Department Updates: Spring 2018

Josiah AlamuA message from Department Chair Dr. Josiah Alamu

I am very pleased to provide the following updates on our Master in Public Health(MPH) program. We are working hard to build a stronger MPH program and we recently hosted members from accrediting bodies of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Ms. Mollie Mulvanity from the CEPH visited UIS in February 2018 as a part of the mandatory CEPH site visit consultation to help the program prepare a robust self-study. Our preliminary self-study will be submitted in November. The final self-study submission to CEPH will be in June 2018. The CEPH accreditation visit is tentatively scheduled for September 2019.

In March 2018, we hosted the EHAC re-accreditation site visit. The preliminary report recommends a full six-year re-accreditation.  EHAC will issue the final report and certificate of re-accreditation in June at the National Environmental Health Association’s 2018 Annual Education Conference and Exhibition, and at the Housing and Urban Development’s Healthy Homes Conference in Anaheim, California.

The UIS Department of Public Health continues to work with government agencies and community partners to promote public health. In November 2018, we collaborated with the Illinois Department of Public Health Office of minority Health to educate the UIS community on strategies for achieving /sustaining healthy communities and reducing health disparities. Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury was the guest speaker. He is the Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Research and Evaluation Division and founding Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dkaka, Bangladesh. On April 3, 2018 the department hosted a Lupus Awareness Symposium to raise community awareness about Lupus. Students from the MPH and Nursing programs were mobilized and inspired by the keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Canessa, Field Director for the National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trials Education Program at Northwestern University.

In addition, Dr. Junu Shrestha from the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services, University of Northern Iowa will join our team of dedicated faculty as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health. Dr. Shrestha will bring a wealth of experiences in epidemiology, microbiology, environmental health, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Please join me in welcoming Dr. Shrestha to UIS!

Finally, our 2018 Graduation Commencement took place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and Christopher Marbaniang Vemagiri, our proud MPH student was the Commencement Speaker. On May 11, 2018 our department hosted a MPH Graduation Recognition and Award Ceremony in the PAC Restaurant from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. All graduates received a formal invitation to the event. Two outstanding MPH Student Awards and the MPH Marshall was announced. All graduates were given a university mug with memorabilia and everyone was invited to a delicious dinner. The event was well attended by 35 well wishers, families and friends of the graduating students.