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The Many Faces of UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Students

Our students are incredible and represent different walks of life—some grew up down the street from where they attend classes, while others come to Texas from across the globe. Our students speak many languages and identify with different cultures, but one thing is certain--they’re all in this together.

Whether you need advice on where to live, are looking for a study group, or just want a friend to grab lunch with, our students bring another layer of connection and community to our academic programs. Once you’re admitted to the school, join the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Student Association Facebook Group to connect with classmates before you even arrive on campus.

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health also offers a number of resources that can help students settle into an academic routine that sets them up for success.

Student representation at our school

Meet UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Student Association (SPHSA) 

All students are automatically inducted into SPHSA as part of their enrollment with the School. With chapters at every campus, our mission is to serve as a resource for all students and act as a student government association to relay information to the School’s administration. More information about SPHSA is available on the SPHSA Houston chapter website.


Contact: SPHSA@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.


Contact: Jeanette.L.Broshears@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook here and here


Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook

El Paso

Contact: Kristina.D.Mena@uth.tmc.edu
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Contact: sphsa@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.
Visit our website.

San Antonio

Point of Contact: SPH.StudentAssociation.SA@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Find a student organization

Or start your own!

We know that more than just classes go into an educational experience. Our student groups help you expand your knowledge by helping you build relationships with peers that have similar interests. Some student groups focus on monthly seminars and discussions, others undertake service projects together. While the list of student organizations is growing, below are the currently registered groups.

Biostatistics and Data Science Student Association

Our mission is to promote the mutually supportive two-way communication within and between the student body, faculty, staff, and administration at the school and institutional levels and to foster camaraderie between students in the division of biostatistics through a variety of social activities

Contact: BSA@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook.  

Student Society for Global Health (SSGH)

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

Houston chapter
Contact: ssgh@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook

Austin chapter
Contact: ssgharc@gmail.com  

Society for Women and Leadership (SWAL)

Our mission is to develop strong leaders and networks to advance gender equity in healthcare leadership.

Houston chapter
Contact: SWAL@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram

Austin chapter
Connect with us on Facebook

The Board: A Leadership and Management Student Organization

Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge and practice to excel as tomorrow’s health leaders.

Contact: TheBoard.UTSPH@gmail.com
Connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook

Student Epidemic Intelligence Society (SEIS)

Our mission is to enhance the student educational experience by providing surge capacity services to the UT School of Public Health, Health Science Center and local health departments in response to emergency events and possible outbreaks.

Connect with us on Facebook

outREACH (Research, Education and Community Health)

Our mission is to help create a safe and supportive professional and academic environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students, postdocs, faculty, and staff and their allies at UTHealth School of Public Health through our presence and visibility. outREACH serves as a resource and advocate for these individuals and their families.

Contact: outREACH@uth.tmc.edu
Connect with us on Facebook

Academy Health Student Chapter (AHSC)

Our mission is to promote and facilitate the professional development of students interested in health services research and health policy and to encourage student involvement with the Academy Health Organization. 

Contact: SPHAcademyHealth@uth.tmc.edu 

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Student Chapter

Our mission is to promote student interest and awareness regarding cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility analyses, and other methods of decision analysis in the evaluation of alternative health programs, and to provide an opportunity for student chapter members to become familiar with the affairs of ISPOR as well as have representation in its affairs.

Contact: ISPOR@uth.tmc.edu 

Public Health Students of African Descent

Our mission is to raise awareness about public health issues affecting people of African descent through research, outreach, community service, professional development, and social activities.

Contact: phsad@uth.tmc.edu or JR.F.Bright@uth.tmc.edu 

Black Excellence in Public Health (BEPH)

Our mission is to provide an affirming space for UTHealth Houston School of Public Health students who identify as black and their allies and to actively engage students through mentorship and service

Contact:  grp-sphblack@uth.tmc.edu

Texas Student Organization for the Advancement of Research (TSOAR)

Our mission is promote a positive school image and a mutually supportive, two-way line of communication within and between the student body, faculty, staff, and administration at the school's Dallas Location.

Contact:  sitara.m.weerakoon@uth.tmc.edu

Peer MentorSHIP

UTHealth School of Public Health MentorSHIP: Students Helping to Inspire Progress peer mentoring program pairs current graduate students with newly admitted master, doctoral or certificate students. The role of a peer mentor is to provide support, encouragement, and information.

Why be a peer mentor?

  • Improve communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership and organizational qualities
  • Enhance CV with valuable volunteer experience
  • Give back to the UTHealth graduate community

Why be a peer mentee?

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement  and support
  • Improve communication and networking skills
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Gain valuable  insights into the next stage(s) of your academic career

More information & contact

For more information about UTHealth School of Public Health MentorSHIP program, please contact SPHOrientation@uth.tmc.edu.

Campus-based resources

As a student at the UTHealth School of Public Health, you’ll have access to additional resources that fall under the UTHealth system umbrella, including, but not limited to:

Each campus has its own resources available to its students, some including recreation facilities and additional library access. For more information, contact your respective campus coordinator.