New Newsletter Masthead
 February 17, 2012
In this Issue
Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony
TPHA Conference
Research Appreciation Day
Financial Aid Scholarship
Academic Calendar
Just For Students!!
The library has made the presentation about Gibson D. Lewis Library resources, tools, and general information available for all SPH studetns to access

To view the presentation click here 
Student Spotlight!!!
On Saturday, the 28th of January 2012, Lillian Agbeyegbe, one of our  DrPH students in the SPH, launched her new publication, "Speaking My Daughter's Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries"!!

Speaking My Daughter's Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries is an engaging narration of a growing toddler's actions seen though the perspective of the mother.

To view the press release and find out more details about Lillian's book click here 
SPH Job & Volunteer Opportunities!!!
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) is looking for 10 PAIRS of bilingual individuals to help train first year medical students on how to communicate effectively with non-English speaking patients through the use of an interpreter. The medical students will be learning how to take a brief medical history through an interpreter.
If you choose to participate, you will be interviewed by a student in a small classroom as several other students and one faculty facilitator observe. You will rotate in pairs, with one of you acting as the "patient" and the other acting as the "interpreter." When your interview is finished, you will rotate to another room, and will be interviewed by another student. There are several rooms, so you will be interviewed several times. They will NOT be conducting a physical exam.
The dates of this exercise are Thursday 2/16 from 1:00 - 5:00 and Thursday 2/23 from 1:00 - 5:00. It pays $50 for each student on each date.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Susan Franks at
2012-2013 CAP Tutors

The Center for Academic Performance is looking for tutors for the 2012-2013 academic year!


If you are interested in becoming a CAP tutor, please fill out the attached application. Applications are due on March 1st
Completed applications can either be emailed to Emily Mire or dropped off in EAD 247 at the Student Affairs front desk.


Please feel free to contact Emily Mire with any questions at or (817) 735-2409.

TABPHE Conference
The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education is hosting its 39th Annual State Conference on March 2-4, 2012 .  The  theme for this years conference is "Setting the Stage for Community, Institutional & Professional Advancement".  
The conference will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Omni Dallas Hotel. 

To register and for more details please click here.
SOPHE Mid-year Scientific Conference
The theme for this year's April 110th 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 the latest research and practice in health promotion across the lifespan in the following sub-themes  Environmental Policy& Change, Health Disparities & Health Equity, Health Communications & Informatics, and Healthy Aging.

For registration and conference details please visit the conference website
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.


February 21

PhD Journal Club

3:30-5:00 pm EAD 703


February 24

SPH Career Fair 

4:00-6:00 pm


March 6

PhD Journal Club

3:30-5:00 pm, EAD 703

PHSA General Body Meeting

4:30-5:30 pm, EAD 719



March 12-16 

Spring Break- No classes

April 3-6

Public Health Week


April 13 

Research Appreciation Day (RAD)




School of Public Health Pre-Commencement & Awards Ceremony

Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Saturday, May 19, 2012


8:00 a.m.-Graduate Check-In

9:00 a.m.- Ceremony, followed by refreshments


Graduates, bring your family and friends to the School of Public Health  Pre-Commencement & Awards Ceremony. This is the hooding and awards ceremony. Professional photography will be provided.


If you are attending this event, please email Misty Smethers at by Friday, February 10, 2012. Subject: Pre-Commencement. Please details that you will be attending the ceremony and how many guests you plan to bring. Also, please notify me of any special accommodations.


Deadline to order regalia: Thursday, April 1, 2012 at midnight.


Students: Please click here for frequently asked questions.


Commencement Ceremony

2012 UNTHSC Commencement Ceremony

TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

3:00 p.m. (Graduates arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.)


The commencement speaker is Dr. Harvey Fineberg who is President of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He served as Provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen years as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.


Dr. Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also serves as consultant to the World Health Organization. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from AIDS to new medical technology. He also served as a member of the Public Health Council of Massachusetts (1976-1979), as chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research (1982-1985), and as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health (1995-1996).


Dr. Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and the Swine Flu Affair, an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety, and understanding risk in society. He has authored numerous articles published in professional journals. Dr. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees and the Joseph W. Mountin Prize from the US Centers for Disease Control. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.



SPH News and Events
For the Semester and School Year
TPHA Conference 

Are You Planning to Attend the Texas Public Health Association Conference?

The Texas Public Health Association holding its annual professional educational conference in Arlington, Texas. This conference, scheduled March 21-23, 2012, is titled: "Pitching Public Health: A Home Run for All"
Sheraton Arlington Hotel
1500 Convention Center Drive
Arlington, Texas 76011
UNTHSC School of Public Health students who are currently enrolled in the Spring 2012 semester can receive up to a $100 reimbursement, for a three-day registration and up to $50 for a one-day registration. Students who register, attend, and perform a volunteer role at the conference can receive up to a $125 reimbursement.
Students can review the program and register themselves directly at . To receive the reimbursement, students must complete the application process through PHSA on OrgSync. Once approved, students must submit their paid registration form to Diana Crenshaw in the Office of Student and Academic Services, no later than March 31 at 5:00 p.m. Reimbursements will not be issued until the conference is over.
If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity for the conference, please send an e-mail to Misty Smethers at Volunteers will be needed the day before the conference and during the conference. Typical volunteer assignments may last as long as three hours in duration. Volunteersfor this event will be utilized on a first-come, first-served basis. You must have also registered and paid your registration fee in order to receive up to a $125 reimbursement.
A shuttle bus to the conference will also be provided for those who do not have transportation. A sign-up sheet can be found in the Office of Student and Academic Services, EAD 716 on a first-come, first-served basis.  
CPH Study Guide

UNTHSC Gibson D. Lewis Library has a user license for the online APSH CPH study guide.  Here are the steps required to access the study guide: 


1. Go to the Library home page
2. Click on the "Books & More" tab
3. Click on the "CPH Study Guide" hyperlink
4. Click on "CPH Study Guide"


Research Appreciation Day- RAD

Research Appreciation Day (RAD) is Friday, April 13, 2012!!  RAD is "an institutional tradition encompassing medicine, public health and basic science. The program provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus community and the public. The program encourages the development of joint research projects and increases the community's awareness of the outstanding quality and range of research conducted at UNT Health Science Center." 


This year's RAD keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth J. Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA.  Dr. Protas is the current Dean of the School of Health Professions, the George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor, and a Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging. Her research and clinical interests focus on exercise, aging and physiological responses to exercise of individuals with chronic disabilities, particularly individuals who have had a stroke or Parkinson's disease.  For more information about Dr. Protas and her research please visit the RAD website


The RAD website is open and began accepting abstracts Monday, February 6, 2012.  The deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, March 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM. Please visit the RAD website for more information regarding all RAD details and submitting abstracts.  

All abstracts meeting acceptance criteria will be posted with assigned Abstract Presentation Numbers on March 9th, 2012.


RAD poster and oral presentation competitions for students, postdoctoral fellows and residents are a featured event of the day's program.  Panels of judges will select the top poster and oral presentations in a wide variety of categories. 
Student volunteers (not participating in RAD or submitting abstracts) are needed to help SPH facilitate this event.  Volunteers will be needed all day and professional dress is required.  If you are interested please contact Misty Smethers at   
Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program

 The 2012-2013 Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program Application is now available

Deadline: February 29, 2012


To apply for an Ashworth fellowship, each applicant must provide the following materials to Dr. Richard Kurz, Dean of the School of Public Health, at by February 29, 2012. 


Please gather information pertaining to your extracuricualr activites (student organization involvement and community service/volunteer work & hours) and public service related work experience -----you will need these to complete the application.


In addition to the information mentioned above students will also need to submit an application form (with Part A completed), a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR), a 500-word personal essay, and 2 letters of recommendation.


The complete application and details can be accessed here.


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at  or 817-735-2401.  

2012-2013 Financial Aid Scholarship

 The 2012-2013 General Scholarship Application is now available

Deadline: March 5, 2012


This one application will be used for all university scholarships awarded by the UNTHSC Scholarship Committee. 


Please gather all information pertaining to your academic achievements, student organization involvement and community service/volunteer work & hours-----you will need these to complete the application.


The application is located on the student portal:


2.    Go to your program tab (TCOM, DPT, etc...)

3.    HSC-Financial Aid box

4.    "Scholarship Application" (there is a red star next to the application for easier identification). 




Once you click "Submit" you will receive a confirmation on the screen stating you have submitted the application. 


If additional documentation is required for a specific scholarship, you will be notified via a checklist item on your To Do List in your MyHSC student portal a week after you have submitted your application.  Deadline to have any and all supporting documentation submitted to the Financial Aid Office is March 9, 2012.  Late submissions WILL NOT be accepted!


Please remember all scholarship award decisions are predicated on available funding.


If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at  or 817-735-2505.  

Seminars & Grand Rounds
For the Semester 
Driven to Death: A look at Fatalities from Distracted Driving and Other Threats to Road Safety 

Dr. Fernando Wilson, Assistant Professor in the HMAP department, will be presenting a lecture about the documented evidence on distracted driving and other emergent threats to road safety in the U.S.  To view Dr. Wilson's full abstract click here.


Title: "Driven to Death: A look at Fatalities from Distracted Driving and Other Threats to Road Safety"


Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Location: LIB 110

Time: 9-10 am (presentation) 10-11 (discussion)

Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

2012 Volunteer Summer Internship Program- Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Position Information


2012 Health Economics & Market Access Internship Opportunities- Johnson & Johnson

Position Information


Applied Public Health Inforamtics/Epidemiology Fellowship Programs- ASPH and Associated partners

Position Information


Graduate Environmental Health Program- CDC's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ASTDR)

Position Information


2013 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

Position Information 

Job Opportunities
Local and Abroad

Health Services Researcher- Bassett Research Institute

Position Description


Information Specialist-Texas Department of State Health Services

Position Description


5 Career Opportunities- Health and Human Services

Position Description


3 New Positions- Catholic Charities

Position Description


Implementation Scientist- National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Position Description


EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) Coordinator- John Crane Production Solutions (JCPS)

Position Description


CBPR Jobs Listserve- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Position Description


New job postings- Congressional Budget Office

Position Description

Grant and Scholarship News
For the Semester and School Year
2012 Annual Research Meeting Scholarships

Academy Health is offering 29 scholarships for master's/doctoral students and fellows to attend the 2012 Annual Research Meeting (ARM), June 24-26 in Orlando. The ARM offers a variety of networking opportunities, skill-development sessions, workshops, and presentations on emerging health services research.


The three scholarship programs provide funding for students to attend the conference are:

Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship 

AcademyHealth and the Aetna Foundation
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
Academic Calendar
Important Academic Dates

February 17

Last day to drop a course with a "W" appearing on transcript


March 12-16

Spring Break- No classes


April 27

Comprehensive Examination


April 30-May 4

Final Examination Schedule


May 4

Last day of term


May 9

Grades due to registar by 5:00 PM


May 19

SPH Pre-commencement & Awards ceremony-9:00-11:00 am

Commencement Ceremony-3:00 pm


*Please see the posted Academic Calendar on the SPH website for more important dates. 


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