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February 22, 2021

Ambassador Spotlight: Courtney Britt

My name is Courtney Britt and I am a third year Health Promotion major with an emphasis in Health Services and a minor in Global Health. I chose the College of Public Health because this college speaks to my interest in health equity, women’s health, and health policy. My ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner and/or earn my Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health epidemiology. I have enjoyed my time as a research assistant in a Sexual and Reproductive Health lab where I have learned how to collect qualitative and quantitative data related to reproductive health in the state of Georgia.

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.

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.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

Thursday, February 25: 12PM - 1:30PM

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

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

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

CURO Symposium - Abstract Submissions Due This Week

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities is excited to announce the 2021 CURO Symposium. Because you work with students and faculty who are involved in undergraduate research, we wanted to ask for your help in encouraging your faculty and undergraduate students to submit (student) abstracts to the 2021 CURO Symposium. This year’s Symposium will be held virtually via eLC from April 12-13, 2021. Abstracts should be submitted by students via the CURO Symposium website (symposium.curo.uga.edu). The deadline for submissions is February 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s Symposium will have both asynchronous and synchronous components.

All students participating in the 2021 CURO Symposium will communicate their research through one of the following methods:

  • 10 to 12-minute Asynchronous Recording (voice PowerPoint, demonstration, recorded Zoom lecture, etc.); or
  • Asynchronous Poster

Synchronous component: Interested students will have the option to participate in a Synchronous Presentation (3-minute presentation followed by 5-8 minutes for live questions and discussion) in addition to their asynchronous recording or poster. This option is voluntary.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 CURO Symposium.

Important Deadlines

February 25: Abstracts due (deadline already extended)
April 12-13: 2021 CURO Symposium

Please contact curo@uga.edu with any questions or concerns.

Let All the Big Dawg Eat - Summer 2021

Let All the Big Dawg Eat Food Scholarship is open for Summer 2021 applications. If you need help securing food while taking summer classes, apply using the link below. The application will be open until Feb 28.


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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
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DAE Presentation for Pre-Professional Students

  • February 23rd: 3:00pm-4:00pm. Registration is required so reserve a spot today! https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUud-iuqj4iGdFxc58u-whXqCA1YmNSPMRi.
  • The Division of Academic Enhancement will be providing a presentation on academic coaching and how their services can benefit pre-professional students. Academic coaching is a free service to UGA students and coaches can help students in a variety of ways. Join us to find out how academic coaching can help you prepare better for your pre-professional path

Faculty Presentation: Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber

The Athens Reproductive Justice Collective will host its first educational event this Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m.! Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber in the College of Public Health will join us to discuss crisis pregnancy centers, how they affect reproductive healthcare, and some steps we can take to minimize their influence.

The ARJC is an Athens-based collective that strives to uphold the tenets of reproductive justice as defined by SisterSong: the right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, the right to have children, the right to not have children, and the ability to parent those children in safe and sustainable communities. Through advocacy, education, and policy, we aim to address the specific reproductive justice needs of Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit our website at https://athensreproductivejusticecollective.wordpress.com/.

Register for the event by filling out this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaEC1NpsE372KNNaY7K6AS0juFIRx1rHWeoagJf4RA0ZjrkQ/viewform

After registering, you will receive an email with a Zoom link.

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Global Health Seminar Series

Ethics of COVID-19 Response

Jim Thomas, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, and Director, MEASURE Program, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Please join us for this virtual seminar on Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend! Join the seminar via Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/93724869215?pwd=MTlYSlBpa0lnZTRWOENoOU1ON1E3Zz09.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Thomas’s work in public health spans more than 35 years and 35 countries. His principal interests are in social forces underlying epidemics, ethical concerns in digital surveillance, and the ethical practice of public health in a pandemic. In addition to his many scholarly articles, he was an editor and author of a textbook on epidemiologic methods in the study of infectious diseases and principal author of the initial American Public Health Association’s Code of Ethics. As director of the MEASURE Program, Dr. Thomas is leading a global team that is advancing the capacity of developing countries to monitor their epidemics. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Thomas is advising government planning groups, speaking and writing on pandemic ethics, and has created an online Pandemic Ethics Dashboard as a resource for policymakers.

Contact Juliet Sekandi for additional information.

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Health Professions Fair

The Pre-Professional Advising Office will be holding a Virtual Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, March 3rd from 11:00am-3:00pm on Handshake. The goal of the Health Professions Fair is to provide UGA Pre-Health students the opportunity to connect directly with recruiters and admissions representatives from health professional schools across the country. Students are highly encouraged to chat with ALL programs in their area. This is your opportunity to ask questions, show your interest and to learn more about all the different programs available. This Fair will include representatives from medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, allied health, physician assistant, nursing and pharmacy programs.

  • Click here for a list of registered programs.
  • Registration for the event opens February 15, 2021.
  • UGA students and alumni click here to register.

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!

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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!

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Student Champions for Climate Justice Awards: Creating a Virtual Academic Community Experience

Many students have been outspoken in demanding climate justice training, and the APHA Center for Climate, Health and Equity hears you. That’s why the Center is proud to offer, for a second year, an opportunity for students to galvanize action on climate justice within and across academic communities.

The Center will award up to five college or university student groups with $500 each to create a Virtual Academic Community Experience during National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021). While the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping us physically apart, these Virtual Academic Community Experiences will spark an important dialogue on the connections between climate change and health inequities and inspire action.

Learn more and apply today!

Don’t delay — the application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Volunteer Opportunity: Girls on the Run

My name is Emma Powell and I'm a senior Health Promotion major. I'm interning with Girls on the Run this semester which is a nonprofit organization that works to promote young girls' mental, social, and physical health, which is particularly important in the pandemic. Our research-based curriculum is targeted towards elementary school girls to help them improve in competence, confidence, caring, character, connection, and contribution, in addition to teaching critical life skills such as how to manage emotions, help others, make intentional decisions, and resolve conflict. We are currently looking for coaches for both virtual sites and in person (Bishop Park and Memorial Park) sites that strictly follow CDC Covid-19 guidelines. We are recruiting 3rd-5th grades girls to participate as well. We meet two times a week for 60-75 minutes each session for 10 weeks (March - April.) For more information or to sign up to coach please visit https://www.girlsontherunnorthga.org/ or feel free to reach out to me directly epp59260@uga.edu.

Chilombo Scholars Program - Summer 2021

Do you aspire to work in public health? Would you like to grow your experience in the social sector? Chilombo Careers has launched the Chilombo Scholars Program to provide a pathway for students and recent graduates (undergraduate and graduate level) of Black/African Descent in public health to gain paid experience. As a scholar you would be paid $12 per hour for 8 weeks, working remotely for 10 hours a week.


  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors, those taking a gap year, graduate students, or recent (within 2 years) graduates.
  • LESS THAN 2 years of experience in public health
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Must identify as Black or of African descent
  • Can commit to 10 hours a week between June 7-August 13, 2021
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