Dear APHA Student Assembly Regional Liason,

The University of California at Berkeley seeks your help in disseminating a survey invitation email to public health graduate students in the 52 schools and colleges of public health in the US. Further details are below. For the campuses in your region, we are hoping that you could copy and paste the text below (or online HERE) and email to one or more student leaders at each school or college of public health in your region. We will be most grateful for your assistance on this important project. Questions/comments: viewscreen@berkeley.edu. Thank you! – Prof. Doug Oman (PI) and other Viewscreen project faculty.


Dear Public Health Student Leader:

The University of California at Berkeley needs your help. We want to use data about student perceptions to address an important and sensitive issue.

With funding from the John Templeton Foundation, we are circulating a nationwide 5-10 minute online survey of perceptions by you and other graduate students in the 52 schools and colleges of public health in the US.

To include your school, we need your help. As a student leader, can you arrange to circulate the SURVEY INVITATION EMAIL (below or here) to your fellow graduate students via a listserv or in some other way?

The survey asks your perceptions of how religious and/or spiritual factors have been addressed (or not addressed) in your Public Health education. This is a sensitive and important topic. Data on student perceptions should inform current debates. Our project website gives additional background (or you may vet IRB approvals and survey questions).

Within about 3 weeks (check timeline), we hope to have most survey responses. Please soon disseminate the SURVEY INVITATION EMAIL (below/here), if possible with an encouraging message. Please also consider completing the survey yourself, at your convenience.

If we have reached you in error, or if you have any questions, or if you must decline, please email us at Viewscreen@berkeley.edu as soon as possible. We apologize for any duplicate requests. Thank you for your help on this important project!

-Professor Doug Oman, and other Berkeley-based faculty
(↓see our signatures below↓)


SUBJECT LINE (POSSIBLE): Invitation from UC Berkeley SPH

Dear Public Health graduate student,

The University of California at Berkeley seeks your input to ensure that an important, sensitive topic of current debate can be addressed in light of student perceptions. We hereby invite you to complete a 5 – 10 minute online survey:


We seek input from all graduate students in accredited US Schools and Colleges of Public Health, and hope that you and your school are represented. The survey asks whether spiritual and religious factors have been addressed in your Public Health education, and what you feel might be needed (or not needed). Those who complete the survey can sign up to be notified of results when available next year. All your individual responses are completely anonymous, and we hope to receive them within 2 or 3 weeks (check timeline). More study background is available below our signatures. When/if you are ready to complete the survey, please follow this link:


With thanks and gratitude,

Professor Doug Oman, Principal Investigator
                    UC Berkeley – Community Health & Human Development
Professor Leonard Syme, Project co-Leader
                    UC Berkeley – Epidemiology, Community Health & Human Development
Professor Timothy Brown
                    UC Berkeley – Health Policy & Management
Professor Denise Herd
                    UC Berkeley – Behavioral Sciences
Professor Kristine Madsen
                    UC Berkeley – Joint Medical Program, Public Health Nutrition
Professor Linda Neuhauser
                    UC Berkeley – Health Education, Translational Research
Professor Amani Nuru-Jeter
                    UC Berkeley – Epidemiology, Community Health & Human Development
Professor Lee Riley
                    UC Berkeley – Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology
Professor David Lukoff
                    Sofia University – Clinical Psychology
Professor Stephen G. Post
                    Stony Brook University – Bioethics, Preventive Medicine


The purpose of this survey is to find out whether spirituality and/or religion have been discussed (or not discussed) as potential health-relevant factors in Public Health education at your university and across the US in other Schools and Colleges of Public Health. Spiritual factors are now often discussed in the graduate training in other health-related fields such as medicine and psychology. Whether and how to address these factors in Public Health training is a topic of current debate. We believe that these debates should be informed by data about student perceptions.

Our survey findings will be published next year (2014) in a publicly available online report, and later in journal articles. This project was initiated at UC Berkeley and has received funding support from the John Templeton Foundation. You may find out more about us and about the study by visiting our website, http://viewscreen.berkeley.edu

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