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 March 9, 2012
In this Issue
Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony
SPH Announcements
Health Fair-Donations Needed
TPHA Conference
N. Tx. Health Forum
Summer Registration
Research Appreciation Day
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.
SPH Volunteer Opportunities
The Texas Prevention Institute and Dr. Cardarelli are looking for one student to assist with their Breast Cancer Prevention Program in Dallas for the remainder of the Spring semester.
For a description of the job duties click here.
Interested students should send a resume/ cv and a letter of interest to Kendra Wilson at 
Trinity Valley Health Care Summit
Volunteers are needed for to speak to students at he Trinity Valley K-12 Coed College Preparatory School  on, March 23, 2012, about the health care system, insurance, and the health care reform.
The purpose of the TVS Healthcare Summit is to inform the students of our school on the various aspects of the healthcare system.  we would also like to present to the upperclassmen the problems or cons of the current system and various solutions that could fix these problems. 
If you are interested in  this volunteer opportunity please contact Niel Tapiavala.
Event description and schedule are attached.
SOPHAS Webinar Series
Please Join Us! SOPHAS WEBINAR - The Real Cost of Financing Your Public Health Degree and What to do when your student loans are due.


On Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 2 P.M. (Eastern) and  Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 2 P.M. (Eastern) SOPHAS will sponsor two webinars.


For webinar details click here.

Please register for the
here and for the
Just For Students!!
Check out the new United Healthcare Student Resources smartphone app at!

The new app can help you find providers on the go, order a replacement ID card, find the nearest pharmacy, and check your claim status.

Click here for more
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.
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 conference is "Tuning 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 12-16  

Spring Break- No classes


March 20

Tuesday Interlude: Come learn about public health jobs, careers, and opportunities within Texas! (Food will be provided)


March 21-23

Texas Public Health Association Conference


March 27

Tuesday Interlude: Center for Academic Performance will be hosting a Writing Workshop

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 Announcements
For the Semester 
School of Public Health Welcomes Chelsea Derry!!!

The SPH Office of Student and Academic Services is pleased to welcome Chelsea Derry to the team.  Chelsea is the new Coordinator of Academic Services in the Office of Student and Academic Services.  Chelsea's primary responsibility is to help coordinate the Public Health Practice Experience. Additionally, Chelsea will work with current student programs and academic services such as Tuesday Interludes, Delta Omega, and Journal Club as well as most other students service functions. Chelsea is located in EAD 716. Her phone number is 817-735-0479 and email:


Chelsea comes to us from the University of Texas Arlington where she was a Graduation Counselor. She earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education, Student Affairs from the University of North Texas, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Chelsea and her husband, Donovan, reside in Fort Worth. 


Please welcome Chelsea to the school and feel free to contact her with any questions you may have! 





Have a Wonderful Spring Break!!!

Spring Break for all UNTHSC students is March 12-16, 2012.  All regularly scheduled classes and activities are cancelled for the week.  However, the campus will still be open for you to utilize and faculty and staff will still be here to answer any questions you may have.  


Classes will resume Monday, March 19, 2012.

Chi Burmese Refugee Health Fair

Please join the Refugee Health Fair as they collect food donations for the Chin Burmese refugee population.


A week long food drive will take place from Monday, March 19, 2012  to Friday, March 23, 2012.  There will be labeled containers in EAD 716 (OSAS) to drop-off your donations.  


In order to minimize duplication, items have been categorized by department and concentration (students, faculty, and staff).  Please bag all donations.


Designated Donation Items:

Lentils: BACH

Yellow Beans (yellow split peas): HMAP
Basmati Rice: MHA
Potatoes: EOHS
Sweet Potatoes: BIOS
Onions: EPID


Please feel free to contact Neneh Wurie or Ingrid Mburia with any questions.


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 (on the PHSA feed). The deadline to submit applications to PHSA is March 16, 2012.  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!!


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

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


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 presenting at RAD) 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   
Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

2013 APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government

Position Information 


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


Job Opportunities
Local and Abroad

Associate Director for Statistics and Epidemiology- SciMetrika, LLC 

Position Description 


Volunteer Specialist- Catholic Charities Forth Worth

Position Description


Tenure/ Tenure Track Epidemiology Faculty- University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

Position Description


Associate/ Full Professor in Biostatistics- City University of New York (CUNY) SPH

Position Description


Mental Health Policy Analyst- Center for Public Policy Priorities

Position Description


Medical Research Specialist- Texas Department of State Health 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.  

2012 Annual Research Meeting Scholarships

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is currently accepting scholarship applications for their 2012-2013 Hispanic Student scholarship.  The scholarship is open to all students.  All the application materials are below.


LULAC Scholarship Application

Scholarship FAQs

2012 LULAC Councils


The application deadline is March 31, 2012.  For more scholarship and applicaiton details click here.

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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