Student Organizations

Student organizations at the Mailman School of Public Health serve to support our community, enhance the academic experience, advocate for social change, and increase cultural awareness. Participating in a student organization can help you get the most out of your education. Learn more about our student groups and develop your leadership and team building skills by getting involved. Each January, leadership in the student organization officer teams transition. For questions on current officer position openings or joining a student organization, contact Christina Ferrari, Assistant Director of Student Life, at c.ferrari [at] columbia.edu.

Registering a New Student Organization

In order to become a recognized student organization at the Mailman School of Public Health and receive funding from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for programming, each group must adhere to the following conditions:

Current Student Organizations
 

Advocates for Asian American Health

Healthcare Data Analytics

Association for Justice and Health

Humanitarian Organization for Migration and Emergencies 

Bioethics Interest Group

Mental Health Awareness Integration Forum   

Bloom Girls Mentoring

One Health Initiative

Black and Latinx Student Caucus

Perspectives on Aging

Career China Club

Queer Health Taskforce

Columbia Emerging Women's Leadership

Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group 

Columbia Mailman Consulting Club

Society for African Health Initiatives

Complex System Approaches to Population Health 

Students for Environmental Action

Food Policy and Obesity Prevention

Students for a National Health Plan

Future Healthcare Leaders

Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine

Greater Community Reach

Women 4 Women

Advocates for Asian American Health (AAAH)

Mission

The mission of Advocates for Asian American Health is:

  • Increasing awareness of Asian American health issues and disparities at the Mailman School of Public Health through speaker series, campus events, and study groups;

  • Addressing gaps in research concerning Asian American health, including identifying social and cultural determinants of health outcomes and barriers to health care access;

  • Facilitating dialogue and collaboration between the Mailman School of Public Health and Asian American communities and organizations;

  • Serving local Asian American communities through linguistically and culturally appropriate health screening events and education outreach.

Officer TEAM

President: Monica Ng 
Vice President: Nida Farhound
Finance Chair: Ashley Han
Outreach Chair: Maryjane Bermudez
Communications Chair: Alexandra Passarelli
Social Chair: Casey Chun
 


Association for Justice and Health (AJAH)

Mission

This organization exists to promote the critical analysis of the criminal justice system, locally, nationally, and abroad, from a public health perspective. AJAH is meant to serve as an organizational base for students and faculty—coming from diverse professional backgrounds and united by a devotion to public health—utilizing their skills to stimulate innovative approaches to reduce health disparities and injustices among criminal justice-involved populations and protect the broader public from public health threats posed by the retributive justice system. The organization recognizes that each department within the Mailman School can contribute to and revive a vision for public health predicated on using science as a tool to expose multilevel determinants of inequity and using social justice advocacy to make a substantive difference in the lives of individuals and populations.

Officer Team

Co-President: Debduth Pijush
Co-President: Amita Joshua
Treasurer/Social Media Chair: Darwin Keung
Secretary/Advocacy Chair:hh2665 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Megan Ludington
Community Engagement Coordinator: Jenny Payne


Bioethics Interest Group (BIG)

MISSION

The Bioethics Interest Group exists to provide students with a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. It is meant to help students become more ethically conscious healthcare leaders. The activities of the Bioethics Interest Group will promote its mission via the following objectives: 

  • Promote active consideration of ethical concerns in the medical field; 

  • Foster recognition of the varying ethical impacts that public policy has on patients, minority populations, and any disadvantaged groups; 

  • Encourage a safe and productive environment that allows for open dialogue and debate in regards to human rights, patient rights, the role of government, the role of business and future policy development; 

  • Bring speakers to our campus that will serve as mentors on our paths to becoming healthcare leaders; 

  • Promote co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that serve to establish means of communication between Mailman students, faculty, administrators, and alumni; 

  • Host regular general body meetings to provide open forums for dialogue amongst the MSPH community; 

  • Advocate for the needs and concerns expressed by BIG membership; and

  • Actively collaborate with other groups within and outside of Columbia to achieve our mission.

OFFICER TEAM

President: Currently Vacant
Vice-President: Currently Vacant
Treasurer: Currently Vacant
 


Bloom Girls Mentoring

MISSION

Bloom exists to provide mentorship to girls and young teens in the Washington Heights community, specifically at Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH). To this end, Bloom:

  • Provides weekly day group lessons on health related topics including, but not limited to: puberty, sexual reproduction, and drugs and alcohol

  • Brings guest speakers and health professionals to reinforce day group lessons, and offer career exposure

  • Connects female mentors to the 7th and 8th grade girls of CHAH

  • Helps young women build confidence, inner strength, and a sense of self worth

  • Enables young women to make healthy lifestyle choices

OFFICER TEAM

President: Anusheh Kafi
Vice-President:mah2314 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Victoria Paterson
Vice-President: Megan Nazareth
Curriculum Coordinator: Julia Herskovic
Treasurer: Daisy Duerte
Logitistics Coordinator: Sahithi Akasapu
 


Black and Latinx Student Caucus (BLSC)

Mission

The Black and Latinx Student Caucus exists to promote professional, sociocultural, and academic enrichment that draws upon the experiences of Black and Latinx communities, actively addressing social, cultural, and political factors that synergistically impact health in historically underrepresented groups.

Our three keys goals are:

  • Awareness of Black and Latinx Health Issues: The Black and Latinx Student Caucus seeks to facilitate dialogue regarding pertinent health issues in our communities, in an effort to inspire action.

  • Professional Networking and Enrichment: The Black and Latinx Student Caucus seeks to act as an avenue to facilitate dialogue between students, their peers, and faculty.

  • Community Engagement: The Black and Latinx Student Caucus seeks to facilitate dialogue with local community organizers and actively engage members of BLSC in community service events.

Officer TeAM

President: Diana Ballesteros Gonzalez 
President: Selena Gonzalez
Chair of Internal Affairs: Joaquin Effertz
Chair of External Affairs: Alvin Gordian-Arroyo
Chair of Community Relations: Danait Yemane


Career China Club (CCC)

Mission

Career China serves all students at the Mailman School that are interested in developing their careers within Chinese healthcare systems, serving as a platform for Mailman School students and alumni to connect with established healthcare professionals in the industry. 

Officer TEAM

President: Shanshan Song
Treasurer: Yuqi Tu
Secretary: Zenghui Xue


Columbia Emerging Women's Leadership (CEWL)

MISSION

Columbia Emerging Women's Leadership is an organization dedicated to providing space for emerging women leaders (defined as all those who identify as women and who are at a moment of entering or re-entering the public health workforce following the pursuit of a Master's or Doctoral degree) to explore issues relating to the specific needs of women in the public health workforce as well as to providing targeted, women-centered leadership development and skill-building opportunities. 

OFFICER TEAM

President: Natasha Dhingra
Secretary: Zareen Thakor
Vice President of External Affairs: Tatini Mak-Sarkar
Vice President of Finance: Prav Gangidi


Columbia Mailman Consulting Club (CMCC)

Mission

The mission of the Columbia Mailman Consulting Club (CMCC) is to provide opportunities for MPH candidates at the Mailman School to learn about the field of management consulting; to provide its members resources for case interview practice in a collaborative and supportive setting; and to offer helpful guidance about the application and interview process. We aim to engage with recruiters, alumni, and members of similar clubs at other graduate institutions to educate and prepare students for careers in consulting.

Officer TEAM

President: Dana Tran Le
VP Of Treasury: Kunal Patrawala
VP of Communication: Olivia Floto
VP of External Affairs: Anurati Mehta
VP of Events: Melissa Stewart

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaMailmanConsultingClub 
 


 

Complex Systems Approaches to Population Health (CSAPH)

Mission

The mission of Complex Systems Approaches in Population Health (CSAPH) is to promote interdisciplinary research and foster community around systems science approaches in public health among graduate students at the Mailman School of Public Health and across Columbia University. We aim to accomplish this by advocating systems thinking, raising awareness of available resources, promoting application of those resources, and providing support for students interested in using system simulation approaches in their research.

Officer TEAM

President: cgd2137 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Currently Vacant
Vice President: Currently Vacant
Treasurer: Currently Vacant
Advocacy and Inquiry Officer: Currently Vacant


Future Healthcare Leaders (FHL)

Mission

Future Heathcare Leaders exists to provide students with a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas to help them become more effective healthcare leaders.

FHL’s events and activities promote its mission via the following five objectives:

  • Bring speakers to our campus that will be role-models and will serve as mentors on our paths to becoming leaders.

  • Promote co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that serve to establish means of communication between Mailman School students, faculty, administrators, and alumni.

  • Host regular General Body meetings to provide open forums for dialogue among students, faculty, and the administration, 

  • Advocate for the needs and concerns expressed by FHL membership. 

  • Actively collaborate with other groups within and outside of Columbia University to achieve our mission.

Officer TEAM

President: Brian Ruiz
VP of Internal Affairs: Natalie Bishop
VP of External Affairs: Nandita Kotwani
Treasurer: Brooke Hogan
Academic Chair: Sun-Ming "Jessica" Pan
Public Relations Chair: Chirag Shah


Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP)

Mission

The mission of the Food Policy and Obesity Prevention student group is to provide comprehensive extracurricular opportunities for the Columbia University Medical Center community around food access, policy, and advocacy. The group accomplishes this through educational opportunities, volunteerism, and advocacy within the student body, the community and nationally.

Officer TEAM

President: Olivia Shabash
VP of External Relations: Brittany Smith
VP of Student Engagement: Ben Lane
VP of Communications: Nicole Evancha
VP Of Operations/Treasurer: Nana Ekua Adenu-Mensah
Email: cufpop [at] gmail.com
Website: http://columbiafpop.wordpress.com


 

Greater Community Reach (GCR)

Mission

GCR’s mission is to connect Mailman School students with Northern Manhattan and the city beyond in order to create a model for community engagement. GCR promotes an urbanist perspective in public health by integrating concepts of space, place, and cultural history into patterns of health and disease in the community.

Officer TEAM

President: Maureen Saylor
Treasurer/Secretary: Sumayya Younus
Internal Community Coordinator: Nirajana Tripathy
External Community Coordinator: Leora Steinberg


 

Healthcare Data Analytics (HDA)

MISSION

Healthcare Data Analytic's mission is to elevate everyone's analytical skill set so as to make more data-driven healthcare decisions in our future careers. All experience levels are welcome!

OFFICER TEAM

Co-President:  Sarah Vitotoe
Co-President: Shirley Wang
Treasurer/Secretary: Amadeia Rector
Vice President of Internal Communication: Maria Sermania
Vice President of External Communication: Helen Latimer
Vice President of Events and Outreach: Bryce Wong


Humanitarian Organization for Migration and Emergencies (HOME)

Mission

The mission of HOME is to provide opportunities for students to gain skills and experience that will improve the health and well-being of conflict-affected populations. Through events and experiential learning opportunities, HOME will also raise awareness across the Columbia University community of complex emergencies around the world.

Officer TEAM

President: Carlie Skellington
Vice President: Elpida Velmahos
Treasurer: Jason Melo
Secretary: Talar Habeshian
Outreach Chair: Rebecca Liron
Social Chair: Susan Stringham


MISSION

MAIF’s vision is to promote awareness of mental health and reduce stigma against people living with mental illness,to foster an understanding of  the variability and diversity of mental illness and care at multiple levels (ranging from our neighborhood to the global), and to encourage discussions to reduce the burden of mental illness globally.

OFFICER TEAM

President: Currently Vacant
Treasurer: Currently Vacant
Secretary: Currently Vacant
Media Chair:nk2698 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Currently Vacant


 

One Health Initiative (OHI)

Mission

"One Health" is the collaboration of multiple disciplines - locally, nationally, and globally - working at the interface of human, animal and environmental health. The One Health Initiative seeks to use these approaches to solving today's global and environmental health challenges.

Officer TEAM

President: Melody Wu
Vice President: Morgan Manger
Treasurer: zjt2103 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Allison Bailey
Secretary: Matthew Perrota
Event Coordinator: Yaa Asantewaa Kafui Klu


Perspectives on Aging (PoA)

Mission

The objectives of the group are to sponsor events that explore key issues regarding aging and health from multiple perspectives, provide an environment in which students can explore ideas about how public health can best address the challenge of an aging society, and raise awareness among the Mailman School of Public Health and the larger university environment about the implications of aging and health for a variety of subjects

Officer Team

President: Leora Steinberg
Vice President/ Secretary: Melanie Baez
 

Queer Health Task Force (QHTF)

Mission

QHTF is dedicated to promoting the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people. By providing opportunities for learning, activism, and skills building at the Mailman School of Public Health, we work toward created improved visibility of queer health issues and improved access to care. We believe that competent, informed care for LGBTQQI people is integral to public health.

Officer TEAM

Co-President: Olivia Ahn
Co-President: Ryan Gentil
Outreach Chair: Thomas Carpino
Programming Chair: Tess Solomon
Programming Chair: Beckett Flynn
Treasurer: Helen Latimer

 

Society for African Health Initiatives (SAfHI)

Mission

The mission of SAfHI is:

  • To bridge the gap between African-based research at the Mailman School and student body awareness (present African research to students) 

  • To dismantle the notion of a homogenous Africa

  • To host African social & cultural events

  • To create a forum where current African health issues are discussed

  • To demonstrate African culture through networking events

  • To build a broader network of African interest at the Mailman School, Columbia University, and the community at large

  • To invest in the professional development of members

Officer Team

President: Currently Vacant
Vice President/Treasurer: Currently Vacant
Secretary/Community Liaison: Currently Vacant


Students for Environmental Action (SEA)

Mission

SEA is a student group that promotes environmental awareness at the medical campus, is the voice of students for environmental concerns, and encourages everyone to engage in sustainable practices.

Officer TEAM

President: Peggy Hsieh
VP of Communications: Stella Keck
VP of Finance: Erin Kawazu
VP of Outreach: Casey Chun


Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group (SHAG)

Mission

SHAG is dedicated to reproductive and sexual rights for all people. By providing opportunities for learning, activism, and skills building at the Mailman School of Public Health, we work toward creating universal access to reproductive and sexual health information and services. We believe that sexual and reproductive health are integral to public health.

Officer TEAM

Presidenthp2443 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( )Michelle Martinez
Vice President: Rachel Passmore
Treasurer: Amy Rooker
Vice President: Nina Johal
Secretary: Christina Keenan


Students for a National Health Plan (SNaHP) 

Mission

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) advocates for universal, comprehensive, single-payer health insurance. SNaHP believes that access to high-quality health care is a right of all people and should be provided equitably as a public good rather than bought and sold as a commodity. Equitable accessibility requires, in the view of SNaHP, the removal of barriers to adequate health care currently faced by the uninsured, the poor, minority populations, and immigrants, both documented and undocumented, as well as those who have health insurance. SNaHP views this campaign as part of the campaign for social justice and equal access to healthcare as a human right in the United States. SNaHP is aligned with the goals of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program (PNHP), a national organization of 18,000 physician members. PNHP accepts no funding from pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit entities. PNHP organizes physicians, medical students, health workers, and the public in support of this program and promotes discussion of health policy in the United States through conferences, lectures, articles, and other methods. All are welcome!

Officer Team

President: Linda Nguyen
Vice President of Communications: Carthi Mannikarottu
Vice President of Events & Outreach: Cynthia Chen
Vice President of Finance: Adria Zern


Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine (SPIM)

Mission

This organization exists to provide a forum for health science professionals to discuss the future development of integrative medicine through the public health lens. Given the interdisciplinary nature of integrative medicine—which inherently includes interplay between traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine—our group actively encourages alliance of health care professional/practitioners across traditions and institutions.

Officer Team

President: Christopher Crowe
Vice President of Operations: Mara Getz
Vice President of Communications: Katherine Baker
Vice President of Community/Practitioner Relations: Ariana Larocca
Treasurer: Constance Lopez


Women 4 Women (W4W)

MISSION

Women 4 Women's mission is to improve women’s health and status through empowering girls and women in healthcare, education, politics, and relationships. Using an intersectional framework, we provide a space on campus where students can address the pursuit of equality among women by working to dismantle gender-based inequities.

OFFICER TEAM

President: Katie Stack
Vice President: Garrison Daly
Director of Programming: Fiona Gambanga
Director of Administration: Catherine Brooks
Director of Communications: Harmony Arcilla
Director of Community Engagement: Chrissy Keenan