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School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Rutgers Celebrates Public Health Thank You Day

Throughout the year and especially as we enter this season, the faculty, staff, and students at the Rutgers School of Public Health reflect with gratitude on the contributions of all public health professionals, and their partners, to keep our communities healthy. We are indebted to those whose oft-unrecognized work touches so many lives.

As we think on the advances we have seen in our discipline over the past year, we remain focused on addressing the needs of our communities by working directly with them. At the Rutgers School of Public Health, we keep in mind with all of our work the three core tenants of our mission: research, education, and service. This year, we welcomed our new dean, Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, who brought with him nearly three decades of activism, research, and multidisciplinary pedagogical experience that has re-envisioned how we train and support the many public health professionals in New Jersey. We also recognize that as the only school of public health in the state, we shape the overall health of the communities for and which our students train to serve in our two locations (New Brunswick and Newark). In addition to our rigorous and innovative course of study, we offer multiple events, seminars, and opportunities to our faculty, staff, students, and partners that keep them abreast of the ever-evolving needs of our communities. We thank our seasoned and budding public health professionals for organizing these events.

World AIDS Day Commemoration: Prepping for PrEP

On December 7, 2017, the Rutgers School of Public Health and the Rutgers School of Nursing will host Prepping for PrEP, a World Aids Day commemoration that emphasizes awareness of and access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to curtail HIV’s spread. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, activist, researcher, and the current Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will address PrEP in the context of the various populations that make up a complex metropolitan area, like New York City. The conference will also feature a moderated panel discussion composed of health experts, researchers, PrEP users, and community organizers, who will highlight the benefits and challenges associated with PrEP adoption for HIV prevention.  The half-day conference will conclude with remarks on future PrEP use, by Steve Saunders, MS, the Director of HIV Prevention and Education, New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health Services Branch, Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services the

Spinning with the Dean

Our monthly “Spinning with the Dean” activity series is designed to engage our students with Dean Perry N. Halkitis, faculty, and staff in a heart-pumping, 30-minute workout session that builds both body and mind. This session helps busy students connect with individuals who they would typically not encounter, all while providing a fun opportunity to stay active. Proceeds from our November spinning class will be used by our Student Government Association to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are in our hearts and our minds. For more info:

21st Century Seminar Series

The 21st Century Seminar Series is an interactive lecture series that exposes students, faculty, and staff to concepts that both supplement and modernize classroom and textbook knowledge. Speakers from across the nation and around the globe provide perspective and insight on public health in action.

Urban Public Health in Newark

The Rutgers School of Public Health is developing an innovative Urban Public Health program, which will work with and for the people of Newark, New Jersey. Students will activity research, educate, and provide service to Newark communities. This program will also provide a gateway for those working in departments of health to advance their public health education as well as other students fulfilling our educational mission. As part of our commitment to Newark, we are launching our first Public Health Summer Camp for high school students this summer as means of engaging adolescents in meaningful ways and with discovery based learning around public heath. Dr. Halkitis, who is a highly respected educator with years of experience teaching students from Kindergarten to the post-doctoral level, is working with his colleagues to develop this innovative developmentally tailored curriculum.

Innovative Certificates

The Rutgers School of Public Health is also now offering post baccalaureate certificate programs that can either be combined with or done independently of a graduate degree. Students may choose to complete a certificate in global public health, clinical epidemiology, public policy and oral health, health policy, environmental and occupational health, and public health preparedness, as well as maternal and child health, urban planning, and LGBTQ health. Our certificate offerings will continue to evolve to address the changing needs of the populations for and which we serve.