The Ultimate Guide to Public Health Internships

Looking for public health internships?  Thinking about getting an MPH one of these days?  This site can substantially help direct you and aide in your search.  Do check it out!


52 eye-opening global health videos on youtube

Whether you are new to public health or a seasoned expert, these videos will likely teach you things you never knew and inspire you to take on the world.

Project HMC Welcome

Since January 2007, Fundación VIHDA has completed 129,000 HIV tests of pregnant women who receive prenatal care and/or give birth at the Guayaquil Maternity Hospital and have detected 640 positive cases, which they have helped treat in collaboration with the Maternity Hospital and the Ministry of Health’s HIV program. All detected patients have received anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment prior to birth, c-section for delivery, and ARV treatment for the babies after birth. So far all pregnant women who underwent treatment in their program, and have given birth, have had HIV-free babies.

Project HMC is initiating collaborative efforts with Yale University organizational partners REMEDY, the Public Health Coalition, and UAID. Furthermore, I hope to begin working closely with Yale’s recently-founded Jackson Institute for Global Affairs to institutionalize Yale’s relationship with Las Guayas, Ecuador.
If you would like to support Project HMC, join the Yale- Ecuador HIV Mobile Clinic Team, or simply would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Sam Vesuna
Executive Director

Gender Based Violence in Haiti

Six months after the earthquake in Haiti, we see a continued crisis of safety and security in the displacement camps that has exacerbated the already grave problem of sexual violence.

In May and June, delegations coordinated by the Lawyers’ Earthquake Response Network (LERN) traveled to Haiti to investigate the problem of rape and other gender-based violence in the camps. They found that women are being raped at an alarming rate—every day—in camps throughout Port-au-Prince. The Haitian Government, the UN and others in the international community have failed to adequately address the situation. Women, especially poor women, have been excluded from full participation and leadership in the relief effort.

IJDH, MADRE, TransAfrica Forum, and the Universities of Minnesota and Virginia law schools released yesterday this Report Our Bodies Are Still Trembling: Haitian Women’s Fight Against Rape in an effort to bring to light the crisis and guide governments, international organizations, and other stakeholders in providing for even more effective protection and promotion of women’s human rights in Haiti.

Gender-based violence  (GBV) or violence against women is a global public health and human rights problem. Please join me in sending this report to colleagues, students, and organizations. And please contribute your comments and public health expertise online to The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti.


Samantha Diamond

Yale University

BA/MPH 2011

Unite for Sight Conference: Call for Abstracts

GH/Innovate 2011
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Unite For Sight’s must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries.

Conference registration is now open. Register during July to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after July.

Interested in presenting at the conference? We have two types of presentation opportunities.

  • Call For Abstracts: Do you have an abstract for oral or poster presentation?  Submit your abstract for presentation.  The first abstract deadline is August 15, 2010.  Complete details are on the conference website.
  • Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation.  When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted.  See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Nutrition Labels

A Makeover for Food Labels


Nearly two decades ago, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, requiring packaged foods to carry a detailed nutrition facts label.

For the most part, the label has an easy-to-follow format that lists calories, serving size and ingredients. But now the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to give the food facts label a makeover.

The center says the makeover is necessary to clarify and highlight important parts of the label and also to prevent unnecessary and misleading words from confusing consumers. Among the suggested changes to the food label:

  1. Put calorie and serving size information in larger type at the top of the label so it’s immediately clear how much you are eating.
  2. Make the ingredient list easier to read by printing it in regular type instead of all capital letters. Use bullets to separate ingredients rather than allowing them to all run together.
  3. List minor ingredients and allergens separately from the main ingredient list. Highlight allergy information in red.
  4. List similar ingredients together and show the percentage by weight. For instance, sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and grape juice concentrate are all forms of sugar and should be listed in parenthesis under the catchall heading “sugars.”
  5. Use red labeling and the word “high” when a product has more than 20 percent of the daily recommendation for fats, sugars, sodium or cholesterol.
  6. Make it clear which sugars are added to the product versus those that occur naturally.
  7. Display prominently the percentage of whole grains contained in a product.
  8. List caffeine content.

To look at an example of the suggested changes, click on the image above.

I was especially surprised by how much easier it is to read the ingredient list when lower case letters and bullets are used. I also liked the larger calorie information at the top of the label.

To learn more about the history of food labeling, here’s an interesting timeline from the Fooducate blog. And to learn more about the C.S.P.I. report, click here.

What do you think of the proposed label changes? Do you have suggestions for improving the food facts label?

PE for the obese

Do your relatives comment on your weight every time they see you? (chuckle) That’s unfortunate. What if someone suggested you take a fitness class to help with your weight? Yup, that’s right. PE. I guess that’s what students at Lincoln University (in PA) are facing – except it’s less of a suggestion and more of a mandatory PE class if you want your diploma. But if your BMI was 30 or above, would you accept that you’d have to go to PE every week?

As I was browsing through Yahoo Shine (their “Healthy Living” section), I came across this article here by Sarah Jio (Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine). I’ve copied and pasted it below.

Lincoln University in Pennsylvania created a mandate for obese students: If you’re overweight, you must take a fitness class–or else no diploma.

Here’s how it works: The university requires that incoming students get tested for body mass index, which correlates to height and weight. Students with BMIs 30 or above–considered obese–are required to take a 3-hour-a-week class called “Fitness for Life.”

According to the AP, Tiana Lawson, a 21-year-old senior, wrote in this week’s edition of The Lincolnian, the student newspaper, that she “didn’t come to Lincoln to be told that my weight is not in an acceptable range. I came here to get an education.”

She says she feels that larger students are being “singled out.” Yet, a University spokesperson said its only trying to help. “We know we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic,” said James L. DeBoy, chairman of Lincoln’s department of health, physical education and recreation. “We have an obligation to address this head on, knowing full well there’s going to be some fallout.”