Student Life and Engagement
Public Health Student Organizations
College of Public Health students are strongly encouraged to participate in 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.
The hub of student organizations and events is hosted in Bulls Connect. You can log in to find these organizations and all other 1,100 student organizations.
Undergraduate Public Health Student Association
Are you an Undergraduate Student interested in Public Health? If so, this is the club for you! The Undergraduate Public Health Student Association (UPHSA) is the only undergraduate student organization representing the College of Public Health and is open to all majors. 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.
Public Health Student Association
The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) represents graduate student interests in the College of Public Health and encourages 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.
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Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaborative
The Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Student Collaborative (DAHR) focus on community support through collaboration with other organizations and local government agencies with a common goal of disaster response, refugee resettlement & anti-human trafficking work. With advocacy, philanthropy, and service, we aim to help the refugee populations.
Through our specialized unit - USF CERT, we assist the local government in providing aid to the local community during natural and man-made disasters. We educate, train, and help to prepare the community and vulnerable populations with useful information/courses/training for potential incoming disasters.
Our commitment to service and community preparedness provides unique opportunities for networking and learning on how to address shortcomings in our local communities.
Delta Omega: COPH Honorary Society
The Delta Omega Honorary Society was founded in 1924 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health to promote excellence and recognize accomplishments in public health. There are over 100 chapters worldwide with 20,000 individual members throughout the US and abroad.
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Student Association
When looking at factors of disease and outbreak control across populations, the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics are extremely important. These disciplines are often integrated within other areas of Public Health, such as Maternal Child Health, Global Health, Global Communicable Disease, and more. The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Student Association is a diverse group of individuals with an interest in epidemiology and/or biostatistics. EBSA helps provide opportunities for students to grow academically and professionally through a variety of activities and learning experiences with professors, current students, alumni, and professional organizations. We welcome all USF students from different academic backgrounds that are interested in joining EBSA.
Eta Sigma Gamma: Health Education Professional Chapter
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 Delta Kappa Chapter at the University of South Florida is open to graduate students within the College of Public Health who have a concentration in health education and meet the eligibility criteria. Undergraduate students with a major or minor in Public Health who have an interest in health education are also welcome. The Eta Sigma Gamma insignia reflects the ideals of teaching, service, and research.
Global Health Student Association
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. To serve as a forum for the College of Public Health students with an interest in Global Health, to provide opportunities for interaction with each other, the faculty and staff and to educate and increase awareness of public health issues and projects within the U.S. and abroad. GHSA is open to all USF students interested in any aspect of global health.
(BSPH students only)
Health Scholars is a 9-month program for students majoring in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. The purpose of this program is to promote leadership, volunteerism, research, and career exploration for public health students as they strengthen their skills and identify their future paths in the field. This is a limited access program in which students apply for the program in the spring semester and participate in the program from August through April. Students attend monthly meetings, go on site visits, and promote a sense of community with their peers and public health professionals.
Healthcare Management Student Association
Latino Caucus for Public Health, Student Chapter
The Latino Caucus for Public Health, Student Chapter at the University of South Florida’s mission is to represent and advocate for the health interests of the Latino community, both within and outside the University of South Florida, while providing leadership and mentorship opportunities for students to engage in research, policy, and advocacy efforts. LCPHUSF will provide a safe space for emerging Latino health scholars, advocates, and students to gain experience and grow skillsets relevant to their future careers facilitated by mentor relationships. Lastly, LCPHUSF will provide a collegial atmosphere for members to develop their professional network with other students and faculty.
Maternal and Child Health Student Organization
The Maternal and Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) serves as a forum for all students interested in maternal and child health (MCH) issues. The purpose and goals of this organization is to: Educate and increase awareness of MCH issues and projects within the United States and abroad. Connect students with service and learning opportunities in MCH and public health. Create opportunities for mentorship and learning among USF alumni and students. Provide opportunities for interaction and community engagement among students interested in MCH, as well as faculty and staff.
Peer Health Educators
The Peer Health Educators (PHE) is an undergraduate and graduate student organization at the College of Public Health affiliated with REACHUP, Inc. in Tampa, Florida, to educate and raise awareness to our peers about different topics related to preconception health surrounding the USF community and Hillsborough County.
Preconception health refers to the health of individuals during their reproductive years, which are the years they can have a child. It focuses on taking steps now to protect the health of a baby they might have some time in the future. Some of the topics we discuss in our organization are: Infant mortality, Mental health, Domestic violence, Healthy relationships, Financial literacy, Mindfulness, Reproductive health, Environmental awareness, and Men’s & Women’s health.