GCH’s Tamara Abdelsamad Gave the Student Address at Commencement
Watch her speech here.
GCH's Taylor Wallace Answers Viewers' Questions About Sugar at the End of ‘Sugar-free Week’ for the Newscasters
See the video here.
Three CHHS Faculty Win Teaching Excellence Awards
Ms. Susan Howard is among three CHHS faculty recognized in Mason’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards presented April 17. Read more.
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is April 3–9. Celebrate with the Department of Global and Community Health by joining in one of our activities.
Visit the National Public Health Week website.
Gut Bacteria may be Linked to Obesity in Peri- and Post-menopausal Women
Extra pounds on peri- and post-menopausal women may be connected to gut
bacteria living in the intestinal tract, according to a recently released study co-authored by Dr. Cara Frankenfeld. Read more.
GCH Researcher Examines Unintended Pregnancy Risk Among Sexual Minority Women (SMW)
Lisa Lindley and colleagues examined factors leading to unintended pregnancy
among sexual minority women. Their research suggests the need for cultural
competency training for healthcare provides to better address SMW needs.
Two Mason Studies Analyze Interest in Vaccines Against Emerging Infectious Diseases
Two studies conducted by George Mason University researchers are among the first to examine public interest in theoretical vaccines for two of the most feared and widely known viruses at the height of recent outbreaks. Read more.
Gerontology Scholarship Now Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Gerontology Scholarship Award. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student interested in working with older adults and their families. Apply today.
Dr. Augusto Ruiz Presents "Moral Injury In Veterans"
Join us on November 10 as Dr. Augusto Ruiz presents "Moral Injury in Veterans." Learn more about the event.
Examining the Variation in Substate Vaccination Data Available at School Entry in the U.S.
In a new study, Erica Street, MPH ’16, Tony Yang of the Department of Health Administration and Policy, and Kathryn Jacobsen of the Department of Global and Community Health, compile and examine substate-level data on vaccination rates in U.S. school-age children. Read more about the study.
Erica Street, MPH '16, Co-authors Report On Vaccinations In Kindergarteners
Erica Street, MPH '16, co-authored a report on vaccination coverage in kindergarteners in the United States for the 2015-2016 school year. Read more about the report.
Three GCH Alumni Co-author New Study Examining Injuries in South American Adolescents
Naja Beck, Issra Arif, and Michelle Paumier, all 2016 MS in global health alumni, have published a paper examining adolescent injuries in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay. Read more about the paper.
GCH's Kathryn Jacobsen Collaborator On New Lancet Global Burden of Disease Study
Global and Community Health professor Kathryn Jacobsen is one of several collaborators on The Lancet's 2015 Global Burden of Disease study. The project is the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date. Learn more.
Nursing, GCH Professors Explore Breast Cancer Screening Among Korean Americans
In a new study, Kyeung Oh of the School of Nursing, Kathryn Jacobsen of the Department of Global and Community Health, and Karen Taylor, MPH ‘13, conduct a systematic review of breast cancer screening among Korean Americans. Read more about the study.
Free Screening of Someone You Love Movie
Join Julia Painter, assistant professor of global and community health, and guest speakers for a free screening and panel discussion of the movie, Someone You Love. Learn more.
Intestinal Infection Caused By Giardia Can Be Linked To Later Development of Arthritis
In a new study, Julia Painter, assistant professor of global and community health, uses data from a large insurance cohort to determine if there is an association between Giardia and arthritis or joint pain. Read more about the study.
Diet and Gut Microbe Combinations May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
In a new review study, Cara Frankenfeld, associate professor of global and community health, examines the relationship between gut microbial phytoestrogen metabolites and cardiometabolic risk factors, including blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and serum lipid, triglycerides, glucose, and inflammatory markers. Read more about the study.
GCH Professor Kathryn Jacobsen Discusses Zika in Asia with CCTV America
Global and Community Health Professor Kathryn Jacobsen discusses concerns about the Zika virus in Asia with CCTV America. Watch the clip.
GCH's Julia Painter Discusses Hepatitis A Outbreak in Alexandria Gazette Packet
Global and Community Health Assistant Professor Julia Painter talks about the recent Hepatitis A outbreak at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. Read more about the outbreak.
MPH Program Launches Online Concentration
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Global and Community Health has added a new online-only concentration in public health practice. The MPH program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2017 semester. Learn more about the program.
Measuring Phenol and Paraben Chemical Exposure In Reproductive-Aged Women
In a new study, lead author Anna Pollack, assistant professor of global and community health, explores the exposure to phenols and parabens by measuring the urinary metabolic concentrations in reproductive-aged women and whether spot or multiple urine samples were accurate measures of phenol and paraben exposure. Read more about the study.
MPH Alumna Kelsey Mishkin Gardner Authors Op-Ed on Zika Virus and Pregnancy
Kelsey Mishkin Gardner, MPH '12, wrote an op-ed in USA Today about being pregnant and her concerns about the Zika virus. Read the op-ed.
MPH Alumna First-authors Study on Relationships Between Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Endometriosis
In a new study, Stephanie Campbell, MPH ’15, Masooma Raza of Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Anna Pollack, assistant professor of global and community health, explore if PFAS serve as endocrine disruptors and are associated with endometriosis. Read more about the study.
GCH Professor Kathryn Jacobsen Talks to CCTV About Yellow Fever Epidemic
Global and Community Health Professor Kathryn Jacobsen talks to CCTV America about the growing concerns regarding yellow fever epidemic. Read the story and watch the clip.
GCH Student Selected for OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
Ashley Plaster, a senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in public health and biology, has been selected for OSCAR’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program for fall 2016. Read more about her research.
Ivory Coast Women Dealing With Food Insecurity More Likely To Experience Intimate Partner Violence
In a new study, Sarah Fong, an MPH student graduating this summer, worked with Jhumka Gupta, assistant professor of global and community health and principal investigator of the study, to explore the relationship between food insecurity and intimate partner violence among urban Ivorian women. Read more about the study.
HAP, GCH Professors Co-author Commentary On Need For Coordinated Regulatory Efforts To Address Travel-related Immunization Requirements
In a new commentary, Tony Yang, associate professor of health administration and policy, and Julia Painter, assistant professor of global and community health, discuss the need to coordinate regulatory efforts as a way to strengthen travel-related immunization requirements. Read more about the commentary.
GCH Professor Talks to CNBC About Endometriosis
Jhumka Gupta, assistant professor of global and community health, talked to CNBC about the endometriosis crisis.
GCH Students Clean Up Occoquan River
Global and Community Health students volunteered during the annual Occoquan River Clean Up. Learn more about their efforts.
GCH Student Receives ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship
Erica Street, an MPH candidate graduating this May, has received an ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship for 2016-2017. Read more about the fellowship.
Two GCH Students Presented At OSCAR’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship
Two Global and Community Health (GCH) students, Samantha Brown and Courtney Harris, both community health majors, presented during OSCAR’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 4. Learn more about their presentations.
First Analysis Exploring Evolving Epidemiology of Cryptosporidiosis
In a new study, Julia Painter, assistant professor of global and community health, along with colleagues at the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, conducted the first analysis of the epidemiology of cryptosporidiosis cases in the United States. Read more about the study.
GCH Professor Kathryn Jacobsen Talks to CCTV About World Immunization Week
GCH Professor Kathryn Jacobsen talked to CCTV America earlier this week in recognition of World Immunization Week. Watch the clip and read her interview.
GCH Students Participate in Clinton Global Initiative University
Three Department of Global and Community Health students were part of a group of 14 Mason students who participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at UC Berkeley, April 1-3. Learn more about CGIU.
CHHS Honors Students At Annual Awards Ceremony
The College of Health and Human Services recognized 53 undergraduate and graduate students at the annual Student Awards Ceremony on April 20. Learn more about the awards.
GCH Student Moderated Panel At Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Meeting
Tara Caton, an MPH student concentrating in epidemiology, organized and moderated a panel at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s 7th annual meeting in San Francisco on April 8, 2016. Read more about the meeting.
GCH Professor Selected for Research Scholar Mentoring Program
Matthew Rossheim, assistant professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, was selected as a mentee in the American Academy of Health Behavior’s (AAHB) Research Scholar Mentoring Program for 2016. Learn more about the program.
GCH Student Presents At National Conference On Undergraduate Research
Harper Lovegrove, a global and community health major with a concentration in nutrition, presented her research at the 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Read more about her research.
GCH Professor Recognized With University Teaching Excellence Award
Ali Weinstein, associate professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, received a University Teaching Excellence Award from Mason’s Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence on April 11. Learn more about the award.
Ambassador of Costa Rica to Speak on April 14
Roman Macaya Hayes, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States, will speak on April 14 at 5:30 pm in the JC Bistro. Invited on behalf of the students in GCH 628, Refugee Health, and the Department of Global and Community Health, Ambassador Hayes will address the most pressing issues pertaining to the Cuban refugee crisis, migration, and infection diseases as they pertain to Costa Rica and the region. A reception will follow his presentation.
Examining Urbanization, Political Conflict, and Intimate Partner Violence in the Ivory Coast
A new study, co-authored by Jhumka Gupta, assistant professor of global and community health and principal investigator of this work, explores how physical and social characteristics of urban, conflict-affected environments contribute to intimate partner violence against women in Abidjan, the most populous city in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Read more about the study.
GCH Students, Alumna Advocate During END7 Event
Three students and one alumna from the Department of Global and Community Health attended the second annual END7 Student Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on March 1.
Consuming Alcohol Mixed With Energy Drink May Be An Indicator of Heavier Drinking
A number of studies have shown associations between consumption of alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) and heavier drinking. These studies often imply that consumption of AmED likely causes heavier drinking. A new study, led by Matthew Rossheim, assistant professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, explores an alternative hypothesis. Read more about the study.
Study Examines Potential Relationship Between Dietary Fat and Improved Fertility
A new study, co-authored by Anna Pollack, Department of Global and Community Health assistant professor, explores whether there is an association between dietary fat intake and a woman’s reproductive hormone concentration. Read more about the study.
HAP, GCH Professors Co-author Commentary on Measles Immunizations in Europe
Tony Yang, associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy, and Kathryn Jacobsen, professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, co-authored a commentary on why measles vaccines should be mandatory for school entry. Read the commentary.
GCH Professor Discusses Zika Virus on CCTV
Global and Community Health Professor Kathryn Jacobsen discussed the Zika virus on CCTV America. Watch the clip.
GCH Alum Authors Three Studies on Malaria, One on Hygiene and Mental Health
Shamika Ranasinghe, a 2014 graduate with an MS in global health, has published four first-authored journal articles this year, all based on research she performed while a Mason student.
Read more about her research.
GCH Student Publishes Article on Sports Injuries in Argentina
Hamdi Abdi, an student in the MPH program, has co-authored a study with Hafsa A. Abdirahman, MPH ’11, and Kathryn H. Jacobsen, professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, on sports injuries in Argentina. Read more about her study.
Mason DC Public Health Case Challenge Team Presented at NAM
George Mason’s DC Regional Public Health Case Challenge Team presented at the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) annual meeting in DC. Read more about their presentation.
Three New Concentrations Added to MPH Program
The Department of Global and Community Health has added three new concentrations to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program: community health promotion, global health, and public health communication. MPH students will have the option to enroll in these new concentrations starting in the fall 2016 semester. Learn more about these concentrations.
Two Mason Employees Receive Scholarships from TIAA-CREF Endowment
Allan Weiss, department manager for the Department of Global and Community Health, received a $250 textbook scholarship funded by TIAA-CREF’s Raise the Rate Contest. Read more about the scholarship.
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Provost Seed Grants Support Multidisciplinary Health Research Projects
The first annual Provost Multidisciplinary Seed Grant Awards provide funding for 14 research efforts proposed by multidisciplinary teams across academic units. Learn more about these projects.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen Discusses China’s Contributions to Fight Against Ebola
Kathryn Jacobsen, associate professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, discusses China’s economic relations with Africa and the country’s contributions to the fight against Ebola in a segment on CCTV. Learn more about the segment.
GCH Students Help Cleanup Occoquan River
On Saturday, April 11, a group of Global and Community Health (GCH) students participated in the annual Occoquan River cleanup. Read more.
GCH Faculty Receive Teaching Awards During 2015 CHHS Convocation
Four GCH faculty were recognized with teaching awards during the 2015 CHHS convocation ceremony.
GCH Student Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
May 8, 2015 - Ji A Park, a BS in public health candidate at George Mason, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society on April 22, 2015. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the US and strives to advance studies in natural science, social science, and the humanities.
Dr. Frank Whittington Receives GRITS Hall of Fame Award from Southern Gerontological Society
May 5, 2015 - Dr. Frank Whittington, Professor of Gerontology and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health & Human Services at GMU, received an award from the Southern Gerontological Society. The GRITS Hall of Fame award (“Gerontologists Rooted In The South”) recognizes those who have contributed to the field through teaching, research, advocacy, administration, or applied practice. Read more.
Mason’s Public Health Programs Rank in Top 10, According to College Factual Rankings
May 1, 2015 - George Mason University’s bachelor’s programs for public health are ranked among the top 10 in the country, according to College Factual. Read more.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen Speaks on World Malaria Day
April 28, 2015 - Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen was interviewed by CCTV-America on World Malaria Day. Learn more about Dr. Jacobsen's research and view a video of her interview on CHHS Research News.
New GCH Study: Interested in Participating in Research About Nutrition and Gut Health?
George Mason University is recruiting research participants for a study of a new prebiotic nutritional supplement. Prebiotics are soluble fiber food ingredients that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Prebiotics have been shown to have a positive impact on health and wellness. We are trying to measure the effect of a particular prebiotic nutritional supplement on beneficial bacteria.
We are recruiting research participants for a randomized study of a daily dose of the prebiotic or placebo for eight weeks. Individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 45 years, have a maximum weight of 350 pounds, have a body mass index of 25 or higher, and are in good health are eligible to participate. Participation will involve taking a daily prebiotic supplement, completing questionnaires, and collecting stool samples four times and returning them to the university. Participants will be paid a stipend of $235 for completion of all study requirements.
If you are interested in participating in the study, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCH Adjunct Wins Teaching Excellence Award
April 9, 2015 - George Mason University recently recognized Lila Fleming, Department of Community and Global Health, as one of the 2015 Mason Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award Winners. This prestigious award from nominations across the University recognizes the contribution that adjunct faculty contribute to Mason's teaching mission. Read more.
Determination, Relatability, Experience Help Mason Team Create Award-Winning Website for Family Caregivers
March 31, 2015 - Students from CHHS and CHSS recently won the People's Choice Award at the Caregiver Hack Design Challenge. The team designed "The Family Room," a site where family members can keep up with primary caregivers and older adults during the caregiving process. The award winning team included students from the School of Nursing, Department of Global and Community Healthy, Department of Health Administration and Policy, and Department of Psychology (CHSS). Read more.
GCH Student Promotes Handwashing Hygiene
January 8, 2015 - GCH Bachelors of Community Health student Nicole Kraatz recently did a workshop at an Arlington library where she taught young children about the importance of careful handwashing hygiene to protect against disease.
Need Holiday Gift or Activity Ideas for the Aspiring Scientist in your Family?
December 1, 2014 - GCH faculty Cara Frankenfeld co-authors paper with College of Science scientists evaluating factors that initially attract young people to STEM fields. Read more.
Ebola Flash Seminar Organized by Global Health Students to Teach GMU Community About the Disease
November 10, 2014 - On November 6th, 2014, the Global Health Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) co-hosted with the GMU Student Government Association, a Flash Ebola Seminar in the Johnson Center. This seminar featured Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen, epidemiologist and researcher, who answered students’ questions on the Ebola virus. Dr. Jacobsen discussed where the virus originated from, the symptoms the virus may cause, how it is transmitted, and much more. This was a great public health educational event that caught the attention of many students. For more information on future GSAC public health events please email email@example.com
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society Food Drive
November 10, 2014 - Delta Omega is accepting donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed to the ECHO donation center in Springfield. Donations will be accepted through December 5 and will help meet demands for food among homeless and low-income locals this winter. Learn more.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen comments on Ebola
November 6, 2014 - Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen has provided further commentary on the Ebola epidemic to the media. Read her comments at Bloomberg and Vice News.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen speaks on Ebola
October 24, 2014 - Dr. Jacobsen appeared on MSNBC Saturday afternoon, October 25, 2015 to speak about Ebola. Dr. Jacobsen also recently commented on Ebola to the following media outlets: CCTV America, NBC News, and the Rachel Maddow show (10/23).
Resources Needed to Tackle this Ebola Epidemic
Updated October 23, 2014 - Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen was interviewed by CCTV regarding the current Ebola epidemic. Additional coverage is available through CCTV America and CCTV English.
Gerontology Scholarships Now Accepting Applications
October 21, 2014 - Applications are now being accepted for the Herman B. Brotman Endowed Scholarship and the Mitchell J. Czoch Endowed Scholarship. Both funds benefit undergraduate or graduate students interested in working with older adults, caregivers, and family members. Learn more.
MPH Program Featured by CEPH
October 16, 2014 - George Mason University's Master of Public Health program was recently a featured program on the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) website. Read the feature.
2014 Skolnik Family Global and Community Health Travel Award Presentation
September 23, 2014 - On September 19, Skolnik Family Global and Community Health Travel Award recipient Shannon Turner shared her experiences in Swaziland. Ms. Turner assisted in the efforts to relieve the burden of Tuberculosis. Additional coverage by Mason News.
Dr. Laura Poms' New Book, Understanding Epidemiology
September 23, 2014 - GCH Faculty member Dr. Laura Poms collaborated with Dr. Rebecca Dawson to publish a new undergraduate epidemiology textbook, "Understanding Epidemiology: Concepts, Skills, & Applications".
GCH Practicum Poster Presentations
September 23, 2014 - The practicum is a required "real-world" experience for students in the MPH program. Students are placed in a public health-relevant setting and engage in hands-on experience in an area of public health. The students create a poster and report to summarize their experiences. A practicum poster presentation was held August 4th. This summer there was a huge diversity of site types and locations, including Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, India, and Peru.
Innovative Approaches to Encourage HIV Testing Among Young Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) Using Social Networking
August 26, 2014 - Funded by the National Institute on Nursing Research, in partnership with Brown University, Co-Investigator Dr. Joshua Rosenberger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health, will examine new approaches to encourage and facilitate HIV testing among young adult (18-24 year-old) men who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), particularly among black and Hispanic MSM who experience the highest rates of HIV infection in the United States but are least likely to get tested. Read more.
Using Self-Reports to Determine the Differences between Physical and Mental Fatigue
August 26, 2014 - In collaboration with Inova Health Systems and Inova Fairfax Hospital, Drs. Ali Weinstein, Associate Professor of Global & Community Health and Interim Director of Center for Study of Chronic Illness & Disability, Heibatollah Baghi, Associate Professor of Global & Community Health, and N. Lynn Gerber, Professor of Health Administration & Policy, received a Presidential Poster of Distinction for their abstract that was submitted to the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) annual meeting titled, “Two Types of Fatigue in Subjects with Chronic Liver Disease Can Be Distinguished Through Correlations with Physical Activity and Mental Symptoms.” Read more.
MS in Global Health Student Documents Experience as Unite for Sight Global Fellow
August 20, 2014 – MS in Global Health Student Vanessa Denny received an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) scholarship in Spring 2014. The scholarship was used to fund a trip to Honduras as a Unite for Sight Global Fellow. Read more about Vanessa’s medical mission trip.
Trailblazers: Clearing a Path to Better Health in Swaziland
July 31, 2014 - He started in firefighting, but today, R. Kevin Mallinson’s mission is fighting something that can be as destructive and deadly as flames—HIV. Read more.
Pre-Physician Assistant Students in the Community
July 21, 2014 - Students from the Pre-Physician Assistant Club, Leila Corker, and Mahtab Mollajafar, conducted a blood pressure screening event at the Church of the Nativity in Burke on Sunday, July 20th. This activity was part of an outreach effort done as part of a Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Public Health Training Center grant for which faculty members, Dr. Nancy Freeborne, and Dr. Lisa Pawloski, are co-principal investigators.
Not Just a Gut Feeling: Study Connects Digestion and Overall Health
July 21, 2014 - Dr. Cara Frankenfeld's research suggests that the reactions between certain compounds and bacteria produced in the human intestinal tract could be linked to the prevention of a number of health problems. Read more.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen quoted in Washington Post Article on Ebola
July 18, 2014 - Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen is quoted in this article on Ebola in the Washington Post. Read the article.
MPH Alumna and GCH Faculty Present at National Epidemiology Conference
June 30, 2014 - CHHS was well represented at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Meeting in Seattle by recent graduate Taara Bhat (MPH 2014), and Global and Community Health faculty members Anna Pollack and Cara Frankenfeld.
CHHS Retirement Reception honors Dr. Carlos Sluzki
June 27, 2014 - The College of Health and Human Service gathered to honor retirees Drs. Elizabeth Chong, Jack Hadley and Carlos Sluzki. In Dr. Sluzki's tenure with CHHS, and particularly the Department of Global and Community Health, he served many roles including those as Interim Dean and Interim Chair. His breadth of expertise is wide-ranging and he is globally recognized for his contributions to public health, health services, psychiatry, and science in general. Thank you, Dr. Sluzki, for your unmatched service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services and Department of Global and Community Health.
MPH Practicum Poster Presentation
June 9, 2014 - The Practicum Poster Presentations took place on May 9th at 1:00 pm. The practicum is a required experience for students in the MPH program.
Students are placed in a public health-relevant setting and engage in hands-on experience in an area of public health. The students create a poster and report to summarize their experiences by demonstrating how they applied knowledge obtained from their coursework into a real-world setting.
Delta Omega, Gamma Tau Chapter Holds First Initiation Ceremony
June 6, 2014 - On April 18, 2014, the Delta Omega, Gamma Tau Chapter held its first induction. The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field of Public health, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. The Gamma Tau chapter was established at George Mason University earlier this year.
Career Fair a Success for GCH Students, Recruiters
June 4, 2014 - GMU (Department of Global and Community Health and Career Services) and the Virginia Public Health Association co-sponsored a Career Fair for graduate and undergraduate students on May 1st. Students met with potential employers and participated in expert-facilitated roundtables including one by Treniese Polk who shared her experience in the Peace Corps.
Almost 300 students participated in the fair and 35 employers including U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pan American World Health Organization, American Heart Association, Lockheed Martin, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases showcased potential jobs.
Global and Community Health student Lena Amad said the following of the event:
"I just wanted to let you know I was offered a full time position with UBC today! I would have never seen this opportunity if you hadn't organized the health job fair. I really appreciate everything you do!"
Graduate Research Positions Available for 2014/2015
May 21, 2014 - The Department of Global and Community Health seeks graduate students for Graduate Research Assistant positions for the 2014-2015 academic year. Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) participate in research activities for one or more faculty members during the fall and spring semesters. Learn more about this opportunity.
Global and Community Health Student Research
May 1, 2014 - Global and Community Health students have presented their research and received accolades in the following local and national events:
- Chessy Dintruff presented her OSCAR poster with faculty mentor Cathy Tompkins (Social Work) at Mason's Nursing Doctoral Research Symposium and at the Virginia Public Health Association. Chessy's research is also featured in Mason Spirit.
- Leah Bruch and Alex Castillo went to Kentucky where they presented their OSCAR-sponsored research at the national Undergraduate Research Symposium. Leah also presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston in November 2013.
- Hira Palla developed the poster "Breastfeeding Practices and Mode of Delivery" with OSCAR mentor Yiota Kitsantas (Health Administration and Policy). Hira presented this poster at the College of Science's Undergraduate Research Colloquium. She also won the GMU/Virginia Public Health Association's 5th Annual Career Fair and Poster Session's Poster contest for her poster. Hira earned the OSCAR Student Excellence Award, which recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduate students who participate in research and creative activities.
Hands-on Help: Global and Community Health Students Clean Watershed
May 1, 2014 - A group of George Mason University undergraduate students recently rolled up their sleeves to help clean the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, learning that the availability of clean water is a local problem while they picked through shards of glass and old shoes. Read more.
First Health Careers Week Features Panels and Major Career Fair
April 29, 2014 - George Mason University’s first Health Careers Week ran April 28 through May 2. It was the result of a partnership among George Mason’s University Career Services (UCS) and College of Health and Human Services, and the Virginia Public Health Association. The event aims to educate students about careers in health and related fields, and connect them to jobs and internships. Read more.
Community Health Major Chessy Dintruff Studies Effects of Stroke on Caregivers
April 25, 2014 - Chessy Dintruff's research is featured in this article in Mason Spirit. Read the article.
New Course for Fall 2014: Public Health Toxicology
April 23, 2014 - GCH 565: Public Health Toxicology is a new course to be offered online in Fall 2014. The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. For more information, contact Dr. Cara Frankenfeld. View the flyer.
Global Health Students Beyond Borders Week 2014
April 17, 2014 - Global Health Students Beyond Borders (GHSBB) will host the following fundraisers during the week of April 21-25:
- Social Media Monday, 4/21: Hashtag your posts with . The person with the most likes wins a free burrito on Chipotle Tuesday
- Chipotle Tuesday, 4/22: Sales at the Fair Lakes Chipotle from 5-9 will benefit GHSBB
- Green Turtle Wednesday, 4/23: Dinner or Lunch sales at Greene Turtle in Fairfax will benefit GHSBB
- Tasty Thursday, 4/24: Lunch at the Rat in SUB I from 1-3 pm will benefit GHSBB
- Mason Day Friday, 4/25: Show your Patriot Pride at various Mason Day events with GHSBB
Patriots for Public Health
April 4, 2014 - Patriots for Public Health held events in preparation for National Public Health Week including a Cupcake Social, kiosk, and sticker campaign. You can view some of the sticker submissions through the hashtag .
Mason Faculty teaches "Epi 101" to Fairfax County Health Department
April 3, 2014 - The Department of Global and Community Health in collaboration with Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) held three successful epidemiology training sessions as part of their workforce training initiative. The training module was developed by Professor Laura Poms along with undergraduate Anh Huynh. Under the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center grant Dr. Poms adapted a hands-on outbreak investigation exercise for 30-35 FCHD employees.
Above, Professor Poms and affiliate professor Shawn Kiernan train the employees at the FCHD's Kelly Square office. GCH hopes to provide future sessions on a variety of public health topics.
Skolnik Fellowship Winner Has ‘Life-Changing Experience’ in Bangladesh
Updated March 24, 2014 - George Mason University undergraduate Caitlin Eberly got the opportunity to work at an international health research center in Bangladesh — an opportunity that’s usually reserved for graduate students. Read more. Read Ms. Eberly's presentation on her Bangladesh trip.
"Orange is the New Black" Star Laverne Cox Speaks at Mason
Updated March 7, 2014 - Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox presented, "Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood." This event was co-sponsored by GCH and GMU Film and Media Studies. Pictures from the event are below.
What's Love Got to Do With It? Plenty, Finds New Mason Study
February 5, 2014 - A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at George Mason University's Department of Global and Community Health and Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion draws some conclusions to an age-old question: What does love have to do with sex? And, in particular, among gay and bisexual men in the United States? Read more at Mason News.
Mason Faculty Join Project to Support Family Caregivers in Virginia
January 29, 2014 - Dr. Cathy Tompkins and Dr. Frank Whittington have been named to the advisory council of the Institute for Innovations in Caregiving (IIC), a statewide effort to help ease the burdens of those who care for ailing seniors, especially those with Alzheimer's. Read more.
Get Your Flu Shot
January 17, 2014 - Get Your Flu Shot is a video produced by Melissa Crotty Robinson, MPH featuring GMU students encouraging the community to get a flu shot. Watch the video.
Research-Intensive Class Taught by GCH, HAP Faculty Leads to Impressive Outcomes
January 9, 2014 - This article in Mason News features the work of Dr. Ali Weinstein and Dr. Lynn Gerber in developing an undergraduate research-intensive course. .
January 6, 2014 - CHHS faculty presented at the 2013 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. Read more.