Public Health & Health Sciences

Promoting health and quality of life.

Public Health & Health Sciences

Your gift makes a difference!

With the help of parents, students, alumni, faculty and friends, we raised over $67,000 during the 2019 UMassGives campaign held April 29-30, placing us 4th in money raised across the entire campus. This figure more than doubled what we had raised during the previous two UMassGives campaigns combined, and, thanks to your generosity, we were able to create a new endowment for global health.  

The Global Health Impact Endowment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences will directly support the Institute for Global Health and enhance the practice-based training of our graduate students who have a keen interest in global health. Research assignments will emphasize a variety of training areas such as global surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology, and strategic information and program management, thereby accelerating our students’ careers as future leaders in the field. Educating and training students in global health will have a great impact as they engage in professional careers in applied fields across the globe after graduation.

All it takes is one gift to create immediate impact! In the last four years, the School has created nine new scholarship funds that support our students, champion diversity, and increase research opportunities. Our success is due in large part to our “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” approach, in which endowments are created predominantly through the efforts of groups of multiple donors motivated by a common purpose. 

Thank you for your support!

Graduate Support:

Dr. Diane J. Mundt Memorial Scholarship annually supports a PhD student in Epidemiology in with professional interests in science and policy, specifically how epidemiology informs decision-making. Preference is given to female, non-traditional students (e.g., those returning from the workforce to pursue advanced studies), and/or those demonstrating significant financial need as demonstrated by the Financial Aid Office.

Virginia A. Beal Fellowship is awarded to doctoral students studying Nutrition. It provides financial support to students to help lower the cost of their academic pursuits.

Undergraduate Support:

Patty Freedson Undergraduate Health and Wellness Scholarship provides financial support for an undergraduate junior in the Kinesiology Department who demonstrates interest in entering the field of corporate health and wellness.

Frank Rife Kinesiology Opportunity Scholarship provides financial support to first generation students and students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. The fund supports undergraduate students’ internship expenses for both domestic and international internship opportunities.

Corinne A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate and/or graduate students, with a preference for awarding two equal scholarships each academic year. The scholarship is given to those who exhibit the qualities and spirit of Corinne A. Johnson, including a commitment to community service, volunteerism and leadership.


William A. Darity Sr. Graduate Scholarship provides financial support to public health students who demonstrate Dr. Darity’s commitment to social justice and is focused on supporting minority and first-generation students in pursuing advanced degrees in higher education.

Harry and Charlena Seymour Scholarship for Diversity provides financial support to those students who have been historically underrepresented due to race, ethnicity, gender, and economic reasons in higher education and to foster greater awareness and understanding of multicultural issues in communication disorders by the infusion of information about linguistic/cultural diversity in the curriculum of the Department of Communication Disorders.

Hands-On Research:

Priscilla M. Clarkson Graduate Endowment Fund provides financial support to Kinesiology graduate students and enables them to pursue research and opportunities that will expand their professional horizons.

The Stewart Fellowship provides financial support to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences whose academic concentration is exposure science/assessment in the occupational or general environment. Recipients will conduct research in exposures due to emerging technologies such as e-cigarettes, 3-D printers, nanotechnology, fracking, and/or mathematical modeling of exposures.

The Yablonski Fellowship provides financial support to Master’s level students enrolled in either the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, or Health Promotion and Policy. The fund supports students who demonstrate strong leadership skills through extracurricular activities like athletic, community, or other volunteer commitments, in order for them to pursue research activities.

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