Public Health Seminar

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


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

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


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4/10 NYS Area Health Education Center (AHEC): Addressing the Shortage of Healthcare Professionals

Danise Wilson, MPH (SPHHP Alumna), Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara AHEC


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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

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5/1 Improving Access, Outcomes and Value in Healthcare Through Analytics Jamie Bono, Chief Reporting Officer, Millennium Collaborative Care, PPS

Previous Semester Seminars