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UVM’s Accelerated Master of Public Health (AMPH) Info Session

Virtual Middlebury
6:00 – 7:00p 
Closed to the Public
Register here:  

Students interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health are invited to attend this info session with reps of University of Vermont (UVM) and Middlebury College Global Health program. UVM has partnered with Midd to create a program that allows students to start their master’s degree the summer after junior year and complete the MPH one year after graduating, at discounted tuition.

Questions? Contact Pam Berenbaum, Coord. of Global Health Programs /Professor of Practice of Global Health, at pberenbaum@middlebury.edu.

Sponsored by Global Health Minor Program

Uganda Village Project is Still Accepting Applications for Summer Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda – Summer 2022

Uganda Village Project (UVP) is an international public health organization that works to promote public health and sustainable development in Uganda’s Iganga District. Interns live and work in a rural village with diverse teams to gain experience in public health, community education, and international development. Interns’ focus areas may include water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, malaria, and reproductive health. 

Learn more about our internship program here: http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/internships/

Internship Program Dates

15 June 2022 – 14 August 2022 (Team Leaders start 12 June)

Application Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled. In order to apply, please access the application here.

Questions? Email us: internships@ugandavillageproject.org / Twitter: @uvp / Instagram @ugandavillageproject

Summer 2021 Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda

The Uganda Village Project is Now Accepting Applications for Summer Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda – Summer 2021

The Uganda Village Project (UVP) is an international public health organization that works to promote public health and sustainable development in Uganda’s Iganga District. Interns live and work in a rural village with diverse teams to gain experience in public health, community education, and international development. Interns’ focus areas may include water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, malaria, and reproductive health. 

Learn more about our internship program here: http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/internships/

Internship Program Dates
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – Sunday, August 15, 2021 (Team leaders start 6/13)

Diversity and Inclusion Program Discount
UVP offers a special discount to applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations. More details are available here.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until filled, but the all early applications must be submitted by February 1, 2021 by 11:59PM PST to be eligible for a fee discount. In order to apply, please access the application here.

Questions? Email us: internships@ugandavillageproject.org / Twitter: @uvp / Instagram @ugandavillageproject

Global Health Corps Applications OPEN

The intersecting challenges of 2020 have underscored the importance of empathetic, collaborative leadership in protecting global health. 

What will it take to navigate through COVID-19, protect hard-won health gains in everything from HIV and contraception access to NCDs and malaria, and meet future crises with strength and solidarity? 

It will take leaders like YOU. Leaders who bring diverse skills and perspectives — plus a lot of grit and resilience — to relentlessly pursue health equity. 

Do you: 
…believe health is a human right for everyone, everywhere? ✔
…thrive in community with others committed to social justice? ✔
…want to hone your leadership skills so you can help transform health systems? ✔

On December 2nd, Global Health Corps posted 40+ fellowship roles within high-impact organizations on the front lines of global health in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. For reference, check out last year’s fellowship roles, ranging from data analysis and communications to architecture and supply chain management. (Most GHC fellowship roles require no prior work experience or academic background in health.)

Note about COVID-19: While it’s too early to predict exactly how the pandemic will shape our programming in 2021, we are recruiting American fellows for placement alongside Malawian, Rwandan, Ugandan, and Zambian nationals within our partner organizations. We anticipate travel restrictions will ease by July 2021 to make this possible. 
Start prepping NOW to apply: Learn about the fellowship. Read about our program, the fellowship year, our eligibility requirements, and our leadership practices. Learn more about what it’s like to be a GHC fellow by reading our digital publication AMPLIFY. Learn about what you’ll need to apply. Consider this application advice, provided by GHC alumniGather your materials. Draft your four short personal essays. Consider which current/former supervisor you can reach out to for a recommendation letter. Update your resume/CV (making sure it’s no longer than two pages!) and ask a friend or mentor to review it. Renew your passport if needed OR find another document to prove your citizenship. Secure proof — such as a transcript or a letter from your university — that you will have a bachelor’s degree by July 2021. 
Want to learn more? Watch three GHC alumni share their
experiences for an #AskUsAnything session! 

Looking to Get Involved In The Conversation Surrounding Global Health?

The Fund for Global Health is currently looking for new fellows from Vermont. “Fellows from Vermont are constituents of Senator Leahy, who is currently the ranking member in the appropriation subcommittee in Congress. This is a committee who holds a lot of power regarding where funding gets allocated so constituents of Senator Leahy are a great addition to our team!

This position is open to any class year. We encourage applicants who major in global health, public health, public policy, and or government relations to apply due to the large emphasis placed on advocacy work in the realm of global health. As of right now our fellowships are a year commitment, though require approximately 6 to 8 hours a week in advocacy outreach. While this position is unpaid, it is a great resume builder and a fantastic opportunity to work hands-on with policy and global health in government.”

Feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries to Leah McCleary, Advocacy Fellow with the Fund for Global Health at mcclearyleah[at]gmail.com

Article: Graduating Into A Bad Job Market–10 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine May 16, 2020

What happens to recent graduates if job supply decreases? –Gabriela, Class of 2020, Masters of International Marketing

If you’re a recent graduate and eyeing the dismal unemployment figures (worst since the Great Depression!), stop doing that. There are more important numbers to track than general job market statistics (I list 10 such numbers here, such as specific news about markets you are interested in). Similarly, Gabriela asks about the fate of recent graduates in general, but I recommend that she focuses on her prospects specifically.

I don’t mean to encourage everyone-for-themselves thinking, but when you’re starting out in your career, the first hire you should be worried about is your own. This ensures that you take on something doable (i.e., land one job) and not something too overwhelming (i.e., saving the world). When you are gainfully employed, you have more bandwidth to contribute–referring leads to others, volunteering with your alma mater to help younger classes, mentoring others, etc.

Whether you are graduating into a bad job market or the best market in years, there is always hiring happening somewhere, and there is a lot you can do to help yourself to get hired. Here are 10 job search tips for recent grads:

1- Get your mindset ready for a job search

Spending too much time belaboring the bad market news doesn’t just take your eye off the other, more helpful data, but it also pries you to expect the worst. Every job search has down moments–your application doesn’t get a response, your networking invite is declined, your interview doesn’t lead to a callback. I don’t know a single candidate who has had a seamlessly positive job search–this is from 20+ years of recruiting, including hiring thousands of interns and recent graduates as Head of Campus Recruiting for a global media company. There will be ups and downs–pandemic or not–so be prepared for some discomfort but be confident that you’ll persevere to a happy outcome.

2- Treat your job search like your first job

If you graduated without an offer in hand, your job search is your first job. Spend the 40 hours a week you would have reported to the office to work on your job search–reading up on your areas of interest, researching specific companies, applying to job opportunities, networking with people, updating your marketing material, etc. There is a lot to do for your job search (here are seven suggestions for items to prepare), so don’t wait too long to get started. You might get complacent and lose the enthusiasm and urgency to land a job. You also might let too much time go by, realize your savings are dwindling (or your parents’ patience is running thin) and then feel like you have to land in a hurry.

3- Control what you can control

Knowing there will be ups and downs, you can’t control for a positive outcome every time, but you can control that you put yourself out there and that you showcased yourself in the best possible light. So instead of focusing on how many companies called you in, focus on how many applications you sent out. Instead of focusing on how many people referred you, focus on the number of people you contacted. You can’t fully control the result, but you can control your effort. Your efforts are the metric that you should track.

4- Go broad with your options

Always have multiple leads in play, especially in a down market where you can’t be sure who is hiring, how many jobs, and how quickly. Companies may have old postings up there where budget has actually disappeared. Or a company may have openings but hasn’t posted anything because they’re so short-staffed because of the pandemic. In a down market, recruiting can be chaotic, so you need to cast a wide net. Go after several industries, multiple companies, even multiple roles. Sure, you might have a dream job at a dream company in mind, and you should go for that. But be open to other possibilities as well.

5- Go deep with your research

While you’re going broad with your options, you still want to go deep with your research and know enough about companies and roles you’re applying for. The best applications are targeted to a specific opportunity–with relevant keywords and examples. The best interviews are when the candidate can position their background to what the company and the job opening require. You need deep research to tailor your job search activity effectively.

6- Be prepared to answer the obvious

Why should I hire you? What do you want? Why do you want to work here? The vetting process will not be easier for you because it’s an entry-level role. Employers still want to know that you are qualified, that you will be enthusiastic about the work, and that you will be enthusiastic about working with them specifically.

7- Lean into your network (yes, you have one!)

Your classmates, your professors, your office of career services, your parents’ connections–you have a significant network. Word-of-mouth referral is significant, even for experienced professionals who have an established track record from previous jobs. As a recent graduate, you don’t have much of a track record (though internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work do make a difference). Therefore, you want to maximize introductions, referrals, and references that you can get from people who already know, like, and trust you. Remember to reciprocate as you hear of leads and especially when you land!

8- Measure your progress and course-correct as needed

As you get your job search going, your results are in your efforts–the number of networking outreach attempts, the number of initial interview meetings. However, as your search extends, those initial efforts should yield additional results that track progress–the number of leads that come out of networking, the number of callbacks that come from the initial interviews. Your search should be leading to job offers ultimately, and if you’re finding that you’re sending out applications but not getting called in, or getting one meeting but no more, you need to course correct as needed.

9- Be willing to redo and reconsider

If your search is stuck, you need to change something. If you are getting leads to jobs that don’t interest you, you may need to be clearer about what you’re looking for. Or maybe your LinkedIn or résumé needs to change. If you are getting that first meeting but no callbacks, you need to brush up on your interview technique. Your progress is market feedback on what’s working. Until you have a job, stay open-minded and curious about what changes to your job search technique.

10- Celebrate every win

Keep a journal that documents al the work you’re putting in, and every call and meeting you schedule. Your effort should be celebrated. Small wins along the way, like that networking invite accepted, also count. This is part of measuring progress, but it’s also about building confidence and keeping a positive outlook, both of which are critical in your job search. In a down market, your employer contacts are probably anxious about their own jobs. If you’re a joy to interact with, that’s a competitive advantage.

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

By Megan Molteni April 15, 2020

Scientists are racing to figure out why some patients also develop neurological ailments like confusion, stroke, seizure, or loss of smell.

During the third week of March, as the pandemic coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was beginning to grip the city of Detroit, an ambulance sped through its streets to Henry Ford Hospital. Inside, a 58-year-old airline worker struggled to understand what was happening to her. Like hundreds of other Covid-19 patients flooding the city’s emergency rooms, the woman had a fever, cough, and aching muscles. But something else was happening too–something that had made her suddenly disoriented, unable to remember anything but her name.

Doctors at Henry Ford tested the woman for Covid-19, and she came back positive. They also ordered CT and MRI scans. The images showed a brain aflame, its folds swelling against the patient’s skull. On the computer screen, white lesions dotted the gray cross-sectioned landscape–each one filled with dead and dying neurons in regions that normally relay sensory signals, regulate alertness, and access memories. On the screen they appeared white. But in the electrical grid of the patient’s brain, those areas had gone dark.

Her doctors diagnosed a dangerous condition called acute necrotizing hemorrhagic encephalopathy, or ANE, which they detailed in the journal Radiology last month. It’s a rare complication known to occasionally accompany influenza and other viral infections, though usually in children. With the flu, scientists believe such brain damage is caused not so much by the virus itself but by squalls of inflammation-inducing molecules called cytokines, which are sometimes produced in excess by the body’s immune system during an infection. Scientists are still trying to figure out if the same is true for Covid-19, or if the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is actually invading the nervous system directly. It’s an open question, the answer to which could have wide-ranging implications for how doctors diagnose and treat Covid-19 patients.

By now you’re probably familiar with the typical hallmarks of Covid-19, the disease that has so far killed more than 125,000 people around the world: fever, cough, difficulty breathing. But stories of other, stranger symptoms–headaches, confusion, seizures, tingling and numbness, the loss of smell or taste–have been bubbling up from the frontlines for weeks. Published data on how frequently the disease manifests in these types of neurological symptoms is still sparse, and experts say they likely occur in a minority of the 2 million officially tallied Covid-19 infections worldwide. But for physicians, they are important because some of these new symptoms may require a different line of treatment, one designed for the brain rather than the body.

“The medicines we use to treat any infection have very different penetrations into the central nervous system,” says S. Andrew Josephson, a neurologist at UC San Francisco. Most drugs can’t pass through the blood-brain barrier, a living border wall around the brain. If the coronavirus is breaching the blood-brain barrier and infecting neurons, that could make it harder to find effective treatments.

Right now, many doctors are trying a two-pronged approach. The first is finding antiviral drugs that can knock back how fast SARS-CoV-2 replicates. They often combine that with steroids, to prevent the immune system from going overboard and producing inflammation that can be damaging on its own. If doctors knew people had coronavirus in their brains, that would alter the equation. Unlike the lungs, the brain can’t be put on a ventilator.