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March 1, 2021

Ambassador Spotlight: Caroline Lindsey

My name is Caroline Lindsey and I am from Douglas, GA. I am a third-year Environmental Health Science major on the Advanced Science Practitioner Track, so my goal is to attend medical school to become a physician and earn my Master’s in Public Health. I am also pursuing minors in Spanish and Biology. Coming to UGA, I would not have considered myself an environmentalist and I definitely did not expect myself to major in something so far out of my comfort zone, but I quickly realized that being in the College of Public Health and studying Environmental Health was exactly where I needed to be. I am able to take classes I’m excited about through both my major and minors like Epidemiology, Environmental Toxicology, and Medical Spanish. I wanted to be a College of Public Health Student Ambassador so that I could help other students find a major they are passionate about, even if it’s one they never thought they would pursue. I am also part of an epidemiological research group that is analyzing the effects of natural disasters on access to contraception, so I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned in my public health classes to real data and use this data to make a difference. <More Profiles>

Apply To Be a Public Health Ambassador

What is a Public Health Student Ambassador?

  • The Undergraduate Ambassadors are a key part of showing current and prospective students what the College of Public Health is all about.
  • Check out our Student Directory to meet our current ambassadors or read on for more information on how to get involved.

How do I apply?

The priority deadline will be March 15th each year. Applications received by this date will be screened and selected applicants will participate in an interview, which will explore communication skills, willingness to learn more about the College, desire to convey pride in the College, and commitment to participate in assignments. https://publichealth.uga.edu/about/student-organizations/

Please contact Heather McEachern at cphadm@uga.edu with any questions, and to submit completed applications.

New: Strategic Health & Risk Communication Professional Certficate

UGA HPRB has partnered with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to develop a Strategic Health and Risk Communication Professional Certificate. This 18-credit certificate will be co-administered by the Advertising and Public Relations Department in Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health. The purpose of creating the program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and experience related to applying strategic communication principles to addressing public health problems. The Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of effectively communicating scientific data and information to the public and the problems that arise when information is misrepresented. With an aging population and healthcare playing an integral role in our society, there really is a strong demand for training and experience on communication in the healthcare area. The availability of this certificate will help to prepare students to meet the needs of society at large and use their health promotion and/or communication skills in an applied manner. We expect students to come out of the program ready to illustrate the process of developing empirically-informed health communication campaigns for public health purposes. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice the application of strategic public health communication through project-based and experiential learning opportunities.

I am excited about this collaboration and applications for the certificate open today. Only a small cohort (~15 HPRB students) will be accepted into the certificate program for Fall 2021. Applications are due by March 15th at 11:59pm.

Apply here: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSHu1dogXJ84dKK

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Future Health Promoters Club

The Future Health Promoters club has some exciting events coming up. These are a great way to further involve yourself in our club and we hope you’ll consider attending.


  • Zoom Yoga Class - 3/24 | 7PM via Zoom
  • Sexual Education Guest Speaker - 3/31 | 7PM via Zoom


  • National Public Health Week - 4/5-11
  • Outdoor Yoga Class- 4/7 | 5PM @Myers Quad (Zoom optional)
  • FHP Nutrition Guide + Zoom Yoga Class - 4/14 | 7PM via Zoom
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Health Professions Fair

The Pre-Professional Advising Office will be holding a Virtual Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11:00am-3:00pm on Handshake. The goal of the Health Professions Fair is to provide UGA Pre-Health students the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters and admissions representatives from health professional schools across the country. Students are highly encouraged to chat with ALL programs in their area. This is your opportunity to ask questions, show your interest and to learn more about all the different programs available. This Fair will include representatives from medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, allied health, physician assistant, nursing and pharmacy programs.

  • Click here for a list of registered programs.
  • Registration for the event opens February 15, 2021.
  • UGA students and alumni click here to register.

Women’s History Month Movie Screening: Picture a Scientist

Women’s History Month Movie Screening: Picture a Scientist

The University of Georgia is hosting a free online movie screening March 4 – 6 of the film “Picture a Scientist” in celebration of Women’s History Month. Register here to participate in the free viewing. A panel discussion will follow in April (details forthcoming). PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. Register here to participate in the free viewing.

CPH Innovate Discussion Series – Dr. Benedict Truman, NCHHSTP, CDC

Join us Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom for our first seminar in our new UGA College of Public Health Innovate Research Discussion Series featuring Benedict I. Truman, MD, MPH, FACPM, Associate Director for Science, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The title of his talk is “Differential Association of Federal Domestic HIV Funding with HIV Death Rates, by Race/Ethnicity — United States, 1999–2017.”

Everyone is welcome to attend! Register at this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcuusqTkrG9YHNN30m69yGcZLFc7njXgm

About our Speaker: Benedict I. Truman, MD, MPH, FACPM is the Associate Director for Science (ADS) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As ADS, he directs the Office of the Associate Director for Science, oversees the assurance of science quality, integrity, and ethics in NCHHSTP; and he provides second-level supervision of the Extramural Research Program Office in NCHHSTP that serves CDC’s three infectious disease centers. As a member of the Editorial Board, Dr. Truman serves as the Consulting Editor for Infectious Diseases for the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice since 2014.

Dr. Truman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1975 and Doctor of Medicine in 1979 at Howard University in Washington DC; and a Master of Public Health in 1981 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore Maryland. He completed Residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins, where he served as Chief Resident during 1982-83. Dr. Truman is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (FACPM). His expertise and interests include applied epidemiologic methods and research synthesis for infectious diseases, chronic diseases, preventive services guidelines, minority health and health disparities, adolescent and school health.

This seminar is hosted by the CPH Health Disparities Research Working Group. For more information, contact Adam Chen.

UGA PharmD Info Session

A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree prepares you to become a crucial, patient-centered medication expert. Our next virtual Info Session is Fri, Mar 12 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. Pre-register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/133011227161.

Email Dr. Shane Pruitt (shane.pruitt@uga.edu) for any additional questions!

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TEDxUGA: Dr. Lisa Renzi-Hammond

Put your hands together for TEDxUGA 2021: Next Level presenter Dr. Lisa Renzi-Hammond!

A neuroscientist at the Institute of Gerontology in the College of Public Health, Dr. Renzi-Hammond works to strengthen diagnosis rates for age-related diseases. Her expertise lies in lifespan sensory and neurological health, and she studies the ways in which making positive lifestyle changes can improve visual function, cognitive function and decrease risk for neurodegenerative disease.

In her talk, Dr. Renzi-Hammond shares what a small yellow dot can tell us about how we live — and how we die. To learn more about age-related diseases, join Dr. Renzi-Hammond on March 19th at 7pm and stay tuned for more information on the rest of our lineup!

Master of Public Health Info Sessions

Join us to learn more about the College of Public Health's Master of Public Health program. We will cover information about the college, degree program, and the application process.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

Thursday, February 25: 12PM - 1:30PM

Tuesday, March 23: 5PM - 6:30PM

Register Here: http://explore.publichealth.uga.edu/mphvirtualinfosession/inquiryform

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Volunteer at the UGA Science Olympiad Division B State Tournament

The UGA Science Olympiad Outreach Program is hosting the State Tournament virtually on March 13th, 2021.

What: UGA Science Olympiad Division B State Tournament

When: March 13, 2021

8:30am to 5:00pm

Where: Virtually on scilympiad.com/ga

This competition allows for middle school students from around the state to compete in a wide range of exams, building, and lab-based STEM events. Student volunteers are needed to proctor and grade exams. No prior experience with Science Olympiad is required, and students of all majors are welcomed! Times for volunteering are flexible; it is not necessary to stay for the entire duration of the tournament. It is also a great way to get volunteer hours for other organizations!

Volunteers are still needed for the Mission Possible, Mouse Trap Vehicle, and Game On events. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the following google form: bit.ly/volunteerugaso

Once you have signed up for one of the volunteer positions, plan to attend one of our Virtual Volunteer Orientation meetings on March 2nd or 4th at 7pm. A Zoom link will be sent out with to the email address you provide in the google form. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings, please contact us at ugascienceolympiad@gmail.com.

Our Groupme for announcements and other information can be joined at bit.ly/ugasogroupme.

If you have any other questions, please send them to ugascienceolympiad@gmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunity: Girls on the Run

My name is Emma Powell and I'm a senior Health Promotion major. I'm interning with Girls on the Run this semester which is a nonprofit organization that works to promote young girls' mental, social, and physical health, which is particularly important in the pandemic. Our research-based curriculum is targeted towards elementary school girls to help them improve in competence, confidence, caring, character, connection, and contribution, in addition to teaching critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict. We are currently looking for coaches for both virtual sites and in person (Bishop Park and Memorial Park) sites that strictly follow CDC Covid-19 guidelines. We are recruiting 3rd-5th grades girls to participate as well. We meet two times a week for 60-75 minutes each session for 10 weeks (March - April.) For more information or to sign up to coach please visit https://www.girlsontherunnorthga.org/ or feel free to reach out to me directly epp59260@uga.edu.

Chilombo Scholars Program - Summer 2021

Do you aspire to work in public health? Would you like to grow your experience in the social sector? Chilombo Careers has launched the Chilombo Scholars Program to provide a pathway for students and recent graduates (undergraduate and graduate level) of Black/African Descent in public health to gain paid experience. As a scholar you would be paid $12 per hour for 8 weeks, working remotely for 10 hours a week.


  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors, those taking a gap year, graduate students, or recent (within 2 years) graduates.
  • LESS THAN 2 years of experience in public health
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Must identify as Black or of African descent
  • Can commit to 10 hours a week between June 7-August 13, 2021
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If you wish to request a posting to our CPH Newsletter, please email cphadm@uga.edu with specific information on your event or announcement by Thursdays at noon.