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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Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE Online: An Overview

Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE Online

There is a critical need for professionals with public health degrees today. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) estimates that by the year 2020, the United States will be facing a shortfall of at least 250,000 public health workers. If you’re interested in improving the lives of others through building one-on-one relationships, conducting research or analyzing numbers, public health may be the field for you. Public health students are diverse and dedicated people who demonstrate a passion for improving public health. Public health graduates can find employment in the public or private sector, within non-profit organizations, or in health departments at the local, state, and federal levels. The University of New England 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 Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) full or part-time, with all of the courses offered 100% online. These convenient,… 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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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, MPH Program

Mansoor Shafqat, MPH Student

Mansoor Shafqat is a public health 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 MPH 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 been… Read More >

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Career Services for the Graduate Programs in Public Health

Career Services at UNE Online Public Health

Career Services in the Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE Online is a resource dedicated to supporting the career success of graduate public health students through individual career counseling, development, and online training workshops. Career Services facilitates the connection of UNE Public Health students with the resources and skills they need to drive their career development. We spoke to Jennifer Healy, Public Health Career Services Advisor, about her steps toward developing this program, and her vision for its future. “I think it’s important to get students thinking about career possibilities right from the start,” says Healy. To this end, she is currently working on writing and producing the curriculum for a series of career workshops, targeted specifically to students who are newly entering the program. Written communication and networking UNE Online’s goal is to set students up for success, right from the outset. So the initial course students will take through Career Services revolves around written communication, networking, informational… 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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Free Community Event: Screening of the Documentary Resilience

Resilience movie screening free community event

UNE Online and the Junior League of Portland have teamed up again this year and are proud to present the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope. The event will begin 5:30 pm with opening remarks from Arabella Perez, LCSW of UNE’s Master of Social Work program, to discuss her work with trauma-informed care. The screening will follow. About the documentary Resilience This 68-minute documentary delves into the science of ACEs and the birth of a new worldwide movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. The movie premiered at Sundance Film Festival to sold-out houses. Resilience is the second documentary by director James Redford (son of Robert Redford) that addresses ACEs. The first was Paper Tigers, which follows six students during a school year at Lincoln High School in WA, the first trauma-informed high school in the U.S. Paper Tigers has been screening to sold-out audiences around the U.S. since it premiered at the Seattle Film Festival last… 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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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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UNE in the Maine Public Health Community and Beyond

University of New England at the American Public Health Association

This month has been a busy one for the Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE! Various faculty and staff members were in attendance at three different events – two local Maine Public Health conferences, and a national conference in Denver, Colorado. At each event our program staff noticed a strong trend toward students actively seeking out Public Health programs delivered 100% online. Seems that public sentiment is now beginning to reflect what we have known for a quite some time now – online education is equal to – and in some aspects superior to – an on-ground education. Starting with the first event of the month and ending with the most recent, the following is a brief overview of each event. The Maine Public Health Association 2016 Annual Conference: “Population. Environment. Policy.” Under the banner hashtag #ThisisPublicHealth, the MPHA annual conference was held at the University of Southern Maine in the Abromson Center Hannaford Lecture Hall in Portland, and included: Keynote… Read More >

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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 attended the University of New Haven and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Her original plan was to use her dental hygiene degree to work her way through dental school, but upon completion of her BS, she decided… Read More >

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UNE Online: a proud sponsor of the Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Clas

Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic

Beautiful conditions greeted several members of the UNE Online team last week as they represented UNE Online as proud sponsors of the Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic. UNE’s sponsorship and participation in the fundraiser will help the Junior Achievement bring work readiness and financial literacy skills to Maine’s students as well as help support our next generation of entrepreneurs. UNE has a rich history of supporting the mission of the Junior Achievement of Maine, which is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our president, Danielle Ripich, was honored in 2013 by being inducted into the Junior Achievement Maine Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement is such a positive force in our community, UNE Online wanted to give do our part in furthering their mission and reinforcing their core values, which are: Belief in the boundless potential of young people Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship Passion for what we… Read More >

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UNE Attends NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016

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 was “Cultivating a Culture of Health Equity,” reflecting one of their core policies of recognizing violence as a public health issue. The conference was yet another instance of how NACCHO acts as a resource for local health departments so they can… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Mona Haimour, MPH – Public Health Program

Mona Haimour

Mona Haimour, RN, BScN, MSN, MPH(c) is an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. And as an inductee to UNE’s Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society last year, she has also proven herself to be one of UNE’s brightest MPH students. Mona has done wonderfully as a UNE student and full-time professional. She will be finishing up her MPH this semester, and has just returned from a Practical Experience trip abroad in South Africa with the organization Children and Family Health International (CHFI). Originally from Jordan, Mona earned her Registered Nurse certification and actively practiced as an RN in the area of women’s health, maternal child health and pediatrics for many years there. It was in Jordan that she also earned her Master of Science in Nursing, and began to shift her work from nursing practice to nursing education. After working and volunteering across the Middle East, including… Read More >

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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 students 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 for their exemplary academic performance as well as the leadership qualities they possess,” says Laudan Ghayebi, M.P.H., Public Health program manager. “We know that the impact they will have in the field of public health will be significant, and we are honored to recognize them for their achievements.” UNE’s 2015 Delta Omega Honorary Society… Read More >

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John Gale - UNE Adjunct Faculty member - 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year!

John Gale, NRHA 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to John Gale, one of UNE’s adjunct faculty members in the Graduate Programs in Public Health! John was selected to be presented with the 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference on April 16 in Philadelphia. About the NRHA The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members, according to their website. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. Passion in the field of rural health John was recognized by the NRHA as being a leading researcher on rural health clinics and having done extensive work on issues related to critical access hospitals. While John has focused on the operation and function of rural delivery and safety net systems of care, other key areas of his work include the integration of primary… Read More >

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Student Spotlight: Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP – Public Health Program

Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP

After going through UNE’s flexible online MPH program, Alexjandro Daviano received his MPH from the University of New England this past December. Here is a little of what Alexjandro had to say about his UNE Online Public Health Programs experience: “My MPH degree at UNE really changed my mind on the career path I’ve chosen, and truly opened my eyes to being able to really use public health to affect change in multiple people.” “I truly see you all (UNE Student Support staff members), and UNE as an academic institution, at the forefront of change in public health. And I am so glad I was able to be a part of it. I really hope we can keep in touch and continue to be resources for each other’s growth in public health!” Continuing education For the next phase of his education, Alexjandro is very excited to report that he has officially been admitted to the Texas A&M University Health Science… Read More >

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CEPH Accreditation in UNE Online Public Health Programs

CEPH Accreditation at UNE

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized as the accrediting body for public health schools in higher education and programs by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is a rigorous peer-review process designed to ensure that a program’s curriculum meets the standards set for high quality education and training. Federal agencies often require this accreditation from their employees. CEPH-accreditation means graduates are prepared, through their coursework, to meet the demands of the current public health workforce. Is having CEPH accreditation imperative to your future in public health? Some public health jobs are only open to graduates of CEPH-accredited public health schools or programs. The US Public Health Service, many US military public health jobs and some state and local government agencies require that MPH-level jobs be filled with graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs. If you have an idea of the area or agency where you would like to work after graduation, you should speak… Read More >

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