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March 8, 2021

Reminder: Make Your Advising Appointment Now

The advisors are currently working to make sure you have an appointment prior to registration in early-mid April. If you have not scheduled your advising appointment, please do so before all of the appointments are gone prior to your registration ticket window.

Don't wait until the last minute!

Ambassador Spotlight: Priscilla Lozada-Aguayo

My name is Priscilla Lozada-Aguayo and I am a third year student from Grovetown, GA. I am majoring in Health promotion with an emphasis in behavioral medicine. I aspire to attend medical school in hopes to become a surgeon of some unspecified specialty. My inspiration for health promotion was realized when I was younger as I was heavily involved with volunteer work and service. My dream would be to one day start a nonprofit organization of my own directed towards helping areas, especially children, affected by natural disasters. <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.

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 Graduates Eligible for Senior Signature

To participate, students are asked to make a minimum gift of $30.00. Of this gift, $20.00 goes to any fund of their choosing, and $10.00 goes to the Class Gift. All students who make a gift through Senior Signature will be recognized by having their names engraved on the Class of 2021 plaque that will be installed in Tate Plaza a few days before commencement in May. The deadline to give is March 31, 2021, and this deadline applies to May, August, and December 2021 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Need Help with Your Research Papers?

UGA Libraries is hosting Spring Into Research, a series of online sessions from March 8 - March 19 on library services and resources that will help students produce innovative and dynamic research papers and projects. More info here: https://guides.libs.uga.edu/SIR2021

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

Scholarship Available from Stethoscope Magazine

Stethoscope Magazine is excited to launch a merit-based scholarship open to all majors at the University of Georgia in 2021. The Leara Scholarship is a $500 scholarship to be used for furthering your higher education. This year, we will be offering one prize for writing and another for photography/design. This year's theme is Mental Health, and we will accordingly be looking for exceptional work founded on this theme. The application closes on Sunday, April 4th at 11:59 PM EST. Apply, tell your friends and good luck!

-- Stethoscope Magazine
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March is Women's History Month and the Institute for Women's Studies at UGA has lots of virtual special events planned to celebrate this national recognition. We hope you'll join us!

International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, we'll visit with Dázon Dixon Diallo, Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc., a leading women's HIV, sexual and reproductive justice organization, based in Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa. This dialogue will be followed by a Q&A with the audience on Monday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. FREE and open to all, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Keynote Address

This year's Women's History Month Keynote Address will be presented by voting rights activist, Deborah Scott, Executive Director of Georgia STAND-UP and 2012 White House Champion of Change. Her lecture, "Behind Every Great Woman are Great Women," will take place on Tuesday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. The lecture is FREE and open to all, but registration is required. Click here to register.

Film Festival

We'll host a series of virtual film screenings throughout March featuring documentaries about women fighting for civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, labor rights, and more. Each Monday in March, a new film will become available to stream 24/day at your convenience for the entire week! Simply visit our website to access the "Virtual Watch Page" and password for each film. This week's film is "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders."

Panel Discussion 🗨🍎

This year's events will also include a panel discussion focusing on feminist teaching and how gender, race, and social justice work is being integrated in K-12 curriculum in public schools. We'll talk with some of our affiliate faculty and friends from the College of Education about this timely topic on Thursday, March 18 at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom. FREE and open to all, but registration is required. Click here to register.

**Read more about our Women's History Month recognition HERE.

**Visit our website for details on each event: http://iws.uga.edu/events/all

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society

Applicants for the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society class of 2021 are now open! Complete the application linked here for consideration to join the Alpha Upsilon Circle of ODK, a nationally recognized leadership society celebrating traditional and nontraditional leaders in all facets of campus life, from academics, athletics, and community service to arts and media. Join a community of outstanding students to share ideas and work to improve the UGA campus and Athens community.

Graduate students and undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in the upper 35% of UGA grade point averages are welcome to apply. Information sessions will be held over Zoom on 3/9 at 9am and 3/16 at 7pm, complete the interest form linked to receive the meeting details. Applications are due 3/19, contact kchristie@uga.edu with any questions!

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!

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.

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

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

Schwarzman Scholars - A Call for Future Leaders

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce a virtual info session for prospective applicants. Anchored in a fully-funded 11-month Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, we are seeking high-caliber applicants who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders.

If the last year has taught us anything, it is that we are all far more interconnected than we ever realized. Global challenges require global solutions and leaders who are well-informed and well-equipped to develop them. With a front row seat to global crisis leadership and practical opportunities to construct interdisciplinary solutions, Schwarzman Scholars are better positioned to succeed and more in demand around the world than ever before.

Schwarzman Scholars is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. Applicants from all academic disciplines and career paths are eligible. For more details on eligibility, refer to our website.

For the next cohort, this unparalleled opportunity will begin in Beijing in August 2022 at Schwarzman College.

Join this webinar to learn more about the program and application process. To attend, register below:

Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Session – University of Georgia

Tuesday, April 6 6:00-7:00pm EST

Register: https://slate.to/Y0oLJMWM

UGA Contact: Jessica Hunt, Major Scholarships Coordinator, UGA Honors Program - jhunt@uga.edu

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Thomas Lay Tutoring Program

We are a program that is funded by the Honors Program and has been running since 2006. Our program involves helping with homework and daily reading, creating meaningful relationships, clubs and activities, gym time, and much more!

We serve middle and elementary schoolers in the Athens-Clarke County school system. Our Elementary School program runs Monday-Friday 3-5:30 PM and our Middle School program runs Mondays and Wednesdays 4:15-5:15 PM. Walk-in mentors are welcome and we have opportunities to apply to become more involved as a head mentor at the end of each semester. Come help us make a difference in our community!


We are located at 297 Hoyt Street- feel free to show up whatever day is best for you but do stay the entire time if possible- masks required!

Need more info?

Check out our website: thomaslayasp.com

Our Instagram is @ugathomaslay

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katlyn! thomaslayvc@gmail.com

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Have an Announcement?

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.