PHAST logoPHAST is an interdisciplinary extracurricular student group that helps health departments and community organizations with short-term public health related projects.  It gives students the chance to apply and adapt classroom knowledge while tackling real world public health issues.

Mission

To promote public health practice by providing student opportunities to assist local and State public health entities to advance their missions to improve community health.

Objectives

  • To train public health graduate students to respond to the needs of local and State public health
  • To enhance public health graduate students educational experience through real-world public health experiences
  • To promote professional development in the field of public health

Questions: email phast@umich.edu

  • PHAST students work with the School of Nursing as flu registrars

    PHAST students work with the School of Nursing as flu registrars

  • First Day of work at Ministry of Education; Grenada

    First Day of work at Ministry of Education; Grenada

  • US Virgin Island St. Thomas Team

    US Virgin Island St. Thomas Team

  • Day of Service (PHAST and students assist with Flint water deliveries)

    Day of Service (PHAST and students assist with Flint water deliveries)

  • US Virgin Island St. Croix Team

    US Virgin Island St. Croix Team

  • US Virgin Island St. Thomas Team

    US Virgin Island St. Thomas Team

  • US Virgin Island Team Preparing to work with CDC on CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response)

    US Virgin Island Team Preparing to work with CDC on CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response)

  • Lower Rio Grand Valley Texas

    Lower Rio Grand Valley Texas

  • US Virgin Island St. Croix Team

    US Virgin Island St. Croix Team

Read the Spring Break Deployments 

Read the Frontlines Blog | Read the South Texas deployment blog  |  Read the Grenada deployment blog

HEALTH DEPARTMENTS & COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS

To request the help of PHAST students, complete a PHAST Deployment Application and email to phast@umich.edu or call (734) 736-4962 and have the information requested on this form ready to provide to the PHAST Coordinator.

Deployment requests during UM fall and winter semesters (September through April) tend to get the best response from students. PHAST may be unable to respond to requests during the summer months.


PHAST Grenada tripPHAST Grenada

Follow students in PUBHLTH 616 apply classroom theory to the field while working to meet needs identified by key agencies in Grenada. Read more


TEXAS is a state of mindPHAST Texas

Nine Michigan Public Health grad students will be flying down to the Rio Grande Valley during their spring break as members of the Public Health Action Support Team, or PHAST. Read more