and career expo. Military Identification is required for admission to this event.   


For details and registration information click here.

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.

Community Spotlight
The Vincent Fox Forum of World Leaders

Former Mexican President Vincent Fox is kicking off the first of many forums that will feature leaders from around the world and urge students to become active members of the global community. Students will have the opportunity to learns from world leaders experiences and about the challenges they faced while leading.

The first forum will take place Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (time TBD) at TCU's Brown -Lupton University Union Ballroom.
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.

November 7-11

PhD comprehensive exam will be distributed sometime this week


November 8

Journal Club EAD 703

3:30 - 5:00 pm


November 11

MPH Comprehensive Exam


November 22

Practice Experience Poster Session


November 29

Resume Review EOHS, HMAP, MHA, DrPH, PhD students


UNTHSC-School of Public Health 

Attention all upcoming summer 2011, fall 2011, and spring 2012 graduates:


The School of Public Health is hosting our first pre-commencement and awards ceremony. This ceremony is a special recognition ceremony where the School of Public Health faculty and administration recognize the accomplishments of our graduates. It will replace the graduate banquet. Please note that you will now be hooded at this event and not at commencement.  

Date: May 19, 2012 (same day as commencement)

Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Location: Fort Worth Science & History Museum

Students/Faculty/Staff: Please arrive at 8:00 a.m.

Parking: You may park at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and walk to the Fort Worth Science & History Museum or park in the lot near the Science and History Museum.


Additional information will be provided at a later date.


For questions, please contact Misty Smethers at misty.smethers@unthsc.edu


SPH News and Events
For the Semester and School Year
Dean Kurz- Student Focus Group
MPH & MHA Students:


Join Dr. Kurz on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 for a student focus group!


We want to know what you think! Is there something we could improve? What are we doing well? Are there issues or concerns that need to be addressed? Please join us on Tuesday, November 8 to provide feedback.


3:30-4:30 p.m. - MPH Focus Group 


4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. --FREE PIZZA!


5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.- MHA Focus Group


Where: LIB 110 (Mini-auditorium)


Can't attend? Send your feedback to Misty Smethers at misty.smethers@unthsc.edu. Subject: Student Focus Group


Doctoral Students: We haven't forgotten about you! We will arrange a separate time to gather your feedback. Continue reading this newsletter for details.


Texas Public Health Training Center- PAID INTERNSHIP
The TPHTC Governmental Public Health Practice Award is a 200 hour, paid ($2400 stipend) internship that will provide students will the experience necessary to excel in governmental public health agencies following graduation. The goals of this program are:
  • To enable students to be prepared for careers in health departments through applied opportunities
  • To expose students to career opportunities in governmental public health
  • To orient students to the practice, policies and skills necessary to thrive in the public sector
  • To assist governmental public health agencies in recruiting qualified candidates

For more information, please see the attached flyers:

  1. Flyer 
  2. Student Eligibility
  3. Application
  4. Program Overview 

Interested students can attend a session on November 8 at 3:00 p.m. in EAD 703.


Dr. Lackan will atttend this meeting to explain the Governmental Practice Experience and go through the steps to apply for the paid internship opportunity.


HSC Student Health Update!!
Good news regarding the Student Health Clinic Laboratory and the UnitedHealthcare Student Insurance Plan.

Students can now utilize the Quest lab on campus for all lab work effective as of Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

United Healthcare is in the process of paying and resolving claims on behalf of students that were affected by incorrectly billed claims. 

Please click on the attached link for a full report on the Student Health Lab Update

Please contact Trisha Schwennsen at 
with any issues, questions, or concerns.
Graduation Forms!!!
Fall, Spring, & Summer Graduates:

Fall 2011 Graduates:
All of your Graduation forms are due Friday, November 18, 2011 by 5 p.m. 

Spring/Summer 2012 Graduates: 
Please note that your Intent to Graduate Forms are due Friday, December 2, 2011 by 5 p.m.

Please submit all forms to Misty Smethers in EAD 716 or at misty.smethers@unthsc.edu.

Please see attached instructions for submitting graduation documents Grad Doc Instructions.
Student Satisfaction Survey- Join the Discussion with Dr. Ransom & Dr. Yorio

Each year the President and Provost schedule a time to meet with students from each program for the purpose of discussing student satisfaction in various areas.  Please join the discussion!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

EAD 108 (Luibel)


Financial Literacy Session & Free Pizza
Join us on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 12:00 -1 pm in Luibel Hall when Nancy VanBoskirk will be presenting on "Monitoring Spending".  
Come learn about things such as:
*Why is it important to monitor spending?
*Avoiding fees
*Tools and systems to keep track of where money goes each      month

Please RSVP by November 21 on the community calendar via OrgSync.  
Contact UNTHSC Financial Aid for any questions at finaid@unthsc.edu.
Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam
2011 CPH
Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tobacco Control Research- Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education, University of California

Position Information 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics Research-Baylor College of Medicine 

Position Information 


The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship-Call for Applications
Position Information

Operation SMART Facilitator with Girl Inc. of Tarrant County  

Position Information 


HIV CENTER for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
Position Information

Health Equity and Community Engagement Research   

Position Information 


Interhealth South America Winter and Summer Program in Ecuador
Position Information  


Job Opportunities

Associate Scientist-Healthpoint Biotherapeutics 
Scientific Advisor- Healthpoint Biotherapeutics 
Assistant Professor of Community Health-at Western Oregon University

Position Description 


AIDS Arms-Bilingual Case Manager  
Position Description

University of New Mexico-Assistant Professor in Health Communication


Two Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Positions - Public Health
Position Description

Assistant/Associate Professor in Public Health, School of Public Health and Health Science-University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Position Description

Assistant/Associate Professor (Two Positions) -University of Florida
Position Description

Assistant Professor in Health Promotion
Position Description

UC Berkeley School of Public Health-PH Immunologists Faculty Position
Position Description

IRON CLAD Technology Services-Industrial Hygienists 

Position Description 

SPH Seminar and Grand Rounds
For the Semester and School Year
"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:


Grant and Scholarship News
For the Semester and School Year
Maternal & Child Health Scholarship & Conference
Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP has partnered with Realityworks and Go Beyond to offer a new graduate student scholarship. 


The scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student in their final year of study in furthering their education and sponsor their attendance at the upcoming AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH.


There are two parts to the Realityworks & Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship, totaling $3,500. The student selected in fall 2011 would receive funds to support their current year of study ($2,000) and attendance at the 2012 conference ($1,500 plus conference registration), to be held February 11-14 in Washington, DC.


The application deadline is Friday, November 11 at 8 pm ET. 


For a full description of the scholarship and criteria click on the attached link Scholarship Info or visit www.amchp.org or email 
Memorial Scholarship & Leadership Grant
Katie Memorial Foundation
Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship & Leadership Grants 
The Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding work in the field of international public health by providing a one-time scholarship towards a field work project proposed by a qualifying graduate student. The annual Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship (KEMS) awards up to $3,000 toward a graduate student's fieldwork project.  KEMS applications are due on February 15 of every year. 
Through KMF Leadership Grants, KMF partners with universities, colleges, and institutions to support student leaders in the international field of public health, as they complete their education, attend field events and conferences, and pursue individual projects. One-time awards are up to $500.00. Applications for the KMF Leadership Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information about both of these opportunities please visit katiememorialfoundation.org.
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 1 Peter, chapter 1 this Friday, October 
28 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 

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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