SPHSA

School of Public Health Student Association

The Student Association is proud of being the largest student organization among schools of public health in the state of Texas, and is a part of the world’s largest medical center. This site is a resource for the ever-busy graduate student and a medium to bring together the student community. We encourage you to keep an eye out for planned Student Association activities when you arrive on campus.

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Association is three-fold:

  • Promote the mutually supportive two-way communication within and between the student body, faculty, staff and administration at the school and institutional levels
  • Improve the quality of student life through a variety of social activities
  • Foster opportunity for student involvement in special events and to promote service to the community at large

Please click here for a copy of the SPHSA bylaws.

Benefits of the Student Association

  • Get to know your Peers
  • Get to know your Faculty
  • Build Leadership Skills
  • Build Social Skills
  • Get involved in UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Stay connected with other UTHealth School of Public Health Regional Campus reps.
  • Meet other students in TMC
  • Use discussion board on Blackboard to sell/buy books or find roommates!

If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to get involved with the Student Association contact us at SPHSA@uth.tmc.edu

2017-18 Executive Board

 Angela Frazier, Executive Director

Angela Frazier, Executive Director

 Ashwini Joshi, Associate Director

Ashwini Joshi, Associate Director

 Javeria Qadri, Administrative Director of Public Relations

Javeria Qadri, Administrative Director of Public Relations

 Lauren Coldwell, Administrative Director of Social Activities

Lauren Coldwell, Deputy Director of Public Relations 

 Jie Zhue, Administrative Director of Social Activities

Jie Zhu, Administrative Director of Social Activities 

Sanah Rahman, Administrative Director of Community Involvement

Sanah Rahman, Administrative Director of Community Involvement

 Joaquin Villegas, Administrative Director of Finance

Joaquin Villegas, Administrative Director of Finance

Abigail Sedory, Academic Council Representative

Abigail Sedory, Academic Council Representative

 Sherene Sharath, School-Wide Curriculum Council Representative

Sherene Sharath, School-Wide Curriculum Council Representative

Nadia Ahmed, Deputy Director of Community Involvement

Nadia Ahmed, Deputy Director of Community Involvement

 Claire Jamison, Student Concerns Representative

Claire Jamison, Student Concerns Representative

 Anna Vu, Student Liaison

Anna Vu, Student Liaison 

 Manisha Konnur, Deputy Director of Social Activities

Manisha Konnur, Deputy Director of Social Activities

 Kimberly D'Souza, SIC Representative

Kimberly D'Souza, SIC Representative  

 Palak Jalan, SIC Representative

Palak Jalan, SIC Representative

 Rachel Treistman, SIC Representative

Rachel Treistman, SIC Representative  

 Mary Ann Smith, PhD Faculty Advisor

Mary Ann Smith, PhD Faculty Advisor  

Student Association officer positions are a great way to exercise and develop your leadership skills as well as be an active participant in student light.  Students can apply to run for any number of positions, but can only hold one position per person at any given time. Elections are now closed for the fall 2017 semester. 

Curriculum

Libraries

  • MD Anderson Library - On the 21st floor of the Pickens Academic Tower next to SPH. Has great views of the Houston area! Open M-F 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closed on weekends.
  • TMC Library - check website for hours. Located on John Freeman Blvd. behind the UT Medical School.
  • Fondren Library - located on the campus of Rice University - open to the general public “7am to midnight M-Thursday, 7am to 10pm on Friday, 9am to 10pm on Saturday, noon to midnight on Sunday. “

Housing and transportation

Local resources

To report any broken links, please email sphsa[at]uth.tmc.edu.

Schedule of  Events Spring 2018

Thursday, January 11 

First Thursday Social with The Board  

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

RAS Building 1st Floor Lobby

Thursday, February 1

First Thursday Social with SEIS and SSGH 

5-7 p.m.

RAS E-605

Thursday, March 1

First Thursday Social 

TBD

TBD

Thursday, April 5

2018 Research Day 

TBD

TBD

TBD 

UT House Medics 

TBD 

TBD

Diversity Fair 2017

Diversity Fair Save the Date Fall 2017Explore the culture of those in the UTHealth community through food, informative booths and performances on Friday, Oct. 20 from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Cooley Center, 7440 Cambridge St., 77054. 

Who can attend?

Diversity Fair is open to everyone (including friends and family) regardless of their affiliation with UTHealth School of Public Health. Guests are encouraged to wear the traditional clothing from their country and participate in the Country Parade! ADMISSION IS FREE!

How can you volunteer?

Diversity fair needs volunteers in order for the event to be a success for the community. There are various areas where you can volunteer: food preparation, creating a performance, representing your country through a booth, and general volunteering. For more information, please email SPHSA@uth.tmc.edu. Download the flyer here

How can you donate?

The Student Association is raising funds to offset the cost of the Diversity Fair and needs your help. Please consider supporting the UTHealth School of Public Health Student Association by making a donation and also by attending the event.

Donations can be delivered to:

Mary Ann Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Students
The University of Texas School of Public Health
1200 Pressler Street, RAS W-214
Houston, Texas 77030                                                                                                                                                                                    

All checks should be made payable to "UTHealth" with "UT SPHSA" on the memo line. These donations are tax deductible.

Previous Diversity Fair Performances:

SPH Diversity fair   SPH Diversity fair

 

The Nigerian Contingent

Diversity Fair 2014 Saw The Nigerian Contingent Perform A Popular Marriage Skit

Research Day 2018   

Research Day provides students with an opportunity to showcase ongoing projects in their respective degree programs. During the event, students will receive valuable feedback from a judging panel. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. The event will take place at UTHealth School of Public Health's Houston campus in the first floor lobby on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 9-11:30 a.m. followed by the Steele Lecture series.

All interested students must complete and submit the abstract form to SPHResearchDay@uth.tmc.edu by 5 p.m. CST on Monday, February 19, 2018. Students must have results from their research by this deadline and must obtain a signature from their faculty sponsor. Students will be notified by Friday, February 23, 2018 if their abstract was chosen for the event or if any revisions need to be made.

If an abstract is accepted, the student is expected to design and present a poster at the Research Day 2018. Templates will be provided for designing posters. A high-resolution electronic copy (in PDF or PPT format) of the poster should be submitted to SPHResearchDay@uth.tmc.edu by Monday, March 19, 2018. UTHealth School of Public Health will print the posters for students participating in the poster competition. UTHealth School of Public Health will print the posters for students.

Students who are presenting at Research Day are expected to arrive at the Houston campus at 8 a.m. to set up their posters. The printed posters will be available for students to pick up at 8 a.m. in the lobby area on the first floor. Three faculty members will judge each poster. Lunch will be provided to the participating students and judges.

Participating students are encouraged to attend the 26th James L. Steele lecture series in the auditorium after their poster presentation. Research Day winners will be announced after the Steele lecture.     

All School of Public Health students are encouraged to participate in the event! Download the flyer here.