New Course: Career and Professional Development in Public Health, Spring 2017 (1 credit)

Charlie Plain | October 12, 2016

SPH is offering a new course for students who are interested in learning how to develop a meaningful career in public health. Students will learn skills that they can apply to find a field experience and to find employment in the future. Students will learn the fundamentals of the following: self-awareness/strengths, job/field experience and employer research, relationship-building (networking), interviewing, self-marketing (e.g. resumes, cover letters), identification of professional goals, and professionalism in the workplace. Students will also complete an individual development plan.

This course will be taught by Megan Gallert. Gallert coordinates the Field Experience and Employer Relations Initiatives for the School of Public Health as a member of the Career & Professional Development Center team. Gallert has extensive experience in career counseling, coaching, and management, recruitment, student success and advancement of diverse talent, relationship management, as well as leadership development. Gallert earned her Masters of Arts degree in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications (career development emphasis) from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Gallert comes to us from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as a retention specialist and prior to that as a talent manager for Pro Staff. For more information about Gallert’s experience, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meganlafontaine.

This 1-credit course will be offered during the first half of Spring Semester (T, Th 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.). Look for the course title: PubH 6100 – 002: Topics: Environmental Health, Career and Professional Development in Public Health. The course is broadly focused on Careers in Public Health. For more information, contact Betsy Wattenberg at watte004@umn.edu.

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