Our student groups—engaged in interests as diverse as health policy and intramural sports—offer public health students the opportunity to attend events, build relationships with fellow students and faculty members, and gain hands-on public health experience within the community.
Groups open to School of Public health students include:
- Association of Public Health Infectious Diseases Students (APHIDS)
- Berkeley Advocates for Sexual Health (BASH)
- Berkeley Public Health Corps
- Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH)
- Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition
- Crisis Health Initiative
- IHI - UC Berkeley Chapter
- Multicultural Health in Action
- MultiCultural Student Organization
- Public Health Doctoral Student Association
- The Public Health Student Sports Committee
The School of Public Health has a student government composed of elected public health graduate students who act as a liaison for students to the administration and faculty.
There are also a number of campuswide groups open to public health students.
School of Public Health Groups
Association of Public Health Infectious Diseases Students (APHIDS)
The Association of Public Health Infectious Disease Students (APHIDS) is a student group open to all graduate public health students with an interest in infectious diseases. APHIDS provides a mix of social events and service opportunities in order to provide students from different concentrations with the chance to meet one another, explore infectious disease-related interests, and give back to the Berkeley community. Upcoming events for the school year include a fall camping trip, volunteering at influenza vaccination clinics, a winter ski trip, collaborating with community organizations like AIDS Project of the East Bay, and many others. In addition to organized events, APHIDS holds monthly meetings where students can discuss classes, talk about current events, share insights about SPH programs or just socialize.
Berkeley Advocates for Sexual Health (BASH)
BASHers like to talk about sex - at home, abroad, and every where in between. Join a group of Berkeley students, staff, and community members who passionately and enthusiastically promote sexual and reproductive health. Primarily organized by students from the SPH, BASH passes out condoms at any opportunity possible, engages in mind-blowing dialogue, and relentlessly advocates for happy, healthy and safe sex. BASH has hosted a DeCal class, film screenings, presentations by distinguished speakers, and roundtable discussions focusing on both local and international topics in family planning, gender-based rights and policy, sexually transmitted diseases, and maternal health. Jump on the BASH bandwagon today-- we still have a lot more condoms to pass out.
Berkeley Public Health Corps (BPHC)
Contact Emily Buzzell
The Berkeley Public Health Corps (BPHC) is a new club in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health! It will facilitate opportunities for students to participate in group volunteer events in communities throughout the East Bay and San Francisco. Students will benefit from increased community engagement and the chance to connect with fellow public health students around a common purpose. Potential volunteer events include:
- Serving a meal at the Glide Foundation's meals program in San Francisco
- Helping with a day-long project at the Berkeley FreeClinic
- Participating in a City of Berkeley environmental clean-up initiative
Members of the club will also get a BPHSC t-shirt to wear whenever they volunteer!
Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH)
Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH) is an official student group at UC Berkeley that provides training and response opportunities to public health graduate students by assisting state and local health departments in California during outbreaks and other public health emergencies. The mission of Cal STAPH is to train and deploy students to assist state and local health agencies in responding to urgent and emergency public health threats. Through partnerships with health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal STAPH links students with applied public health experience and departments with needed surge capacity.
Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition
Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition (Cal UPHC) was formed in order to provide undergraduate students in the public health major with a professional and supportive network. The group's mission is to help students gain "R.E.A.L." experience in the field of public health through Research, Education, Action, and Leadership. Founded in 2003, Cal UPHC is composed of an executive board and four primary committees: International Health, Community Health, Health Policy and Advocacy, and Environmental Health. Its members produce The Public Health Advocate.
Crisis Health Initiative (CHI)
Contact Jamie Elmasu
The Crisis Health Initiative (CHI) is a coalition of students and faculty from U.S. universities who seek to raise awareness and resolve health issues that directly result from conflict. Our mission is to promote health and stability inregions affected by crisis and conflict through educational initiatives focusing on improvement of medical and public health systems. Through this, we hope to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and displaced persons and the need for humanitarian aid as well as build public health capacity in regions affected by crisis and conflict to ensure longterm security and stability.
CHI will begin a health practitioner exchange program at UC Berkeley, where visiting scholars will attend public health graduate courses for one semester. The visiting scholars will collaborate with students and faculty on a project to implement in their host country as well as concurrently host lectures to educate students and faculty about the war in their host country to provide a basis for the collaborative project. CHI will host the first visiting scholar from Iraq during the Fall 2010 semester and two additional scholars during Spring 2011.
The purpose of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) UC Berkeley Chapter is to engage future health professionals in learning and applying the principles, methods and tools of quality improvement, patient safety, and cultural humility in health care.
Our members recognize that healthcare improvement extends beyond access issues. We therefore envision a better healthcare system by empowering future health professionals to become change agents at every level in the manner healthcare is managed and delivered. We believe the first step to making these changes is increasing awareness through education. Our mission is to provide a platform through which future health professionals can turn this education into action to improve multiple facets of healthcare.
Our monthly meetings involve a mixture of expert guest
speakers on topics relevant to the purpose of the Chapter,
discussion of case studies and current topics in health care,
and the development of a health care improvement project in
conjunction with a local health organization. The chapter also
provides tools like courses and certifications in quality
improvement, online speaker series and opportunities to attend
Multicultural Health in Action (MHIA)
Multicultural Health in Action (MHIA) is a student-run group focused on the professional and leadership development of Public Health students through the integration of learning and practice. MHIA offers students the opportunity to engage in meaningful service and actively participate in community partner initiatives that seek to address the needs of disadvantaged populations in the East Bay by providing health education sessions and academic support.
MultiCultural Student Organization
MCSO has become an important vehicle for SPH students to advocate for the continuation and creation of programs, courses and activities that truly increase diversity at our school, and that effectively prepare us to address issues of diverse, underserved communities. We also provide an open forum for discussion and support around diversityrelated issues, and a place for diversity-committed students to meet. Please join us for our first meeting, where we'll talk about our goals and activities. Note: If you would like to hear about future events, meetings, and other opportunities for involvement, join the MCSO Google Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out!@SPH is a platform for queer students (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer, intersexed) within the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to socialize and network, in addition to creating a safe and inclusive space for people from the spectrum of sexualities and genders. As Public Health students, we understand that being out and feeling welcomed and safe within our places of work/study is necessary for our well-being. To this end, Out!@SPH was formed as a way to foster good health and to celebrate queerness. We are a new group within the School, so please join us! We are open to all School of Public Health graduate students. Come find us on Facebook! Out!@SPH
Public Health Doctoral Student Association
The School of Public Health doctoral student community is composed of many different disciplines. We have students working on a wide spectrum of public health problems in a myriad of degree programs that are diverse yet interconnected. This variety of interests and passions is what defines public health in both the academic and professional sense. To give SPH doctoral students a chance to discuss these health issues with each other and benefit from other students' public health perspectives, the Public Health Doctoral Student Association aims to create extracurricular opportunities to develop collegial relationships. We feel that our school community should be a leader in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Our association believes that the best way to foster this is to offer doctoral students various social events throughout the year that provide a relaxed atmosphere in which to build and create professional and academic networks. Our events so far include plans for an annual camping retreat held each Spring, as well as other smaller get-togethers throughout the year.
The Public Health Student Sports Committee
Contact Kipp Akers
The Public Health Student Sports Committee organizes intramural sports teams for public health graduate students. Intramural (IM) sports teams are a great way to make friends within the school and to stay fit. Teams are open to all public health students of all skill levels from awardwinning athletes to students who haven't put on a softball glove since second grade. Games are one hour, one evening a week (a great study break). Recent IM teams have included softball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball. Signups are at the beginning of each semester.
- Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- Latino/a Association of Grad Students in Engineering and Sciences (LAGSES)
- American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA)
- Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA)
- Mexcal (Mexican at Cal)
- Cal Queer Grads Facebook page
- Graduate Minority Students Project