University of Michigan School of Public Health students are active in all facets of student life and have opportunities to build support networks through involvement with more than 40 student organizations recognized by the School of Public Health. Student organizations are an excellent way to learn new skills, pursue the issues you’re passionate about, meet other students, and get involved in the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities. In addition to the Public Health student organizations listed below, there are countless other organizations across the University of Michigan that students may join. For a full listing of student organizations, visit Maize Pages.
Our Student Government: Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA)
Michigan Public Health has a student government, the Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA), which exists to coordinate and promote issues and events relevant to the School of Public Health student body, distribute resources to Michigan Public Health-affiliated student organizations, and provide representation on appropriate Public Health administrative committees. Visit their website to learn more about the Public Health Student Assembly and how to get involved!
Public Health Student Organizations
Recognized Public Health Student Organizations must have a focus on public health, be registered through Maize Pages, and have at least one Public Health student in a leadership position. Once recognized, student orgs qualify for School of Public Health Funding, receive regular communications from the Office for Student Engagement and Practice, and have access to School of Public Health resources such as administrative support. If you think your student org should be listed below, please e-mail Dani Koel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Biostatistics Student Association - Plans social activities for students and faculty in the Biostatistics department to promote departmental cohesiveness.
- Blueprints For Pangaea - Blueprints For Pangaea is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing sustainable solutions to inefficient health care resource distribution. With the support of our supplier and distributor partners, we reallocate excess, unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to those overseas in need.
- Dil Se - Dil Se's mission is to provide a collaborative brave space for those challenged with or who want to be educated on Mental Health. Dil Se is focused on supporting the South Asian community, but welcomes those of other intersecting identities, including but not limited to differing race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, etc.
- CURIS - Public Health Advocacy - A student organization dedicated to understanding public health concerns and working to advocate for public health in the local community through conversations, research, and collaboration with local organizations.
- Environmental Health Students Association (EHSA) - Brings currently enrolled environmental health students together in an informal environment for both social and academic purposes, provides a platform for student/faculty/administrative interaction, and represents environmental health students within the School of Public Health.
- Epidemiology Doctoral Student Organization (EDSO) - Epidemiology Doctoral Student Organization (EDSO) provides opportunities to build social and professional connections between UM epidemiology students and faculty through activities designed to encourage skill-building, communication, and social engagement.
- Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO) - Provides academic, professional, and social support to all epidemiology students; collaborates with faculty, staff, and administration to strengthen the department; represents the student voice within the department and the school.
- Global Health Alliance at the University of Michigan - Global Health Alliance at the University of Michigan believes in a model of mutual learning through sustainable partnership to improve health outcomes for marginalized communities around the world.
- Health Behavior and Health Education Doctoral Students Association (HBHEDoc) - Supports the academic experience and professional success of the University of Michigan HBHE doctoral students through a forum that provides opportunities to dialogue, exchange resources and information, and enhance social interactions among the students of the organization.
- Health Behavior Health Education Student Association (HBHESA) - Brings together students within the department to engage in academic, community service, and social events, and fosters student-faculty relationships.
- Health Informatics Student Organization (HISO) - Serves as a forum for community-building, skill development, networking, and student projects in the growing field of health informatics. We are open to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the University who share an interest in health informatics.
- Health Policy Student Association (HPSA) - HPSA strives to cultivate spaces for students to critically engage with health policy, foster interdisciplinary collaboration across health sciences disciplines, and foster dedicated stewards of health policy with strong professional, research, and advocacy skills. HPSA is an AcademyHealth student chapter and an Interprofessional Education (IPE) Organization.
- HMP Class Representatives - The Class Representatives work with HMP faculty, staff and alumni to represent student interests at meetings as well as plan department-wide student events.
- IHI Open School (IHIOS) - Multi-disciplinary group interested in topics of patient safety and quality improvement within health care. Formed as part of an initiative sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to provide a forum for students to learn about these issues outside of traditional coursework, while gaining experience through hands-on projects.
- La Salud - For students interested in addressing Latino/a public health issues in the community.
- Lunar Doula Support Network - LDSN supports and complements the work of the Lunar Doula Collective, who provides emotional, physical, and informational support to those undergoing miscarriage, stillbirth, or pregnancy termination in Southeast Michigan.
- M-HEAL - M-HEAL's mission is to use education, needs assessment, design innovation, and social entrepreneurship to improve access to health care in underdeveloped communities.
- Maternal Child Health Student Association (MCHSA) - MCHSA brings together undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about sexual and reproductive health. We raise awareness in the School of Public Health community on these topics through educational and professional development workshops that embody the principles of reproductive justice.
- MENA Public Health (MENAPH) - MENAPH aims to be the premier national student organization recognized for integrating advocacy, research, and scholarship in developing effective solutions to global public health problems relevant to Middle East and North African communities.
- Michigan Health Aid - We are dedicated to improving the health of local communities through preventative medicine, health education, and leadership development. We host free health clinics in the communities surrounding Ann Arbor. We also have two health education programs, one for kids at an after school program and another for high school students.
- Michigan Healthcare Executive Students Association (MHESA) - The mission of MHESA is to supplement learning outside the classroom by providing professional development, social, and philanthropic activities in order to create well roundedhealth care leaders.
- Michigan Movement - Michigan Movement's purpose is to provide aid to the homeless and impoverished populations in the local community, principally through the distribution of material goods.
- Network for School of Public HealthDiversity - Aims to create an environment for underrepresented doctoral students to thrive at UMSchool of Public Health (inclusive of racial/ethnic minority, international, LGBT-identified, disabled, first-generation graduate, or otherwise underrepresented students). It serves as a safe space for doctoral students of diverse backgrounds to support each other, promote each others' professional development, and build community! Recent discussions within the Network highlight a variety of interests/ideas for the Network moving forward, but all share the common goal of ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integral parts of the PhD experience at School of Public Health.
- Nutritional Sciences Student Organization (NSSA) - NSSA is the student organization that represents students in the Nutritional Sciences Department in the School of Public Health. As we represent a graduate program, we are focused on offering opportunities for professional development as well as hosting events to encourage networking and discussion of news and current events in the food science, nutrition and wellness School of Public Healtheres.
- Organization in Aid of School of Public Health International Students (OASIS) - This organization is dedicated to providing support to the International Students of UM School of Public Health by providing a haven for multicultural interactions, overcoming challenges such as visa related issues, helping with culture shock, and fostering professional development.
- Paani - Paani aims to improve the living standards in impoverished countries such as Pakistan through revitalizing the environment by building wells and installing sources of clean energy and to fundamentally alter the perception of Pakistan and it's people by the masses. Paani does this by hosting events such as fundraisers, banquets, social awareness programs and guest speakers.
- PERIOD @ UMICH - PERIOD at UMICH is a chapter of PERIOD INC, founded by Nadya Okamoto. The organization is committed to period equity on campus and in the community. We host product drives and educational sessions. Each year, the students involved will work together to choose their specific advocacy focus.
- Prison Birth Project - The Prison Birth Project is a volunteer network that helps ensure incarcerated women are offered education, doula support, and respect during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum process. We aim to empower mothers to be advocates for themselves, their children and their communities, and engage in the betterment of reproductive health and personal solicitude.
- Project RISHI at University of Michigan - Project RISHI (Rural India Social & Health Improvement) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities. In partnership with local community members and social enterprises, we identify issues central to our target communities and provide the resources to implement solutions through extensive field research and on-campus initiatives.
- Public Health Association (PHA) - We meet to discuss what public health is, what graduate school options are, how admissions work, and career paths.
- Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA) - Exists to coordinate and promote issues and events relevant to the School of Public Health student body, distribute School of Public Health resources to School of Public Health-affiliated student organizations, and provide representation on appropriate School of Public Health administrative committees.
- Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD) - Committed to creating and fostering a sense of community and collective responsibility primarily among African American students at School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. The organization strives to maintain diversity by having members with backgrounds in each of the academic disciplines as well as from other schools within the university.
- Public Health Sustainability Initiative (PHSI) - PHSI is established with the goals of encouraging the use of alternative transportation, working to reduce waste and increase recycling, improving energy conservation, and raising awareness of environmental sustainability.
- Sexual and Gender Diversity in Public Health (SGDPH) - An organization for LGBTQI+ and allies at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
- SPhD: SPhD seeks to support all UM SPH doctoral students in growing intellectually and professionally by enhancing communication between students, faculty, and administration and leveraging opportunities to enhance the student experience.
- Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) - Provides free statistical consulting and data analysis to non-profit and government agencies in the area. A great opportunity for students to give back to the community and get hands-on experience.
- Student Advocates for Nutrition (SAN) - SAN’s aim is to provide an interdisciplinary framework for students interested in food, nutrition, and wellness to engage in educational, outreach, and social activities within the University and surrounding communities. SAN's Facebook page
- Student Hunger Initiative - Food insecurity has been on a rampant rise at The University of Michigan, with 41% of UM students dealing with low food security. Our goal is to equip students with the access and knowledge on how to obtain and prepare free or low-cost, healthy groceries.
- Student Initiative in Chinese Public Health (SICPH) - Seeks to represent student interest in public health in China as it relates to research, collaboration, and professional opportunities.
- Students Engaged in Global Health (SEGH) - Promotes the idea that public health is global health, aims to raise awareness about global health topics, and strives to create interdepartmental opportunities for UM students to further their knowledge, network, and experiences in the field of global health. SEGH's Facebook page.
- Timmy Global Health - Timmy Global Health exists to expand access to healthcare, empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges firsthand. We accomplish this by strengthening community-based health and education initiatives and empowering young people to share their energy and compassion.
- Undergraduate Journal of Public Health - Our mission is to provide a platform for undergraduate students at UMich and other universities to publish articles on public health topics such as healthcare access, health disparities, social justice, and epidemiology.
- United Against Inequities in Disease - United Against Inequities in Disease is student-driven club designed to prevent unjust and preventable differences in health between groups of people through the lens of public health and medicine.
- University of Michigan Industrial Hygiene Student Association (UMIHSA) - This organization is a student group for those interested in industrial hygiene and occupational safety. They are a recognized local student section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and collaborate closely with the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society (MIHS), which is the local AIHA section.
- University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) - UMSFP plans, sponsors, and publicizes events that strengthen the sustainable food system both on campus and within the wider Washtenaw County community. These events serve as leadership opportunities for the students planning them, platforms for the students and community members featured at them, and collaborative spaces that encourage greater interconnectedness among local food focused groups.
- Women in Health Leadership (WiHL) - Promotes the professional success of women entering health fields. Programs are focused around mentorship, networking, and skill development , and continually educate groups on gender and inequality in the health fields.
- Women's Organization on Rights to Health (WORTH) - Through consciousness-raising and activism, WORTH's mission is for members to empower one another and confront prevalent issues in women’s health, subsequently enacting change at various levels. WORTH approaches these issues through smaller focus groups by partnering with organizations that cater to the needs of women’s health.
University of Michigan Student Groups/Organizations of Interest
The following organizations align with Public Health interests:
- Birthing Project USA - The Birthing Project USA's Chapter at the University of Michigan seeks to fundraise and promote the ideals of the overall non-profit organization, which aims to provide healthcare resources (like Safe Birthing Kits) and education for healthcare providers in disadvantaged regions to improve birthing outcomes for women of color.
- Future Black Healthcare Professionals at U of M - Members of the organization aim to increase diversity in healthcare related fields in both the campus and local community. FBHP plans to engage in fundraising, volunteering, mentorship, and interdisciplinary projects focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in healthcare. Two main components of the organization is to participate in community outreach/service activities as well as DEI/Health Disparity Projects within Michigan Medicine.
- Global Brigades - Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Global Brigades chapter at the University of Michigan has four of the eight brigades; Dental, Medical, Business, and Public Health.
- Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) - GEO is an activist, democratic and volunteer-run organization where graduate employees come together to improve wages and working conditions.
- Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists - The Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists (GSBES) serves as an academic and social network for Black graduate students within the University of Michigan's STEM community.
- Interprofessonial Health Student Organization (IHSO) - IHSO is committed to professional development, advocacy, and community that serves to improve inter-disciplinary collaboration between healthcare students at the University of Michigan.
- Medstart - Composed of students from the schools of nursing, medicine, social work, public health, dentistry, law, and business, Medstart advocates on behalf of children and their families and raises awareness about critical issues.
WeListen: WeListen is a grassroots, campus-based organization working to bridge the American political divide. Through biweekly discussion sessions on topics ranging from gun control to free speech, we facilitate small-group conversations (not debates!) between people with divergent political viewpoints.
Additional university-wide student organizations can be found at UM’s Maize Pages.
Student Organization Resources
- 2020-2021 Student Org Handbook
- Contact List for Student Organizaton Leaders 2020-2021
- Public Health Student's Assembly
- Maize Pages
- Center for Campus Involvement
- University Logo and Branding Guidelines
Becoming a Recognized Public Health Student Organization
Recognized Public Health Student Organizations must have a focus on public health, be registered through Maize Pages, and have at least one School of Public Health student in a leadership position. Once recognized, student orgs qualify for School of Public Health Dean’s Funding, receive regular communications from the Office for Student Engagement and Practice, and have access to School of Public Health resources such as administrative support. If you think your student org should be listed on this page, please email Dani Koel at email@example.com.
- Dean's Fund for University of Michigan Public Health Student Organizations
- Additional Funding Resources for Student Organizations
- Community Engagement Grants through the Ginsberg Center
More information may be found at:
The Heights > Student Resources
Email Dani Koel at firstname.lastname@example.org for student organization inquiries.