Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

College of Public Health students are strongly encouraged to participate in Departmental, College and University student organizations. Student organizations help to develop student leadership skills, provide professional and personal networking opportunities and foster a sense of community within the College. There are many exciting opportunities to be involved at our College. A list of the student organizations at the College of Public Health and the University of South Florida are listed below. If you don’t see your favorite organization listed or you would like to start a new organization contact the Academic Affairs Office for more information.


College Wide Student Organizations
  Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. The society was founded in 1924 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. There are currently 68 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
The USF Infectious Disease Association’s (IDA) has as its mission to promote the understanding of infectious diseases through guest lectures, student presentations, field trips and group discussions. All students are welcome to participate in association activities. Meetings are generally held bimonthly and include guest lectures, group discussions, student presentations and organization business.
The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) represents graduate student interests in the College of Public Health and encourages the active participation from its members in developing community public health awareness. It is also the purpose of PHSA to encourage the interaction of students with faculty and staff so students may have some impact over program matters, knowledge of educational opportunities and guidance in directing their public health careers.
The MCHSO is an organization open to all USF students who are interested in the well-being of mothers, children, and families. Our mission is to 1) Educate and increase awareness of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) issues and projects within the U.S and abroad; 2) Connect students with service and learning opportunities in MCH; 3) Create opportunities for mentorship and learning among alumni and students of the University of South Florida (USF); and 4) Provide opportunities for interaction among students interested in MCH, as well as MCH faculty and staff. MCHSO hosts a monthly lecture series, coordinates social events, participates in service learning activities, and convenes an annual symposium on MCH Related Topics. You can find us on Facebook at USF Maternal and Child Health Student Organization!
The Undergraduate Public Health Student Association (UPHSA) is the only undergraduate student organization representing the College of Public Health. The purpose of this organization is to enable students of the undergraduate level to participate in Public Health and be able to interact with Faculty and Staff regarding Public Health Disciplines.


Department Based Student Organizations
Eta Sigma Gamma is the National Professional Health Honorary Society. The primary purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma is to enhance the professional competence and dedication of individual members to the profession of health education. The University of South Florida Chapter is open to graduate students within the Department of Community and Family Health who have a health education focus and meet the eligibility criteria.

The Eta Sigma Gamma insignia reflects the ideals of teaching, service and research. The lamp of learning utilized in installation/initiation ceremonies represents the unifying element of the three ideals.

Public Health has become a global discipline and public health professionals must understand and be prepared to address health issues and their determinants that span geopolitical boundaries. We all live on this small planet together and it is in our best interest to use an ecological approach to protect and nurture the human and physical resources available. The Global Health Student Association provides a wonderful opportunity for students to expand their educational experience into the international arena through a variety of activities and learning experiences. I encourage you to become involved and make a difference in the world.
Membership in the Healthcare Management Student Association is open to students enrolled in the degree or Certificate programs of the Department of Health Policy and Management. This provides students interested in health services administration with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of effective leadership skills in healthcare organizations and to develop their professional networks within the healthcare community.
The Behavioral Health Student Organization (BHSO) serves as a forum for those with an interest in Behavioral Health. Our mission is to educate and increase awareness of Behavioral Health issues and projects within the United States and abroad. We provide ample service and learning opportunities to network with students, faculty and the greater Behavioral Health community. We hope to improve the well-being of the surrounding community by promoting awareness, compassion, and solidarity.
The Sunshine ERC Student Association (SERCSA) consists of all students who have been accepted into one of the five NIOSH-supported programs: Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Health Psychology, Occupational Medicine and Occupational Safety. The primary purpose of the SERCSA is to provide its students with interdisciplinary academic and social opportunities. We hope that these activities will enhance and enrich our students' learning and personal experiences while attending USF.
The goals of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Student Association are to: Place individuals into positions facilitating leadership progression; Develop interpersonal relationships between members and professors, and develop professional skills: Cultivate collaboration amongst epidemiology and biostatistics students in research, mentoring and tutoring; Educate the community about public health, in general, and epidemiology and biostatistics in, particular; Advocate on behalf of epidemiology and biostatistics students within the department, college and wider university community; Unite epidemiology and biostatistics students through social programming.


USF Health & USF Student Organizations
  The International Health Service Collaborative is a group of USF Health students, faculty, and professionals focused on:
  • Promoting sustainable health projects in underserved communities within the U.S. and developing nations
  • Creating a forum for interdisciplinary interaction within USF Health and throughout USF, which will result in more well-rounded health professionals
  • Amnesty International
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • American Red Cross Club
  • Engineers Without Borders


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