Student Spotlight: Mae L'Heureux, Master of Public Health Program

Mae L'Heureux, Master of Public Health Program

Mae L’Heureux is a student in the Master of Public Health program, Membership Co-Chair of the APHA-SA, and Member of the Graduate Programs in Public Health Advisory Committee here at UNE Online. Recently we had a chat about her experience in the program, how she likes the online format, and how getting her Master of Public Health is enhancing her professional career in youth mental health management.  Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Public Health? I discovered my interest in public health in a somewhat roundabout way. I began working in the mental health field after experiencing my own mental health challenges in college. Once I graduated, I decided to take a service year in order to develop my skills and get experience in the mental health field through hands-on service. My year-long service position was with NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, in their Nebraska chapter…. Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight, Dr. Titilola Balogun, Public Health Program

Dr. Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH, DrPH

Dr. Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, is the Assistant Director of Public Health Practice for the Graduate Programs in Public Health in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. In this post, Dr. Balogun talks about her role in the program, how she supports our students, and what skills she feels are most important for a public health career. Can you tell me a little about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? I started my career as a medical doctor, practicing clinical medicine. While I was working in a hospital in Nigeria, I began to notice a trend in my patients, who were primarily children. I would treat the children, they would get well, go back home, and then come back a few months later with exactly the same ailments that they were admitted for the first time. I began to realize that the problem had more to do with… Read More >

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What is the difference between Applied Practice Experience (APE) and the Practicum?

APE vs Practicum

To get the inside scoop on the Applied Practice Experience and the Practicum, we spoke with Dr. Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, the Assistant Director of Public Health Practice for the Graduate Programs in Public Health in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. Dr. Balogun supports students who are about to begin their Practicum or Applied Practice Experience. What is the difference between Applied Practice Experience (APE) and the Practicum? The Practicum is the version of the public health field experience that we had before the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), our accrediting body, came up with updated requirements. The Practicum requirements are simply that the student needs to complete a minimum of 120 hours in the field, and must meet a minimum of five competencies. The Practicum is taken in the final semester in the student’s program, and it’s the last requirement a student completes before they graduate with… Read More >

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Announcing the New ‘Service’ Cord for GPPH!

Public Health Service Cord Announcement

Service – it’s a word that means different things to different people. As public health professionals, we think of service opportunities as activities done outside of our regular work or program of study that allow us to use our passion and expertise to help make our professions, communities, and ultimately, our world a better place. Service is giving back to our profession and to our community, not for financial gain, but with the only expectation being improvements in health outcomes in our communities. Whether you are an established public health professional gaining your advanced degree, or new to the field of public health, you should be mindful of the many benefits of performing service. Why is service important? Performing service provides opportunities for you to meet and learn about people and organizations with similar interest. It provides opportunities for you to expand your network; opportunities to put your knowledge into practice by allowing you to gain an understanding of the… Read More >

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UNE Online Graduate Programs in Public Health at MPHA 2018

UNE GPPH alumni and student presenters at MPHA 2018

MPHA 2018 was a HUGE success! This year, the Maine Public Health Association (MPHA) Annual Meeting and Expo was held in Augusta, ME and there were about 400 public health professionals from within and outside Maine in attendance, including our very own UNE Online Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH) faculty, staff, students and alumni. This year’s Annual Meeting theme was Addiction and the State of Public Health in Maine, which contributed to the topic of discussion in general sessions, scientific sessions, and presentations. Below, we’ve summarized a few of the sessions presented by our team at this year’s MPHA meeting. Prevalence and Correlates of Cigarette Smoking among High School Students in Maine Titilola Balogun, DrPH and current MPH student Tiffany Corvino (in collaboration with staff of UNE’s Center for Excellence in Health Innovation and Maine CDC) presented a poster titled “Prevalence and Correlates of Cigarette Smoking among High School Students in Maine.” The study used data from the 2017… Read More >

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Program Director Spotlight: Nang Tin Maung, Public Health Program

Nang Tin Maung Program Director, Public Health Program

Dr. Nang Tin Maung is the Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Public Health at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. She talks about her experience in public health, how she encourages her faculty to foster a sense of community, and how she feels that the program prepares students for life after graduation. Can you tell me a little about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? I have a BA in Biology from Simon’s Rock College, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and an MPH in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health. I decided to make a full career transition into public health after working in a science laboratory for many years. Because of this, when I went back to school to get an MPH, I had limited work experience in public health. My practicum advisor was extremely helpful as… Read More >

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Alumni Spotlight: Jesse Bell, MPH

Jesse Bell, MPH Alumni

Jesse Bell, MPH, is a UNE Online alumni of the MPH program and is currently working toward getting his Ph.D. We spoke to him about what compelled him to get his MPH, his experiences as an online student, and his advice for incoming online graduate students. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Public Health? For the past 15 years or so I worked in clinical mental health in the ER, seeing patients who are suicidal and homicidal and at general risk to themselves. Over the years I began to realize that the root cause of systemic issues was not being addressed, and I found the situation just getting worse. Patients were experiencing longer and longer wait times, they were spending less and less time in the psychiatric hospitals when they actually needed more, they weren’t getting access to the care that they needed – and there wasn’t anything… Read More >

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Ambassador Spotlight: Emily Bartlett, MPH Program

Emily Bartlett, MPH Student

UNE Online Ambassadors have been recognized by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for being exemplary students and enthusiastic members of the UNE Online community. UNE Online Ambassadors serve as liaisons between our extended community and UNE Online, setting a precedent and standard for what it means to be a UNE Online student and community member.Can you tell me a little about your background, and why you chose to earn your MPH at UNE Online? I’m from Maine, so I’ve known about UNE for a long time now. I got my undergraduate degree at The University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, majoring in International Development with a minor in Health. After graduation I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to continue my education in the health field. During my undergrad I took a course in epidemiology, which ended up being my favorite class. I loved the material potential, so I looked… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Mansoor Shafqat, GPPH Program

Mansoor Shafqat, MPH Student

Mansoor Shafqat is a public health graduate student at UNE Online. Located in California, he has many changes going on in his life right now, including becoming a new parent, so he finds the flexibility of the online GPPH program to be essential to his success as a student. We spoke with him recently about his experience with the program. Can you tell me a bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Public Health? I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Health from University of California, Davis, and I am currently more than halfway through the Master’s of Public Health program here at the University of New England. I am on track to graduate with my MPH from UNE in May 2019. I work at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center as a Registered Dispensing Optician, providing eye care to the students and the staff of the university. I’ve… Read More >

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Changes in the MPH Curriculum at UNE Online

MPH curriculum change

The Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE Online is pleased to announce changes to the MPH curriculum for students who started in or after May 2018. These changes are to make sure that our curriculum aligns with new competencies published by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016, and to improve student outcomes. That said, if you began your program earlier, it would still be beneficial to review the changes to the MPH curriculum and follow the suggested order of classes, which is designed to enhance your learning and success. Other changes have taken place program-wide or within electives, and are of benefit to all students no matter when you began your studies with UNE Online. Read more: CEPH Accreditation in UNE Online Public Health Programs Changes required for MPH students only These curriculum changes are required only for students pursuing their Master’s of Public Health (MPH). Students who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in… Read More >

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How to Find a Public Health Practicum Site

How to Find a Public Health Practicum Site

Everyone needs to complete a practice experience, but finding a practicum site can be a challenge. Recently we sat down with Dr. Titilola Balogun to discuss best practices in finding a practicum site that fits your professional goals. Begin with the end in mind The number one piece of advice when thinking about your practicum placement is to think about what you want to do with your MPH. Looking for a practicum is very similar to searching for a job. Actually, it’s the exact same process – and in many cases, it’s easier to find a practicum than it is a job because many health departments and public health organizations are generally happy to have students willing to work in exchange for mentoring and a real-world experience. Some opportunities are paid, but there is no guarantee of payment. In fact, the search for a practicum site is a good test run for actually looking for a public health job. How… Read More >

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Why Work in Public Health? Ten Reasons to Choose a Public Health Career

10 reasons to choose a career in public health

The field of public health is burgeoning with growth and opportunities. Work in public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of populations around the world – because at its core public health deals with the issue of the health of people and their communities. Public health workers work to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health. Broadly speaking, they track, prevent and respond to disease outbreaks, promote healthy lifestyles, research disease and injury prevention, and work to limit health disparities. Public Health is everywhere, and public health initiatives affect people every single day in virtually every part of the world. The reasons people choose to work in public health are as diverse as the people themselves. Why work in public health? Here are 10 reasons, from UNE Online: Job Opportunity – The job market is on the rise and the demand for workers will continue to grow. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Healy – Public Health Program

Jennifer Healy MPH Program

Jennifer Healy is Public Health Career Services Advisor for the Graduate Programs in Public Health. We sat down with her recently to talk about her role and how she supports students in the public health program. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what drew you to UNE Online? I’ve had a varied career path – going from consumer goods brand management, to healthcare administration, and then teaching, advising, and career counseling. When I was teaching undergraduates, I enjoyed mentoring and learning from students. I’ve always enjoyed working with people and helping them figure out their goals and then how to identify the steps they need to take to realize those goals. I joined UNE Online this winter as the Public Health Career Services Advisor for the Graduate Programs in Public Health, and so far UNE Online has been a great fit! I’ve been able to really draw from my diverse background to fill a pretty… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Dr. Puneet Saini, MPH Program

Dr. Puneet Saini Student in the Master of Public Health MPH program at UNE Online

Dr. Puneet Saini is a native of Madison, WI, and a second-year MPH student at UNE Online. Having completed his M.D., he is looking to complement and add more value to his education, and also delve more deeply into the realms of public administration and policy-making in order to bring about change on a global level. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Public Health? I was born in America and come from a multi-cultural family. Growing up in this diverse mix of different ethnicities and cultures made me very aware of the world, and I learned early on to respect other people’s values, ideas, and ways of life. I come from a family of doctors, and I graduated medical school myself, but at some point, I realized that something was missing. I wanted to see what else was out there, so after doing some research, I felt that… Read More >

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GPPH Volunteer Week Challenge, Winter 2017

GPPH Team Volunteer Work

UNE Online’s Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH) recently held our first Volunteer Week challenge! Our goal was to encourage UNE students and public health professionals everywhere to facilitate meaningful community service activities with a public health focus. The UNE GPPH community shared photos of how they gave back this season, and we created a special Facebook album, titled #uneonlinegivesback just for these photos. We were definitely inspired by what we received. As an added bonus we proposed a contest to our GPPH students – a free textbook for the best photo submission. MPH student Jensen was the winner with her adorable photo volunteering for the Rescued n’ Ready Animal Foundation in Tulsa, OK. The GPPH Team Gives Back! Not only did we encourage others to give back during our first Volunteer Week Contest, we collaborated with Partners for World Health in Portland, Maine to volunteer as a team for an afternoon. The group that participated consisted of Public Health… Read More >

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Faculty Spotlight: Leanne DiMaio – MPH Program

Leanne DiMaio, MBA, MPH

Recently, Leanne DiMaio was asked to be the subject matter expert and course designer for a brand new course within the Masters of Science in Applied Nutrition program, ‘Nutrition, Wellness, and Multimedia Communication.’ Leanne has been a course facilitator in the UNE Online MPH program since 2012, directly after graduating from the MPH program herself. She earned her MBA from Saint Joseph’s College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. Leanne is currently in the process of earning her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition (DCN). Leanne currently works in the field of Population Health and Wellness and leads a team who focuses on managing disease management and wellness programs. Here, she discusses her interactive teaching style and the benefits of working with UNE students. Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and what drew you to teaching at UNE? I was previously a student at UNE and had a fantastic experience. I graduated… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Zachary York

Zachary York, Student Support Specialist

Meet Zac York, a Student Support Specialist for our Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH). Zac started at UNE Online about a year ago and he’s been having a great time ever since. Zac and his team have a lot of fun, and he genuinely enjoys working with them. Zac’s great listening skills, positive attitude and sense of humor make him a strong asset to his team members as well as the students he works with. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m a Student Support Specialist. I help students navigate through the program and facilitate their success in any way I can. Where are you from? I’m from the lovely, dazzling city of Waterville,… Read More >

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UNE Online Graduate Programs in Public Health at APHA 2017

APHA 2017

APHA 2017 was a HUGE success! This year the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo was held in Atlanta, GA and there were more than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world in attendance, including our very own UNE Online Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH) faculty, staff, students and alumni. This year’s Annual Meeting theme was Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health, which contributed to the topic of discussion in general sessions, scientific sessions, and presentations. Below, we’ve summarized a few of the sessions presented by our team at this year’s meeting. In addition to the sessions listed below, the following GPPH adjunct faculty also presented: Wenjie Sun Arduizur (Carli) Richie-Zavaleta Rebekah Doyle Dr. Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH, DrPH – GPPH Practicum Coordinator for UNE Online Presentation description: Based on her work with youth in the juvenile justice system, Dr. Balogun’s study, titled “Detained Latino youth: a need for connection to community resources” compared detention… Read More >

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Announcing Graduate Programs in Public Health Mini-Grant Program

Public Health Mini-Grant

The University of New England School of Social Work The UNE School of Social Work prepares students for advanced professional practice and is accredited to offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree by the Council on Social Work Education.   The UNE School of Social Work offers several online and on-campus options for those interested in getting their MSW degree. All options use the same curriculum taught by the School faculty.  In addition to our regular 2-year, full-time program and part-time options, we feature an accelerated option that enables eligible students to obtain an MSW degree in a shorter timeframe. Master of Social Work The MSW degree program prepares graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in an array of settings and with diverse populations. The values and commitments embedded in the School’s Mission Statement permeate our work in every area. Online Program Options    Campus Program Options UNE’s online Master of Social Work program is accredited by the… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Emily Roach

Emily Roach, Student Support Specialist

Emily Roach is a Portland transplant who hails from the great Midwest state of Ohio. She is a Buckeye through and through, but she’s slowly becoming a Red Sox nation convert. Emily is a rockstar Student Support Specialist, and her passion for problem-solving ensures that each one of her students is guaranteed a pathway to success. At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I am a Support Specialist for our students in the Graduate Programs in Public Health. Once a student is accepted into their program, I become their first point of contact here at UNE Online. My job is to provide students with a personal connection that is sometimes lost in online education settings, and… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Carley Anderson, MPH – Public Health Program

Carley Anderson MPH Student

I came to the field of public health nearly by happenstance. I had just finished my undergraduate degree in music which, while fulfilling, didn’t equip me with tangible ways to make a meaningful, practical difference in my community. After graduation, I began working as an administrator in a medical clinic at a military installation, and a year later was assigned to work in the public health program despite no previous experience. I quickly saw public health was a field with unending opportunities – constant opportunities to learn, to benefit the community, and to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. I began networking with other public health staff in similar roles, and soon developed a strong relationship with a mentor that remains to this day. With her guidance, I embarked on a quest to learn as much as I could about U.S. Air Force public health program management, but I knew it was not enough. I needed more… Read More >

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Public Health Credentialing: Seven Public Health Certifications

Public Health Credentialing

See what certification is appropriate for you, whether you go into public health education, public health administration, or if you’re just looking for a general public health certification. Below is information about some common certifications held by public health practitioners, and examples of types of jobs that may require certification after graduation. While there is no national-level credential for public health, there are various certifications and credentials associated with specific career paths that help you stay at the forefront of your profession. Why get certified? Your chosen career path often dictates the best certification for you, or whether you even need to have a certification at all. Earning a credential indicates that you understand the different components of public health in your field and that you have mastered the core skills of your field of expertise. It also demonstrates your commitment to a career in public health and distinguishes you from other public health professionals. How much is it? There… Read More >

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How does an online course work at UNE Online?

UNE Online Course Guide

What does it look like to take an online course? An online course has the same learning objectives as a traditional course but is presented online through technology. At UNE Online, courses are developed by pairing a subject matter expert with an instructional designer to develop learning experiences that are efficient, pedagogically sound, and appealing. Using a typical public health course as an example, this post discusses the “who, what, where, when, and how” of taking a class online at the University of New England. We’ll take a look at how this sample online public health course is structured, what’s expected of you, what resources are available to you, and more. 1. Course outline: the syllabus The majority of online public health courses are eight weeks long and broken out into eight modules. There are a couple of courses that have the modules broken out by content, but most courses divide out the course by week. During orientation you’ll get a course syllabus… Read More >

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Meet Our Team: Carol Le

Carol Le, Enrollment Counselor, Graduate Programs in Public Health

Carol Le is an Enrollment Counselor here at UNE Online, helping students build their strongest application. In particular, she’s an expert at advising students on their goal statements, and her favorite part of the job is emailing students to congratulate them once they’ve been accepted. She’s also a restaurant aficionado and is working on trying every restaurant Portland has to offer…which will be an impressive feat once she completes it! At UNE Online, students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. What do you do at UNE Online? I’m an Enrollment Counselor for our Graduate Programs in Public Health. I help guide our students through the application process and work with them to submit their best application. I’m there for them throughout the process to let them… Read More >

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