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CU Anschutz Student Affairs Survey
Hello Public Health students! This is a brief survey that asks you, as Public Health students, about services you wish you had access to on the campus, as well as your personal experience at this unique academic community. Here at University of Colorado – Anschutz, the Student Affairs leadership is very interested in learning how to better facilitate success in your academic and professional pursuits. In order to do so, we need to hear from the experts in this matter, you! Please help us guide you towards a successful educational experience and a prosperous career by asking for your opinion on services that will benefit you. Your opinion counts!! 
Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy day to help make this a better place!

Introduction to Public Health Resources
June 11 - December 11 | CU Anschutz, Strauss Health Science Library
Learn about the wide variety of public health resources available through the Health Sciences Library, focusing on PubMed, Global Health CABI, and Google Scholar. Learn how to effectively search across databases, critically evaluate resources, and quickly locate full-text articles. This class is intended for first year public health students with basic searching skills. Basic computer skills are necessary to navigate the library’s website and databases.
Register for a class here!

We know that being a student in the health professions can be stressful. The heavy workload of our academic rigor, the competing demands on your time, being separated from your family and previous support network, can all have an impact on your wellness.
That’s why we’re excited to announce a new tool to help you manage stress. The YOU@CUAnschutz wellness portal is designed to help you cope with pressure, set goals and tackle your academics, career path and social life.
YOU@CUAnschutz helps you take charge of your future in the areas of academic and career success, physical and mental well-being, and finding meaningful connections and purpose on campus. Or, as we think of it, Succeed, Thrive, Matter.
ColoradoSPH students who's home campus is CU Anschutz can sign up through the YOU@CUAnschutz portal.

Loan Repayment Strategies 
Questions and concerns about repaying student loans? The ColoradoSPH Tri-Campus Student Leadership hosted a Loan Repayment Strategies Session with Gail Sasao, Senior Advisor Financial Aid, in March. Slides from the session and additional resources are available on the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office website

The Writing Center at CU Denver

The Writing Center serves undergraduate & graduate students on the CU Denver, CU Anschutz, and CU South Denver campuses; visitors to the Auraria Library; as well as residents of Campus Village Denver.
For more information about the Center check out the webpage.


 ​Professional Development

Outbreak Response Training
November 22 | 9AM - 1PM | Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Science Library, Health Science Reading Room

Presented by Elaine Scallan, PhD (ColoradoSPH) and Ingrid Hewitson, MPH (CDPHE)
This intensive half-day course will train students in interview techniques used in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. Students who complete the course will be added to a “Rapid Responder” list and will be invited to assist in outbreak investigations coordinated by the CDPHE and possibly other local public health agencies. ColoradoSPH AMC students in the beginning or
middle of their program are encouraged to attend. An additional training for CSU students will be offered in spring 2020.

Registration Required: 30 spaces available on first-come, first-serve basis. Click here to register.

Annual Student Research Forum - Call for Abstracts
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Education 2 south | 12:00-3:30 pm
  •     $320 cash prizes for top posters
  •     All health science students are encouraged to participate: School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Colorado School of Public Health, Graduate School, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Pharmacy!
  •     Poster presentation with faculty judges
  •     All abstracts MUST be submitted online via the “Abstract Entry Form
  •     Your abstract will be published in a program, we suggest the following formatting: “Guidelines for Abstract Submission”
  •     Abstracts MUST be submitted online by November 29th, 2019
  •     The forum begins with registration at 12:00 pm and ends at 3:30pm, with two separate presentation sessions
Winners will be announced by email shortly after the forum.

Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program
Deadline: December 17

The Colorado Public Health Mentoring Program (CPHMP) is a collaboration among Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Colorado School of Public Health. Because CPHMP is financially supported by our professional associations, all participants MUST be a member of CPHA.
CPHMP intends to cultivate a strong future for public health in Colorado by facilitating the mentoring process among public health professionals. Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which one person nurtures the professional development of another. This relationship can build pathways to career opportunities, improve recruitment and retention, enrich leadership, increase adaptability in the midst of challenges, heighten professional satisfaction and decrease stress and role conflict. Former CPHMP mentors and mentees alike have found the mentoring relationship valuable and informative.

Check out the website for more information and to apply.

Join the Anschutz Gender Equity Working Group 

The Gender Equity Working Group is a semi-formal group whose members are invested in taking on issues related to gender identity, gender diversity, and equity concerns for people of all genders. Some of our previous or current projects include:

  • ​Advising and support around the new pronouns, gender identity, and sexual orientation fields in the CU Student Portal
  • Establishing a lactation policy and advocating for family-friendly policies and practices
  • Developing information sessions and support for pregnant or parent-to-be community members

We are establishing separate groups on the CU Denver and CU Anschutz campuses, and need student leaders to participate in the Anschutz Gender Equity Working Group

Students who are interested must be able to commit to the following:


  • ​Attend monthly, hour-long meetings (these will take place during the workday, likely during lunchtime)
  • Identify and advocate for gender-based concerns of relevance to them and to their peers and colleagues


This working group is open to people of all genders. We’ll be hosting one or more information sessions for interested folks to learn more, identify issues of interest or concern, and connect with other members of the Anschutz community.

To express interest in this group or to gather more information, please contact Jacob McWilliams, Gender & Sexuality Center Director, at 

Colorado Food Summit
January 7 | Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Colorado Food Summit works to build linkages that meet diverse urban food goals while creating viable market opportunities that build wealth for Colorado farmers and ranchers and rural communities.
Early bird tickets are $55 and include access to all speakers and sessions, breakfast, lunch and happy hour (early bird ticket sales end 11/15/2019).

Full and partial scholarships (including for travel) are supported by the Gateway Fund and available for:
•    Farmers or ranchers, especially beginning (<10 years experience)
•    Women, people of color, and underserved community members
•    CSU Extension professionals or professionals from nonprofit organizations
•    Students
Apply for a scholarship here.
All scholarship applications are due by November 21st at 5pm MST. Late applications will be considered only as funds permit. Applicants will be notified of scholarship availability via email no later than November 28th.

National Western Stock Show Health Screenings

January 11-26 | National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado

The Colorado AHEC program office, in association with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus, is offering free health screenings for adults and children January 11–26, 2020 at the National Western Stock Show. The health screening booth will be staffed by volunteers committed to improving access to healthcare and will include non-clinical staff, health professions students from various disciplines and supervising licensed clinical providers.  The National Western Stock Show attracts over 700,000 attendees and anticipates screening over 2,500 participants, with many more receiving valuable health education information.

We could not offer this great service to the community without our extraordinary volunteers. Volunteers are needed from 8 am – 8 pm daily.  Clinicians are needed to oversee students in this unique training opportunity and non-clinical staff is needed to recruit participants and manage the flow.

    Colorado Licensed Clinical Providers
    Non-Clinical staff
    Health Professions students, such as, but not limited to:
    Dental Students
    Medical Students
    Nursing Students
    Pharmacy Students
    Physical Therapy Students
    Physician Assistant Students
    Public Health Students
    Veterinary Students

There are multiple, daily, 4 hour shifts with some overlap in time to allow for shift change. Volunteers must register online using their official e-mail address.

​​​​​​For more information check out the AHEC Website.

You can register for your shift here.

2020 Workplace Health Symposium
February 13 | 7AM - 12PM | CU South Denver, 10035 S Peoria St. Parker, CO 80134

The Workplace Health Symposium hosted by the American Heart Association will bring together Colorado’s workplace health leaders to understand the larger context of wellbeing (the community, our organizations, our team/manager, and ourselves) and how employers can address it and act differently toward wellbeing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other leading wellness companies. This event will feature Laura Putnam, CEO of Motion Infusion and expert on wellbeing in the workplace.
You can register for this event at
If you have any questions about the Workplace Health Symposium, please email Anne Conner at

Career & Pracetice-Based Learning Fair
February 26 | University of Colorado-Anschutz
March | Colorado State University

Colorado School of Public health would like to invite you to participate in the ColoradoSPH Career and Practice-Based Learning Fairs!
For More information please contact Katie Brumfield or Heidi O'Mara.

 Upcoming Events

ColoradoSPH Study Break Hosted by CU Anschutz Student Council
December 4 | 12-1pm | ColoradoSPH Student Lounge (2nd Floor ED2 South)

Take a quick warm drink break and finish the semester strong!


 Academic Courses

Latino Health Certificate
The Certificate in Latino Health is currently the only graduate Public Health Certificate in the country devoted to preparing a sector of the public health workforce to address this need. By pursuing this certificate, you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to identify important gaps in Latino public health issues and understand how intervention programs are implemented to address disparities.

For more information visit the Colorado School of Public Health website.
For questions, please contact The Latino Research and Policy Center.

Courses for Spring 2020

Northern Colorado:

CH 530/CHBH5300: Strategies for Community Health Promotion
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert.
Mon 5-7:50pm - Gunter Hall Rm 2530.
This course examines the effectiveness of a wide range of community strategies used in health promotion/disease prevention programs and provides practical tools to assess and address community health needs. This course incorporates projects that, in partnership with a community agency, provide students with opportunities to put the classroom content into practice through a community-engaged experience.

Colorado State:

PBHC 6921 – Exploring Social Epidemiology (2 credits)
Instructor: Molly Gutilla
Mon/Wed 9:00 to 9:50am
Social epidemiology is the study of the connection between social exposures and population health. This course is designed to allow students to explore the field of social epidemiology. We will focus on both theories and epidemiological methods relevant to this topic. Throughout the semester we will consider factors such as socioeconomic status, discrimination, working conditions, historical and current policies, neighborhood characteristics, and other elements that influence population health through a social perspective. We will explore how social factors can be used in the design, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological studies and used to inform public health intervention.

SOWK 5200 – Social Welfare Policy and Advocacy (3 credits)
Instructor: Holly Panetta
Tues 9:00am to 11:50am OR 1:00-3:50pm
Analysis of how social welfare policies affect the well-being of people and the tools that can be used to advocate for social change.

ANTH 5200 – Women, Health and Culture (3 credits)
Instructor: Lynn Kwiatkowski
Tues 6:00-8:50pm
This course will analyze women’s health within a variety of cultural and social contexts from an anthropological perspective. Women face unique health issues, and they experience health problems shared with men in specific ways and with different outcomes. How women experience and interpret their health in specific cultures will be examined, as well as how the political and economic contexts of women’s lives influence their health status, access to health care, and susceptibility to health problems.

CU Anschutz:

BIOS 6602 Applied Biostatistics II 3.0 cr.
Online, or In person MW 10:00-11:20 AM
Prereq: BIOS 6601
A continuation of BIOS 6601 extending the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics to modeling more complex relationships using linear regression, logistic regression, and Cox regression. The statistical package SAS is used extensively.

BIOS 6642 Introduction to Python Programming 2.0 cr.
In person  MW 1:00-1:50 PM
This first course in programming using Python covers basic concepts such as variables, data types, iteration, flow of control, input/output, and functions and advanced concepts such as object oriented programming. Statistics related examples, homework and projects may be used.

BIOS 7719 Information Visualization 3.0 cr.
In person  TTh  10:30-11:50 AM
Cross-listed with CPBS 7719
Prereq: BIOS 6611 and BIOS 6612 or permission of instructor; Proficiency coding in a language suitable for developing interactive visualizations.
Information visualization studies interactive visualization techniques for analyzing abstract data. This course introduces design, development, and validation approaches with applications in various biological and biomedical domains.

CBHA 6670: Latino Health 1 credit
This course is intended for students interested in learning about specific health issues concerning Latino communities and explores the influence of Latino culture on Latino community health outcomes.

CBHS 6615: Health Literacy & Public Health 2 credits
You will partner with local organizations to:
•    Evaluate health literacy features of a health care environment
•    Evaluate patient education materials
•    Develop education materials using principles of clear communication.

CBHS 6622 – Qualitative Research Methods
Faculty: Virginia Visconti
The course is designed to teach graduate students how and when to use qualitative research methods in public health research.  Over the course of the semester, students complete a small field project focused on a public health topic of their choosing and gain experience and skills in designing, implementing, analyzing, and writing up the results of qualitative research.

CBHS 6630 – Mental Health
Faculty: Robin Kimbrough-Melton
In Mental Health (CBHS 6630 and PMHW 6601), students will learn about the etiology and prevalence of mental health and substance abuse disorders, learn about the relationship of social determinants to behavioral health disorders, explore the impact of these disorders by culture, race/ethnicity, and gender, and understand why mental health is increasingly called a significant public health challenge.

CBHS 6620 – Survey Research
Faculty: Nancy Asdigian
CBHS 6620 (Survey Research) is a hands-on, project-based course that provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in: a) articulating research questions that can be answered through survey research; b) selecting survey samples; c) writing effective survey questions; d) implementing survey methods in line with evidence-based practices; and e) compiling and reporting survey results.  An important goal of this course is to create a collaborative (vs. exclusively hierarchical) learning environment where student work is a central source of content and innovation, as well as a springboard for discussion.

Cuba Public Health Services (3 credits)
This Spring 2020 class provides students an opportunity to learn about global public health issues through study of the public health system in Cuba and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean via online readings and discussions, 4 seminars in Colorado, and a 12-day trip to Cuba.
The 3-credit class is offered by the Colorado School of Public Health (CBHS 6633). To learn more about the class and how to apply, you may visit the University’s Office of Global Education website, which includes information from the attached flyer, and a link to the application: For questions, please email the class instructor Joan O’Connell, PhD, at

EHOH 6624 – Infectious Diseases Environmental Contexts (3 credits)
Instructor: Beth Carlton
Thur., 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Global health elective course focused on the impact of environmental factors -- from safe water access to climate change -- on the transmission, control and emergence of infectious diseases.

EHOH 6626 – Public Health & Disaster Responder (3 credits)
Instructor: Debra Kreisberg
Tues., (Hybrid) 3:30-7:00 pm
The goal of this course is to advance the skill set of emergency public health professionals who may participate in planning and implementing response activities in a disaster. This experiential course will examine and apply the challenges of collaborating, coordinating, and interfacing with internal and external emergency management response partners during the response and post response phase of an emergency.

EHOH 6638 – Communication Skills for Public Health Impact (3 credits)
Instructor(s): Lee Newman/Lili Tenney
Two sections: One is hybrid and one is online. The hybrid includes five in-person classes from 4:00-5:50 pm on Thursdays as well as some synchronous online activities. The online may have some synchronous activities too during the Thursday 4:00-5:50 pm slot.

EPID 6634 Applied Global Health Epidemiology 2.0 cr.
This course provides the opportunity to apply previously gained analytic skills to “real world” examples of global public health investigations as well as US public health investigations covering topics/skill sets with global importance. It also provides opportunities to explore in depth the practical applications of skills.

EPID 6637 Injury & Violence Epidemiology and Prevention 2.0 cr.
Prereq: EPID 6630 or permission of instructor
Students will learn the major causes of and risk factors for injuries and violence, identify and use key data sources to characterize injury problems, develop and evaluate injury control and prevention strategies, critically analyze literature and explore injury related research questions.

EPID 6648 Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection 1.0 cr.
Prereq: Introductory course in epidemiology or permission of instructor. Credit will not be given for taking both EPID 6648 and EPID 6640
This course focuses on the practical basis for developing and implementing methods for foodborne disease outbreak detection, investigation and control; using recent outbreaks to highlight underlying principles.


 New Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

The Mim Orleans Scholarship
Established by Professor Emerita Miriam Orleans, the Orleans Graduate Research Fund supports student research activities and associated costs including travel and conference stipends.

     Deadlines for Fall 2019:
     August 11, 2019
     December 8, 2019
Visit ColoradoSPH's website page "Financing Your Education" for information and the scholarship application.

Professional Development Stipend
Career Services, within the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), offers this professional development funding opportunity to all currently enrolled students in good academic standing. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis.
A maximum of $500 per student per academic year is available. Funds will be provided as a reimbursement, after students attend a professional development event and provide receipts and proof of attendance.
There are three application cycles/deadlines per year. Students should submit an application by the deadline that coincides with the date of their professional development event.

Application Process
1.    Complete the Colorado School of Public Health Career Services Professional Development Scholarship application in its entirety.
2.    Email application, and any additional required documents, as an attachment to  by the posted cycle deadline.


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