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

2014-15 Executive Board



Amy Wieczorek, Executive Director


Ju Yeong Kim, Associate Director


Shiva Baghaie, Administrative Director of Public Relations


Antoinette Lui, Deputy Director of Public Relations

 EmilyEmily Wei, Administrative Director of Social Activities


Elena Feofanova, Deputy Director of Social Activities


Kelly Colclasure, Administrative Director of Community Involvement

 Katrina Polivka

Katrina Polivka, Deputy Director of Community Involvement


Yohanna Cerna, Administrative Director of Finance

Amanda Headshot

Amanda Miller, Administrative Director of Records

Faeeza Faruq Headshot

Faeeza Faruq, Academic Council Representative


Reginald Warren, Practice Council Representative


Olusegun Popoola, TMC Council Representative


Jason Wang, School-Wide Curriculum Representative

Oscar Pena

Oscar Pena, Student Concerns Representative


Alokananda Ghosh, SIC Representative

Benedicta Anikputa

Benedicta Anikputa, SIC Representative                       


Payel Acharya, SIC Representative


Xueting Qiu, Regional Campus Liaison


Danika Brodak, Research Council Representative


Anne Baronitis,  Administrative Advisor

Mary Ann Smith, Faculty Advisor



  • 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.





August 19th (Tuesday) Icebreaker Social; New Student Orientation/Student Organization Expo (Epi, HPBS, MPH Customized Students) UTSPH LobbyTime: 3:20-5:00pm
August 20th (Wednesday) Icebreaker Social; New Student Orientation/Student Organization Expo (MPACH, Biostats, EOHS Students) UTSPH LobbyTime: 3:20-5:00pm
August 23rd (Saturday) SA Officer Fall Retreat
August 25th (Monday) Classes Begin
September 4th (Thursday) Fall Welcome back Social UTSPH Deck or Pump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
September 11th (Thursday) Career Services Resume Writing Workshop UTSPH Deck or Pump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
September 12th (Friday) Student Association Fall Elections (Two Vacant positions to Fill) Descrp: Due date for Appl. For SA Fall 2014.Due Time: 11:59pm
September 16th (Tuesday) Student Association Elections Results Will be announced Time: 5:00pm
September 18th (Thursday)

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME! (UTSPH ASTROS GAME NIGHT)Attached is a flyer form for only $6 tickets! Fill out and send (hard copy or email) to Amy Wieczorek:  Amy.M.Wieczorek@uth.tmc.eduCLICK HERE FOR FLYER: GAME NIGHT VOUCHER

MINUTE MAID PARK, DOWNTOWN HOUSTON Time: 7:00pm till game end. .
September 25th (Thursday) TBA UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
October 2nd (Thursday) The Board Social UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
October 9th (Thursday) SEIS Social UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
October 16th (Thursday)  No Social UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
October 17th (Friday) Diversity Fair! COOLEY CENTER (7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77054).Time: 5:00-9:00pm
October 23rd (Thursday)


UTSPH Deck orPump   HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
October 30th (Thursday) Halloween Social with GSBS UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime: 5:00-8:00pm
November 6th (Thursday) UTH SPH Alumni Etiquette Social UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime:5:00-8:00pm
November 13th (Thursday) Vita Living Activity Day UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime:5:00-8:00pm
November 15th -19th(Sa-W) APHA Conference New Orleans
November 18 - 20th MD Anderson Blood Drive (Contact Cordelia Nagle or Katrina Polivka) TBA
November 27th (Thursday) Thanksgiving Social  
December 4th (Thursday) End of Year Social UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime:5:00-8:00pm
December 11th (Thursday) Alumni Social “Alumni Panel” UTSPH Deck orPump HandleTime:5:00-8:00pm
December 15th-19th(M-F) Exam week

Diversity Fair (OCTOBER 17TH)

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 OCTOBER 17TH, 5-8pm 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! 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)


[caption id=“attachment_25691” align=“alignnone” width=“500”]The Nigerian Contingent Diversity Fair 2014 Saw The Nigerian Contingent Perform A Popular Marriage Skit[/caption]

There are currently four Vacant SPHSA Officer Positions for 2014/2015 Session. Click on the link below to see 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 life. No matter the number of positions you apply for, only one position can be held per person.

SPHSA fall 2014 officer election