Public Health Seminars and Trainings

Our online and in-person training programs have provided the public health workforce with essential knowledge and skills, contributing to a accomplished public health workforce in Buffalo and across the globe.

Current Seminars and Trainings

Public Health Seminars

The Public Health Seminar is a non-credit bearing seminar series addressing the practice of public health for students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, students in other programs, public health practitioners and community members. Participants will:

  • Recognize the demonstration of public health competencies through presentations by public health professionals in core public health areas: biostatistics, community health and health behavior, environmental health, epidemiology and health services administration.
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the utility of and challenges to implementation of interventions that impact public health and health care delivery.
  • Understand current public health issues and topics locally, regionally, nationally and globally; and understand and apply core and cross-cutting skills needed for success in a public health career.

Topics range from chronic and infectious disease to environmental health and emergency preparedness, health education, health care administration and informatics.  

Seminars take place Mondays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 144 Farber Hall (unless otherwise noted).

Attendance Requirements for MPH Students

MPH students are required to take the Public Health Seminar for 2 academic years or 4 semesters.

Part-time students and students who have completed two semesters of the Public Health Seminar previously can view presentations in class or online.

Spring 2017 Semester Seminars

Date Title/Topics Presenter(s)
1/30 Refugee Health Program in Western New York
Co-sponsored by UB’s Office of Global Health Initiatives

Cheryl Brown, Public Health Field Services Representative, Refugee Health Program, New York State Department of Health

No recording available.

2/6 Future of the MPH Degree Kim Krytus, MSW, MPH, CPH (SPHHP alumna), Director of MPH Initiatives, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo
2/13 Students should check syllabus for details.  
2/20 MPH Alumni Panel – Field Training, Integrative Projects and Careers in Public Health MPH Alumni: Alexandra Baker, Emerging Infections Program, NY State Department of Health; Jeff Fine, Data Manager, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Marcie Cortez, Supervisor at Kaleida Health; Gabriel Hutton, Competitive Intelligence Specialist, HealthNow New York Inc. 
2/27 County Health Departments – Community Health Assessments (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP)

Paul Pettit, MSL, Public Health Director, Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments

 

> View the recorded lecture

3/6 Lead Poisoning in Erie County Thomas Muscarella, Senior Public Health Sanitarian, Erie County Department of Health
3/13

The Affordable Care Act and U.S. Healthcare Policy

Kristina Young, Owner, Kristina M. Young and Associates, Inc., former co-director, UB MPH health services administration concentration

 

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3/20 No Seminar Spring Break 2017
3/27 Field and Fork Network & Fair Food Network Margaret Lapp, MSLA, MPH, Senior Program Coordinator
4/3 Sexually Transmitted Infections in Erie County
Launch of Public Health Month
Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health
4/10 NYS Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Addressing the Shortage of Healthcare Professionals Danise Wilson, MPH (SPHHP Alumna), Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara AHEC
4/17 Biostatistics in Real Life: Independent Health Brendan Heavey, MPH (SPHHP Alumnus), Actuarial Analyst
4/24 Global Mental Health Dr. Jesus Ligot, Physician, VA Western New York, and President, Western New York Psychiatric Society
5/1 Improving Access, Outcomes and Value in Healthcare Through Analytics Jamie Bono, Chief Reporting Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS

Previous Semester Seminars

Past Trainings

American Indians

American Indian Health Symposium: Strengthening the Bond between the Health Care Provider and American Indians

Movement is Medicine

  • Exercise videos designed with the older adult in mind and presented by Andrea John, Member, Seneca Nation of Indians and Exercise Specialist, Seneca Nation Health System. Over 200 DVDs delivered to sovereign nations across the U.S. including the Yakama Tribe of WA, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of CA and the Seneca Nation in Salamanca, NY.

Strengthening the Bond between Health Care Professionals and Native Americans

  • Presented by Andrea John, Member, Seneca Nation of Indians and Exercise Specialist, Seneca Nation Health System. Originally delivered in Kapoor Hall, University at Buffalo, April 15, 2013.

Business Skills

Grant Writing for Public Health and Health Care Professionals

  • Developed and delivered by the Empire State Public Health Training Center. Originally delivered at the Belmont BOCES Center, in Belmont, NY, and simultaneously broadcast at Olean BOCES and Ellicottville BOCES, June 26, 2012.

Introduction to Excel for Public Health Professionals

  • This course is available through the Empire State Public Health Training Center. Presented at multiple locating throughout Western New York, including at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES in Syracuse, NY, June 6, 2012.

Geographic Information Systems

1st Annual Western New York Health Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day

  • Morning Introductions delivered by Michael Sexton - Chief Institute Operations Officer at Roswell Park, Lynn Kozlowski - Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, and Kathy Hochul - U.S. Congresswoman of the 26 District of New York
  • Morning Keynote: Why Geography Matters for a Healthy Western New York presented by William Wieczorek, Director of the Center for Health and Social Research of Buffalo State College
  • Afternoon Introductions delivered by Mark Severson - Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Buffalo State College, and William J. Hochul - U.S. Attorney of the Western District of New York
  • Afternoon Keynote: Finding Patterns on Maps and How Mobility Affects Those Patterns presented by Geoffrey M. Jacquez - Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo
  • Delivered in partnership with UB Department of Geography, Center for Health & Social Research at Buffalo State, Buffalo State Geography and Planning Department, and held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) - Research Studies Center, Buffalo, NY. Originally held Aug. 15, 2012.

8th Annual GIS and Public Health Conference: Public Participatory GIS

9th Annual GIS Day: GIS and Public Health Surveillance

Foundations of GIS

Health Care Service Delivery

Community Health Centers’ Impact on Primary Care and Public Health

  • Presented by Joanne Haefner, MS, FNP, Executive Director, Neighborhood Health Center, Buffalo, NY. Originally delivered in Farbar Hall, University at Buffalo, April 22, 2013.

Succeeding in Accountable Care: Catholic Medical Partners

  • Presented by Vera Dovirak, Public Health Specialist for Accountable Care – Practice Management, Catholic Medical Partners, Buffalo, NY, and alumni of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Feb. 11, 2013.

Health Topics

Cancer Prevention and Public Health Introduction

  • Presented by Paula F. Sciuk, Regional Director Corporate Relations, American Cancer Society, Buffalo, NY, and Gary Giovino, PhD, Chair, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Aug. 27, 2012.

Community Based Participatory Research

  • Presented by Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, Professor in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, at the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center Oct. 2, 2013.

Community Driven Epidemiologic Investigation in Environmental Health

  • Presented by Erin Heaney, Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition of WNY, Tonawanda, NY, and Dr. William Scheider, PhD, Director of MPH Environmental Health Concentration, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Oct. 12, 2012.

Cultural Competency Resources

  • Prepared April 2013 by the Office of Public Health Practice, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo.

Culture and Disability

Domestic Violence & Public Health: The Domino Effect

  • Presented by Casey Gwinn, J.D., President of the Family Justice Center Alliance. Originally delivered at the Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo, May 15, 2012.

History of Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Presented by Robin Mann, LMSW, Director of Programs, Erie County Council for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Buffalo, NY. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Nov. 19, 2012.

Introduction to Refugees

  • This course is available through the Empire State Public Health Training Center. Presented by Anna Ireland, PhD, Director of Health and Family Services, Jericho Road Ministries, Buffalo, NY. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Sept. 12, 2011.

Mental Health, Public Health and Prevention

  • Presented by Deirdre Wheat, MD, MPH, MMedSci, PCME, CMQ, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo, NY, and alumni of the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Sept. 24, 2012.

Promoting Exercise and Proper Nutrition in a Managed Care Organization

  • Presented by Rachel Sunley, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Independent Health Association, Buffalo, NY, and alumni of the Community Health and Health Behavior Department, School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Oct. 1, 2012.

Self-Care for the Nurse Professional: Developing New Self-Care Skills Using the Visual Arts to Achieve and Maintain Wellness

  • Presented by Ginny O’Brien, MFA, MA, RN, in partnership with the UB Anderson Galleries, Buffalo, NY. Originally delivered June 22, 2013.

Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS)

  • This course is available through the Empire State Public Health Training Center. Presented by Esmeralda Sierra, Community Engagement Coordinator, Upstate New York Transplant Services. Originally delivered in Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Nov. 21, 2011.

Waking Mind and Body: A Mind Body Approach to Healing and Recovery

  • Delivered in partnership with UB’s Accessibility Resources Office. Originally presented April 26, 2012.