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IMG_1996 Darrah Dunlap Milbrandt Award Winner!

Darrah Dunlap, a Graduate Public Service Intern (GPSI) intern with the Illinois Department of Public Health, has been honored as the recipient of the 2016 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award for Excellence!
Darrah (on the left) is shown with Master of Public Health Department Chair, Dr. Josiah Alamu.
The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 13, 2016.
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GPSI Group2 Graduate Public Service Intern Recognition
A total of eighteen MPH students received a paid stipend and reduced tuition and fees while serving as Graduate Public Service Interns during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Dr. Josiah Alamu studies Gambia water quality

University of Illinois Springfield MPH Chair and Associate Professor Dr. Josiah Alamu travels each summer to study water quality and disease in The Gambia.

Would you like to Study Abroad to The Gambia? In cooperation with the University of The Gambia you can *Visit and work in local health clinics * Teach in local classrooms. and participate in public health projects!  Call UIS International Programs 217-206-6679 for details.

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The first week of March is the annual campus safety observance, and UIS Public Health Students were involved. Topical information was presented including Fire extinguisher training, Health Services, Disability Services, Campus Police, Disaster Preparedness, Active Shooter Training, Sign up for text alerts, Bus Safety, Bike Safety, Social media safety and awareness, information, Food Safety, Insurance, Bystander Intervention, Counseling Center, Work place safety and various other community vendors.
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In February 2016, The University of Illinois Springfield and three partners were honored with the Innovative Initiative Award from the Illinois Council of Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE). UIS partnered with the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council (IHHC), the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “One Patient, One Team: Palliative Care Approaches Across the Continuum”.

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The UIS Online Master of Public Health Program is among the most affordable in the nation!

According to the author, Iris Stone, “Online MPH programs can be particularly advantageous for busy adults. Whether you’re a health practitioner or completely new to healthcare, many schools will welcome you into their MPH degrees online without requiring any campus visits or face-to-face sessions. This particular study focuses on the most affordable online MPH programs available in 2015.”

The online MPH Program at the University of Illinois Springfield MPH entered the top twenty, ranking 19th.  According to Mr. Stone, “Both the Generalist and Environmental Health MPH options at the University of Illinois at Springfield are available entirely online. The online courses are heavily integrated with the on-campus classes, ensuring that distance education students receive the same caliber education as their local counterparts.
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UIS Public Health Professor Sharron LaFollette appointed to CDC Board

Dr. Sharron LaFollette, professor of public health at the University of Illinois Springfield, has been appointed to a 3-year term on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) board tasked with protecting America’s health.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors and appreciate the confidence placed in me to provide unbiased review of scientific information and public policy important to protecting public and environmental health.”

Dr. LaFollette was director of the Environmental Health Program at Illinois State University for eight years before coming to UIS.  She is currently the Graduate Chair of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council where she also served for a six years as General Chair, past-president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and past-president of the Illinois Environmental Health Association.

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