Student Organizations

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The student organizations at the College of Public Health promote awareness and understanding about the field of public health through campus and citywide events, development of future healthcare leaders, and community service. These organizations provide students with an opportunity for leadership, community involvement, service, education, fellowship, diversity, empowerment and a healthier lifestyle!

Association of Future Health Care Executives

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives (AFHE) is a professional organization for graduate students pursuing degrees in fields of study such as healthcare administration, public health, business, law and medicine. Members are exposed to a vast array of events each semester including events that promote diversity awareness, community service, professional development and networking. 
Contact Paula Silverman at or visit their website to learn more.

Buckeyes for Public Health (B4PH)

B4PH is the College of Public Health undergraduate student organization. Its primary goal is to bring students together and provide them with professional development opportunities to facilitate success in the public health workforce. B4PH plans events and builds relationships with fellow students interested in public health.
Contact Rachel Hardin or Jamie Luster at or visit their website to learn more.


College Diabetes Network (CDN)

CDN strives to empower and improve the lives of Ohio State students living with Type 1 diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources. 
Contact Katie Thivener at to learn more.




EnCompass is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to bridging the gap between medical and social care. Poor health can be exacerbated by many factors and by addressing needs indrectly related to medical care, we hope to improve patients' overall health and decrease readmission rates of our clients. Our volunteers connect clients to the many existing resources in Columbus, addressing issues ranging from food insecurity and homelessness to lack of supplemental medical care.
Contact or visit their website to learn more.


Multicultural Public Health Student Association (MPHSA)

MPHSA aims to assist public health and health administration students to become culturally competent through a multitude of educational and empowering activities that lead to the overall enhancement of each student's public health knowledge and practice.
Contact Odilia Garcia at or Jose Cruz at or or visit their website to learn more.

Partners in Health Engage (PIH Engage)
PIH Engage is a network of community organizers across the country working together to advance the right to health. The group works to bring essential resources to the live saving work of Partners in Health, advocate for policies that enable national governments to build functioning health systems and educate the public on global health equity.
PIH Engage at Ohio State is a group of undergraduate and graduate students who work towards these purposes specifically at Ohio State, its affiliates, the people of Columbus, and our Congressional Representatives. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in 180 Cunz.
Contact to learn more.

Student Ambassadors for Public Health (SAPH)
SAPH assist prospective students in learning more about the College of Public Health by assisting with College events such as orientation, career fairs, open house/information sessions, and MHA interview days. Ambassadors will hone their communication and presentation skills, develop relationships with faculty, staff and students across the college and university, and gain experience in event and program planning and management.
Contact to learn more. 

Veterinary Public Health Club
Due to the growing importance of animal and human interactions and public health on a local and global scale, the Veterinary Public Health Club aims to increase public health awareness through lectures, wetlabs and tours that advocate participation in global and public health as well as increase understanding of the field. They also provide opportunities that encourage communication and networking between the veterinarians, public health officials and students.

Contact Rebecca Ita at or visit their website to learn more.



Not all of these organizations are officially associated with the College, however students in Public Health programs are student leaders in these organizations.

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