Elections

Election Process

PHSA Senate elections are held twice per academic year, once in the Fall semester (by September 30th) and once in the Winter semester (by March 31st). The PHSA Senate will administer elections, disseminating information regarding candidacy for the Senate and distributing an electronic ballot. Any student in good academic standing and enrolled full-time in the SPH may run for a position on the PHSA Senate.

The entire student body appoints the Executive Board, which includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The full student body also elects the Committee Chairs, comprised of the Service and Social Chairs, as well as the APHA Representative, Diversity Chair, and International Representative. Departmental representatives are elected by students from the specific department. Similarly, the Doctoral Representative is elected by doctoral students and First-Year Representative is elected by first-year students.

Any eligible student within the SPH can nominate individuals from any department for any Senate position. However, departmental representative nominees must be students from within their respective departments, Doctoral Program Representative nominees must be in a doctoral program, and First-Year Representative nominees must be incoming students.

Open Positions

Fall 2018 Elections
Vice President The chief operations officer, coordinating administrative functions of PHSA and presiding over the Departmental Board. Responsible for preparing agendas for weekly Senate meetings and General Assembly meetings, presiding over outside guests who speak at PHSA meetings, and generally supporting the President in executive functions.
International Representative A voting member who represents international students at SPH. Serves as a liaison between international students and PHSA; coordinates events pertaining to greater cultural awareness, diversity issues, professional development, career guidance, counseling; and supports international students towards reaching academic, personal and professional goals. Coordinates with existing international student organizations at SPH to ensure PHSA is meeting international students' needs.
Health Behavior Health Education Chair A voting member and an intermediary between HBHE students and PHSA Senate. Responsible for voicing concerns or ideas of the HBHE department within PHSA, and for disseminating relevant information from the PHSA Senate to the department. Responsible for coordinating at least one PHSA event and supporting other Senate members in coordinating events.
Environmental Health Sciences Chair A voting member and a liaison between EHS students and PHSA Senate. Responsible for voicing concerns or ideas of the EHS department within PHSA, and for disseminating relevant information from the PHSA Senate to the department. Responsible for coordinating at least one PHSA event and supporting other Senate members in coordinating events.
Health Management and Policy Chair A voting member and a liaison between HMP students and PHSA Senate. Responsible for voicing concerns or ideas of the HMP department within PHSA, and for disseminating relevant information from the PHSA Senate to the department. Responsible for coordinating at least one PHSA event and supporting other Senate members in coordinating events.
Nutritional Sciences Chair A voting member and a liaison between Nutrition students and PHSA Senate. Responsible for voicing concerns or ideas of the Nutrition department within PHSA, and for disseminating relevant information from the PHSA Senate to the department. Responsible for coordinating at least one PHSA event and supporting other Senate members in coordinating events.
Professional Development Chair The Professional Development Chair will be a voting member. They will disseminate knowledge about events pertaining to professional development within the School and within the wider University. They will coordinate SPH events or activities related to professional development opportunities, and serve as a liaison between the administration who works with alumni and the current student body. Each fall, the Professional Development Chair will meet with Career Services and the Development Office to discuss strategic goals for the upcoming year. If the Professional Development Chair is interested, they may also serve as the APHA Representative and attend the yearly APHA conference-- connecting SPH with the wider Public Health community (budget permitting).
First Year Representative A voting member and a liaison between the first-year students and PHSA, as well as advocate for the needs of the first-year class. The First-Year Representative will have a large role in planning and coordinating fundraising opportunities for PHSA.