UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Public Health (SPH) graduate student Ugochukwu Uzoeghelu (SPH ’14) has been named as one of this year’s Decade Software–National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) scholarship winners.
NEHA, an environmental health and protection professional society with more than 4,500 members across the U.S., was founded to help create “a healthful environment for all” by setting standards of excellence for the profession and providing “education and motivation” to the industry. For more than 27 years, Decade Software Company has served regulatory agencies responsible for protecting public and environmental health.
Scholarship awardees are recognized for their innovative environmental health industry ideas, based on selection of their essays by Decade Software executives and NEHA leadership, and are invited to attend NEHA’s National Educational Conference and Exhibition, to be held this July in Las Vegas.
Uzoeghelu’s essay, “The importance of institutionalizing capacity building programs at university level,” refers to the concept of implementing and supporting activities that improve and enhance an organization’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. His recommendations reflect on the role of governmental organizations in identifying institutions at national and regional levels with the potential to become capacity building providers; catalyzing and kick-starting activities; and providing targeted financial and technical assistance to allow the institutions and local experts to take the lead in implementing activities.
Uzoeghelu currently serves as UNTHSC Public Health Student Association President and is founder of the School of Public Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health Student Association.His other areas of interest focus on efforts that support reduction of emergencies and disasters that happen frequently, including natural disasters, chemical or radiological incidents.
Uzoeghelu will spend this summer in Oklahoma as a Noble Summer Research Scholar for the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, an independent, nonprofit institute that conducts direct operations – including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs – to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.