UGA Public Health

Undergraduate Newsletter

October 14, 2016

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Get to know an ambassador

My name is Jennifer Parrish. I began my college career as a Dance major at Kennesaw State University. My second year, I took a semester to travel the world doing volunteer work. During this time, I discovered that I wanted to pursue a career in health, but was not sure how that would look. I wanted a major that encompassed all areas of health. After some research, I discovered UGA's Health Promotion major, and knew immediately that it was the right major for me. Now as a fifth year senior at UGA, I have come to cherish my time here, and all I have learned as a Health Promotion major. I have been involved in CURE, an on campus philanthropy, Cru, a campus ministry, Oasis Catolico Santa Rafaela, a tutoring organization, Medical Reserve Corps, an on campus emergency preparedness medical group, and the R.O.S.E. society, a volunteer group for football recruitment operations and special events. After graduation, my goal is to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner and incorporate community health work into my practice. Please feel free to reach out to me or other Ambassadors.

Department of Public Health Mixer

Thank you to those that RSVP'd for the event on Monday. If you are attending, please note that the attire is Business Casual to Business Professional. This should be a wonderful networking event with public health professionals from around the state.

CPH Advising Center Walk-in Hours

If you need to speak with an advisor for quick questions, please note the walk-in hours for the remaining of fall:
Priscilla Carter - Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 & 1:00-3:00 in 251 Wright Hall, Health Sciences
Nathan Freeman - Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00 in 251 Wright Hall, Health Sciences
Trina Lawrence - Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 & Thursdays 1:30-3:30 in 301 Ramsey

Urgent Need for Project Volunteers

The UGA Public Health Association (PHA) is calling for a few more volunteers to help with data collection for the Athens Wellbeing Project. There is an urgent need for students (especially anyone fluent in Spanish) to collaborate with our special teams. The commitment would be a few hours per week through November 18th. This will be part of an effort to gain insights from some of Athens’ most vulnerable populations: homeless, latinx, low-income, and Senior populations. Those interested will be trained immediately and put into the field under the guidance of a trained community leader. Please contact Dr. Bagwell-Adams at ASAP to receive information. We need your help to ensure the continued success of this innovative project!

New Course Offering: Spring 2017

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Epidemiology Seminar Series

Join the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics on Fridays throughout the semester for guest lectures. Upcoming seminars include:

Friday, October 14th at 12:20pm in 217 Russell Hall

“Paving your Future Path: CSTE Fellowship & Workforce Development Opportunities” by Valerie Goodson, CSTE Workforce and Fellowship Coordinator. She serves as the primary contact for the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program and supports the workforce team with other fellowships and initiatives. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia in 2009 and is currently enrolled in Georgia State University's Master of Public Administration degree program. In her previous roles as a program coordinator and health educator, Valerie was able to set a strong foundational understanding of public health in local, state, and private arenas.

Friday, October 21st at 12:20pm in 217 Russell Hall

“Feeding Premature Babies, Impact on Their Growth and Long-Term Health” by Alex Anderson, PhD, MPH, CPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, UGA, and a nutritional epidemiologist. He also directs a Summer Service-Learning Program to Ghana. Dr. His research focuses on maternal and child health/nutrition with particular emphasis on pregnancy outcome and infant feeding practices.

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Join the UGA College of Public Health next week on Tues. Oct. 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mahler Hall at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center as it hosts prominent public health advocate Dr. Mary Guinan, M.D., Ph.D., a trailblazer in the field of epidemiology, especially as one of early researchers of HIV/AIDS. Her storied career includes 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control, where she was the first woman to serve as chief scientific advisor to the CDC director. She also was the only woman among 39 doctors who served as part of the World Health Organization’s Epidemic Intelligent Service, where she contributed to the eradication of small pox in India.

Dr. Guinan recently published her memoir, Adventures of a Female Medical Detective, and will be available to sign copies. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by clicking here. Additional information can be found on the Facebook event page.

Alumni Panel: What Can You do in the OT/PT/PA Field?

Interested in pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant, Physical Therapist, or Occupational Therapist? Register to attend the upcoming Allied-Health panel and meet with UGA alumni currently working in these fields and learn about the paths they took to become healthcare professionals.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:00PM

Where: Ramsey Student Center, Room 205

At this event students are encouraged to come and meet with individuals who are currently working in the field as occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physician assistants.

Students may REGISTER HERE!

For more information, contact: Anna Williams at

Public Health Graduate Program Open House

When: Thursday, October 20 from 2PM to 5PM.

Where: UGA Health Sciences Campus, Hudson Hall

Join us on Thursday, October 20 to learn more about the graduate degree programs offered through the College of Public Health!

Please arrive by 1:45PM for check-in.

Wear Purple for Spirit Day

LGBT youth are bullied at much higher rates than other students. Let's show them they're not alone and stand against bullying by going purple this Thursday, October 20th. Take the pledge today!

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Georgia Power Lecture with Dr. Joan B. Rose

Dr. Joan B. Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University and 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, will be the visiting speaker for the 2016 Georgia Power Lecture to be held Friday. Oct. 21 at 12:20pm in Paul D. Coverdell Center Auditorium, Room 175, on UGA’s South campus. The title of her talk, part of UGA's Signature Lecture Series, is “The Water Microbiome: Expanding Our Knowledge of Safe Water." Visit the Facebook Event page for more information:

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CPR & First Aid Class

The Future Health Promoters Club are hosting a CPR and First Aid Class October 23rd from 1-5pm in the Creswell tv louge! CPR and first aid certification is through the American Heart Association and both certifications last 2 years. If prepaying on Paypal, the costs are $31 CPR and $5 for first aid for a total of $36 if taking both.
If paying the day of (with cash or check), the costs are $36 for CPR and $10 for first aid for a total of $46 if taking both. If only taking first aid, please arrive at 2:45

Make sure to sign up on Google Doc with name and email by October 21st to ensure we have enough equipment. To pay through PayPal, create an account and enter as the recipient.

Global Health Symposium

The 2nd UGA Global Health Symposium will be held Wednesday, October 26, 9-3pm at the Center for Global Health Conference Center on the Health Sciences campus. International public health scholars from Croatia will be presenting their research in infectious disease and water issues and microbiology, along with UGA public health researchers who are working abroad in countries such as Uganda and Liberia and in areas such as TB and Zika. It is sponsored by the College of Public Health Center for Global Health with financial support from the Office of International Education UGA-Croatia Partnership.

This symposium is free and open to the public. Click here for itinerary.
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Research Funding Through CURO

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) is pleased to continue the CURO Research Assistantship for Spring 2017. This program provides stipends of $1,000 each to outstanding undergraduates across campus conducting research with UGA faculty. Application info can be found here: .

Students should submit their completed application for these stipends to 203 Moore College by or before November 1, 2016. Questions about the application process can be directed to Jami Gilstrap in the CURO office ( ).

Students are encouraged to register for CURO research course credit if they and their faculty mentors so choose. The CURO Research Course Application is here: and the deadline to submit is January 9, 2017.