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February 12, 2016

February is Heart Month

This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal.

Health Promotion Applications: Due TODAY

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:

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Tabling at Tate: FHP Club

Just a reminder, we will have a tabling event this Friday, February 12th at Tate from 10 am to 2 pm. The theme is Valentine's Day and sexual health. We will be giving out condoms, chocolate, and information about sexual health. If you have any free time during your day come help out, meet new people in our club, and spread the word about Future Health Promoters!

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!

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:
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Georgia's Graduate Programs in Public Health

Join UGA and other state of Georgia public health program representatives for a discussion and info fair on Monday, February 22nd, 12:00-2:00pm, Tate Grand Hall.
Representatives confirmed: Emory, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Morehouse, and Mercer
12:00-1:00 Overview of programs
1:00-2:00 Information Fair
RSVP Here!

Graduate & Alumni Panel

Join the CPH Ambassadors as they hear from public health alumni and current graduate students in public health and the UGA Medical Partnership programs. Monday, February 22nd, 3:30pm, 031 Rhodes Hall, HSC.
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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.

Advising Appointments Now Available for HPB majors

Academic advising appointments for undergraduate students in Health Promotion are made through SARA: Students whose last names begin with A-K schedule with Donovan Hollis; last names beginning with L-Z schedule with Priscilla Carter. If you have any trouble accessing your advisor, please email

Croatia Study Abroad

Join the faculty leaders for an info session coming up next week. Like the Facebook page for updates and information.

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

HSC Carnegie Library

We’re happy to announce that the Carnegie Library Learning Center is expanding our operating hours! Beginning Sunday, January 31st, our new hours will be:

Sunday 2-10pm

Monday-Thursday 9am-10pm

We have a WEPA kiosk for printing, a flatbed scanner, 6 computer workstations, and 2 group study rooms downstairs to serve your academic needs, as well as plenty of seating and tables on the main floor for quiet study. We’re also a drop point for materials from the UGA Main and Science Libraries, just select “Carnegie Library” when making a GIL request. And if you’re just looking for something to read for fun, we now have a Book Exchange on the lower level; if you see something that you’d like to read, just take it for as long as you like and bring it back when you’re done. Have some books you think others might enjoy, or need to re-home some to make space on your shelf? Feel free to add them to the Exchange shelves!

We hope to see you soon, and keep an eye on our Facebook page:

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Scholarship Announcement

Madelyn Smith Davidson Memorial

Eligibility: Student must demonstrate financial need with a minimum 3.0 GPA. First preference will be given to students who are pre-nursing or pre-physician assistant. Second preference will be given to students majoring in other health-related fields. Funds can only be used for educational purposes.

Award Amount: $1,000-$2,000

Application Requirements:

1. Resume

2. Copy of your financial award letter in Athena

3. An essay of no more than 250 words describing your professional goals and the manner in which the scholarship will contribute to your success. Please include the name of the scholarship(s) you are applying to.

Application Due Date: The application documents are due February 26, 2016. Please submit your documents to or you can drop them off in the lockbox in the Premedical Studies Office, 102 Memorial Hall, 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

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 Vanderbilt University Medical Center Summer Internship Program is an 10 week internship program that gives students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework the chance to receive practical experience in healthcare administration while positively impacting Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Program participants will be exposed to hospital and/or clinic operations and leadership through project-based work. Project opportunities vary and reflect both the participant’s interests and the needs of the medical center or department. In addition, interns will have the opportunity for other experiences within the medical center as well as professional development opportunities. Should your students have any questions about the application, please have them reach out to us at

Here is the website link: