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Winter Study Abroad Opportunity to Jamaica

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, Winter Session

Study Abroad in Jamaica? Absolutely!

When: Winter Session January 4-January 20, 2018

What: Behavior Driven Disease-A Global Epidemic (3 credits)

Who: Undergraduate students Interested in a career in healthcare

How: Experiential Learning Immersion

Contact Dr. Burton in the School of Public Health and Health Professions for more information:


Winter Study Abroad Opportunity to Jamaica for Health-Related Fields

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, Winter Session

Behavior Driven Disease: A Global Epidemic Study Abroad: Mona, Jamaica (near Kingston)

Term Year                                            Dates

Winter Session 2018               Begin: 1/4/2018     End: 1/20/2018

Program Description

This experiential learning program will enable students in health related fields to compare obesity prevalence (and accompanying behavior-driven disease) between a culture they would typically not know (Jamaica) and our culture in the United States. Students will spend 3 days in Buffalo reviewing and discussing basic concepts and theories. The group will then travel to The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica and spend 13 days traveling to different sites around the island, observing and interacting with the population.


The course is an intensive 3-credit elective that will allow student participants to explore how lifestyle choices related to food intake and physical activity levels are linked to obesity from 2 perspectives – the United States and Jamaica.  The U.S. has one of the highest obesity rates in the world – approximately 37% of the adult population is obese. Jamaica’s rate is about half that, standing at 20%.

The primary objective is to have the students identify and describe factors that contribute to the lower prevalence in Jamaica. To satisfy this objective, students will attend classroom sessions before departure to learn how the divergence of cultural and biologic evolution has created an environment of abundance and comfort, leading to widespread overconsumption of food and physical inactivity. In Jamaica, participants will interact with faculty and students in health-related disciplines at UWI, will explore markets and farms in the area to determine the availability and cost of fresh food, and will visit various restaurants and other food outlets to assess nutritional value of prepared food. Through observation, immersion, and survey, students will explore daily physical activity patterns among individuals in different settings – city, village/town, and rural – to make comparisons and analyze results. Students will also engage and interact with obesity practitioners and patients during visits to community health centers and clinics.

A secondary objective is to have students use information they gather to explore mechanisms through which physical inactivity and poor nutrition are linked to high risk for contracting heart disease and diabetes and how adopting an active lifestyle and better eating habits can reduce risk, increase quality of life and delay the onset of debilitating illness later in life.


For most of the program, students will stay in dormitories at the University of the West Indies. While in Port Maria, the group will stay in a hostel arranged by the program.


Estimated cost for this program is in the range $3800 – $4100. Includes tuition (3 credits), air fare, accommodation in Jamaica, meals and transportation to and from the Kingston airport and to different sites around the island. Any personal expenses (souvenirs etc) need to be added to the final cost.


Contact the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Harold Burton


Neuroanatomy Winter Intersession 2017

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2016 in Academics, Winter Session

NEUROANATOMY – Winter Intersession 2017
Registration No. 10142
1 credit –

ES 344: Neuroanatomy I (with clinical cases)

This 1 credit on-line course is designed to provide students with a 3 dimensional appreciation of various neurological structures. The course will use video instructional format of cross-sections, models, and diagrams to identify various neurological structures.  Topics will focus on the external and internal morphology of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord, and the arterial system. 

Once a foundation in Neuroanatomy is established, the course will explore how disruption of key neurological structures lead to specific injury/disease. Clinical Case studies will be specifically selected to enhance the understanding of the role and functional significance of various neuro-anatomical structures.

Neuroanatomy I is a foundation course for all programs in biomedical science, psychology, nursing, and rehabilitation. The course will emphasize a 3-dimensional approach of the human brain and will enable students to navigate and identify structures while also providing clinical relevance and context.

For additional info or help with registration (ANA 407 is not required). Students who have not completed ANA 113 or ES 207, or a basic undergraduate science course, please contact the instructor, Dr. Farkas at:


New Undergrad Course Winter 2017: MIC 412 Fundamentals of Immunology

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2016 in Academics, Online Courses, Winter Session

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Explore the intriguing defense system that protects humans by destroying deadly microbes while keeping the body’s healthy cells and tissues safe from harm. Learn the fundamentals and the language of the field in this interactive online course.

This is a 3 semester hour online course that will be limited in size and highly interactive. Testing will be available off-site by arrangement.

Immunology is a relatively new field in medicine and is an area of exciting new developments in treatment and prevention of disease. This includes cancer treatment, drug treatment and vaccines to combat infectious diseases, as well as the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

It will be very important to any undergraduate student interested in biology, biomedical research, or any of the healthcare professions to have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of immunology.



Winter Social Work Electives Open to Undergraduates

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2016 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Online Courses, Registration and Seminar Information, Research Information and Opportunities, Winter Session

Winter Social Work Electives Open to Undergraduates

We are offering a number of winter Social Work undergraduate electives. Register as normal, but if you have questions, please contact our Registrar, Kathy Dmochowski at or 716-645-1273.

***For questions about whether this course will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.***

SW 115 Mental Health in Popular Culture and Media

The purpose of this course is to critically examine how individuals with mental health disorders and their families are portrayed in, and often stigmatized by popular culture and diverse forms of media, including broadcast, various film genres, video games, print media, and social media. Students will also explore how media can be used to reduce the stigmatization and marginalization of people with mental health disorders.

Location: Online
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 10279
Instructor: Rebecca Polmanteer

SW 120 Who Do You Think You Are?

Have you ever wondered why you think the way you do? Have you ever wondered why you immediately connect, or not, with certain people? Have you ever thought about how this will impact your future in regards to both your personal friendships and professional relationships? This class will assist you in beginning the journey of understanding how it is you came to be who you are and how you came to think the way you do by examining the impact that your family has had and continues to have on you.

Course Dates: Saturday 1/7/17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 1/14 & 1/21/17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 209 Norton Hall
Credit Hours: 2
Registration # 10188
Instructor: Glenn Frost

SW 401AON Your Brilliant Career: Using Social Media for Career Enhancement

Are you looking for a new tool to help you in your job search? Have you wondered how you may use social media to help you advance your career? This course will provide you with both knowledge and hands-on experience to build a strategic, professional presence via social media that will help you learn about new developments in your area of interest, establish your expertise and build your career.

Location: Online
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 10281
Instructor: Dorlee Michaeli

SW 401BON Minecraft Play Therapy Intensive

Play therapy in the 21 century has gone both global and digital! Last year, the video game Minecraft had over 100 million registered users, of all ages, races, genders and socioeconomic status. Combining elements of sandbox games, MMOs and First-person shooters, this video game has won over gamers, educators and designers alike. And now social workers can harness the power of this game as a therapeutic tool. But did you know that Minecraft has a lot to teach us about how we pay attention to, get distracted from, and cope with things Embedded in the design and the lore of the game are nuggets of philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. From work/life balance to physical and mental health to the meaning of life Minecraft has something to teach us. This session will investigate the nature of mind as illustrated by Minecraft, its different versions, and content. Drawing from CBT, DBT, psychodynamic theory and Theory of Mind, we’ll take a look at how this game creates a mediated environment for relationship, examples of affect regulation, and points the way toward deeper mindfulness and well-being.

Location: Online
Credit Hours: 1
Registration # 10282
Instructor: Michael Langlois





Warm Up To Winter-UB Winter Session Information September 30

Posted by Tim on September 6, 2016 in Academics, Event, New Programs, Winter Session

2017 Winter Session is Coming!

Take a course online or on-campus. Classes begin January 4, 2017.  Registration opens October 1, 2016 at

The first event is Warm Up To Winter! and will take place Friday, September 30th in the Student Union from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Students will receive winter session information while they enjoy a warm cup of chili and strike a pose at our photo booth.


UB Study Abroad in Barbados Winter 2016

Posted by Tim on September 3, 2015 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, Winter Session

Imagine you and some friends in this picture this winter
January 3-20, 2016

Temperature comparison
Barbados Daily High 86° F low 70° F
Buffalo, NY High 21° F Low 15° F

• Gen Ed Credit including equivalent with American Pluralism
• One of the least expensive
• Billeting at modern facilities at University of West Indies
• Great beaches, sports, recreational activities
• Easy communications with US and rest of the world
• Home of Rihanna
• Many many many more features

Sign up at UB Study Abroad

Contact: Prof. Cecil Foster, Department of Transnational Studies


Winter Session Course: Health Coaching

Posted by Tim on November 13, 2014 in Academics, Winter Session

ES 461 Special Topics – Health Coaching and Behavior Modification

This course will provide an overview of behavior modification strategies related to health behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, weight management, and tobacco cessation. Discusses principles of health coaching and provides students with practical experience utilizing coaching techniques. See course syllabus for more information.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe scope of practice, professional ethics and competencies for health coaches.
  2. Apply health behavior theory to assess individual behaviors and motivation to change.
  3. Describe how motivation, knowledge, skills and attitude affect individual behavior change.
  4. Discuss how to address common barriers to adopting new health behaviors.
  5. Describe health coaching principles used to assist individuals in modifying health behaviors, such as exercise, diet, tobacco cessation, weight management and stress management.
  6. Practice health coaching techniques, such as motivational interviewing, active listening, values-based coaching, goal setting, guided imagery, and reframing.

Instructor: Heather Kearns, MPH, Master Certified Health Education Specialist

The course may be useful for undergraduate majors in exercise science, nursing, psychology, biomedical sciences, social work or any student entering a health profession.  Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:30am.


Neuroanatomy Course Winter Session

Posted by Tim on October 28, 2014 in Academics, Winter Session

Winter Neuroanatomy Course

PSY474 Basics of Psychological Neuroanatomy (Hybrid Course)

This course is an intense and immersive study of neuroanatomy, particularly as it pertains to Psychology. The course consists of two parts. The first part of the course (05 January – 19 January) is online and self-paced.

Although students are not expected to begin working on the course until 05 January, the online resources will open shortly after Fall courses so students will be able to begin earlier if they choose. The second part of the course (20 January – 23 January, 9am – 5pm) is face-to-face on UB’s South Campus.

During the part of the course students will learn basic neuroanatomy using online video lectures, workbooks, and on-line resources. The neuroanatomy will be tied to function, particularly as it applies to Psychology and Psychopathology. During the second part of the course, students will apply the concepts and factual material they learned in the first part using human brain specimens in the Neuroanatomy Museum on  South Campus. Students will also master basic neuroanatomy by studying and dissecting sheep and human brains.

The class will be online (05 January – 19 January) and face-to-face (20 January – 23 January). The face-to-face component will be held on UB’s South Campus. (Details about the specific locations will be posted on UB Learns.) Students who are unable to be present at UB for the face-to-face component will be unable to satisfy the course requirements and should not register for this course. If you have trouble registering for this class call 716-645-0205



Spanish Courses This Winter

Posted by Tim on October 24, 2014 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Winter Session

Romance Languages and Literatures is offering SPA 151 and SPA 314 during this Winter session.

SPA 151: Intermediate Spanish 1st Semester
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
10 Capen Hall
Registration #10174

SPA 314: Advanced Composition and Conversation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
209 Norton Hall
Registration #10175