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 March 2, 2012
In this Issue
Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony
TPHA Conference
TPHA Conference
Research Appreciation Day
Seminars & Grand Rounds
Job Opportunities
Academic Calendar
PH Training Opportunities
The Texas Public Health Traning Center is hosting their spring "Lunch Learning Series" beginning Friday, March 30, 2012.

This semester's series is entitled "Survival Spanish for Health Professionals" and is designed to teach basic Spanish to busy health care professionals.

For more information about the course, class dates, and registration details please click here.  
Just For Students!!
The library has made the presentation about Gibson D. Lewis Library resources, tools, and general information available for all SPH students to access

To view the presentation click here or to access any of the library tutorials click here 
Volunteer Opportunity!!
The American Heart Association and the Hispanic Outreach Task Force are hosting their Vestido Rojo event, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 8:00am to 1:30pm at Tarrant County  College Trinity River Campus.
The event is designed to promote good health and prevention of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity that endanger our Hispanic/Latino women. 
The event will offer free health screenings, educational presentation on reducing the risk associated with heart disease and stroke, cooking demonstrations, physical activity demonstrations, and much more information and resources on women's health.

View the event flier click here.
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.
NHMA 16th Annual Conference
 The National Hispanic Medical Association is having their 16th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on April 26-29, 2012.
The theme for this year's conference is "Innovations that Improve the Health of Hispanics, Families & Communities".
For more conference details and registration information visit the NHMA website.
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.


March 6

PHSA General Body Meeting

4:30-5:30 pm, EAD 703 


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 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.  
SPH North Texas Health Forum 


Each April, the School of Public Health sponsors the North Texas Health Forum. This year's event will be held on, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in the MET builsing and is co-sponsored with Tarrant County Challenge, Inc.  This is a free and open event.


This year's forum entitled "Addressing Community Alcohol Abuse Problems Through a Public Health Lens" will be focusing on the problem of alcohol-related injury. 

A list of the day's events are as follows:

Opening Session: 3-4 p.m.

"MADD'S National and Texas Legislative Initiatives"

Presented by John Ansbach, Chief Legal Officer

National Office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Irving, Texas


Session II: 4-5 p.m.

"Maximizing Moments with Drinkers: Brief Interventions for Alcohol Misuse"

Presented by Scott T. Walters, PhD

Professor of Behavioral and Community Health

UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health


Reception: 5-6 p.m.

Appetizers and refreshments


Keynote Address: 6-7:30 p.m.

"Killin' Time: Alcohol and Injury"

Presented by Alexander Wagenaar, PhD

Professor of Health Policy Research

University of Florida College of Medicine

He will speak on alcohol control policy options and the evidence behind them. Brief Q&A session to follow.

**Space is limited so attendees must register for each of the forum events.
Please see the attached flier for more details or click here for registration information


2012 Spring Graduates

 2012 Spring graduates (and all Summer graduates walking in the 2012 Spring ceremonies) please be aware of the graduation deadlines!!


SPH Graduation Survey

Deadline:  Sunday, March 4, 2012 at midnight


Order Regalia

Deadline:  Sunday, April 01, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.



Please visit the UNTHSC Commencement website for further details and instructions and contact Lori Saunders at

 or 817.735.2775 with any questions or concerns. 

Summer 2012 Registration

Students Summer 2012 registration is now open!!


To register for classes, go to MyHSC on the student portal.  Click on "Add a class".


If you have any questions please contact Misty Smethers at or 817-735-5191.

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 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   
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 
"Enhancing the Incorporation of Motivational Interviewing in Osteopathic Medical Programs" 

Love Johnson, DrPH candidate, is scheduled to defend her dissertation entitled "Enhancing the Incorporation of Motivational Interviewing in Osteopathic Medicine" on March 6, 2012.   Please come out and support Love as she presents her research to fellow faculty, staff, and students in the SPH.


Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Location: EAD 719

Time: 11 am - noon

Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

Pathways Hispanic Community Project (1) & Web Innovations Project (2)- VA Innovation Intern Program

Position Information 


Summer 2012 Tinstman Fellows- United Way of Texas

Position Information 


2 Fellowship positions- Division of Health Interview Statistics for NHIS

Position Information


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

Position Information


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

Position Information

Job Opportunities
Local and Abroad

Medical Research Specialist- Texas Department of State Health Services

Position Description


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

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 

Academy Health and the Aetna Foundation
Gerry C. Gunnin Public Health Memorial Scholarship

The Gerry C. Gunnin Memeorial Scholarship is currently accepting scholarship applications.  


The application deadline is Friday, March 23, 2012. Visit this link for scholarship and application details and guidelines.


Please contact Deborah Blake at with any questions or concerns.  

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

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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