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There are many congratulations to go around this time of year. First, we’d like to offer a warm welcome to the newly admitted cohort of students who are starting in Spring 2022. Congrats on your acceptance to the program! Next, we applaud our class of Fall 2021 graduates who have completed all of their program milestones and will now join our ranks of alumni out in the world. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope to see you for commencement next May! Lastly, congrats to all of our current students who have finished (or are finishing) their final exams. We hope everyone has a restful and healthy Winter Break.

Important Announcements

Important Dates and Deadlines: 

  • December 21, Fall tuition and registration fees: Final installment of Fall Fee Payment Plan due
  • December 20 - January 3, OOMPH Program Winter Curtailment (i.e. OOMPH offices are closed, staff to return on January 4)
  • January 1*, Last day to waive out of SHIP for Spring without incurring a $75 fee
  • January 9, Phase II enrollment ends for continuing students
  • January 10, Adjustment Period for enrollment begins
  • January 11, Spring 1 courses begin
  • January 15*, FINAL SPRING SHIP WAIVER DEADLINE (i.e. to avoid the $3,044 fee)
  • January 18, Spring Full Term courses begin

*Please note: if you waived out of SHIP during the Fall semester, you do not need to waive again for Spring/Summer (i.e. the Fall waiver extends through the entire academic year). If you have any questions or are unsure of your waiver status, please reach out to

Course Enrollment

Spring Enrollment

All OOMPH Students should now be enrolled in their Spring courses.  If you have any questions or concerns about Spring enrollment, please reach out to your Program Manager.

Student Spotlight

OOMPH Student Spotlight

Are you interested in being featured on our public-facing website? Please fill out this form to be featured for our student spotlight!


Employment Opportunities


New OOMPH Podcast Episode:

In this episode, we interview Dr. Jay Graham, Assistant Professor in Residence in the Environmental Health Sciences Division. Jay and his research team use molecular approaches to study the emergence, transmission and maintenance of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in community settings by incorporating molecular data into population-level analyses. Jay shares insights about how his research contributes to the development of more efficient and effective approaches to scale-up public health initiatives for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.


OOMPH Events

Public Health Nutrition Info Session

If you are interested in learning more about OOMPH's new Public Health Nutrition Concentration, please attend the info session on December 14th, 5:30-6:30pm PST. The session will also be recorded and posted to the website.

Event Topics/Agenda:

  • Learn about new upcoming nutrition courses:
  • W206A: Nutrition Assessment (Spring 1)
  • W206B: Food and Nutrition Policy (Fall 2)
  • Meet Dr. Sarah Zyba, the new faculty advisor for the PHN concentration and instructor for W206A
  • Discover careers available in PHN
  • Q&A session for any questions you have about the concentration/ new courses

Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 974 6345 9594

SPH Events

Get Involved! If you are interested in attending SPH virtual events, please visit the community events calendar at

Academic Support

Academic Advising Drop-In Hours with Deborah

  • While Judy is out, Deborah will be holding drop-in advising office hours. Please feel welcome to drop in with any questions about spring courses, enrollments or just to say hello. Please use the zoom link for all sessions:
  • Wednesday, 12/15, 9-10am & 5-6pm (PST)
  • Friday, 12/17, 1-3pm (PST)
  • Tuesday, 1/4/22, 2-4pm (PST)

BPH Climate Survey

From Executive Associate Dean, Amani Allen, PhD, MPH:

“In our efforts to continue to monitor climate in the School and to provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences, we would like to ask you to respond to this brief survey by December 22nd.”

Monthly Observance

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

“Every year, thousands of lives are needlessly lost on our Nation’s roadways because of alcohol — and drug-impaired driving.  These are avoidable tragedies that leave deep holes in our Nation’s families and communities.  During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment to preventing impaired driving.  We remember the victims and honor their memory by making the responsible decision to drive sober and ensure that others do the same.”

- Presidential Proclamation. November 30, 2021. Click here to read more

AAA Tips for Traffic Safety & Impaired-Free Driving

For drivers:

  • Choose a designated driver before you go out.
  • Use a ridesharing service or a local taxi service.
  • Stay with a friend or book a nearby hotel room if you are impaired.

For hosts:

  • Offer nonalcoholic drink options and never serve minors.
  • Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends.
  • Remind guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
  • Don’t be afraid to take car keys away from guests who are too impaired to drive.
  • Help arrange alternate transportation or accommodations for guests who need it.

For everyone:

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • If you spot a motorist who appears to be an impaired driver, keep a safe distance, and call 9-1-1 if it is safe to do so.