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.



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 UTSPH
  • Stay connected with other UT 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


2013-14 Executive Board

 amir | SPHSA Amir Pirzadeh  Executive Director   | SPHSAKimberly Cook  Associate Director
 LamaMurad | SPHSA Lama Murad  Administrative Director of Public Relations Christine Yang Community Involvement Director | SPHSA  Christine Yang  Deputy Director of Public Relations
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Student Resources



  • 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.

Schedule of Events

                                 Schedule of Events

January 13th — Classes Begin

January 23rd — Spring Welcome Back Social**

February 6th — The Board Social**

February 13th — Valentine’s Day Social**

February 25th — Research Workshop**

February 27th — SSGH Multicultural Dinner

March 1st — Student InterCouncil (SIC) United to Serve: Houston Food Bank**

March 6th — SEIS Social**

March 20th — St. Patrick’s Day Social**

March 26th — Student Association Elections**

April 3rd — Student Society for Global Health Social**

April 4th — Student Association Elections Results**

April 7-11th — National Public Health Week**

April 7th — Healthy Breakfast

April 8th — Research Workshop**

April 8th — SEIS training

April 9th — Dodgeball/Kickball Tournament

April 10th — Healthy Dessert Contest

April 11th — Student InterCouncil (SIC) Crawfish Boil**

April 12th — UTSPH Formal

April 17th — UTSPH Alumni Panel**

May 8th — Cinco de Mayo Social**

May 10th — Graduation**

Diversity Fair

Diversity Fair (NOVEMBER 15TH)

The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) has the most diverse student body of all the six schools at UT-Houston – international students comprise 30% 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 15TH, 5-9pm at the Cooley center. There will be parking available in the UT Dental parking lot and it will cost $5. The UT shuttle will also be available.

Who can come?

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!


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: