Student Organizations

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!

Public Health Graduate Student Association (PHGSA)

PHGSA is dedicated to providing networking, service, philanthropy, and educational events for graduate students interested in public health. This organization provides the opportunity to meet students in different divisions of the College of Public Health, learn about faculty research, network with students and professionals in the field, and more. Contact publichealthgsaatgmail [dot] com for more information.

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.

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.

Public Health Student Leadership Council

The Public Health Student Leadership Council (PHSLC) is a student group representing the many public health student organization across campus. The council is committed to foster collaboration by connecting organizations, students, and faculty involved with public health. Please contact publichealthslcatgmail [dot] com for more information or visit us at Facebook or Twitter.


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: encompassatosu [dot] edu

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.

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 life-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. Contact pihengageosuatgmail [dot] com  to learn more.

Project Nicaragua

Project Nicaragua is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that cultivates and advocates for sustainable projects in the fields of nutrition, socioeconomic development, water quality, and education. We are a national organization that partners with institutions and communities in both Nicaragua and The United States. Through dialogue and collaboration, the organization works to understand local challenges and create realistic solutions. Project Nicaragua challenges both undergraduate and graduate students to emerge as empowered, passionate leaders who help to make meaningful differences.

The Ohio State University chapter of Project Nicaragua has worked with the rural community of Rancho Grande since 2009. Through a missionary named Noemi Caiazzo, we partnered with a nonprofit organization, Amor en Acción, to begin alleviating the extreme poverty and malnutrition affecting the area. Over the years, the chapter has developed a strong relationship with Escuela Tierra Prometida (ETP), an agricultural and technical school we helped establish. Since opening the doors to Tierra Prometida, we have helped provide meals, supplemental education, and sustainable job opportunities to the children in our program. We continue to work in Rancho Grande (making trips 2x a year!) because of the relationships we have formed with the community and our shared goal to implement long-term solutions to help break the cycle of poverty.

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 cphatosu [dot] edu 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.


Not all of these organizations are officially associated with the college, however students in public health programs are student leaders in these organizations.