Public Health Professional Education
Public Health and Disasters is a multidisciplinary national conference that brings together professionals from a variety of disciplines including academia, research, medical practice, and emergency response, as well as policy-makers from public health, community disaster preparedness, social science, government, media, and non-governmental organizations.
This years topics include funding, collaboration, safety training, and working as a first responder. Plenary and breakout sessions will be hosted by professionals from local, state, regional, and national organizations.
Keynote Speakers include Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN and Allison B. Johnson, MPA, Deputy Director for Management and Operations, Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Protection
Utah Public Health Student Ambassadors (UPHSA) is a new student interest group in the Division of Public Health. Three students are leading the club: Kasey Shakespear, a 2016 MPH/MHA candidate; Josh Bradford, a 2015 MPH graduate; and Alvin Green, a 2016 MPH candidate. The group plans to educate and inspire students about the science, impact, and careers of public health. Currently, the group is making presentations to high school students about public health and how it affects the community. They plan to expand to presentations for undergraduate students and other interested community member. The group’s presentations introduce the history, meaning, and practical use of public health, and incorporates a group activity where students trace the source of a hypothetical disease outbreak.
For more information, contact Shakespear at email@example.com, Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Green at email@example.com.
Asia Campus- Songdo, South Korea
The new semester has just begun at our Asia campus, and we are pleased to announce that the new building on campus is complete. Pictures coming soon!
Spring semester started March 2nd. Faculty and students have moved into the new University of Utah building and are enjoying ample space for teaching and learning activities. Active recruiting has started for a new professional format for the 2016-2017 academic year. This schedule will allow working students to attend evening and weekend classes and complete their MPH degree in one year.
Ghana Campus- Kpong, Ghana
We are pleased to congratulate Lynette Nielsen Gay on receiving a honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from the University of Utah.
Lynette Nielsen Gay will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. A notable entrepreneur and philanthropist, she is best known for her impactful charity work, particularly in creating health programs in Africa. As an outgrowth of her development program in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, she founded Engage Now Africa in 2002...Read more
Graduation is approaching at the Ensign College of Public Health in Kpong, Ghana. The graduation ceremony will take place on July 16, 2016.
Yelena Wu, PhD
In December, 2014, together with several colleagues, Wu was awarded the Diane Willis Award for Outstanding Article for a manuscript published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The article, led by Dr. Tonya Palermo, was titled “Recommendations for training in pediatric psychology: Defining core competencies across training levels” and was the product of a task force through the Society of Pediatric Psychology. The Diane Willis Award is given yearly to one article selected by a committee and is rated by reviewers as having the highest likelihood of making an impact on the field.
The Journal of Pediatric Psychology is the flagship journal for the American Psychological Association’s Division 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology). Pediatric psychology entails research and clinical practice focused on the psychological and behavioral aspects of health and illness among children, adolescents, and young adults. Pediatric psychologists work to answer questions through research and work directly with patients in clinical practice. Other pediatric psychologists work in policy and other settings.
This manuscript defined areas of competency in pediatric psychology that should be developed in graduate school and beyond. Many people are familiar with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competencies that are listed in the Division of Public Health course syllabi and that are an integral part of course planning for public health students at the University of Utah. Competencies in other fields, including pediatric psychology, are similar in that they focus on the key areas of knowledge and skills that an individual should have for work in that field. The competencies Wu and her colleagues developed for pediatric psychology focused on cross-cutting knowledge in pediatric psychology, science, professionalism, interpersonal skills, application, education, and systems. These areas were developed based on a review of the literature, their experience with pediatric psychology training and professional positions, and consultation with other experts. The authors hope that this article will contribute to continued discussions in the field of pediatric psychology and beyond on best practices for fostering trainee’s development of competencies and assessment of competency attainment.
Bridget Grahmann is a second-year Master of Science in Public Health student completing research for her thesis with skin cancer data from the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She is studying the characteristics of the population that attended a skin cancer screening at an HCI event in 2015. She began the public health program interested in chronic illness, but wasn’t interested in cancer research until she began working for Yelena Wu, PhD, as a research assistant. Grahmann was surprised to learn that Utah has the highest incidence rate of melanoma in the country, and that skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Grahmann said she is interested in skin cancer because it is a disease that affects many people even though it is completely preventable. The public health work that can be done for skin cancer, including improved screening access and education, can really make a difference to reduce mortality and morbidity. Grahmann said she hopes to continue working in cancer research after graduation.