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

  • "Preparedness exercise", Romulus, MI

    "Preparedness exercise", Romulus, MI

  • "Helping in the Batey’s" Dominican Republic

    "Helping in the Batey’s" Dominican Republic

  • "Food research in Grand Rapids with GVSU"

    "Food research in Grand Rapids with GVSU"

  • "Conducting door to door surveys with Habitat for Humanity," Ypsilanti, MI

    "Conducting door to door surveys with Habitat for Humanity," Ypsilanti, MI

  • "Preparing for a disaster response after tornadoes", Magoffin county, Kentucky

    "Preparing for a disaster response after tornadoes", Magoffin county, Kentucky

  • "Outreach in Louisiana", Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    "Outreach in Louisiana", Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • "Cooking for Ronald McDonald House," Ann Arbor

    "Cooking for Ronald McDonald House," Ann Arbor

  • "At the border – Progreso International Bridge", Progreso, Texas

    "At the border – Progreso International Bridge", Progreso, Texas

  • "Interviewing workers for smoke free environments", Cameron county, Texas

    "Interviewing workers for smoke free environments", Cameron county, Texas

  • "Interviewing at restaurants for smoking policy", Cameron county, Texas

    "Interviewing at restaurants for smoking policy", Cameron county, Texas

 

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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 students were deployed to Tianjin, China in February 2008China PHAST Trip

PHAST students were deployed to Tianjin, China in February 2008.
Read more in the Fall 2008 issue of Findings.

PHAST students volunteered in the Gulf Coast to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during Spring Break 2006 and 2007.PHAST Response

PHAST students volunteered in the Gulf Coast to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during Spring Break 2006 and 2007.
Read their story in the Spring 2006 issue of Findings.