COVID-19 News & Information

March 16, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources

Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the newly identified coronavirus (COVID‑19).

To date, there have been no cases of COVID‑19 reported at the University, although there are now reported cases in the state of Georgia. We recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and that the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can change frequently. The University of Georgia has no higher priority than the health and safety of members of our community. Our campus leadership team, the University Health Center and the Office of Emergency Preparedness are working closely with campus partners, infection control experts at DPH, and the CDC to stay abreast of and be prepared for this evolving public health issue.

We encourage all members of the University community to monitor the CDC website as it provides the most current reference information. Prevention is a key strategy with any virus, such as influenza or this coronavirus, so it is important to both protect yourself and take measures against spread to others. In addition to the resources on this page, the University Health Center has health-related resources about coronavirus.


Withdrawal Deadline Moved to Friday, April 17

Per the Office of Instruction, the Withdrawal Deadline for Spring Semester 2020 has been moved to Friday, April 17. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

MPH Spring Capstone Students

Please be advised that the MPH poster session is likely to be cancelled for this semester. The final decision will be made on April 1st. In the event that cancellation occurs, please know that our office is working to have an alternative virtual session in place of the in-person event. The virtual poster session will require the same paper and poster deliverables, however, the presentations will be a 5 minute prerecorded presentation that will be posted online and open to the CPH community to view and comment. Should we move to this format, our office will send complete instructions and links for examples and submissions, on April 1st. In the meantime, please continue to work with your faculty reader virtually, and ensure you are on track to complete your required paper and e-poster on time. Sumbission dates and deadlines will not change.

Students in Spring Field Placements

Greetings Spring Interns!

I hope that you all are well and that you had a nice spring break. In accordance with the 2-week suspension of classes on the UGA campus, all interns must practice appropriate social distancing at this time. This means, not going in to the office, nor working outside of the office with colleagues. You will not have to make up the lost hours for the next two weeks.

We will reassess after two weeks, but it is likely that you will be asked to continue to minimize contact with others and not go in to your internship place of work. My hope is that your internship provider will be able to assign you a project that you can work on remotely. If this is not the case, I will assign you remote work to fulfill the remainder of the requirement.

For now, please do the following:

1. Contact your supervisors immediately to let them know that you will not be able to work in-person for the next two weeks and that I will reach out to them with details. Best practices would be for you to propose some remote work that you could do for them during that time. Each internship is different, so if you want to discuss an idea with me first, please contact me via e-mail (I will not be in my office). I'll get back to you ASAP. An example of a remote project may be data analysis, relevant literature or policy review, phone to calls to study participants, etc.

2. Send me a note if you will start a remote project that details your assignment.

3. If you have any issues with your site supervisor/agency, please let me know. I will step in to resolve it for you. (I hope to resolve all issues in my direct contact with them, so this is unlikely to happen.)

Please stay well in the coming weeks. Use your time wisely to catch up on your course materials, read ahead in your texts, and, most importantly, take care of yourselves and stay in close touch (remotely) with your loved ones!

Contact me at with any questions.

COVID-19 & Your Experiential Learning Graduation Requirement

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all University System of Georgia institutions suspended instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the US Department of State, the CDC, various employers, non-profit and community agencies, research laboratories, and others have taken measures that may have disrupted the viability of the Spring or Summer Experiential Learning course or non-credit activity with which you intended to fulfill the University of Georgia’s Experiential Learning Requirement.

Please read the attached PDF below for additional information:

Immigration Services - UGA - contacts and office closure

The Office Of Global Engagement will be closed for in person meetings effective March 16th until March 29th. The office staff are still working remotely and are accessible by email and phone.

For Global Education: contact

For Immigration Services: contact

For Global Engagement Business: contact

For International Initiatives: contact

For International Centers: contact or

For all other inquires please contact Associate Provost Noel Fallows:

Immigration Services – Emergency Contact

Our offices are closed for in-person meetings, however our staff is still working and available by phone or email. We are available to assist you in the case of an urgent immigration situation. Please call or text 706 202-2546, or email, if you have an emergency involving an immigration situation. If you have a personal emergency, please contact Campus Police at: 706-542-2200 for non-emergencies, or 911 for emergencies.

Meetings & Events

Student-led COVID19 Discussion

Please join CPH graduate students for a virtual discussion of the COVID-19 crisis. This informal meeting will be held via Zoom at 6:30PM tomorrow, Tuesday March 17th. Zoom meeting ID: 492-745-521. We will have students from each concentration discuss their experiences/opinions/perspectives about the COVID-19 crisis. Please set up a free Zoom account prior to the meeting. Contact Emily Reeves with any questions (

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