Things to Know

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A twice monthly e-newsletter featuring updates and announcements for students and faculty from the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate School of Public Health, and the University.

School and University Updates

Dean's Day Oral Presentations and Awards Ceremony

Please join us on April 16th, 2:30 - 4pm in G23 Pitt Public Health as Dean Burke invites selected Dean's Day presenters to present their work during the oral presentation and awards ceremony.    

Beth Roman receives the 2019 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

Beth Roman, associate professor of human genetics, has been awarded the James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence for her exceptional service mentoring students. Craig awardees are nominated annually by students and selected by a committee of students and past Craig awardees.  

Student Affairs is looking for Peer Recruiters

If you have a passion for public health and would like to help others discover Pitt Public Health, we have a great opportunity for you.   

Career Services

Patient Safety Fellowship (June - July)

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation, together with the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative and Health Careers Futures, is now accepting applications for this nine-week summer fellowship, which prepares recent and current graduate students to apply emerging methods and strategies in implementation science, team-based problem-solving, and continuous quality improvement for healthcare settings. Apply by Wednesday, May 8.  

Grants, Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

Apply for the PA AHEC Scholars Program

Seeking health profession students interested in rural and underserved care. Apply for a competitive, interprofessional, two-year, hands-on, supplementary course of study focused on providing care in communities with limited resources. Culturally competent, holistically integrated, and responsive to current and emerging health needs. April 30 deadline.   

Faculty Focus

Dedicate more time for your research by joining a writing initiative

Instructors often struggle to find blocks of time to devote solely to research. In an effort to address this challenge, the Office of the Provost and the Teaching Center's Center for Communication are offering a voluntary writing program open to all faculty.   

Teaching Tips

How to increase OMET student survey response rates

With OMET student surveys now available to students, it is time to start thinking about implementing effective strategies that encourage students to provide feedback. While you should be reminding students, inside and out of class, to complete the surveys prior to the deadline, here are some less-than-obvious tips that can help to increase your response rates.  

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Things to Know comes out every other Tuesdays, incuding these upcoming dates:

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