Student Groups

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.

Registering a New Group

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:

Active Groups

Current student organizations include:

Advocates for Asian American HealthHumanitarian Organization for Migration and Emergencies
Association for Justice and HealthInternational Students Organization
Bioethics Interest GroupMental Awareness Integration Forum
Bloom Girls MentoringOne Health Initiative
Black and Latinx Student CaucusPerspectives on Aging
Career China ClubQueer Health Task Force
Columbia Mailman Consulting ClubSexual and Reproductive Health Action Group
Complex System Approaches to Population HealthSociety for African Health Initiatives
Food Policy and Obesity PreventionStudents for Environmental Action
Future Healthcare LeadersStudents for a National Health Plan
Graduate Student AssociationStudents for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine
Greater Community Reach 

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.

Officers/Email

President: tjh2153 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Tiffany Huang )
Vice President: %20jm4443 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Janice Ma)
Treasurer: lsm2164 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Linda Mei)
Outreach Chair: amd2298 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ashley Dominic)
Communications Chair: cl3528 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Carolyn Luk)
Social Chair: ngs2117 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Navjot Singh)

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/62618/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

Co-President: dtf2119 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Derek Fine )
Co-President: amd2298 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ashley Dominic )
Treasurer/Events Coordinator: arg2222 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Amber Gipson) 
Secretary: dpd2121 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Dyutee Dawda )
Community Engagement Coordinator: hh2665 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Hyun (Sarah) Hong )
Social Media Chair: zhp2002 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Zoe Pleasure )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/80331/chapter

Bioethics Interest Group

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.

OFFICERS/EMAIL

President: ruth.marder [at] columbia.edu (Ruth Marder)
Vice-President: klt2150 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Kelsey Trumbach)
Treasurer: lt2586 [at] columbia.edu (Lydia Tschoe)

ORGSYNC PROFILE

https://orgsync.com/158373/chapter

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:

  1. Provides weekly day group lessons on health related topics including, but not limited to: puberty, sexual reproduction, and drugs and alcohol
  2. Brings guest speakers and health professionals to reinforce day group lessons, and offer career exposure
  3. Connects female mentors to the 7th and 8th grade girls of CHAH
  4. Helps young women build confidence, inner strength, and a sense of self worth
  5. Enables young women to make healthy lifestyle choices

OFFICERS/EMAIL

President: ss5164 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Silpa Srinivasulu )
Vice-President: vjs2120 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Victoria Steven )
Treasurer:mah2314 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( Margaret (Maggie) Havunjian )
Secretary: cbh2134 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Candice Haghighi )
Communications Director/Publicity: hjm2130 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Hayley Manley )

ORGSYNC PROFILE

https://orgsync.com/121635/chapter​

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.

Officers/Email

President: als2342 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Alexandra Sepolen)
Treasurer: mm4946 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Mona Mazraani )
Secretary: eaf2162 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Eman A. Faris )
Community Relations Chair: jl4796 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jamal Lewis )
Historian/Alumni Relations: jmm2415 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (July Merizier )
Social Chair: ecs2182 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Erica C. Santos )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/63265/chapter

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. 

Officers/Email

President: sw3140 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Shuang Wu )
Treasurer: zz2429 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Zining Zhang )
Secretary: yt2553 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Yue Tu )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/81092/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: bmv2118 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Bhavish Vora )
VP Of Treasury: wh2366 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Felisa Wei Hsieh )
VP of Communication: nk2699 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Nitika Kaul)
VP of External Affairs: phd2116 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Patricia Donskoy )
VP of Events: rs3684 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ridhima Suntewari )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/69077/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: cgd2137 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Carolina Downie )
Vice President: gak2126 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Georgia Kinsley )
Treasurer: mjw2224 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Miriam Woodward )
Advocacy and Inquiry Officer: ln2356 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Lavanya Nambiar )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/63266/chapter

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:

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

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

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

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

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

Officers/Email

President: nca2127 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Nicole Altamirano )
VP of Internal Affairs: kmv2127 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Katrina Verbrugge  )
VP of External Affairs: jms2450 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Johann Schmidt )
Treasurer: naa2164 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Nida Ali )
Communications Chair: jjs2267 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jonathan Shaheed )
Academic Chair: maz2124 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Marc Zavarella  )
Alumni Relations Chair: pm2883 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Pranoy Mohapatra  )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67779/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: kr2700 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Kylie Repasy )
VP of External Relations: lk2694 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Lauren Kalbfell )
VP of Student Engagement: ajg2241 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Abigail Gendler )
VP of Communications: sjs2157 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Sara Scheineson )
VP Of Operations/Treasurer: sd3090 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Shea Doyle )
Group e-mail address: cufpop [at] gmail.com

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/63267/chapter

Website: http://columbiafpop.wordpress.com

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Mission

The Graduate Student Association's (GSA)  purpose, is to represent the collective Mailman student voice, develop and support civic and community engagement programming, support OSA sponsored events in association with other constituencies, and to assist OSA with funding allocations to student led initiatives and group collaborations at the Mailman School.

*Positions of E-Board Members TBD

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/80986/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: tx2154 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Tabitha Xia-Zhu )
Treasurer/Secretary: aed2156 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Alexandra Dereix )
Internal Community Coordinator: rlg2168 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Rebecca Grant )
External Community Coordinator: mb4190 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Marjorie Berman )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67799/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: js4967 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Joolan Saroor )
Vice President: ah3443 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ann Hoover )
Treasurer: ead2184 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Elizabeth Dankenbring)  
Secretary: pef2115 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Lainey Freels)
Outreach Chair: %20chw2145 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Carolyn Wong)
Social Chair: ack2167 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Alexis Konja )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67800/chapter

International Students Organization (ISO)

Mission

The International Student Organization (ISO) sponsors events that explore key issues around international diversity while providing assistance, company, and guidance to the Mailman School's large international student body. Members of ISO have an opportunity to learn about the different cultural experiences, encouraging the value of engaging in meaningful experiences at the School. ISO strives to help international students have more opportunities to experience American culture and to get involved on campus. We also give helping hands to incoming students in their transition from their home life to the New York City.

Officers/Email

President: eeq2102 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Essie Quakyi )
Vice President: aa3934 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Anita Ampadu )
Treasurer:sh3580 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( Shengnan Huang )
Communications Chair: bc2710 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Bowen Chen )
Secretary: tj2352 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Tianying Jiang )
Events & Projects Chair: jf3035 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jiaqi Fang )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67939/chapter

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.

OFFICERS/EMAIL

President: jmw2268 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jacqueline Wall )
Treasurer: ssk2220 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Sarah Kimball )
Secretary: zhp2002 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Zoe Pleasure )
Media Chair:nk2698 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( Nandini Kannan) 

ORGSYNC PROFILE

https://orgsync.com/120771/chapter​

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.

Officers/Email

President: hp2444 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Rita H. Pan )
Vice President: %20js4969 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jonathan Steinberg)
Treasurer: zjt2103 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jade Tan )
Secretary: lb3090 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Lisa Byron )
Event Coordinator: jc4671 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Jenilee Cute )

orgsync profile

https://orgsync.com/131056/chapter

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

Officers/Email

President: ag3763 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ann Goddard )
Co-Vice President/ Secretary: mk3928 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Mitsuki Koh )
Co-Vice President/ Secretary: %20sj2797 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Grace Jung)
Treasurer: dho2106 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Dong Oh )
Community Outreach: mo2694 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Maitreyi Oka )
Group Email Address: poa.cu.publichealth [at] gmail.com (poa.cu.publichealth [at] gmail.com )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67798/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

President: im2467 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Isha Mittal )
Outreach Chairsag2222 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Stephen Gamboa )
Communications Chairsjg2185 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Samy Galvez de Leon) 
Treasurerwds2118 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Will Sieling )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67943/chapter

Society for African Health Initiatives (SAfHI)

SAfHI Purpose

  • 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

Officers/Email

Presidentooo2128 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Toyosi Oyelowo)
Vice President/Treasurerpja2117 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Precious Amoako )
Secretary/Community Liaison:iho2103 [at] cumc.columbia.edu ( Itohan Omorodion )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67802/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

Presidentns3145 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Natasha Sood )
VP of Communicationsalg2225 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Adriana Garcia )
VP of Finance: kjc2158 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Kyle Colonna )
VP of Outreachcmt2189 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Cassandra Trickett )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/70650/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

Presidenthp2443 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Hope Peskin-Shepherd )
Vice Presidentmdb2204 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Margaret Berrigan )
Treasurer: bjs2219 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Beth Spergel )
Secretary: egc2130 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Emma Chessen)

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/70652/chapter

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!

Officers/Email

Presidentmc4244 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Megha Cherian )
Treasurersm4244 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Shivani Mantha )
Secretaryamd2298 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Ashley Dominic )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/67942/chapter

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.

Officers/Email

Presidentabr2162 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Angelica Rusilowski )
Treasurer/VP of Operationstz2312 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Tiffany Zau )
VP of Communicationsnel2123 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Nora Landis-Shack )
Co-VP of Community/Practitioner Relationsnk2698 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Nandini Kannan )
Co-VP of Community/Practitioner Relationskc3056 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Klaudia Cios )
Co-VP of Community/Practitioner Relationscc4047 [at] cumc.columbia.edu (Christina Chesnakov )

OrgSync Profile

https://orgsync.com/80930/chapter