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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

Hack Your Assignment workshop this Thursday!

Faculty are invited to the Hack Your Assignment workshop Thursday, October 24, from 1-3pm in 1155 Public Health. Come learn about some common assignment challenges and receive feedback that will help you design, redesign, or improve an assignment. Participants should bring four copies of an existing assignment or four copies of a written draft of an idea for an assignment they think will be challenging. To register, click on the title URL of thi... 

2019 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia

Attending the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Philly? Join alumni, faculty, staff, and students for a special wine and cheese reception just down the block from the convention center. Dean Everette James will share updates on research, new initiatives, and programs at Pitt Public Health.  

LGBT Health at Pitt in honor of LGBT History Month

Learn more about and celebrate LGBT History Month through various activities: take a look at Pittsburgh's acceptance journeys photo story exhibit, watch cycle series (which talks about menstruation from a transmasculine perspective), hear from our secretary of health Rachel Levine, who is one of the nations highest ranking transgender persons, and participate in telling your LGBTQ experience as a member or ally following Rachel Levine's presenta... 

Center for Public Health Practice will be coordinating two student experiential learning positions at the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) beginning in spring 2020.

Pitt Public Health's Center for Public Health Practice is looking for two students to begin an experiential learning opportunity at Allegheny County Health Deparmtnet (ACHD) beginning in spring 2020. Students are expected to serve in their position for at least two-three semesters at 10 hours per week. A $750 tution scholarship will be provided at the end of each completed semester.   

She Creates will have a panel discussion with women CEOs from Pittsburgh's leading startups

She Creates will host an event to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. The event will feature a woman keynote talk and a panel of young early-stage women entrepreneurs in varying business ventures from bow ties to proteomics.  

Shopping for Health Care: Can We be Good Consumers? Presented by Barak D. Richman

Join the Center for Bioethics and Health Law for the 2019 Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry on 11/5 at 12:30 p.m. Barak Richman is Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and professor of business administration at Duke University.   

Coffee & Conversations: How We All Can Contribute to the Diversity and Inclusivity of our School

Join us Wednesday 10/23 from 12:00PM - 2:00PM in 1155 Public Health, Foster Conf. Rm.(former 1149) to come together as a community in the wake of the one year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting.   

The Student Diversity Dashboard has been updated with Fall 2019 data.

 The Student Diversity Dashboard has been updated with Fall 2019 data. This dashboard displays the racial/ethnic diversity of Pitt students since 2006. The dashboard can be filtered by school, level, academic term, and race/ethnicity.    

Spring Term enrollment

Spring Term enrollment appointments begin on Monday, October 28 at 12:00AM midnight. Appointments for veteran students begin on Friday, October 25 at 12:00AM midnight. Check your enrollment appointment time in the Pitt Portal. Open enrollment begins at 12:01AM Saturday, November 9.   

Volunteers needed for Open House

Do you love introducing people to Pitt Public Health? Do you need volunteer hours for a scholarship/award? Volunteer your time during Pitt Public Health Open House on Friday, November 8. Current students are needed leading up to and the day of the event. Contact Renee Hill for more information.  

Interested in becoming a student representative for EPCC?

It’s not too late to become a student representative for the Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee (EPCC)! EPCC is seeking a Master’s student to fill their final student representative position. Please contact Mary Derkach ( ) if you are interested.  

Become a Pitt Trailblazer

Pitt Trailblazers are hiring graduate or professional student tour guides for the upcoming year.  

PA Secretary of Health to address school on issues in LGBT Health

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 25 and plan to attend a special address by PA Secretary of Health Rachel Levin, MD, as the culmination of LGBT History Month. Levine will discuss the health disparities present in LGBTQ populations. Learn about the etiology, standards of care, and opportunities to progress this field of healthcare.    

She Creates: Women's Entrepreneurship Week

She Creates, an event in celebration of Women's Entrepreneurship Week discusses the challenges around women as tech leaders and as founders in startups, such as the gender investment gap and the lack of women in founder-roles. The event features a woman keynote talk and a panel of young early-stage women entrepreneurs in varying business ventures.  

Congratulations to HPM students on winning national case competition!

Congratulations to health policy and management students Erika Garrison (MHA/MBA '20), Ilham Abdi (MHA '20), and Terrance Litam (MHA '20) for taking first-place honors in Washington, DC at the 2019 Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition sponsored by National Association of Health Services Executives. Competing among 29 teams representing the nation's top programs, the Pitt students developed a plan to address the health care needs of San Franci... 

Tell us about your cool practicum/ internship experience!

Educational Programs in the Office of Student Affairs wants to hear about your practicum/ internship. If you had an amazing experience, please get in touch, so we can find out more about your practicum host site and what made it such a worthwhile opportunity! E-mail Robin Leaf,  

Career Services

Writing a Federal Resume and 1-on-1 Resume Reviews with the Pittsburgh VA Workforce Development Team

Learn everything you need to know about developing a competitive resume for government agencies and the federal employment process. Following the presentation, have your resume reviewed by a representative from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Presentation: 10/30, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1155 Public Health (RSVP in Pitt Bridges); Resume Reviews: 12:40-1:10pm (sign up in the Student Affairs Office - G009 Public Health).  

Resolving Conflict and Other Difficult Conversations

Whether you are a manager or a member of a team, learn techniques that will enhance your ability to resolve conflicts you regularly encounter with your co-workers. Sponsored by the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development (DPCD). 11/6, 2-5pm, S100 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower  

Allegheny County DHS Local Government Case Competition: Last chance to register!

Interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from across the region are challenged to solve a real-world problem related to human services while competing for a monetary prize. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other students and prominent local leaders. Register by October 25.  

Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE): 2020-21 Applications Open

PULSE is a year-long service experience that cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh by working with local nonprofits. Apply by March 1, 2020.  

Career and Internship Opportunities with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

The CBO is currently recruiting public health master’s and doctoral students for positions as Analysts and Economists to work on a range of projects related to healthcare, the environment, and other federal programs. In addition to full-time positions, the CBO offers a 10-week summer internship program for graduate students interested in health policy, economics, and/or statistics. Applications for the internship program open on Jan 6, 2020.  

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity from Pittsburgh Liver Research Center

Funding new initiatives and/or supporting new investigators who are pursuing liver-related research that should lead to K/R-type funding or other extramural support at a later date for one year. Letters of intent due October 15.   

Funding Opportunity for Digital Health Solutions

The Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data seeks to save lives, optimize care, and reduce health care spending by funding transdisciplinary health data research technologies that solve big problems in health care. Receive clinical data via the Department of Biomedical Informatics, commercial translation support from sciVelo - Innovation Institute, and project funding. Initial proposal and invention disclosure due November 6.   

Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice: Apply by Nov 18

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Bernard D. Goldstein Award in Public Health Practice. Students working or studying in an area related to public health practice with a faculty member who has an association with the Center for Public Health Practice are eligible to apply. Deadline is November 18, 2019.  

Faculty Focus

Get a head start on Canvas through the Early Adopter Program

The University of Pittsburgh will officially transition to the Canvas Learning Management System next year. Don’t miss this opportunity to teach a course using this new system during the upcoming spring term (2204). Participants in the Early Adopter program will receive training resources and support throughout the term. are due October 25.  

Overhaul your course with the Course Incubator project

Do you teach a large enrollment course? Are you interested in a course redesign? If you answered yes to those questions, you are in luck...because proposals for funding through the Course Incubator project are now open!  

Center for Research Computing Workshops

Take advantage of the Center for Research Computing’s free access to advanced computing and user support for Pitt faculty members. If you’re interested in learning more about computing, the CRC provides workshops and individual consultations for principal investigators and students. Visit the center's website to learn more, and sign up for one of the CRC's fall workshops.  

Instructors: Help pilot a mid-term course evaluation program

The Center for Teaching and Learning with OMET is offering a pilot program for fall term courses to engage in a mid-term evaluation. Find out how to participate before the August 30th deadline!  

Teaching Tips

Implementing feedback from mid-term evaluations

Administering mid-term evaluations for your course is the first step to incorporating student feedback into your curricular design. Find out how to take the next steps.    

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