Student Society for Global Health

The Student Society for Global Health

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"Raising global health awareness outside the classroom."

The Student Society for Global Health was founded in the Spring of 2010 by students in Houston at The University of Texas School of Public Health dedicated to promoting the understanding that an individual's health is tied to the health of his or her community; thus, in our globalized society we are all interconnected with actions that make an impact worldwide.

Our aim is to educate students on global and local health issues while promoting the growth of students into socially conscious public health practitioners. We encourage networking with other global health-minded students and faculty through our collaborations with institutions such as Baylor College of Medicine and UT Medical School.

Join us for our monthly Global Health Café discussion groups, and participate in cultural events, global health-related school events, and volunteer opportunities. We welcome students interested in learning more about other cultures, the complexities of globalization, and trying to make the world a better place!

For more information, join us on our google group list-serve or email us at

Apply to become an SSGH officer!!

The Student Society for Global Health is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 officer cabinet!

Over the past one year, you have received outstanding service from the brilliant group of officers that led SSGH in the 2013-2014 school year.  Here is YOUR chance to make a difference! In today’s economy and global work environment, employers and fellowship programs are looking for candidates with proven leadership experience - get yours with SSGH!

The job description and application form for officer positions can be downloaded here and the deadline is April 04, 2014 at 11:59pm. Submit to

Mission Statement

We develop the next generation of global health leaders by providing education, research, and practice opportunities, in collaboration with our local community and global partners.



1) To inspire, educate, and equip the next generation of global health leaders.

2) To provide global health experiences for students through community service and research collaborations.

3) To establish the University of Texas School of Public Health as an internationally-recognized partner in global health research, education, and service activities and efforts.


2015-2016 Officer Cabinet

President Katherine Ackerman

Vice President Hariharan Athreya

Program Director Nizar Bhulani

Director of Community Relations Imory Jefferson

Treasurer Sarah Ahmed

Secretary Laura Witte

Director of Domestic Affairs Melissa Bing

2014-2015 Officer Cabinet:

President  Lizette Rangel

Communications Director  Shephaly Soni

Program Director Laura Ceglio

Director of Community Relations Faeeza Faruq

Treasurer  Timothy Clark

Director of International Affairs Vy Tran

2013-2014 Officer Cabinet:

President  Charles Chima

Vice-President  Andria Rusk

Secretary Vy Tran

Communications Director  Shephaly Soni

Program Director Rochelle Garza

Director of Community Relations Lizette Rangel

Operations Officer Elizabeth Frost

Treasurer  Frederic Abalo

Director of Member Services Amy Wieczorek

Director of International Affairs Kaylinh Ly

2012-2013 Officer Cabinet:


President  Edward Pettitt

Vice-President  Serena Rodriguez

Program Coordinator  Charles Chima

Secretary Tosin Badejoko

Communications Liaison  Fall: Amal Rammah

Cultural Activities Coordinator Sapna Prasad

Treasurer  Divina Oweis


President  Edward Pettitt

Vice-President  Charles Chima

Program Coordinator  David Philpott

Secretary Tosin Badejoko

Communications Liaison  Kelechi Onyejiaka

Cultural Activities Coordinator Andria Rusk

Treasurer  Nishtha Joshi

2011-2012 Officer Cabinet

President Aleisha Elliott

Vice-President Anne Hause

Secretary Gabrielle Novello

Communications Liaison Ryan Arnold

Treasurer Sarah Tambra

Program Coordinator Edward Pettitt

2010-2011 Inaugural Officer Cabinet:

Co-Founder & President Amanda Davé , MPH Candidate 2011

Vice-President Angie Lloyd, DrPH Candidate

Secretary Omegie Anabor, MD, MPH 2011

Communications Liaison Edwin Machine, DrPH Candidate

Treasurer Komal Shah, MPH Candidate 2011

Program Coordinator Kim Skrobarcek, MD, MPH Candidate 2012

New Student Liaison Lauren Lucas, MPH Candidate 2012



Amanda Davé , MPH Candidate 2011

Chad Niemeyer, MD, MPH 2011

Sarah Michel, MPH 2010


Ongoing Efforts

Baylor Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation (Honduras):

Contact Rosa Contreras at for more information.

Safe Mothers Safe Babies (Uganda):

Contact Erin Glueckert at for more information.

Frontera de Salud (Texas/Mexico Border):

Contact for more information.

Become a SSGH Member Today!

Traveling abroad for your practicum?  Doing global health research? Searching for a group to become more involved in? As of the Spring 2014 semester, we are offering SSGH memberships that will provide members with a variety of benefits including scholarships!

MEMBERSHIP - $15.00 lifetime membership 

Eligibility Criteria:

Matriculated and current UTSPH- Health Science Center at Houston students

Full Membership benefits include:

Access to members-only scholarships
Eligibility to apply for school/university global health funding
Access to Center for Global Health at UTSPH
Participate in global health research opportunities at UTSPH
Opportunities to travel internationally for fieldwork
Mentoring on research and publishing in global health

New member receptions
Monthly newsletter
Opportunities to connect with fellow students
Opportunities for professional development, leadership roles, and community service
Access to multi-faceted global health resources on local, national, and international levels
Invitation to annual Multicultural Dinner and other fun social events
Members-only networking events with regional universities and organizations
Your membership announcement in SSGH’s newsletter and on the SSGH website
Review and discuss the latest global health trends with SSGH members, UT Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine students
Invitation to local, regional, and national global health conferences

Return the completed Membership form  to SSGH Treasurer, Tim Clark at

Lunchtime Lecture

 Ms. Claudia Kolker-renowned journalist and author 

Topic: Live Like an Immigrant: Three Surprising Techniques for Lowering Health Care Costs, Improving Maternity Outcomes, and Even Lengthening Our Lives

October 24, 2013  12p-2p

Dr McCurdy and Dr Stigler are the faculty leads for this project. Dr Stigler will be in Houston on Thursday, October 24 and wants to have an interaction with Global Health-minded students about our ideas and aspirations.

World Refugee Day

June 25, 2011

June 20th is World Refugee Day as decided by the UN General Assembly in an effort to raise global awareness for the plight of refugees: SSGH members along with the Tzu Chi Foundation attended Houston’s celebration on Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

World Refugee Day Houston 2011

Alief ISD’s Language Institute for Newcomers Hygiene and Sanitation Workshop for Refugee Teens

May 11, 2011

SSGH members and Global Health Concentration students from UTSPH organized a workshop for approximately 50 newly arrived refugee teens from various countries. Volunteers from the Tzu Chi Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine, and others helped to make the workshop a great success.

LINC Workshop May 2011

Yoga in the Park

Spring 2011

SSGH promotes health on campus! Yoga instructor, Laura Calcaterra, was invited by SSGH to hold weekly vinyasa flow classes on the SPH deck throughout the Spring.

SSGH Yoga in the Park 2011

TMC Global Health Faculty/Student Mixer

Sponsored by SSGH & BCM Global Health.
April 13, 2011

Global Health students and faculty from Baylor College of Medicine, the UT School of Public Health, UT Medical School, and Rice University mingled at the Ginger Man in Houston.

TMC Global Health Mixer Spring 2011 TMC Global Health Spring 2011 (1) TMC Global Health Mixer Spring 2011 (3)

Blood Drive & Donate Life Registration

February 14, 2011

SSGH hosted a blood drive and organ donor registry sponsored by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Donate Life.

Blood Drive - Donate Life February 2011

Baylor Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation Brigade

November 2010

SSGH and Global Health Concentration members joined faculty and medical students from Baylor College of Medicine on the BSTS brigade to Honduras, working together to promote health in the rural Honduran town of Santa Ana Intibuca and surrounding communities.

BSTS Child Nutrition