Student Organizations

  • 30U-M SPH Student Groups

With a student body of over 1,000 students, U-M SPH students are active in all facets of student life.

U-M Public Health has a student government, the Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA), which exists to coordinate and promote issues and events relevant to the SPH student body, distribute SPH resources to SPH-affiliated student organizations, and provide representation on appropriate SPH administrative committees. Visit their website to learn more about the Public Health Student Assembly, how to apply for Dean's Funding, and to get involved!

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In addition to PHSA, U-M SPH students can participate in the following groups:

  • Association for Asian Public Health Action (AAPHA) (inactive) - Engages public health students interested in Asian and Asian American health issues in community building, education, and professional development, and raises awareness of Asian and Asian-American health issues among health professionals.
  • Biostatistics Student Association - Plans social activities for students and faculty in the Biostatistics department to promote departmental cohesiveness.
  • 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.
  • 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 Society (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) - Provides educational and professional development opportunities for a community of students interested in health policy and health services research.
  • Health In Action (inactive) - Pursues service-learning activities in impoverished areas of Latin America and in local areas of public health concern. In addition to ongoing service efforts in Southeast Michigan, members travel to a rural community in Latin America each year to learn about health problems in the developing world and work on sustainable solutions.
  • HMP Class RepresentativesThe Class Representatives work with HMP faculty, staff and alumni to represent student interests at meetings as well as plan department-wide student events.
  • H-Net- H-Net is a student-led organization that facilitates health-care networking by connecting Health Management and Policy alumni and career-minded students. Over the past few years, H-Net has established over 100 successful relationships between students and alumni.
  • 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.
  • 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 Briut Jewish Student Association (Inactive) - This organization works to increase student understanding of the conceptualization of health and the body according to Judaism. It is also meant to foster a sense of community among Jewish students in the program, although all are welcome. 
  • La Salud - For students interested in addressing Latino/a public health issues in the community.
  • Maternal Child Health Student Association (MCHSA) - raise awareness in the SPH community about maternal and child health issues by holding lectures, breakfasts and lunches with professors, and watching documentaries, movies, and Tedtalks followed by discussions.
  • 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.
  • 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 AidWe 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 rounded health care leaders.
  • Michigan is My HomeMichigan Is My Home’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 Doctoral Student Diversity - Aims to create an environment for underrepresented doctoral students to thrive at UMSPH (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 SPH.
  • 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 spheres.
  • Organization in Aid of SPH 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. 
  • OUTBREAK - Dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally public health students by providing a safe and supportive environment, advocating for their rights against discrimination, and providing resources to make their education a positive experience.
  • Physicians for Human Rights - Promotes and facilitates dialogue on campus regarding the important link between health and human rights.
  • Pre-Public Health AssociationWe meet to discuss what public health is, what graduate school options are, how admissions work, and career paths. 
  • 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 SPH 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 Student Assembly (PHSA) - Exists to coordinate and promote issues and events relevant to the SPH student body, distribute SPH resources to SPH-affiliated student organizations, and provide representation on appropriate SPH administrative committees.
  • 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.
  • Redefining Innovations in Medical Engineering (RIME) - RIME is a student organization at the University of Michigan that is dedicated to bringing quality healthcare to the underserved and uninsured patient populations.
  • Social Marketing Club (inactive) - Aims to use creative marketing and communications as tools to motivate social change and engages members and all interested graduate students in a wide range of events.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SPhD - Represents all doctoral students at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Workshop for Integrating and Discussing Topics in Healthcare (WIDTH) - Provides an interdisciplinary forum for doctoral students to discuss their dissertation topics, research ideas, and results with other students and faculty that have a similar interest in health services research but different cognate training/perspectives.
  • Ypsilanti Health Initiative (YHI)- Utilizes health education, incentivized grocery shopping, exercise, and partnership to make healthy living more accessible and more affordable for lower income families in Ypsilanti. Goals are to increase the consumption of healthy foods, to improve health awareness, to reduce fast food intake, and to boost physical activity and exercise.

Additional university-wide student organizations can be found at in U-M’s "Maize Pages".