Student Organizations


As an undergraduate student at Pitt Public Health, you have a choice of nearly 700 University groups and associations to help you complement your academic experience. Simply visit the links below to get started!

University-wide Organizations – Browse all or chose the dropdown category that best fits your interests.

Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) – Get support for managing your organization or learn about maintaining your registration status.

Start a New Organization – Learn more about establishing a University-wide organization — or even one that directly enhances the new undergraduate studies at the School of Public Health.


Student organizations are an excellent way for Pitt Public Health graduate students to actively engage in structured work that influences their learning environment by focusing on local and global public health topics. Explore the diverse range of organizations below designed to reinforce your individual areas of interest and research.

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA serves as a school-wide umbrella for seven sub-organizations that provide forums for students to share experiential wisdom, socialize with peers, and contribute to large projects on student programming with the Office of Student Affairs. 

President: Michelle Nguyen
VP: Leandra Gardner 
Business Manager/Administrator: Samantha Runa
Co-Editors, The Public Health Journal: Anokhi Kashiparekh and Dylan Tuttle
Student Engagement Chair: Danielle Nahas
Organization Email:
Advisor: Mike Dolinger

American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA)

The APHA-SA is the nation's largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. Guided by its mission and vision, the Student Assembly works to build capacity for a stronger public health workforce and infrastructure. Joining the APHA-SA provides many opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience, further education, and network with other public health professionals.

Members of the Student Assembly have exclusive access to the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation's Health and are invited to attend APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo, where they can present their own research, abstracts, and posters. Members also enjoy discounts on publications, travel, and other resources, as well as having the opportunity to network with other public health professionals.

For information on how to get involved or join, contact:

Campus Liaison: TBD
Faculty contact: Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD

Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)

DSO provides an ongoing structure encouraging interaction among Pitt Public Health doctoral students and faculty, with an emphasis on developing an informal network of contacts to facilitate research efforts. There are no dues, and monthly meetings during the school year are open to all members. The group offers an informal student network for the exchange of information and ideas.

Executive Board:
Justin Dutta
Sarah Sanders 
Organization Email:
Advisor: Mike Dolinger

Fostering Opportunities to Recognize, Welcome, and Advance Racially Diverse Students (FORWARDS)

The purpose of the Fostering Opportunities to Recognize, Welcome, and Advance Racially Diverse Students of the Graduate School of Public Health shall be to promote and to enhance the development of the academic, professional, and social aims and interests of the racial and ethnic minoritized populations of the student body of the Graduate School of Public Health; to promote student, alumni, and community interest in and interaction with the Graduate School of Public Health; to advance the interest and involvement of alumni and students in the Public Health profession; and to propagate the ethics of the Public Health profession.

President: Taylor Robinson
VP: Wendeline Frederic 
Secretary/Treasurer: Aiyana-Mei Tom
Business Manager: Noelle Spencer
Public Relations Chair: Imani Beard
Programming Chair: Ebonie Slade
Organization Email: 
Staff Advisor: Lora Ann Bray

Global Health Student Association (GHSA)

The GHSA promotes interest in global health issues among Pitt Public Health students by facilitating information exchanges among researchers, global health organizations, and the many international students at the school. In addition, the group organizes speaker series, Peace Corps information sessions, and research and service projects abroad.

President: Emily Crisan
Business Manager: Aparna Ramani
Secretary: Andressa Pena
Event Coordinator: Bethany Flage
Organization Email:
Faculty Advisors: Cynthia Salter

Health Policy and Management Association (HPMA)

HPMA allows students to gain an understanding of the working policy and management aspect of public health through active engagement with industry health care organizations. Members interact in local and national professional development activities and community service projects, shaping future leaders who are ethically responsible and community aware. HPMA is an active participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, allowing students the opportunity to attend educational events and to develop mentorship bonds with health care executives across the country.

President: Jordan Perkins
VP: Priyanka Gupta
Business Manager (Treasurer): Ngozichukwu Ibe
Events Coordinator: Destiny Scaief
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Broom
Organization Email: 

Leaders in Intersectional Public Health and Equity (LIPHE)

The focus of LIPHE is to encourage individuals to approach public health and navigate life with an intersectional and equity-informed stance. LIPHE community seeks to adopt a more contextual understanding of how health impacts people according to intersections of social identity, inclusive of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nationality, religion, age and ability. Rooted in the previous name, the Association of Women in Public Health, LIPHE seek to uplift the voices of and share experiences of health across different lived experiences, and further knowledge of how to support and advance initiatives for health equity.

President: Monica Henderson
VP: Mica Hope
Secretary: Julia Heller
Social Media Manager: Faryaal Alam
Business Manager: Kayla Ortiz
PR Chair: Jamie Martina
Undergrad Liason: Nehal Charkraborty
Organization Email:
Faculty Advisor: Martha Terry

Street Medicine

Street Medicine Outreach and Awareness aims to serve homeless and rough sleeping individuals within the Pittsburgh area. Our mission is to provide this diverse community with multidisciplinary yet individualized care that focuses on promoting effective communication, mutual respect, and understanding with Pittsburgh’s healthcare community and university student body. Our organization is affiliated with the Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition (SMISC), dedicated to promoting inclusive, reality-based, person-centered care for our unsheltered homeless community members throughout the world.

President: Antonio Gumucio
VP: Paul Seraly
Operations Director: Nicole Alindogan
Outreach CoordinatorRebecca Mackenzie
Business Manager, Lysia Gehris
Resource Manager, Asher Warchal
Events Manager, Durga Mahapatra 
Event Coordinator: Cameron Metz
OSN & SMISC Liaison, Kavya Boorgu 
PR & Social Media Manager, Priya Gupta
Research Co-Coordinators, Jennifer McCartney & Zizhou Su 

Faculty Advisors: Dr. David Finegold, Tina Hershey
Medical Director: Dr. Anna Marie White, MD
Distinguished Honorary Advisor: Dr. Jim Withers, MD

Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort (SPHERE)

SPHERE is an organization of Pitt Public Health students interested in epidemic response, community preparedness, and hands-on experience. In collaboration with the Allegheny County Health Department and various other local organizations, students gain the skills and experience needed to be successful as they embark in this exciting field. Guest speakers are invited monthly to share their personal experiences preparing for and responding to epidemics and other public health emergencies. SPHERE also arranges several field trips to public health agencies and organizations throughout the year. Members participate in outbreak or disaster response activities with local and state health departments, are involved in public health emergency management responses, and support community health events and promotions. 

President: Emily Berryman
Secretary: TBD
Business Manager: James Huber
Training: TBD
Ad hoc Chairperson: Jessica Salerno
Organization Email:
Faculty Advisor: Leslie Fink

Professional Organizations and Alumni Associations

Alumni Association for Health Administration

Graduates of the health administration program are eligible for membership.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Students are encouraged to join the American Public Health Association. Members receive their monthly journal, newsletters, and other pertinent information. APHA holds an annual meeting every fall, where students have the opportunity to present scholarly papers and take advantage of APHA’s placement service. During the meeting, Pitt Public Health also hosts an exhibit staffed in part by students. An application to join was included in your Orientation packet and you can also pick one up in the Office of Student Affairs, G009 Public Health. Annual student membership is $85.

Delta Omega

This national public health honorary society holds as its objectives the encouragement of scholarship and research among persons undertaking graduate study in public health. The Omicron Chapter at Pitt Public Health elects a number of alumni, faculty, and students to membership at its annual meeting each spring.

Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA)

An affiliate of APHA, the Pennsylvania Public Health Association is a growing professional association that welcomes anyone with an interest in public health. PPHA also holds annual meetings featuring state and national public health leaders. Annual student membership is $20. Get an application at

University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association

The Pitt Alumni Association is your lifetime connection to Pitt and the voice of more than 303,000 living alumni worldwide. We invite and encourage Pitt graduates to stay connected to the University and each other through active membership in the Pitt Alumni Association.