March 3, 2015

Academic:

Spring 2 Course: HPM 536 – Leading Change

Tues/Thurs, 3:30-5:20pm, 2.5 credits, Instructor: James Conway

Leading change is an organizational growth and enrichment requirement at all levels and types of organizations. The course will cover change theory, tools, models and approaches and focuses heavily on their application to contemporary issues and opportunities confronted in health. While historically the focus of change efforts have been on leading change from the top, the orientation of this course will be on leading change from the middle and front lines of organizations. Change and learning will be considered at all levels: environment, organizational system level, micro-organization, and in the experience of care and wellness.

Any questions contact enolan@hsph.harvard.edu.

Spring 2 Course: HPM 242 – Data Analysis for Professionals

Tues/Thurs, 8:30-10:20am, 2.5 credits, Instructor: Amy Cohen

In this course, students will gain data literacy through guided experiential learning. These learning goals will be supported with practical, hands-on data analysis experiences. We will use JMP statistical software features a point-and-click interface and dynamic and interactive graphics for data exploration and communication, and integrates well with Excel. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own laptops for hands-on activities, but laptops will also be available to borrow during class. No previous experience is required. Course Restricted: HPM, MPH-CMP, and MPH-LPH only Course Prerequisite(s): BIO200 or BIO201.

Any questions contact enolan@hsph.harvard.edu.

Healthy Places Seminar with Mariana Arcaya

Wednesday, March 3rd, 12:30-1:20 pm in Building 1, room 1208

The Healthy Communities Student Consortium invites you to join us as we kick off our Healthy Places Seminar Series lunchtime discussions with Mariana Arcaya, who will present her work on the intersection of urban planning and public health. Mariana holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a ScD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Harvard, she managed the Public Health Division of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Mariana is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.  A light lunch will be served.

Any questions contact hsphhealthycommunities@gmail.com

Healthy Places Seminar with Mariana Arcaya

Wednesday, March 4th, 12:30-1:20 pm in Building 1, room 1208

The Healthy Communities Student Consortium invites you to join us as we kick off our Healthy Places Seminar Series lunchtime discussions with Mariana Arcaya, who will present her work on the intersection of urban planning and public health. Mariana holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a ScD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Harvard, she managed the Public Health Division of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Mariana is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. A light lunch will be served.

Any questions contact hsphhealthycommunities@gmail.com

Events and Activities:

Global Chat: Dr. Richard Levins on Complexities and Error in Public Health

Wednesday, March 4 from 12:30 – 1:20 in Kresge G-2. Lunch provided!

Dr. Richard Levins, the John Rock Professor of Population Sciences in GHP, is an ex-tropical farmer turned ecologist, biomathematician, and philosopher of science. His talk will center on how failures to account for complexity — narrow timelines and disciplinary scopes — in large-scale interventions can lead to devastating results. Pesticides create new pests, antibiotics stimulate the evolution of new pathogens, hospitals become the epicenter of infection and economic growth exacerbates inequality and dependence. Instead, Dr. Levins argues for an approach that makes the eco-social system the object of study, highlighting the importance and inseparability of social, biological and physical phenomena in determining health and disease.

Questions? Email studentgov@hsph.harvard.edu

Why Greening Museums Will Eventually Mean A Greener Planet (EcoOpportunity Seminar)

Tuesday, March 10, 12:30pm in Kresge 502

Why Greening Museums Will Eventually Mean A Greener Planet Sarah Sutton Author; LEED-AP for Existing Buildings As educational institutions based within communities, museums, zoos, and aquariums are ideal environments for modeling green practice and for sharing green messages. So why is change so hard for museums and for their audiences? What is being accomplished to green museums and change behaviors in their audiences? Why will it work?

Any questions contact dhavelic@hsph.harvard.edu.

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HSPH Toastmasters

Wednesday, March 4, 12:30 -1:20pm in FXB G-11.

Want to improve your Public Speaking and Leadership Skills? Visit an HSPH Toastmasters meeting and discover what Toastmasters is all about! Toastmasters is a learn-by-doing organization in which members hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure, safe, and fun atmosphere.

Any questions contact hsph.toastmasters@gmail.com.

RSVP NOW: Lunch with Karen Lynas, sponsored by Women in Leadership

Wednesday, March 4th from 12:30-1:30 PM, Kresge 439.

Karen Lynas joined the NHS through the Graduate Management Training Scheme in 1990 and is the Deputy Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy. Following work in a number of provider organisations, Karen moved into leadership development and has worked in a national role for the past 15 years. She has led a number of award winning programmes and created a suite of executive education offers that have been accessed by thousands of NHS leaders. RSVP by Tuesday 3/3 at 1:30 PM to hsph.wil@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

Microbiome & Public Health Symposium

Friday March 27 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Armenise Amphitheater (Harvard Medical School)

Hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan Student Microbiome Club This event will feature five presentations from academic leaders in the field exploring the relationship between the Microbiome and a range of public-health outcomes including: neonatal health, cardiovascular health, cancer and the differences between the gut microbiome in Western and non-industrialized study groups.

Please RSVP here. For more information, you can follow the link to the event: https://mbsymposium.wordpress.com/ or email us at: hsphbiome@gmail.com

Apply:

Applications for Optional Practical Training

If you plan to work in the U.S. after graduation, it is time to apply for OPT. You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT. Please be sure to apply for OPT as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the more options you have. Please watch the F-1 OPT instruction video on the HIO web site. Once you watch the video you are expected to complete the required forms, put together the application, and drop off the application to the HIO in Cambridge, or to Elizabeth Capuano during her office hours in Building 1, Room 502 on 3/5/2015. The HIO will provide the OPT recommendation in the form of a new I-20 in 5 days. Once the new I-20 is issued you will get an e-mail from me to pick up your OPT packet from the HIO.

Any questions contact elizabeth_capuano@harvard.edu.

2014-15 Loan Relief Award

The application deadline for this award is Monday, March 23, 2015.

As announced by Dean Julio Frenk on December 15, 2014, the Loan Relief Award on-line application is now available. Information about the award, eligibility requirements and the application are available: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/loan-relief-award/.