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 April 6, 2012
In this Issue
Spring 2012 Poster Session
Research Appreciation Day
SPH Website
Pre-Commencement and Awards Ceremony
N. Tx. Health Forum
Job Opportunities
Academic Calendar
Volunteer Opportunity
The School of Public Health Preview Day is next Friday, April 13, 2012.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Dianna Hosford at
PH Training Opportunities
Graduate Level Certificate in Education and Healthcare Transition (EdHCT) 
The University of Florida Colleges of Education and Medicine are excited to announce our new online, graduate level certificate in Education and Healthcare Transition (EdHCT). This certificate is designed for graduate students and professionals in medicine, nursing, education, social work, law, public health and public policy, physicians' assistants and other health-related areas. 
The certificate comprises four, online courses that can be taken from one's own location.   Graduate students from other colleges and universities may take these courses for credit at their own institutions. 

For more information about the course, class dates, and registration details please click here or
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
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

April 13 

Research Appreciation Day (RAD)


April 19  


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SPH Spotlight!!
National Public Health Week was April 2-5, 2012. 

Throughout the week students were able to hear from experts in the field, kick back and watch Contagion, participate in community service at First Street Methodist Mission, and interact with faculty, staff, and other students at the Student Appreciation Day event. 
 Click here to take a look at some of the fun we had!!
Spring 2012 Poster Session


 Please join us for the Spring 2012 Practice Experience poster session!! 


The poster session will be held at the Brown Lupton University Union on the TCU campus Wednesday, April 11, 2012, from 3 pm-6 pm.  There will be visitor parking across the street from the Brown Lupton University Union in Lot 6 at 2820 Stadium Drive.  This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students so please come out and support your fellow SPH colleagues.  Light refreshments will be served.


Research Appreciation Day- RAD

Research Appreciation Day (RAD) is next 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 Announcements
For the Semester and School Year
School of Public Health Website- New and Improved!


 With the help of our current students, faculty, and staff, the   School of Public Health just launched our new and improved website.


Check out our new site:


 Want to know what events are planned? Check out our new Event Calendar that can be found on the Accepted Students & Current Students page:



We hope you like the new format!  Please review the site and provide any feedback to Misty Smethers at 


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.


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.


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.

SPH News and Events
For the Semester and School Year
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


Internships & Fellowships
Local and Abroad

Summer Injury Prevention Internship- National Park Service

Position Information


Summer Internship- OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

Position Information


Job Opportunities
Local and Abroad

Program Manager- Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Position Description


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
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

MPH 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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