The SPHSA 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

SPH Survival Guide

The SPH Survival Guide is now online! Access the PDF here. This guide  is intended for incoming students, though returning students may find it useful as well. Comments/suggestions? Please send them to sphsa[at]uth.tmc.edu, or use the survey link on the right. Kudos to the SA and SPHISO officers who have put in the time and effort to compile this document!   Check out the SPH Student Association Schedule of Events. Click the tab above.

2014-15 Executive Board



Emily Wei, Executive Director


Abigail Sedory, Associate Director


Sarah Wesely, Deputy Director of Public Relations


Brenda Cantero, Administrative Director of Community Involvement


Trisha Amboree, Deputy Director of Community Involvement

Kathy Abusager, Administrative Director of Records

Jake Casanova, Administrative Director of Finance


Alokananda Ghosh, SIC Representative

Jocelyn Triplett, SIC Representative

Melissa Bing, SIC Representative

Kathi Ackerman, Practice Council Representative

Josh Fernelius, Research Council Representative

Pritul Patel, School-Wide Curriculum Council Representative

Eboni Stafford, TMC Student Advisory Council Representative

Katherine Garrett, Administrative Director of Public Relations

Hayden English, Administrative Director of Social Activities

Digant Shah, New Student Liaison

Carly Specha, Deputy Director of Social Activities

Danielle Spiker, Academic Council Representative

Connor Cordray, Student Concerns Representative

Dr. Mary Ann Smith, Faculty Advisor


There are currently six vacant SPHSA officer positions for the 2015/2016 session.  Click on the link below to see the available positions and apply for those that interest you.  It is a great way to exercise and develop your leadership skills as well as be an active participant in student light.  No matter the number of positions you apply for, only one position can be held per person.

SPHSA Fall 2015 Officer Election



  • SPH Library - Access journal articles from home! Choose “Google Scholar” in the pulldown menu, and enter your login credentials.
  • 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.


January 21 (Wednesday)

Student Organization Fair



January 22 (Thursday)

Welcome Back social


Pump Handle

January 27 (Tuesday)

Deadline to join SPH team for Soccer League

Contact cordelia.nagle@uth.tmc.edu



January 29 (Thursday)

OutREACH/SNLD social


Pump Handle

February 12 (Thursday)

AcademyHealth social



February 17 (Tuesday)

SPH Blood Drive for Gulf Coast



February 19 (Thursday)

Townhall Meeting



February 26 (Thursday)

International Student Organization social



March 3 (Tuesday)

Deadline to join SPH team for Softball League

Contact cordelia.nagle@uth.tmc.edu



March 19 (Thursday)

St. Patrick’s Day social with UT SON



March 28 (Saturday)

Ronald McDonald House Ice Cream Party volunteer opportunity


Ronald McDonald House

March 31 (Tuesday)

Deadline to join SPH team for Basketball Tournament  Contact cordelia.nagle@uth.tmc.edu



April 6-11 – National Public Health Week

 April 6 (Monday)

Advocacy Day
Theme: Raising the Grade



 April 7 (Tuesday)

Sweets N Trivia (co-sponsored with faculty)

Theme: Starting from Zip



 April 8  (Wednesday)

Skit Night           

Theme: Building Momentum and People



 April 9  (Thursday)

Research Day
Theme: Building Broader Connections



 April 10 (Friday)

Newly Admitted Students Day Social
Theme: Celebrating APHA's 20th anniversary of coordinating National Public Health Week/ greatest accomplishments in PH



April 18 (Saturday)

Spring Formal   

Theme: Hollywood: A Night in Tinseltown   


Cooley Center

April ??  (Saturday)

Food Bank volunteer opportunity  

More details coming!


Houston Food Bank

April 24 (Friday)

Spring Officer Applications DUE


sphsa email

April 23 (Thursday)

Society for Women and Leadership social



April 27-May 1 (Friday)

Spring Elections Week



May 5 (Tuesday)

Deadline to join SPH team for Kickball: starts May 11
Contact cordelia.nagle@uth.tmc.edu



Diversity Fair November 13, from 5-9 p.m.

UTHealth School of Public Health has the most diverse student body of all the six schools at UTHealth – international students comprise 30 percent of SPH’s student body. The main purpose of Diversity Fair is to celebrate SPH’s diversity and to increase cultural awareness within the community through live performances, national exhibit tables, a cultural parade and ethnic cuisine. Diversity Fair debuted in fall 2009, and has become much bigger ever since.   This event will take place November 13, 5-9 p.m. at the Cooley center. There will be parking available in the UTHealth School of Dentistry parking lot and it will cost $5. The UTHealth shuttle will also be available.

Who can attend?

Diversity Fair is open to everyone (including friends and family) regardless of their affiliation with SPH. Everyone is also 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. Please look at the links provided on the right hand side.

How can you donate?

Check out the link to the right to see how you can contribute to help make Diversity Fair possible!

Previous Diversity Fair Performances:

SPH Diversity fair 09 pics.pptx (1)   SPH Diversity fair 09 pics.pptx (2)


The Nigerian Contingent

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