UE to Welcome Dr. Jim A. Turpin for February 22 Lecture - A Journey: Monocytes, HIV Prevention, and UE

The University of Evansville will welcome Jim A. Turpin, PhD, from the National Institutes of Health for a free public lecture on Thursday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Vectren Lecture Hall, room 100 of the Koch Center for Engineering and Science on UE’s campus.

Turpin’s lecture, titled A Journey: Monocytes, HIV Prevention, and UE. will be part of a three-day campus visit hosted by the departments of biology and public health at UE. Turpin is a 1980 alumnus of UE’s biology department.

As a program officer and branch chief at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Turpin conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand and ultimately prevent a HIV/AIDS infection. Turpin conducts and supports basic and applied research focused on developing new and better methods for prevention of HIV/AIDS transmission in healthy uninfected adolescents, men and women.

Turpin’s responsibilities at the NIAID include oversight and management of the preclinical non-vaccine biomedical prevention preclinical program.  He is the program officer and contact for the following grant programs: Integrated Preclinical/Clinical Program for HIV Topical Microbicides (IPCP-HTM), Prevention Innovation Program (PIP), Mucosal Environment and HIV Prevention Program (MEHP), Sustained Release Antiretrovirals for HIV Treatment and Prevention (SRATP), and Risk of Adolescence and Injury in HIV Susceptibility (RAIS). He is the lead for the DAIDS Non-vaccine Biomedical Prevention Sustained Release and Multipurpose Prevention Technologies programs.  His branch also oversees the Comprehensive Resources for HIV Topical Microbicide and Biomedical Prevention (CRMP) contract, which supports provision of gap-filling resources for topical microbicide and prevention development for product sponsors and best practice working groups.

For more information, contact Dale Edwards, Department of Biology, University of Evansville,

High Schoolers Can Earn College Credit Through UE’s Online Health Sciences Certificate

High school juniors and seniors interested in a career in the health professions may earn college credit through the University of Evansville’s Health Sciences Certificate program. This online program provides exposure to a variety of health science disciplines giving participants a head start on their future health-related careers.

The Health Sciences Certificate provides required credits for the following University of Evansville majors:

  • Athletic Training
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health

Additionally, the certificate provides prerequisite course work for the following programs: Physical Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Science.

“This certificate provides students with a competitive advantage as they begin their college careers,” said Mary Kessler, dean of the College of Education and Health Science at UE. “Courses can be taken to meet a student’s personal needs and schedule for a fraction of the cost.”

The program provides up to 13 hours of college credit. The certificate includes five core courses and one elective, all taught online for $125 per credit hour, plus a semester-based registration and technology fee of $85.

The Health Sciences Certificate program is limited to high school juniors and seniors. Courses are offered online each fall and spring semester in eight- or 16-week offerings.

More information and online registration can be found at

UE Announces New Masters Level Program in Public Health

The University of Evansville has announced plans to launch a new master’s level program in public health, with a dual degree option. Classes in the program will begin in the fall of 2016.

The new master’s level program will take two years to complete. Its emphasis will be on health policy and will provide graduating students with a Master of Public Health degree. Students from any major can apply to the program.

The dual degree option, designed for UE undergraduate public health majors, will provide graduating students with a Master of Public Health degree concurrently with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health. Those pursuing this option would complete the coursework in five years.

The program includes education in such areas as public health, environmental health, managed care, public health law and health economics. Students in the program will also complete an internship in the field of public health.

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, UE assistant professor and director of its public health program, said that the program “is another opportunity for students to stay at UE and pursue a graduate education. Enrollment in UE’s public health major has increased each year since it was introduced. Many of those students have expressed interest in pursuing a master of public health.”

Also, Patel-Dovlatabadi pointed out, there is a growing need for professionals with degrees in public health.

“The job outlook is bright in this area,” Patel-Dovlatabadi explained. “Public health is a multidisciplinary field and a master’s degree prepares students well for a number of these positions.”

The Association of Schools of Public Health has estimated that there will be a shortage of public health professionals by 2020. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job growth in the public health field is 24 percent, higher than the national average.

For more information on the new master’s level program in public health, visit

Patel-Dovlatabadi discusses Zika Virus on Eyewitness News

Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, assistant professor and director of public health, was invited for an in-depth segment on Eyewitness News to discuss the Zika virus. The interview can be found here.

UE Adds Health Communication to Expand Health Major Options

The University of Evansville has approved a new undergraduate major in health communication that will enable students to develop communication skills that can be applied specifically to careers in the health field. UE will be one of the few universities that offer an undergraduate major specifically in health communication.

The health communication major will give students the basic knowledge and skills needed to go on to careers in advertising, public relations, journalism and multimedia production specifically in the health field. It will also give students an understanding of areas related to public health and health services where this knowledge can be applied. It will provide practical experience to students through internships with professional organizations in the health field.

Specific areas that health communication majors will be exposed to include:

            Provider-patient communication        

            Heath care organization communication

            Risk communication / Crisis communication

            Strategic health communication campaigns

            New communication technologies (eHealth)

Careers in which expertise in health communication can be applied include:

            Patient advocacy

            Health care marketing

            Public health campaign specialist

            Health education specialist

            Risk communication specialist

            Health publication editor/reporter

            Health information manager

Advances in communication technology and the growth of the health industry have created an environment for health communication to become one of the fastest growing areas in the field of communication. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth in areas related to health communication will be faster than average from 2012-2022.

For more information on IE’s new health communication major, visit:

UE’s new health communications major joins a rich selection of health profession programs offered at the University, including health services administration, physical therapy, physical therapy assistant, and nursing. Another addition will be the Physician Assistant program, slated to begin in 2017. Physician assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed health care professionals who provide direct patient care and work as part of a physician-led team in delivering a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services. They work in diverse medical and surgical specialties including family and internal medicine, emergency care, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and sub-surgical specialties, and mental and behavioral health care. PAs work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other health care facilities. For more information about the profession visit

The Bureau of Labor projects that the job outlook for physician assistants is very strong. Their estimate is for employment of physician assistants to grow 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information visit



Currently, almost 20% of all energy consumption in the US is used for personal transportation.  Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi weighs in as this program takes a look at what individuals and the community can do to reduce the level of energy consumption for transportation and reduce transportation related pollution. Patel-Dovlatabadi is assistant professor of public health and director of the public health program at the University of Evansville.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi and Eric Stoessel Talk Ebola Preparations with Brad Byrd

Brad Byrd sits down with Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, and Eric Stoessel, a public health major at UE, to talk more about the latest developments involving Ebola and how agencies are preparing for a possible outbreak in case the disease reaches the Tri-State.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Talks Gluten Risks with Brad Byrd

The Food and Drug Administration announced it is now enforcing a rule that foods labeled "gluten free" must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. So, what exactly does this mean to the millions of people who are gluten intolerant or who have celiac disease?

Brad Byrd talks with Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, about some important facts about gluten.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Breaks Down Ebola with Brad Byrd

The World Health Organization says Ebola has infected more than 1,600 people and killed nearly 900 in west African countries.

Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, talks with Brad Byrd on important facts Americans need to know about the Ebola virus.

In-Depth: Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi Shares MERS Facts with Brad Byrd

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the virus in the U.S. last week, a doctor from Saudi Arabia who has been hospitalized in Munster, Indiana near Chicago.

Brad Byrd is joined tonight by Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, the Director of Public Health at the University of Evansville, to discuss some important facts about MERS.

UE Students Compete in National Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Bowl

Congratulations to Cyril Patra, Eric Stoessel, and Michaela Tussey, who traveled to St. Louis this past weekend to compete in the National Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Bowl. The competition consisted of a trivia challenge and case study presentation. The team's faculty advisor, Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, notes that the students performed extremely well and were great representatives for UE!

UE Students Compete in National Undergraduate Public Health Scholar Bowl

Public Health Program to Offer Nutrition Emphasis

Students interested in studying public health at the University of Evansville now have the opportunity to specialize in nutrition.

The nutrition emphasis was approved last week by UE’s curriculum committee and involves the creation of two new courses in the existing public health program: Public Health Nutrition and Food Science.

“With the ongoing cultural shift toward preventive care and wellness, the University of Evansville has seen a significant increase in the number of students interested in studying nutrition,” said Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, DrPH, assistant professor and director of the public health program. “Nutrition is a key part of public health, and the need for trained professionals in this field has never been greater. We’re excited to be at the forefront of this effort and prepare students for careers that make a significant impact on individual and community needs.”

A Bachelor of Science in public health with an emphasis in nutrition will prepare students for diverse employment opportunities with state and local health departments, health and school systems, government agencies, universities and research institutions, wellness centers, and consulting firms, to name a few. The program will also prepare students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in fields including physical therapy, public health, health services administration, dietetics, and health education.

For more information on the public health program and the new nutrition emphasis, please contact program director Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi at 812-488-2210 or visit

Members of the media interested in scheduling an interview with Patel-Dovlatabadi may contact Kristen Lund, director of news services, at 812-488-2241.

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