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.…

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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…

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Announcing Graduate Programs in Public Health Mini-Grant Program

Public Health Mini-Grant
The Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH) has a new mini-grant program! We are pleased to announce the availability of funds to support research activities among primary and adjunct faculty, staff, and public health students. We have secured funds with this new public health mini-grant to assist students and faculty in attending conferences and conducting research. There are two types of funding available: To defray the costs of conference attendance* (Maximum award amount = $1000) *Preference is given to those with a poster or oral presentations To employ current UNE Master of Public Health (MPH) students as graduate research assistants or to cover data analysis costs. (Maximum award amount = $2500) In order to be eligible to apply for the…

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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…

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Public Health Credentialing: Seven Public Health Certifications

Public Health Certifications
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 public health credentialing, 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…

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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…

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Dr. Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Research

UNE Online’s Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Research
Dr. Nan Solomons, Health Informatics Practicum Coordinator, and Dr. Erin Hartigan, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, were recently awarded a mini-grant by the University of New England’s Office of Sponsored Programs, for health informatics research. The UNE mini-grant program provides funding to support faculty research and scholarship at the University of New England. Nan, along with co-principal investigator, Dr. Erin Hartigan, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, will use this grant to evaluate the following question: What are the barriers and facilitators to the adoption of and adherence to a criterion‐based rehabilitation progression program post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction and subsequent effects on outcomes? In short, Nan and Erin will look at how physical therapists (PTs) adherence…

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2017 Delta Omega Honorary Society – Fourth Group Inducted at UNE Online

2017 Delta Omega Inductees
The University of New England is pleased to announce the induction of 12 new members into the 2017 Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Gamma Chi chapter. These 12 new members, all outstanding students, are enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. On an annual basis, a small number of top-performing MPH students are invited to join Delta Omega. The program elects new student members through a highly selective process that assesses their outstanding academic performance and demonstration of public health leadership. Election of membership in Delta Omega is intended to not only recognize merit but also to encourage excellence in public health work and devotion to…

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Student Spotlight: Thomas Troelstrup, MPH Program

Thomas Troelstrup, MPH
“Thanks to this terrific program, I was just offered my dream job on Tuesday as a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Epidemiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville! I never thought I would land it by the age of 28!” MPH student Thomas Troelstrup reached out to us with some exciting news about his career this week, so we wanted to connect with him to talk about his new opportunity and his experience with UNE! Like so many MPH students, Thomas came to study Public Health in a somewhat roundabout way. After high school, he attended community college, playing college baseball and majoring in History. Shortly thereafter, he was offered the opportunity to transfer to UNC Greensboro, to play…

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Student Spotlight: Amber Auger RDH, MPH – Public Health Program

Amber Auger, MPH Student
Doors have flown open for Amber Auger since earning her MPH online at UNE. Growing up in a single parent family, Amber was taught from a young age to to value education. “My mom wanted me to get a great education so I wouldn’t have to work three jobs every day, like she did.” says Amber. Amber took her mom’s advice to heart. It was at a very young age that Amber decided that dental hygiene would be the direction that she would take her career. She’d always been interested in dental health, and she later came to realize that choosing that career came with the added benefits of great pay and a flexible schedule. For her undergraduate education, Amber…

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Student Spotlight: Alison Braid, MPH – Public Health Program

Alison Braid, MPH student at UNE Online
MPH student Alison Braid is more than halfway through her degree, and loving it. After spending over 15 years in the professional translation and website localization industry, she wanted to make a career switch. Says Alison, “I decided that it was time for a change!” Alison is based in New York City, and most recently managed a localization team of engineers, linguists, and graphic designers, evaluating certain websites, translating and adapting them into several languages. Her day-to-day activities involved working across diverse industries and cultures, and making the websites they’re localizing appealing to each culture. With her Master’s Degree in Translation Studies, she started in the firm as a project manager, and worked her way up through the ranks of…

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UNE Attends NACCHO Public Health Conference

NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016
NACCHO’s Annual Conference, the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the US, was held in Phoenix in late July this year. UNE attended as an exhibitor in order to add value to the conference conversation, network with fellow public health professionals, and learn more about the latest public health topics. It was wonderful to see many familiar faces from last year. The conference is always a great opportunity for local health department staff, partners, and individuals interested in local public health to share their latest research and ideas, and test their assumptions about the issues and topics around local public health. Conference theme The theme of the NACCHO public health conference this year…

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Student Spotlight: Katy Krings, MPH – Public Health Program

Katy Krings, MPH
Katy Krings is in her final semester of the MPH program and is an excellent example of how online education can be used as a powerful tool to reach qualified individuals who wouldn’t otherwise have access to higher education. Originally from Wisconsin, Katy now lives and works as a public health nurse in rural Southwest Alaska. In fact, the area in which Katy works is so remote that her patients are not accessible by road or boat for much of the year – she has to fly between these arctic villages to provide her patients with care and public health education. Now that’s going the extra mile. Some background on Katy and her career Katy discovered Public Health nursing after…

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UNE Online Attends Unite for Sight

Global Health and Innovation at UNE
In its 13th year, the Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC), presented by Unite for Sight will take place this weekend at Yale University in New Haven, CT. GHIC is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all over the country and globe. Stop by our booth UNE Online will once again be exhibiting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference. Stop by our booth and learn more about our Graduate Programs in Public Health. UNE Online offers two fully articulated online graduate programs in Public Health. Working adults and post-baccalaureate students can now earn a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) or a Graduate…

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Student Spotlight: Jessica Healy, MPH – Public Health Program

Jessica Healy, MPH
Recent UNE Online graduate, Jessica Healy, makes strides against underage drinking in Massachusetts Jessica Healy, Regional Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Health Department in Hudson, MA, is spearheading a five-town substance abuse initiative to fight against underage drinking. Through a 3-year, $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, town coalitions have spent the last several months exploring how underage drinking affects their communities. Taking action against underage drinking Working along with the towns of Framingham, Ashland, Northborough, Southborough, and Hudson, the project involves addressing the issue of underage drinking, creating action plans and spreading awareness of this epidemic. “It takes a village to raise a child – and it takes a community to fight substance abuse,”

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Public Health Student Association Elects New Executive Board

2015-2016 SAPH Officers
The Public Health program at UNE is pleased to welcome in the new 2015-2016 executive board for SAPH, the Student Association for Public Health at UNE. Please join me in welcoming the following new executive board members: Ashley Devereaux, President Joseph Niman, Vice President Kayla Boyd, Councilor Samantha Paradis, Treasurer/Secretary About elections Elections for President, Vice President, Councilor, and Treasurer/Secretary are held in the Fall Term of each year, and officers serve for one year. To see each officer’s full bio, click their image, or go directly to online.une.edu/public-health/student-association-officers. SAPH mission An active and vibrant organization within the UNE Online community, SAPH has the distinction of being the first online student association at the University. Their mission is: To…

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Student Spotlight: Christina Melvin, MPH – Public Health Program

Vet Tech Program
One of the best parts of what I do here at UNE is talking to MPH students. Every grad student at UNE that I’ve ever spoken to has been passionate. Passionate about a job well done, passionate about a new program or initiative that they’ve been able to start directly because of what they’ve learned in class, passionate about their field. Grad students seem to have a laser focus on what they want, and they are determined to get there. At UNE, the two years it takes to get your MPH online is an intense time period and a sizable amount of sacrifice. But you finish with far more than a piece of paper. Your hard work results in a

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2015 Delta Omega Honorary Society Students Inducted

Gamma Chi New inductees
The University of New England is excited to congratulate 21 students who have been inducted into Gamma Chi, UNE’s chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. These 2015 Delta Omega Honorary Society inductees are enrolled in the Master of Public Health program within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Each year, the Gamma Chi chapter of Delta Omega elects new student members based on high academic performance and demonstration of public health leadership. Election of membership in Delta Omega is intended to not only recognize merit, but also to encourage and further excellence in and devotion to public health work. “We are proud to acknowledge these inductees of the 2015 Delta Omega Honorary Society for…

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Student Spotlight: Brittany Roy, MPH – Public Health Program

Brittany Roy, UNE MPH candidate, 2015
This August, a group of UNE students and advisors participated in an immersion experience in Ghana. Students worked alongside Ghana Health Service, community health educators and the community to provide healthcare services to the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. Participants of the program engaged in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education and academic and cross-cultural exchange. Here, Brittany Roy gives us a glimpse of her involvement with the program in Ghana, and her most important takeaways from the experience. About Brittany Roy, MPH Class of 2015 I currently live in Biddeford, Maine with my fianceé. I graduated from Stonehill College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree where I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Music. I…

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Online grad school: the best decision for Kobe, MPH

Kobe, University of New England Masters of Public Health Graduate
UNE MPH Graduate, Kobe, describes his experience getting his Master’s of Public Health at UNE Online. We spoke to Kobe directly after the hooding ceremony this past May. As a part of the reception/celebration for family and friends after the ceremony, you can clearly hear that we had some great live music. What you can’t very clearly hear is Kobe himself – so we’ve transcribed what Kobe has to say, below the video. “Hi, my name is Kobe, and I’m a 2015 UNE Graduate of the School of Public Health. I just want to share my experience. I live in Cherry Valley Massachusetts, maybe about 2 ½ hours from here. But UNE, especially the program in Public Health, gave me

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Online grad school: a worthwhile experience for Gisele Kouevi, MPH

Gisele Kouevi, MPH
Your life changes when you decide to go to grad school. Some of these changes are unique and positive, like meeting new people undergoing the same intense experience, and deepening your knowledge in a field that interests you. Some of the changes are difficult, like trying to juggle your personal life, your time and money, and your work and studies. Difficult? Yes.  But worth it? Only you know the answer to that one. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what MPH graduate Gisele Kouevi has to say about…

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Online grad school: a better life experience for Sahra Odowa, MPH

Sahra Odowa, MPH
Getting a degree online is a very personal endeavor. It’s an intense experience, and you really get to know your classmates and your professors. You have that bond of working incredibly hard to accomplish something big. And thinking about it, online grad school is bound to be intensely personal. How can it not be? Some of our students, like Sahra Odowa, are first generation American citizens who want to make a difference in the world. That’s personal. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what Sahra has to say…

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Online grad school: a growth experience for Kiersten Barney, MPH

Kiersten Barney, MPH
Time, money, heart, and soul all go into getting a higher ed degree. It’s not for the faint of heart. UNE has rigorous standards of academic integrity – but we also have unparalleled levels of student support. Our goal is to see that you thrive in UNE’s academic atmosphere. You work hard, and we’ll support you through it all. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what Kiersten has to say about the UNE Faculty, and meeting her fellow UNE MPH classmates face to face for the first time:…

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Online grad school: a very personal experience for Elizabeth Graham, MPH

Elizabeth Graham
Graduation weekend is a unique and special time at UNE Online.  Beyond the obvious (you have a brand new DEGREE!! You DID IT! ) it’s a special time because you get to meet your classmates face to face for the first time. You get to put faces to names, and connect (dare we say – network?) with the classmates that you’ve shared the last 2+ years with, who have shared your struggles, your stresses, and also your triumphs and breakthroughs. After the MPH hooding ceremony this year, we pulled aside a few MPH grads to tell us a little about their online school experience. Just as no two people are alike, no two answers were the same. See what…

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