UGA Public Health

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September 16, 2016

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Get to know an ambassador

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Harper and I’m a third year Environmental Health Science major with intent to attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric trauma surgeon. I stumbled into EHS, but it has been one of the best decisions I have made due to the incredible community that exists within the major. It’s a relatively small major, but everyone loves what they are doing and wants to see everyone else succeed. You can typically find me hammocking in the state botanical gardens or trying to find unique places around Athens. I am a member of the UGA Miracle Family Relations committee, assistant treasurer of the Environmental Health Science club, and involved in various other activities around campus. During the summer I am an assistant coordinator for HOBY or Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, which is a weekend leadership seminar for high school sophomores. Please feel free to reach out to me or other Ambassadors.

Epidemiology Seminar Series

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

Friday, September 16th at 12:20pm in 217 Russell Hall

"Prevalence of Group C streptococcus and Fusobacterium necrophorum in Patients with Sore Throat: A Meta-Analysis" & "The Prevalence of Atypical Pathogens in Patients with Cough and Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-Analysis" by Christian Marchello, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology. His research interests include sexually transmitted diseases and vaccine preventable infections. His dissertation will potentially focus on the prevalence, clinical presentation, and natural history of Bordetella pertussis in young adults.

Friday, September 23rd at 12:20pm in 217 Russell Hall

“Evaluation of the Colorado Electronic Accident Reporting System to monitor non-fatal motor vehicle crashes involving marijuana impaired driving, 2014” by Alexis Peterson, Ph.D., a 2nd year Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Peterson currently works on the epidemiology of unintentional injury spanning road traffic injury to prescription drug overdoses.

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RSVP New Member Application

The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Student Group is a group of passionate and devoted students who serve as peer educators on UGA's campus. Our goal is to work towards a better, safer campus by educating our community in the field of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention including but not limited to education, ongoing outreach efforts, and awareness building on topics such as consent, healthy relationships and how to be an active bystander.

Important Dates:

Applications for new members accepted until September 19, 2016 for the Fall 2016 semester! The second round of our application will consist of interviews September 19th-21st. New members will be required to attend a WATCHDAWGS training session as well as a peer educator training session as part of becoming a member. The new member training will take place on September 25, 2016 at the Health Center.

The UGA MRC Needs You!

MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) is a national volunteer organization under the Assistant Surgeon General for Preparedness and Response. The UGA MRC is a local MRC unit that supports Public Health promotion, disease prevention and disaster response on campus and in Athens/Clarke County.

Here are links to give you more information:

If you are interested, please contact Nina Cleveland, or Noelle Broadnax, Director:

New Interdisciplinary Certificate in Sustainability

The Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Through the process of obtaining the certificate, students gain knowledge about the myriad of issues pertaining to sustainability, achieve enlightened perspectives about what sustainability means for individuals, communities, and the world, and acquire experience applying this understanding to meaningful, real-world situations. The Sustainability Certificate is a 17-hour program that requires students to take a three-hour anchor course, one three-hour course under each sphere of sustainability, two one-hour seminars, as well as complete a three-hour capstone project. For complete details or to apply online please visit our website

New Global Health Club @ UGA

Our leadership team is proud to present a new global health organization at the University of Georgia - Partners in Health: Engage UGA! Our launch party will include information about the organization, our goals for the year, and FREE FOOD! Come learn what we're all about and the amazing work that we support all around the world. If you want to learn more about PIH, this is a great place to start:
Join us in building the Right to Health Movement! Invite and bring friends!

Society of Public Health Education at the University of Georgia

SOPHE @ UGA- Georgia Chapter is a new public health organization on campus. It is affiliated with the professional public health organization called GA SOPHE. The purpose of SOPHE at UGA is to serve and educate UGA students and the surrounding community about the goals of public health through health education and community outreach initiatives, while also providing members with networking opportunities and professional development tools to build upon their potential careers in the field.

SOPHE @ UGA (Georgia Chapter) is currently looking for hard-working and committed student leaders who are interested in joining the executive board. Currently there are three executive board positions open: Treasurer, Recruitment Director, and Fundraising Director. All students interested in applying for an available executive board position will be required to fill out an electronic application on Google Forms, which is listed below. Once your application is received, you will receive an email about interviews dates on September 24,2016. All applications are due on September 23,2016 at noon.

Link to application:

Health Professions Week: September 26 – 30, 2016

This event is for high school students, counselors, undergrads, and advisors. Attendees will learn about the roles and responsibilities of each profession, talk with health care practitioners and receive information about the educational requirements for each career.

Sign up to learn about veterinary medicine, social work, public health, podiatric medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, orthotics and prosthetics, optometry, occupational therapy, nursing, naturopathic medicine, medicine, health administration, dental professions, chiropractic, audiology and speech-language pathology and athletic training.

Registration for the virtual fairs is now open.

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