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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

Election Day - Remember to Register by 4/22/19

Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania is Tuesday, May 21, 2019! Make sure you are registered to vote or update your registration by April 22!  

Dean's Day Poster Sessions

Save-the-date for this year's Dean's Day Poster Sessions and Awards Ceremony. We have the largest amount of students abstracts in the history of the event!!! Poster Sessions will be held on April 3rd, 4th, & 5th in the Commons Area during the times of 9-11am and 1:30-3:30pm. The Awards Ceremony and Presentations will be held on April 16th at 2:30pm, Pitt Public Health Auditorium (G23).  

Career Services

A Patient-Centered Focus: Careers at Highmark Health

Join Michael Fischer, Pitt Public Health alum and Manager of IDFS Design Analytics to learn more about Highmark Health, the types of analytics roles available, care models currently being worked on, and what Highmark can offer. Students are welcome to bring their resumes and stay to chat after the presentation (3/27, 11am-12pm, 1149PH).  

Public Health in Real Life: Experiences with the CDC

On Tuesday, April 2, SPHERE will host Dr. Anita McElroy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Lee Harrison, Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease and Microbiology at Pitt Public Health as they discuss how they applied public health skills and knowledge to real world experiences while working at the CDC. They will also answer student questions about their CDC projects and career path. (4/2, 1-2:30pm, 1149PH)  

Grants, Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

The Healthline and NAMI Stronger Scholarship program

Healthline, the fastest growing health-information resource to more than 100 million monthly visitors, teamed up with the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) for The Stronger Scholarship program. They will be awarding four $5,000 scholarships to students working to change the face -- and the future -- of mental health. Apply by May 1, 2019.  

HRSA announces two funding opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Implementation: HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will be making approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to rural communities to enhance service delivery for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. Grant recipients will implement a set of core prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point ... 

Funding opportunities for digital health solutions

Pitt's Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data (CCA) within the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) is seeking applications for translational research funding to revolutionize outcomes for patients, providers, or payers. Focus areas include computational diagnostics, healthcare quality improvement, age-related disease, and immunotherapy. Initial proposals are due 4/2. Find out more.   

Faculty Focus

Evidence-Based Teaching Practice Workshop Series #4: How do students develop mastery?

Looking for practical advice to improve your teaching? Interested in research-based theory on how students learn? Join fellow Pitt Public Health instructors for the fourth session of a seven part workshop series.  

Journal of Appalachian Health launches

This spring marks the launch of the Journal of Appalachian Health, an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to a healthy & thriving Appalachia. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the journal seeks to focus on Appalachian health inequities & social determinants of health. Click to find details & how to serve as a reviewer, or contact editorial board member Wendy Braund, director of the Center for Public Health Pr... 

Teaching Tips

Active learning is out: engagement is in

Instructors can activate student learning through tapping into emotions. Four principles for engaging students utilize active learning techniques in new and exciting ways. This week’s teaching tip explores two of those.  

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Upcoming issues

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

  • 3/5
    Spring break: 3/10-3/17
  • 3/19
  • 4/2
  • 4/16
  • 4/30 (summer term preview)

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Pitt Three Minute Thesis Competition Submission Deadline

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a lang...

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