This webpage provides information related to the operating status at the Rutgers School of Public Health. For the latest operating information for Rutgers University, please visit the university’s official COVID-19 website.
After careful consideration and in accordance with Rutgers University guidance, the Rutgers School of Public Health has decided to extend remote learning – with a very limited number of hybrid courses that would follow appropriate health-related precautions – through the Fall 2020 semester.
No decision has been made yet regarding telecommuting and repopulating campus for employees for Fall 2020; this remote learning announcement applies to our graduate education programs and courses. However, faculty and staff can review the Returning to Rutgers and Returning to Research documents.
After careful consideration and in accordance with Rutgers University guidance, the Rutgers School of Public Health has decided to extend remote learning – with a very limited number of hybrid courses that would follow appropriate health-related precautions – through the Fall 2020 semester. Students should consult with their instructors regarding specific course concerns and accommodations.Students:
Faculty: Resources for teaching online can be found on Canvas in the Rutgers School Public Health for Online, In-Person and Hybrid Course Development shell – look under Modules – Online Emergency Preparedness. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Liang, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs , or Marian Passannante, Associate Dean for Educational Program Development and Global Programs.
The Summer and Fall 2020 Course Schedules are now online! Registration opens for current students April 6 for both semesters, so students should reach out to their academic advisors to discuss plans. Students can find additional information regarding Summer and Fall Registration on the Student Connect Canvas page. If you have any questions regarding the information below, please email the Office of the Registrar .
In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Office of Practice is prioritizing finding remote opportunities for students but continues to encourage students to find their own opportunities. There is flexibility over the PRAC 0175: Applied Practice Experience (APE) if it relates to COVID-19 response, for example contact tracing. If you have any questions about whether a project is applicable to the APE, please contact the Office of Practice.
The Student Wellness Program is available for students to provide free confidential counseling services and they are holding counseling sessions over the phone with licensed clinicians. You can call 973-972-5429 to reach the Newark office during business hours and 732-235-5930 to reach the Piscataway office during business hours.
Our Office of Student Support Services, while not in a formal confidential setting, can also be a resource for you during this time. Michael Vega, Director of Student Support Services, is available via email for students out of Piscataway and Claire Brown, Assistant Director of Student Support Services, is available via email for students based out of Newark, however, both are resources to all students regardless of which location they take classes from. Additional resources:
Faculty and Staff :
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to help you develop a plan to engage in better self-care and make some deposits into your health account. Counselors are available to assist you in managing various concerns that may be affecting your personal or professional life. Contact the EAP at (732) 235-5930, to speak with a counselor or to arrange an appointment. Additional resources:
Student Career Services continue to be provided. Students can still receive support related to resume review, interview preparation, job search, and one-on-one career advising. Please direct any career-related inquires or concerns to Claire Brown, Assistant Director of Student Support Services, or visit the Student Career Services Canvas page.
The Rutgers School of Public Health Office of Research (OOR) continues to support faculty and student research. For the latest information available from U.S. federal funding agencies in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit the OOR’s COVID-19 webpage. If you have any questions or concerns about your research, please contact Katie Zapert, Director of Research.
The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is offering virtual opportunities for prospective and accepted students to connect with faculty and staff. The Office of Admissions and Recruitment is offering online information sessions and Q&A’s as well. With ETS testing centers remaining closed for the time being, a GRE waiver process has been established for applicants applying into our MPH and Certificate programs for Fall 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Kamal Kornegay, Director of Admissions and Recruitment.
Our Technical Support Team is ready to assist our School of Public Health community with all remote needs. IT support and instructions on how to setup basic remote technical functionality, including quick links to the Portal, Canvas, Box, WebEx can be found by visiting Office of Computing and Technology Support webpage.
Due to the reduced on-campus population, our locations will continue to be secured. They will only be accessible using your Rutgers University ID card – meaning automated schedules for building and room openings are disabled.
ID Cards: Given that face coverings will be commonplace, Rutgers ID cards must be worn at all times while on campus and/or in Rutgers buildings.
Visitors: Visitors with no legitimate business purpose and guests are not allowed in workplaces; this includes visitors who may be friends or family of employees.
If you are looking for other ways to de-stress during this time, here are some resources:
Have general questions about COVID-19?
The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the State to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
Call: 2-1-1 • Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
Implementing collaborative and robust public health initiatives - like the New Jersey Community Contact Tracing Corps program – is key to breaking the chain of transmission and slowing community spread of COVID-19 as we seek to reopen the Garden State. While our local health departments have been conducting contact tracing since the beginning of the outbreak and routinely perform this work, there is a need to centralize and expand contact tracing efforts across the state. To support local health, the New Jersey Department of Health is building a Community Contact Tracing Corps. To start, the Department is partnering with the state’s institutions of higher education that will employ public health, social work, and students with health-related backgrounds as frontline workers. This diverse and well-trained group of New Jerseyans will be serving the communities in which they live, work, and study. Learn more about the New Jersey COVID-19 Community Contact Tracing Corps Program.