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School & Program Updates

North Texas Celebrates National Public Health Week

The University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health will offer a full week of events designed to engage students, alumni, faculty and staff in dialogue about the impact and future of public health, both locally and on a global scale.

Planned events will include panel discussions and presentations on diversity and inclusion, self-care/mental wellness, career advice and other topics.

The week will kick off on April 3 with a seminar presented by two Israeli physicians who have served on the front lines of war, caring for northern border Israeli civilians and war casualties from neighboring countries, most recently Syrian refugees.

Dr. Yoav Hoffman and Dr. Tal Marshak of Galilee Medical Center will discuss their work and share personal experiences. With responsibility for mass casualty events preparedness, Dr. Hoffman leads the hospital during emergency situations such as war, fires and chemical disasters.

Since 1956, Galilee Medical Center has served as the largest government hospital in its region and currently treats a local population of 600,000. After the medical center was bombed during the 2006 Lebanon War, an entire underground hospital was created, to provide uninterrupted service during times of crisis.

An outdoor “Fun Day” on campus, with games and physical activities, is planned for mid-week, and the school’s end-of-year celebration will recognize special achievements and public health graduate candidates.

The week will close with the university’s Research Appreciation Day, featuring student poster presentations and the keynote speech delivered by 2011 Nobel Prize honoree Dr. Bruce A. Beutler. An internationally recognized leader in immunology, Dr. Beutler is Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.