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Congratuations to Jacob Moran (MD/PhD student)!  He has been selected for the 2017 Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.

Jacob Moran



20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session

Student Poster Award Winners

Neuroscience – Kara Barber & Claudia Marino
Basic Science – Danelo Cortez
Rehabilitation – Kay Kulkarni
Health Disparities – Jaqueline Contrera Avila & Mary Margaret King
Medical Effectiveness – Keli Perino
Clinical Trials & Implementation – Leyla Akhverdiyeva

Congratulations to the 20th Annual Forum on Aging Poster Session winners!!




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Please join us in wishing Joseph Saenz, PhD a farewell as he embarks on a new adventure.

Joseph Saenz Farwell Party_USC

 Joseph Saenz obtained his PhD and is going to be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, working with Dr. Eileen Crimmins and colleagues.

During his PhD stay at UTMB Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and SCOA, he published several papers on aging among U.S. Hispanics and Mexicans. He consistently made presentations in local, national, and international professional meetings and conferences, winning several honors and awards.

At SCOA, he also coordinated the MHAS research work group.

We will miss him for his great scholarship, extraordinary citizenship, and personal disposition!

Congratulations LJ Panas on your new job at Kansas Health Institute!!


Lawrence John Panas, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, joined KHI in 2016 after earning a doctorate degree in population health sciences and a master's degree in public Health from UTMB. His work at UTMB focused on community health improvement and also on public health systems and services. Prior to joining KHI, he was a graduate/research assistant at the UTMB. During that time, Lawrence was also involved in a wide range of work related to issues such as aging, disability, mortality, minority health and health disparities.

Congratulations to Zakkoyya Lewis on your new job at Beachbody, LLC.


Zakkoyya (Koyya) Lewis accepted a position at Beachbody, LLC as their Fitness Research Manager in their Fitness and Nutrition Results department. This position is the first of its kind. As the Fitness Research Manager, Koyya is responsible for standardizing the measurement protocols for test groups on new products sponsored by Beachbody. She is responsible for the collection and evaluation of all test group data. It is also her responsibility to ensure that claims on new fitness programs meet scientific standards. In addition to running test groups, Koyya works directly with UTMB alum Erin Glynn, PhD and Research & Development as well as Digital Productions. She works as a liaison between departments to identify ways to improve programs and motivate customers.  

Congratulations Naiomi Jamal!!

Jamal, Naiomi

Please join me in congratulating Naiomi Jamal on her 2016 President's Cabinet Award! She received this for her program focused on Parent Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention. This is a very prestigious award - Congratulations Naiomi!

Congratulations Dr. Arcari and Dr. Rudkin!!

 Christine M. Arcari, PhD, MPH

Rudkin, Laura

Please join me in congratulating SOM Year 2 student Lynda Chowdury, Dr. Arcari and Dr. Rudkin on their 2016 President's Cabinet Award! They received this for their application titled Health Fair Kits To Go: Turning Service into Service Learning. This is another very prestigious award for our department - Congratulations Lynda, Dr. Arcari, and Dr. Rudkin!

Each year, UTMB students volunteer to organize and work at health fairs across Galveston County in order to promote health and prevent disease to a large number of people at a low cost. Educational exhibits, displays, and other resources are lacking and are needed in order for students to effectively communicate the necessary messages for a successful fair. By expanding the current collection of Health-Fair-Kits-to-Go, this project will allow students to effectively assemble kits and utilize strategies to target a chosen client population and focus on specific promotional messages such as oral health, healthy eating, maintaining good posture, etc. Additionally a website will be created to facilitate discussion of health fair experiences and obtain constructive feedback and evaluation from kit users and fair attendees.


The Masters in Public Health and PHD in Population Health Sciences are the graduate programs that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The site visit by the accreditors was September 22-23, 2014. 

As part of the accreditation process, CEPH solicits comments from any interested parties until 30 days before the site visit.  All were encouraged to read the self-study and provide CEPH with any comments.  

Team Coordinator:
Kristen S. Varol, MPH, CHES 
Communications Director & Accreditation Specialist 
Council on Education for Public Health 
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(202) 789-1050

CEPH mailing address:
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910 

 CEPH Self-Study PDF

 CEPH Final
 CEPH Result

Our education programs include masters and doctoral programs in public health, clinical science, population health sciences, and rehabilitation sciences, as well as a public health track for medical students and Primary Care Plus. All of our programs share a focus on disease prevention and health promotion and restoration.


Our residency programs train physicians to provide healthcare with added focus on the promotion, prevention, and maintenance of health and well-being. We offer programs in Aerospace Medicine, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and Occupational Medicine.


We conduct clinical, population, and outreach and educational research, funded by a variety of agencies and organizations.


We operate several clinics and services, including the Aerospace Medicine Center, Bioastronautics group, Biostatistics Statistical Consulting, and the Porphyria Center.

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