Public Health Students of African Descent

PHSAD Logo Established 2011

To raise awareness about public health issues affecting people of African descent through research, outreach, community service, professional development and social activities.


The organization was founded in 2011 by Natarsha D. Horton, Desiree Y. McLain, Nantsiyi B. Mutima,  and Amber D. Owens. Unfortunately the organization dissolved in 2012 after the founders graduated. In Fall 2014 PHSAD was reactivated and restructured through the initiative of Benedict Emesowum and re-energized through many initiatives and hopes to be one of the most vibrant and active organizations in SPH for many years to come.

Member Benefits

  • Partnership with the Houston African American Health Coalition
  • Participation in Houston Public Health Events
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Alumni Networking

Membership is open to all students at UTHealth School of Public Health.  

Leadership for 2014-2015

  • President: Kefin Kaba
  • Vice-President: Ariel Turner
  • Secretary: Uche Arizor
  • Treasurer: Vacant
  • Community Service/Outreach Committee Chair: Vacant
  • Fundraising Committee Chair: Sarah Hamed
  • Professional Development/Academic Chair: Pantheia Evans
  • Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Wendell Taylor

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