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An archive of quarterly newsletters and important announcements!

FA21 - Quarterly Newsletter

Dear current and potential BSPH students, 

We are thrilled to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year! We are looking forward to an exciting and healthy year here at the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) advising office in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science (HWSPH).

This year we plan to send out a long newsletter each quarter (this is it!) and periodic announcements. These will be posted on the BSPH website for your future reference. We recognize that this is long, but we encourage you to read the whole thing, as there are a LOT of great events coming up.

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Welcome Events

You’re invited to celebrate the start of the school year with the BSPH and the HWSPH! We hope you’ll join us at the events below:

  • BSPH Virtual Open House - Drop in and chat with the BPSH advising team!
    TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 21st (1-2 pm)

  • Welcome and Remarks from HWSPH Dean Cheryl Anderson
    WEDNESDAY, September 22nd (12-1 pm)

  • HWSPH Greeting and Swag Stop
    Wednesday, September 22nd (2-4 pm) AND Thursday, September 23rd (9-11 am)
    In person! Parking Lot 602
    (next to the Stein Clinical Research Building, on the Medical School Campus,
    across Gilman Drive from the Gilman Parking Structure)
    look for the blue and gold balloons and the HWSPH school banner!


BSPH Office/Advising Update

Continuing students will be pleased to know that the BSPH advising office has moved out of University Center 202 (our - very - old building). The signage is still on the door, so we wanted to save you the frustration of a locked door and make sure that you were aware that we are no longer there. 

Our new office will be located in Pepper Canyon Hall, on the 2nd floor, in what was previously the Sixth College Annex. We are still getting settled in and are not fully moved into the space yet. As such, we will continue to hold all appointments and drop-in advising sessions remotely until further notice. 

Please visit our website for our advising calendar and procedures. Note: no advising is done via e-mail, and no appointments will be made over e-mail. Please use the Virtual Advising Center for all requests, questions, and appointment scheduling. Note: The BSPH Office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving and during Winter Break.


In-Person vs Remote Classes

As a reminder, per campus guidelines, all BSPH courses will be held in person this quarter, with the exception of FMPH 191: Responsible and Ethical Research with Dr. Argentina Servin and FMPH 196A: Honors Practicum I with Dr. Nancy Binkin. There will not be a remote or hybrid option for any of our other courses unless the campus decides otherwise. Please check the location of your classes using UCSD Maps and the BSPH website, as many of our courses are held on the School of Medicine campus. 

Each instructor will be providing information in their syllabus regarding COVID-related absences and make-ups. Please review these policies thoroughly.

Fall Quarter BSPH Events

The following virtual events are being planned for BSPH students this Fall quarter. Please mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for more information, flyers, and Zoom links! All event information will also be posted on our websites and social media.

  • UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health MPH Information Sessions
    Various dates TBA this Fall
  • Yale School of Public Health MPH Information Session 
    Monday, October 11th (12 - 1 pm)
    Register at
  • Getting Involved in Public Health (Part 1): Study Abroad
    Wednesday, October 13th (11 am - 12 pm)
  • Getting Involved in Public Health (Part 2): Academic Internship Program, UCCS & UCDC
    Date TBA in early November
  • Public Health Graduate School Panel
    Wednesday, November 17th (time TBA)

Public Health Undergraduate Organization

The goal of the Public Health Undergraduate Organization is to bring students, staff and faculty with an interest in public health, healthy lifestyles, or community health together. The Public Health Undergraduate Organization helps members by providing information and opportunities for volunteerism, internships, and mentorship.

Visit for more information.


  • Public Health Undergraduate Organization First General Body Meeting
    Tuesday, October 5th (7 pm) - Details TBA


Health-Related Career Events and Organizations

Stay up-to-date with pre-health information and events provided by the Career Center by registering with the HealthBeat Advising Team as a pre-health or pre-med student, and join them for the following Fall quarter events: 


  • Orientation for First-Year Pre-Med/Pre-Health Students
    Register via Handshake (you only need to attend one session)
      • Tuesday, September 21st (2-3 pm)
      • Thursday, September 23rd (10-11 am)
      • Friday, September 24 (2-3 pm)


  • Pre-Health Transfer Transition Seminar
    Register via Handshake
      • Tuesday, September 28th (6-7:30 pm)


  • Meet and Greet with the Career Center, Health Beat, Student Employment, and Alumni
    Wednesday, September 22 (3:30-4:30 pm)
    Thursday, September 23rd (12-1 pm)


  • Health Beat: The A-Z of Post Baccalaureate and Special Masters Programs with Keck Graduate Institute
    Wednesday, October 6th (5-6:30 pm)


  • Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fair Series


  • Virtual UC Davis Pre-Health Conference
    Saturday, October 16th
    Register at 
    HealthBeat is partnering with UC Davis so students get 50% off - $5 attendee tickets (use promo code BEAT50)


Additional Health-related organizations:

  • Engineering World Health
    Inspire, educate, and empower the biomedical engineering community to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world
  • Intersectional Health Project
    IHPSD is an undergraduate-driven initiative that works with immigrant, refugee, and low income communities in San Diego to investigate, report, and co-produce knowledge regarding overshadowed public health issues and mobilize collaborative student-community activism and problem solving.


Research, Experiential, and Job Opportunities

We have been asked to share the following research and experiential opportunities with our students. Please contact the individual lab or researcher if you have questions regarding the opportunity.


  • Dr. Cheryl Anderson - FMPH 199


      • Commitment: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and/or Summer 2022
      • 2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)
      • Contact: 
      • Description: Studies of nutrition and chronic disease prevention; community interventions focused on lifestyle modification.
      • Requirements: 
        • Minimum GPA of 3.0
        • 6-9 hours per week commitment
        • Interview required before acceptance
        • Willing to work in an on-campus or off-campus environment
      • Student Responsibilities
        • TBD, and will align with the applicant’s experience and training


  • Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller - Part-time job opportunity


      • Dr. Miller is looking for students who are certified EMTs, phlebotomists, LVNs, MAs, or CNAs to conduct onsite diagnostic COVID-19 testing in K-12 and preschools around the county. There will be opportunities for data analysis and research experience as well as data collection. 
      • Bilingual in Spanish, Farsi/Dari, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic or Somali in addition to English preferred.
      • Must have valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance,
      • For more information and to apply, visit Handshake


  • Dr. Borsika Rabin - FMPH 199


    • Commitment: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, and/or Summer 2022
    • Units: 3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)
    • Contact: Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, (Must send a resume and one-page cover letter summarizing why you are qualified for this position)
    • Description: The DISC Research position will support research and evaluation activities for the newly established UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) focusing on dissemination and implementation science across UC San Diego Health Sciences. The DISC Media position will work closely with Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, and Dr. Borsika Rabin, Co-Director of the DISC, and other members of the Executive Team (Drs. Nicole Stadnick, Gregory Aarons, Lauren Brookman-Frazee) to support DISC program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, refinement of DISC tracking and evaluation system, data collection and analysis.
    • Requirements: 
      • Minimum GPA of 3.5
      • Junior or Senior level student
      • 2 quarters commitment required
      • Openness to continue through 3-4 quarters
      • Interest in dissemination and implementation science, psychology, program evaluation, public health, health promotion, community health sciences etc.
      • Willingness to learn new research and evaluation tools such as REDCap, Qualtrics, and/or Balanced Scorecard Framework
      • Attention to detail is a must in order to ensure the quality of data collection and analysis
      • Ability to participate in regular Zoom team meetings
    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Participate in meetings about DISC research and evaluation efforts
      • Support DISC program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, data collection and analysis
      • Depending on the project, complete required Institutional Review Board CITI trainings
      • Conduct review of the D&I literature and identify examples of D&I model use


We hope this quarter goes well for you!



Dina Rodgers and Elisa Crossman

Public Health Advising

FA21 - Week 1 Announcements

Dear students, 

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health! We try to send out regular announcements every week or two, so keep your eyes open in future weeks.


Public Health Advising, Appointments, Petitions and Forms

Appointments are now available for Weeks 2 and 3 of the quarter, and we have drop-in advising every day for the rest of this week. Until further notice, all appointments will be held over Zoom. Please visit our website for our advising calendar and procedures.  As a reminder, no advising is done via e-mail, and no appointments will be made over e-mail. Please use the Virtual Advising Center for all requests, questions, and appointment scheduling. Note: The BSPH Office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving and during Winter Break.


If you have a petition or form to submit to Public Health Advising, please use our new Petition Submission Form. We will no longer be accepting petitions or other forms from current students via e-mail.  


Outside Events/Announcements of Interest

  • UCDC/UCCS Info Session: Gain professional experience and academic credit through an internship in Washington D.C. or Sacramento
    September 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM
    Meeting ID: 961 5426 5126
  • Design@Large at UCSD: Krystal Tsosie (NBDC & Vanderbilt)
    Re-Indigenizing Genomics and Data Science for Our Sustainable Health
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.

  • Accelerating Innovations to Market deadline this Thursday, September 30th. 

  • The Collective aims to uplift underserved communities and spread awareness of the Tobacco industry's unjust targeting of minorities and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Attend monthly meetings and events to provide education on the effects of tobacco usage and advocate for a healthier San Diego through a smoke-free policy. Email for meeting information.

Additional events and announcements can be found in last week's newsletter, e-mailed to all Public Health students and posted on our website:


FA21 - Week 2 Announcements