From the east coast to the west, COPH rocked APHA

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“USF COPH rocked the house!” Dean Donna Petersen proclaimed.

She was referencing how the USF College of Public Health showed up and showed out at events related to the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo in San Diego, held Nov. 10-14.

“Our fabulous faculty organized and led a two-day Learning Institute preparing a standing-room-only crowd for the Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam. Not only was the event sold-out, but someone broke into the room and stole the training materials!” Petersen said.

Janice C. Zgibor, RPh, PhD, Donna J. Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, Jaime Corvin, PhD, Karen Liller, PhD, Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, CPH, MCHES, and Deborah Cragun, PhD, MS, CGC, are some of the COPH faculty who led the CPH Learning Institute (Photo courtesy of APHA)

According to Petersen, the thieves must have sensed what was about to happen. The CPH exam study guide, released by APHA Press, sold out.

“That’s the first time that’s happened with one of our books at the annual meeting,” said Maya Ribault, APHA’s book production editor. Copies are still available via the National Board of Public Health Examiners website.

The study guide was a COPH collaboration led by co-editors Drs. Karen Liller and Jaime Corvin. The team was assisted by editorial manager Hari Venkatachalam, as well as Drs. Amy Alman, Anna Armstrong, Chigauf Bakhour, Alicia Best, Pamela Birriel, Katherine Drabiak, Barbara Langland-Orban, Jennifer Marshall, Dinorah Martinez-Tyson, Steven Mlynarek, Kathleen O’Rourke, Claudia Parvanta, Sandra Potthoff, Vijay Prajapati, Zachary Pruitt, Troy Quast, Rema Ramakrishnan, Ira Richards, William Sappenfield, Thomas Unnasch, Wei Wang, Jacqueline Wiltshire and Janice Zgibor.

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

Fire pits with dancing flames.
A clear sky with temperature in the 60s.
An indoor/outdoor venue with a view of the convention center.
Add in about 200 Bulls and you have the perfect setting for the college’s annual reception!

This year’s event was held on Monday, Nov. 12.

“We celebrated the many current students, alumni and faculty who presented at the APHA conference, who serve on sections, governing boards and councils and who volunteer in the educational and policy-making processes central to the mission of APHA,” Petersen said.

Other reception attendees included prospective students and community partners in public health.

(Photo courtesy of Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

(Photo by Natalie Preston)

In addition to the reception, COPH admissions representatives met with more than 100 prospective students at the expo.

Kamala Dontamsetti, MBA, MA, assistant director of graduate admissions, and Kristen Slusser, MEd, preadmissions and outreach coordinator, managed the COPH’s presence at the APHA expo and This is Public Health graduate fair on Wednesday, November 14. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Slusser)

Last year the COPH’s Shahrzad Zamani was the first undergraduate invited to present at the prestigious Delta Omega poster session. This year, the college was represented by a cadre of undergraduates. In fact, the entire Undergraduate Public Health Student Association (UPHSA) e-board traveled to San Diego for the annual meeting!

“APHA was an enlightening experience!” said UPHSA treasurer Jahvon Johnson. “I had a fantastic time learning new concepts in public health, while touring and enjoying the culture of the host city San Diego.”

Members of the Undergraduate Public Health Student Association e-board at APHA. (Photos by Alena Frey)

Story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health

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