Summer News(letter)


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New Graduate Student Orientation

If you are an incoming graduate student and still need to Register for Fall Orientation, please be sure to do so as soon as possible! Make sure you complete ALL information in the survey. This includes any student entering a graduate program in Summer or Fall 2016.

Additional information on transitioning or campus wide orientation activities can be found here,

Meetings & Events

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Meet our New Career Center Consultant

Andrew Crain is the newly appointed UGA Career Center consultant for the College of Public Health. Andrew has worked at the UGA Career Center for over five years, with previous experience advising students in the Terry College of Business. He is also a doctoral student in the Institute of Higher Education at UGA. Services offered to College of Public Health students include:

· Resume and Cover Letter Critiques

· Job/Internship Search Planning

· Personal Statement Critiques

· Mock Interviews

· General Career Q & A

During summer, both in-person and phone/Skype appointments are available.

Public Health Association

PHA Mentoring Kickoff Event

PHA is excited to announce a new mentoring program that will connect incoming students with current students, and current students with Alumni! The kickoff event will take place on August 10th at 5pm at Pulaski Heights BBQ near downtown Athens. If you wish to be a part of this exciting new opportunity and would like to attend, please RSVP at


National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship Announcement

The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, will award 20 scholarships to graduate dental, medical. health policy, pharmacy, and public health school students and BA and above nursing students. Eleven scholars will receive a 2 year scholarship for $5,000 per year. Nine scholars will receive a I year scholarship for $2,000. In addition, the program will cover the travel of the new scholars' parents to the events. The scholarships will be presented at the National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas in Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2016 and New York City, NY on December I5, 2016.

This year, prior to the Reception and Gala, NHHF will convene a Health Professionals Job Fair for health professionals and students to meet with recruiters from hospitals. medical groups. teaching hospitals, health plans, pharmacies and clinics in the region.

The NHHF, a 50 Ic3 entity, established this scholarship to reward students for exceptional academic performance, leadership. and commitment to the Hispanic community.

The applications can be accessed on the NHHF website at until the deadlines - scholarship application due October 14.

For more information please call the office at (202)628-5895 or send an email to

Fall Assistantship Opportunity

The Traffic Safety Research and Evaluation Group has a Research Assistantship available. This research group has had annual funding at the state and/or the federal level since 2000. This 4 person research group is lead by Dr. Carol Cotton. This research group works on projects in various traffic related areas, such as distracted driving, alcohol-involved crashes, impact of traffic law, behaviors of pedestrians and bicyclists, and collaborates with traffic focused agencies, such as Bike Athens and the Council on Alcohol and Drugs. The Research Assistant will be responsible for updating the statewide traffic fatality database, updating the TSREG social media, assisting the team members in responding to data requests from public groups, and designing and implementing their own research project. In the past 4 years, two TSREG RAs have received the annual CPH Research Award. This RA will have their own work space in the TSREG pod (141 Wright Hall), and be required to attend a weekly staff meeting which will be scheduled each semester to accommodate their class schedule. They will be funded to travel to the annual national traffic safety conference to present their work. Skills preferred: SPSS proficiency, excellent Word skills including Publisher and Excel, previous database work, basic analysis skills, good writing skills, competence in internet research, excellent problem solving skills, team player, positive approach to work, great work ethic. This is a 33.3% position, so this RA will work 13 hours per week, in the office (not at home). The pay is the required masters level salary. A first year graduate student is preferred, but all qualified and interested students will be considered.

If you are interested in being a part of this team and working in a great work environment, send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Cotton at

Position Posting - Arthritis Foundation

Patient Engagement Director, Atlanta

The Patient Engagement Director is charged with ensuring the patient voice is present and informs Arthritis Foundation initiatives. The position is responsible for leading face-to-face meetings and focus groups with targeted consumer segments (people with RA, newly diagnosed, parents of kids with JA, etc.) to learn about personal stories and needs. Position is responsible for assimilating and disseminating patient stories across organizational stakeholders to help shape future tools and resources.

In addition, the Patient Engagement Director is responsible for identifying and recruiting a pool of patients to facilitate 3rd party patient recruitment requests. The position will be responsible for leveraging face-to-face interactions to recruit and empower patients to share their perspective and participate in various internal and external patient engagement opportunities.

The Patient Engagement Director will proactively seek opportunities to infuse the patient and/or the patient perspective across the Foundation and its partners.

For additional information, VISIT.


Ross Brown, MPH Graduate, Spring 2016

Ross Brown (MPH'16) in Health Promotion and Behavior has accepted a position as a Program Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this fall. He worked as a program evaluation intern with the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control for the Spring 2016 semester. Ross' fellowship will have him working with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Diabetes Translation, Health Education and Evaluation Branch / Performance Improvement and Evaluation Team (PIE). He will be working on evaluating implementation efforts for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) and Diabetes Self-management education (DSME) Program.

Michael Welton, Ph.D., Spring 2016

Dr. Welton joins the College as a new instructor in epidemiology. His interests include occupational health and cancer epidemiology, and his research has specifically examined racial disparities in Georgia with regards to agricultural chemical exposures and elevated risks of prostate cancer, leukemia risk associated with the N. Georgia carpet industry, and childhood cancer in Georgia. Dr. Welton received his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the College in 2016. He also has an MPH in epidemiology and M.A. in Latin American studies from San Diego State University.

Deanna Walters, M.Ed., HPB Doctoral Student

Deanna Walters will join the College this Fall as an instructor in health promotion and behavior. Her teaching and research has focused on the prevention of and treatment for sexual violence, as well as preventing substance use. Walters has extensive expertise in sexual health and women’s health, having previously served as the UGA University Health Center’s prevention and assessment coordinator and a relationship and sexual violence prevention (RSVP) advocate. Walters graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in applied health science. She earned her M.Ed. in professional counseling from UGA.

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