Population Health

Student Newsletter

Welcome Population Health Students!

Hello and welcome to the Population Health Student Newsletter here at Utah Tech University. As we navigate through school and the always-changing industry of healthcare, this newsletter serves as your go-to source for updates, inspiring stories, and other valuable insights within our community. We are so excited to continue to update you all about the great changes and growth of our program.  We hope you read each edition of this newsletter to stay current. We want to celebrate you, the students, as we explore, innovate, and contribute to the world of healthcare. Let’s go through the journey together!

-Noah Rowley Senior

Population Health Newsletter

Faculty Overview


Robert Kagabo, Ph.D., MSW, MPH.

Email: robert.kagabo@utahtech.edu

Robert graduated with a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in Public Health from the University of Utah. He then completed a 2-year Post-Doctoral training within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His post-doctoral training emphasis was in health disparities and specifically smoking cessation among vulnerable populations. His research interest and involvement is in health disparities and specifically smoking cessation among individuals with mental health problems and other substance use disorders. His interest in health disparities extends into Global Health practice and research. His current global health activities include working in the refugee camps of West Nile, Uganda in East Africa. He also takes student groups in the summer into these refugee camps where students participate in global humanitarian work, service learning, and other scholarly activities. His work in global health is guided by principles of community-based participatory research.

Dr. Mary Brown, Ph.D., CHES, FHEA

Email: mary.brown@utahtech.edu

Originally from Hemet, California, Dr. Brown has been a Southern Utah resident for two years.  She recently moved from Spanish Fork, Utah after a 25-year stint teaching in the Department of Public Health at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.  She earned her Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Utah, where her dissertation research focused on the Stress and Coping of Hospice Volunteers.  Before working in Academia, she was the Environmental Health Educator for the Riverside County Department of Health. She worked as a health educator and in community relations for several healthcare systems in Southern California.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and a Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Fellow.  While working toward her master’s degree in Community Health, she also earned a certificate in Gerontology: Adult Development and Aging.  Dr. Brown loves working with students and took four UT students to the Capitol Reef Field Station from June 21-25 on an engaged learning project providing public health service in rural Utah.

Dr. Tiffany Vickers

Email: tiffany.vickers@utahtech.edu

Dr. Tiffany Vickers holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and has been building a career in higher education since 2007. She served for nine years as the Assistant Director for the MHA program at the University of Utah, contributing significantly to its growth. Now at Utah Tech University, Dr. Vickers leverages her extensive experience to integrate real-world insights into the curriculum, aiming to propel the institution forward in alignment with its innovative, career-focused educational mission.

Her research is concentrated on the self-efficacy of mothers caring for children with special needs, underscoring her compassionate and research-driven approach. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Vickers is passionate about outdoor adventures and reading. Joined by her partner John and two loyal dogs, she aspires to visit all the national parks.

Cindy Clark: Academic Advisor

Email: cindy.clark@utahtech.edu

Jake Richins: Academic Advisor

Email: jake.richins@utahtech.edu


Dates to Save:

January 8 2024: Classes Begin

Jan 15 2024: MLK Day, no classes

March 1st 2024: Midterm Grades due

March 18 2024: Summer Registration Opens

March 25th 2024: Fall Registration Opens

April 29-30, May 1-2: Finals Week

May 3rd 2024: Commencement

May 6th 2024: Final Grades Due

Director's Note

Dear Students,

I am thrilled to see the enthusiasm and engagement within our Population Health Program. As we journey through this academic year, I want to extend a special invitation to all of you to actively participate in our monthly Global and Population Health Hour. This is a unique opportunity to join forces with our dedicated student ambassadors – Camilla and Noah – to delve into relevant, impactful topics in global and population health.

Your voice and perspective are invaluable in these discussions. These sessions are not just about learning; they’re about sharing experiences, ideas, and collaborating towards innovative solutions in healthcare spaces. I strongly encourage each one of you to attend these sessions and contribute your unique insights.

Additionally, remember that our doors are always open for you. Whether you have concerns or ideas or need guidance, please feel free to reach out to your advisors, Cindy Clark and Jake Richins, or to me directly. We are here to support your academic journey and professional growth every step of the way.

Let’s make the most of this semester by engaging, learning, and growing together. Looking forward to seeing you at the Global and Population Health Hour and around campus!

Warm regards,

Dr. Tiffany Vickers

Program Director Population Health Program Utah Tech University


Introducing Our New Tailored Advising Process for Pre-Program Students

Dear Students,

We recognize that the journey into specialized healthcare programs, such as pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, and pre-dental hygiene, is competitive and often filled with uncertainty. To support you in this journey, Utah Tech University is excited to introduce a new, tailored advising process. This approach is designed to provide clarity and direction, not only for your primary program of interest but also for alternative pathways in the dynamic field of healthcare.

The Bigger Picture: Alternative Pathways in Healthcare

While you pursue your primary interest, it’s important to be aware of the broader spectrum of opportunities available in healthcare. To this end, we are highlighting three compelling programs within Population Health:

  1. Healthcare Administration: Focused on the business and management side of healthcare, preparing you for leadership roles in various healthcare settings.
  2. Public Health: Concentrates on community health, policy development, and disease prevention, offering a broader perspective on healthcare impacts.
  3. Long-Term Care Administration: Specializes in managing long-term care facilities, ensuring quality care for aging populations.

The Tailored Advising Approach

Our innovative advising process involves collaboration between your “home advisor” and the Population Health program. Here’s how it works:

  1. Meet Your Home Advisor: You will first meet with your home advisor (pre-physical therapy, pre-nursing, pre-dental hygiene, etc.) who understands the specific requirements and competitive nature of your chosen field.
  2. Discuss Alternative Paths: Your advisor will introduce the Population Health programs as alternatives, explaining how they align with your interests and career aspirations.
  3. Strategic Course Planning: Together, you’ll plan your coursework. This includes selecting general education courses, electives, and core courses that not only fulfill requirements for your primary program but also position you well for a smooth transition into Population Health programs if needed.

The Benefits

  • Streamlined Pathway: Reduces duplication of efforts and unnecessary courses.
  • Informed Decision-Making: Helps you understand all available options, encouraging a more informed choice about your academic and career journey.
  • Stress Reduction: Offers a clear path and backup options, reducing anxiety about the competitive nature of specialized programs.
  • Career Flexibility: Opens doors to diverse career opportunities in healthcare.

Our Goal

Our aim is to help you see the bigger picture of what’s available in the healthcare sector. We want to empower you with knowledge and choices, ensuring that your academic journey at Utah Tech University leads to both academic and professional satisfaction.

Remember, the field of healthcare is vast and varied. Whether your path leads to a specialized clinical role or to a broader role in healthcare administration, public health, or long-term care administration, Utah Tech University is committed to guiding you every step of the way.
Thank you and stay tuned for our next edition!

Tiffany Vickers