UGA Public Health

Undergraduate Newsletter

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February 5, 2016

Interested in Public Health graduate programs?

We will have an Information Table set up at the Miller Learning Center on February 8th & 17th - 11:00am - 1:00pm, across from Jittery Joe's, with information about the graduate degree programs we offer.

CPH Ambassador Applications Open

The Undergraduate Ambassadors are a key part of showing current and prospective students what the College of Public Health is all about. Meet our current ambassadors here, and read on for more information on how to get involved.

Application Instructions

The priority deadline will be March 1st 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.

Health Promotion Applications: Due February 12th

The health promotion major is high demand and has an application process for admission. Information about applying to the Health Promotion major can be found here:

Epidemiology Seminar

Friday February 5th 12.20 – 1.10pm

235 Russell Hall, Health Sciences Campus

"Feasibility and Validity of a novel point-of-care test for Early infant diagnosis of HIV in exposed infants in rural Zambia - Towards elimination of pediatric HIV"

Jane Mutanga-Mutembo is a physician at Livingstone General Hospital in Zambia. She is also a third year Epidemiology PhD student at the University of Georgia. Her work has focused on the clinical management of infectious diseases and public health control of mother to child transmission of HIV in low income countries.

Friday February 12th 12.20 – 1.10pm

"A systematic review of sex-based differences in diarrheal disease and helminthic infections"

Varadan Sevilimedu is currently a biostatistics DrPH student at the Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a Research Statistician for the CDC at the Office on Smoking Health, where he conducted research on temporal trends in smoking across the United States and also on the effects of mentholated cigarettes on smoking prevalence among adolescents in the United States.

Croatia Study Abroad

Join the faculty leaders for an info session coming up next week. Like the Facebook page for updates and information.
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Call for Nominations – CPH Faculty Awards

College of Public Health faculty, students, and alumni are invited to nominate current faculty members for awards in service, teaching, and research.
Nominations should be submitted to by Wednesday, February 17 at 5:00 PM.
Nomination forms can be found at or at the links below:

Future Health Promoters

Attend the next meeting of the FHP club on Wednesday, February 17th at 5:30pm in 203 Ramse. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UGA_FHP to be updated on all of our events!

Traffic Safety @ UGA

In an effort to increase traffic safety on campus, particularly for pedestrians and bicyclists, UGA’s Complete Streets initiative, a coalition of researchers, departments, and campus organizations, will be initiating efforts to educate the UGA community on various road facilities and engineering. In order to assess current awareness and knowledge, Complete Streets is requesting that members of the UGA community complete a brief 14-item survey. There is no compensation for participation and participants are free to withdraw at any point without penalty. Survey responses are anonymous, and participants should be 18 years of age or older. Data are expected to be collected throughout the month of February. The survey link may be found here:

Any questions or concerns regarding the survey or Complete Streets can be directed toward Jason Perry, Program Coordinator, UGA Office of Sustainability (

General Announcements

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Intern for the Undergraduate Admissions Office
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is opening the application process for its student internship program for the 2016-2017 academic year! This is a paid position open to all current UGA undergraduate students graduating May 2017 or later.

Each year, the office hires undergraduate students to assist in special event planning, student recruitment, scholarship selection, marketing campaigns, and admissions office duties. These highly competitive positions demand high levels of energy and passion, while providing excellent opportunities for personal and professional development. Click here for more information.

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship

The CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship was established in 1998 as CBC Spouses partnered with General Mills to increase the number of minority students pursuing degrees in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition, and other health-related studies. Since the inception of the program, General Mills has invested more than $1,000,000 to underwrite this initiative. The CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship has served hundreds of students over the past decade, and has helped to create leaders in the medical and health-related fields. Deadline: Feb 28th

#Throwback Therapies Lecture Series
Ralph Tripp will speak on "The Endgame: Eradicating Polio and other Vaccine Preventable Diseases" at 2pm Wednesday, February 24 in Room 250 of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. A reception will follow the talk in the Miller Learning Center second floor rotunda. Ralph Tripp is a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at UGA. Tripp is also currently the Georgia Research Alliance Chair of Animal Health Vaccine Development, and is a GRA Eminent Scholar. His research interests include understanding the mechanisms of immunity and disease pathogenesis associated with respiratory virus infection, and using this information to develop therapeutic protocols and vaccines that will confer long-term protective immunity. He has led a research team in respiratory virus immunology studies at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and currently develops vaccine and therapeutic countermeasures for viral diseases at the Animal Health Research Center at UGA.

Are You Experiencing Financial Hardship?

Financial circumstances can change quickly, at times in ways outside your control. We understand financial hardship can bring significant stress and impact your ability to succeed and flourish at UGA. The following guidance and resources exist to help you understand all of the available options in times of financial hardship. At UGA, we are committed to your success and stand ready to support you in all ways possible to help you overcome your financial hurdles and continue your educational pursuits at UGA.

Summer Opportunity

The US Army Institute for Surgical Research (USAISR) PAID Summer Internship Program for Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, and Engineering (STEM) undergraduate students from 6 June-10 August in San Antonio, TX.

Degree Required: Bachelor Degree Student (In Progress)

All interns must have completed at least their First Year class requirements for a bachelor's degree. Chosen applicants will work closely with a USAISR staff mentor and their research team to conduct a scientific investigation in one of the research focus areas of the USAISR:

  • Hemorrhage Control
  • Resuscitation
  • Blood and Coagulation
  • Burn Injury
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Dental Trauma
  • Pre-hospital Trauma Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Pain
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Extremity Trauma

What it is: A PAID ($2,726/month) summer internship for students in the above categories. Note that housing and transportation are NOT provided. Students are mentored by Army Physicians to conduct research in areas such as burns,rehabilitative medicine and orthopedics, along with dental/ocular trauma.

Application deadline March 4, 2016