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 March 23, 2012
In this Issue
Public Health Practice Experience
Public Health Week
Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony
Research Appreciation Day
N. Tx. Health Forum
Summer Registration
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 
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.
JPS Research Day
 John Peter Smith Hospital is hosting their annual Research Day on June 1, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
The theme for this year's research day is "Health Care Reform: Implications for Research, Medical Education, and Public Hospitals".
Abstracts must be submitted by April 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm.
See the attached documents for more JPS Research Day details and abstract guidelines.
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

March 27

Tuesday Interlude: Center for Academic Performance will be hosting a Writing Workshop- 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., EAD 703


Practice Experience Information Session- 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.,EAD 703

April 3-6

Public Health Week


April 13 

Research Appreciation Day (RAD)




Public Health Practice Experience

If you are an MPH student completing your practice experience in summer 2012, please be sure to email Chelsea Derry, Coordinator of Academic Services, at, to obtain your permission number.


Practice Experience Information Session (optional)

March 27th 

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

EAD 703 


Annual Student Satisfaction Survey

Last chance to have your voice heard and complete the 

Annual Student Satisfaction Survey!!!



Students who complete the survey will be entered into random drawings for Target gift cards. 
Some changes made as a result of last year's survey include:
- Added over 50 new institutional scholarships for 2012-2013 academic year

- Redesigned the fitness facility for improved utilization

- Added staff to the Career Services Office

- Replaced windows in EAD to better regulate classroom temperatures

- Added study space in the Lewis Library."
Public Health Week


Public Health Week 2012 


Public Health Week 

 " A Healthier America Begins Today!"

April 2-6, 2012



The Public Health Student Association is planning a variety of events during Public Health Week. Here is a brief preview of what you have to look forward to.


Monday- Discussion Panel

               Theme: Reproductive Health Issues (MET, 12pm-1pm)


Tuesday- Now Showing!: Contagion (EAD 108, 3pm-6pm)

               Theme: Communicable Diseases


Wednesday- Community Service Event

                     Theme: Mental & Emotional Health


Thursday- Theme: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs


Friday- *Student/Faculty/Staff Appreciation Event

             (MET field, 11am-4pm)

            Celebrate a healthier you! Mind, Body, and Spirit!


 *This event will feature a cookout, music, fitness sessions, board games, athletic events, and networking!*


ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF are invited to attend each event! Please block your calendar to attend! 


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
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   
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


SPH Announcements
For the Semester 
PHSA Officer Elections

PHSA elections have been postponed to April 2nd through April 9th.  There is still time to nominate a friend or yourself for an officer position. Last day for nominations will be March 30th. This is the perfect opportunity for dedicated individuals to represent PHSA and the School of Public Health in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.  PHSA is now accepting nominations for various leadership positions!!


Available Positions:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, MPH Representative, PhD Representative, BIOS/ EPID /HMAP/ BACH/ and EOHS Representatives.  


If you or someone you know would be an ideal candidate to represent the School of Public Health nominating them is as easy as 1-2-3!

1.      Identify the budding leader- First and Last Name

2.      Identify the position for which you are nominating

3.      Nominate them via email:


 Nominations will be accepted through March 30, 2012.   

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.

Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

Summer Internship- OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

Position Information


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

Career Opportunities (4)- Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Position Description


Chief Executive Officer- Hospital Albert Schweitzer (Haiti)

Position Description


Immunology Manager- Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Abbott Labs

Position Description 

Grant and Scholarship News
For the Semester and School Year
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 
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 please visit
Academic Calendar
Important Academic Dates

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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