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.


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

2019 - 2020 Executive Board

Congratulations, SPHSA 2019 - 2020 Officers! 

SPHSA May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020, Officer Positions Name
Executive Director - Elizabeth Leass
Associate Director - Casey Enzler
Administrative Director of Public Relations - Sayali Tungare
Deputy Director of Public Relations - Divya Prakriya
Administrative Director of Social Activities - Brianna Lewis
Deputy Director of Social Activities - Rahema Aman
Administrative Director of Community Involvement - Travis Teague
Deputy Director of Community Involvement Boomadevi Narendran
Administrative Director of Records - Carrie Caldwell
Administrative Director of Finance - Stephen Simington
SIC Representative - Arlene Cortez
SIC Representative - Alexandra Alvarenga
Academic Council Representative - Andrea Suresh
Practice Council Representative - Evit John
Research Council Representative - Gen Zhu
School-Wide Curriculum Council Representative - Olga Yatsenko
Student Concerns Representative - Alexis Sims
New Student Liaison - Lauren Leining
IT Council Representative - Andrew Say
Executive Council Representative - Travis Teague
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Committee Representative - Alison Welski
TMC Representative - Alexandra Alvarenga
Social Media Liaison - Olga Yatsenko

 Mary Ann Smith, PhD Faculty Advisor

Mary Ann Smith, PhD Faculty Advisor  

Thank you for all that you do for our school and for our community.

Please join our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/uthsphsa/ and follow us on Instragram https://www.instagram.com/uthsphsa/



  • 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.

UTHealth Earth Day 2019

Diversity Fair 2019

Explore the culture of those in the UTHealth community through food, informative booths, and performances on Thursday, March 14th, from 5 pm to 8 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

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

UTHealth School of Public Health Student Research Day 2019


Research Day is an opportunity for students 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 (RAS Building, 1200 Pressler St.) in the first-floor lobby and/or RAS 102A/102B on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. followed by the Steele Lecture from 12 - 1 p.m.


All interested students must complete and submit the form below to SPHResearchDay@uth.tmc.edu by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, February 22, 2019. Students must have results from their research by this deadline and must obtain a signature from their faculty sponsor. Students will be notified by Tuesday, February 26, 2019, if their abstract was chosen for the event or if any revisions need to be made.


If the abstract is accepted, then the student will design a poster and present it at Research Day 2019. 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 18, 2019. UTHealth School of Public Health will print the posters for students.


Students who are presenting are expected to arrive at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event at the Houston campus to set up their posters. The printed posters will be available for students to pick up at the same time in the lobby area on the first floor. Two to three faculty members will judge each poster. Lunch will be provided to the participating students and judges.


Participating students are invited to attend the Steele Lecture in the auditorium after their poster presentation. Research Day winners will be announced after the Steele Lecture is completed in the auditorium.      


All School of Public Health students are encouraged to participate in Research Day 2019Download the flyer here.