UNTHSC-School of Public HealthNovember 11, 2011
In this Issue
Student Satisfaction Survey
Campus Food Drive
Practice Experience Poster Session
Graduation Documents
CPH Exam
Job Opportunities
Seminars & Grand Rounds
Tuesday Interlude
Academic Calendar
PHSA- Upcoming Events!!
 Join PHSA Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the MET South Atrium to discuss with Dr. Fairchild, UNTHSC Vice President the strategic vision for our university heading into the future and how WE as students fit into that vision. 
**PHSA will be hosting an ice cream social afterwards.

"Thanksgiving Potluck Food Drive"

Join PHSA Friday, November 18, 2011 in the EAD Atrium at 5:30 pm for a Thanksgiving Potluck. This event is open to SPH students, faculty, & staff. PHSA will provide the turkey, but students, faculty, and staff are asked to bring sides and/or desserts if possible (Please email phsa@unthsc.edu in regards to what to bring).
**Don't forget you donations for the food drive.
For more details about both events click here.
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.
Global Service Corps 2012 Service Learning Programs

Global Sercice Corps (GSC) is a non profit leader in service learning and oversees volunteer programs and international internships i nThailand, Cmbodia, and Tanzania.
From now until November 30, 2011 GSC will offer the less expensive 2011 program prices for the Tanzania ans Cambodia programs for applicants that complete the first step of their application process by November 30, 2011. 

For more details click  here and to apply click here
Community Spotlight
SOPHE Mid-year Scientific Conference - Call for Abstracts

The theme for this year's April 110inh conference is "Tuing Up Health Promotion: new Lyrics across the Lifespan".  This year's conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee.  
Join us in sharing your latest ressarch and practice in health promotion across the lifespan in the following sub-themes  Environmental Policy& ChangeHealth Disparities & Health EquityHealth Communications & Informatics, and Healthy Aging.

If you are interested in presenting your research or highlighting findings from your program and/or organization submit your abstract by November 30, 2011.  
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 16

Student Satisfaction Survey with Dr. Ransom & Dr. Yorio

EAD 108 5:00- 6:00 pm

Friday, November 18

PHSA Thanksgiving Potluck & Food Drive

EAD Atrium 5:30 pm


Tuesday, November 22

Practice Experience Poster Session

EAD Atrium 2:30-4 pm


Tuesday, 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
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)


**Please RSVP to sph@unthsc.edu if you plan on attending.


2011 FAC Campus Food Drive

The Society of Black Public Health Professionals (SBPHP), Public Health Student Association (PHSA), & Public Health Community Service Organization (PHCSO) are participating in the FAC's first ever Food Drive Challenge taking place between November 8th- December 5th!! 

Don't be fooled though, this is no ordinary Food Drive; it is a competition of points!  You can find the rules and outline of the competition here. Keep in mind though, the winning class will be receiving free breakfast burritos for the entire school (up to 250 ppl) at the beginning of the Spring semester!  


The School of Public Health is competing against TCOM 2014, TCOM 2015, and School of Health Professions.


There are boxes set up all around the School of Public Health (a box in every departmental office) for you to drop items in for points. 


The point breakdown is as follows:

1 point: canned soups

2 points: canned fruits and veggies


5 points: canned meats and bags of dried beans and rice

Negative 8 points: jars of peanut butter


Yes that's right, negative 8 points for peanut butter.  You can take points away from another team by "canning" their boxes!  Just remember not to put the peanut butter in your own box! There will also be certain days where cans will count double the points, so be sure to keep an eye out for those e-mails.


**The boxes will be counted in the FAC at 4:00pm each day and a point update will be sent out. 

Fall 2011 Public Health Practice Experience Poster Session


You are invited to attend the SPH Fall 2011 Practice Experience poster session.  Students who have completed their
practice experience this semester will be presenting their posters. 
The poster session provides students with the opportunity to showcase their work during the practice experience.


The poster session will take place November 22, 2011 from

2:30-4:00 pm in the EAD Atrium.  


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.
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
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.
Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad


Bioethics Initiative for Equity in Health Care & Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Position Information

Texas Public Health Training Center- PAID INTERNSHIP

Position Information 


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 


Job Opportunities

JPS Health Promotions - Community Health Advocate
Institute for Advancement of Health Care (IAHC), Director- University of South Carolina 
Position Description

Associate Dean for Research, College of Public Health- University of Georgia 
Position Description

Two Assistant Professor in Epidemiology Positions- University of Georgia
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

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 2 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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