Student Organizations

Are you looking to participate more actively in our SPH community? Meet students from across departments and health sciences schools? Make a difference in the Seattle Community? Then you’ve come to the right place! See the links below, or contact the Student Services for more information.

  • AcademyHealth Student Chapter
    AcademyHealth is professional society for individuals and organizations with a commitment to health services research. The organization brings together stakeholders to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy and practice, and translate evidence into action.

    The UW student chapter offers a way to connect with other health services researchers and policy professionals, to stay informed about the latest news and developments in the field, and to take advantage of scholarships and discounted registration to conferences and events. If you’re interested in learning about our club please email Tessa (tessam2@uw.edu) or Raymond (raruiz@uw.edu).

  • Epidemiology RSO
    The Epidemiology RSO is a group of students that work to engage others within the epidemiology department in extracurricular activities. We also work to support student led events and ideas. Membership is open to all Epi students. If you have ideas of projects/events you would like the RSO to support, or have other activities you would like to bring to the group, please contact the current RSO presidents listed on the UW EPI Student Representative page.

  • Graduate and Professional Student Senate
    GPSS is the official student government for graduate and professional students at the University of Washington.

  • Health Equity Circle
    The Health Equity Circle is an interdisciplinary organization of University of Washington students and community members focused on creating Health Equity. We believe that for a society to be healthy it must be equitable and that an equitable society is truly healthy. The question of equity, or justice, cannot be separated from health. Therefore, our mission is threefold: To bring students and community members together in an interdisciplinary setting; To educate students and community members about Health Equity; To take action on Health Equity issues through developing relationships on campus and in the larger community. Email: lmanriquez@gmail.com

  • Health Services Cohort Relations 
    A professional and social group for the Health Services In-Residence MPH program. Reach us by email at hscr@uw.edu

  • MHA Student Association (known as MHASA)
    The Master of Health Administration Student Association at the University of Washington is dedicated to the recruitment, education and professional advancement of future health care leaders at the University of Washington. Reach out to us at mhap@uw.edu

  • Queer Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
    Queer Trans Students of Color was started to bring together people of color in the health sciences who identify as queer and/or trans to share our experiences, voice our opinions, push for change, and support each other throughout our journeys. Although we do welcome allies, this group is centered around the experiences of queer and/or trans people who also identify as people of color, so please be mindful and respectful of this space. Please contact Ryan Fang (he/him) at ryanfang@uw.edu.

  • SLEIGH (Student Leaders Encouraging Integration in Global Health) is a student-led organization within the Department of Global Health that plans events to encourage collaboration between programs and awareness of student, faculty and alumni ongoing research. Members include representatives from each of the four tracks within the DGH (Pathobiology, Implementation Science, and Health Metrics doctoral programs and the Global Health MPH) to promote the integration of perspectives to tackle a wide range of public health challenges.

    We plan events to facilitate collaboration within the DGH and larger SPH communityPast events have included the Integrated Research Symposium on Maternal Health and Research-in-Progress seminarsEvents showcase both faculty and student work and occur throughout the year. Look out for our next symposium in Fall 2020, which will include keynote speakers and breakout sessions to discuss proposals to problems brought up in the talks!

    Please get involved, we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for future events. Reach us by email: uwsleigh@uw.edu Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uwsleigh/


  • Students of Color for Public Health
    Students of Color for Public Health (SCPH) at the University of Washington is an undergraduate-led student organization dedicated to providing a space for students of color interested in public health. SCPH exists in order to create an inclusive space where one can feel validated, motivated, and inspired in the field through professional, academic, and social support. In addition, we strive to promote health within marginalized communities through education and service. Our core values are academic excellence, community engagement, professional development, and social justice and empowerment. Reach us by email: scph@uw.edu

  • SPH Dean's Advisory Council for Students - DACS
    DACS was established in 2014 to act as a representative body for students of the SPH, advising the SPH Dean's Office on issues of planning, budgeting, and other matters or policies that may affect SPH students.

  • Student Environmental Health Association
    The Student Environmental Health Association (SEHA) is committed to promoting environmental health education, involving members in the community and assisting in improving environmental health problems. Membership is open to all students interested in exploring the environmental factors and conditions that impact human health. Reach us by email at sehauw@uw.edu, or by facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sehauw/

  • University District Street Medicine (UDSM)
    UDSM is an interprofessional, student-led organization that bridges care to people experiencing homelessness through community outreaches. Our members include licensed healthcare professionals and students in nursing, public health, social work, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and undergrads! Leadership and volunteer positions are available, and we need your help!
    For questions please email udsm@uw.edu
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  • UW Student of Color Affinity Group
    SOCAG offers graduate students of color a network of students, faculty, and administrators linked by shared experiences and willing to support each other in their cultural identity. Our group engages in deliberate conversation about institutional mechanisms of graduate-student support and gaps in support, perspectives and experiences in the classroom as underrepresented students, and ways to build collective action within the campus setting. SOCAG provides a platform for the development of resilience skills at both the academic and professional level while centering the academic and interpersonal needs of marginalized students.
    Reach us by email: socag@uw.edu

  • UW Student Public Health Association
    SPHA is an official student group whose purpose is to integrate and unify students across the multiple graduate and undergraduate departments and programs at the UW School of Public Health and to create a consolidated voice to address student concerns as they arise. Reach us by email at spha@uw.edu

  • UW SPH Diversity Committee – Student subgroup (streams with main Diversity committee.) Reach us by email at sphdiversity@uw.edu


  • Volunteers Around the World (VAW) University of Washington Chapter is part of a humanitarian organization that reaches out to poverty stricken communities within developing countries through medical outreach, nutritional security, clean water, and health education. Our focus is to enhance community infrastructure both locally and internationally through improved education, access to more advanced medical treatment, and other community-based initiatives. Visit volunteersaroundtheworld.org