HMJ graduate students have exceptional access to national and international leaders in journalism, public health, health policy and biomedical research – due to the strong public service mission of UGA's Knight Chair. Interdisciplinary collaborations enable Professor Thomas to bring experts to UGA for a range of lectures and discussions. Off campus, professional development events for ethnic and traditional media are joint ventures with media organizations, foundations or public agencies.


May 17, 2017 - Health and Medical Journalism students shine light on Mountain Medicine
While today's technology has improved the ability for journalists to conduct interviews by phone or email, there are many stories that cannot be told without a one-on-one interview. For this reason, Pat Thomas, the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, assigned her eight students to participate in the second annual rural health reporting project, venturing to northwest Georgia near Rome and Dalton, Georgia. The goal of the five-day trip was to tell stories that wouldn't ordinarily be written because there are not enough reporters in rural Georgia areas to cover them. See the Article >

This is a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated to produce this series, made possible by support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation and the Institute of International Education.

May 15, 2017 - Grady professor teaches students to communicate science effectively
Pat Thomas, Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, announced her retirement earlier this year but will leave behind a legacy of graduates who continue her work on health issues. See the Article >

April 4, 2017 - Malaria researcher promotes global efforts to rid disease from endemic areas
Physician and researcher Richard W. Steketee, director of the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa MACEPA, has been fascinated by the malaria parasite for 35 years. On April 11, he will visit the University of Georgia to discuss current efforts to banish the disease from parts of Africa where it has a stubborn hold. See the Article >

March 10, 2017 - International leader in HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention to deliver UGA Signature Lecture
Birx, the program's original speaker, is unable to attend due to a family health emergency. Sandra L. Thurman, chief strategy officer, and Cornelius Baker, chief policy advisor, both from the United States Department of State's Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, will present "The War Against AIDS, 35 Years and Counting: Are We There Yet?" See the Article >

January 24, 2017 - NPR science journalist tells about covering everything from AIDS to Zika
NPR health correspondent and senior editor Rob Stein has covered global infectious diseases since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, also reporting on emerging pathogens such as SARS and perennial threats such as influenza. See the Article >


August 10, 2016 - Project helps student reporters bring health issues to life in remote corner of Georgia
Reporting on health rural health issues is no small task. There's a question of logistics, drives are long and no one may want to talk once you arrive. Now try making a 400-mile round-trip over five days full of daily reporting excursions with nine students in tow and you've got yourself a real reporting adventure. See the Article >

April 15, 2016 - UGA Health and Medical Journalism students examine a dark corner of Georgia healthcare
Nine graduate students in the Grady College Health and Medical Journalism program traveled to the southwest corner of Georgia in late March to report seldom-told stories about health and healthcare in a region where poverty and poor health are endemic. See the Article >

Place Matters: SW Georgia Health 2016
March 30, 2016 - Georgia Health News is running a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a partnership made possible by the Ford Foundation and Grady College.

March 28, 2016 - Researcher to talk about life-long quest to develop HIV vaccines
The University of Georgia's Voices from the Vanguard 2016 series concludes April 12 as Sarah J. Schlesinger tells how novel cells that were first spotted under a microscope in the 1970s have since been recognized as sentinels, sensors and "conductors of the immune symphony." See the Article >

March 15, 2016 - Claire Panosian to speak about global travel and the spread of disease
More than 70 million passengers pass through Los Angeles International Airport each year, and infectious disease physician Claire Panosian knows that they're carrying more than shampoo and extra socks. For years she was the doctor on call for LAX, and she's diagnosed travelers packing fevers, flus and parasites from the far corners of the globe. See the Article >

February 16, 2016 - Expert on controlling mosquitoes that spread dengue, zika to speak in global disease series
Prevention programs typically distribute bed nets and dump out containers of standing water where disease-carrying mosquitoes breed. But extensive field research in Thailand and Peru has convinced entomologist and ecologist Thomas W. Scott that a more interdisciplinary approach could be more effective. He'll tell this story when he speaks at the University of Georgia on February 16, in a lecture called "The human factor: People, places and the fight against infected mosquitoes." See the Article >

January 12, 2016 - Prominent Liberian journalist to open Voices from the Vanguard series
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the top health story of 2014, killing thousands of people, dominating news coverage and sending shockwaves through global travel and trade. Liberian journalist Wade C. L. Williams was on the front lines in Monrovia as an investigative journalist and head of the news desk at FrontPage Africa, one of West Africa's largest digital news organizations. See the Article >


September 2015 - Second-year Health and Medical Journalism graduate students Sydney Devine and Lauren Schumacker have been selected as two out of twelve science writing fellows for this year's National Academies of Science Keck Futures Initiative conference in Irvine, California. This marks the 10th consecutive year that at least one University of Georgia student has been selected to participate in this elite meeting. See the Article >

September 2015 - Intern Diaries - Christopher McGee: Describe a typical workday in your internship. The most exciting part about working in a PR agency is not knowing what to expect everyday. Don't get me wrong; there are a few things that remain constant. I spent at least a few hours every day answering emails, sitting in on meetings and being briefed by my manager. However, I had the opportunity to work on various projects that spanned different amounts of time. See the Article >

September 2015 - Intern Diaries - Sydney Devine: Describe a typical workday in your internship. Every morning started with the News Team's 9 a.m. meeting. It was probably the most entertaining meeting of the day. We'd go through and look at Google and Yahoo trends and health news. We'd also go over what was going to be published for the day from our team, as well as what we would be publishing from Health Day - one of our partners that we pick up news stories from. See the Article >

July 2015 - Office Hours with Patricia Thomas - What single concept or skill do you feel is most important for your students to learn, and what is your approach to teaching it? Interviewing tops my list, because being a great reporter is even more important than being a great writer. See the Article >

June 2015 - Students in the University of Georgia's Health and Medical Journalism program are learning the skills that will ultimately help members of the public separate fact from fiction and make smart choices, whether they're in the doctor's office, the grocery store or the voting booth. See the Article >

April 7, 2015 - The University of Georgia's Voices from the Vanguard series continues April 7 as Maryn McKenna, author of "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA," explores the battle over adding antibiotics to animal feed. See the Article >

February 17, 2015 - The University of Georgia's Voices from the Vanguard series continues Feb. 17 as Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, gives his perspective on communication as a public health tool. See the Article >

January 13, 2015 - Harold Jaffe, associate director of science at the Centers for Disease Control The University of Georgia's Voices from the Vanguard series starts a new season Jan. 13 with an highly personal look at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic from Harold Jaffe. The presentation, "CDC, Hollywood and the early days of AIDS in the U.S.," takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Georgia Chapel. See the Article >


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