Student Organizations

The School is proud to support the following recognized organizations and these students' contributions to public health and health administration extracurricular activities and service to our community.


Texas A&M Public Health Student Association (TAMPHSA)


The goal of TAMPHSA is to enhance the quality and scope of graduate education, and to encourage student participation in the activities and programs of the School of Public Health, the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and Texas A&M University.  TAMPHSA shall promote communication between administration, system schools, and the student body.  The purpose of TAMPHSA is to serve as the voice of the  student body of the SPH from all campuses and its authority exercised through its constitution.  TAMPHSA membership is automatic to all students at the School.


President – Drew Pendleton
Advisor – Erin Schneider

Public Health Student Organization (PHSO)

The PHSO is open to any undergraduate student at Texas A&M University. Students will learn more about public health, career opportunities, field trips and much more!  

President – Cara Armstrong

Advisor – Dr. Jennifer Ross


Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL)

AFHL works to ensure opportunities within the organization and local community for knowledge sharing and career development among future healthcare management professionals. 
Objectives are as follows:

  • Promote an environment conducive to educational and ethical development of professional and personal skills within the field of healthcare leadership.
  • Provide opportunity for student involvement, recognition, and representation in the profession of healthcare management.
  • Develop an association with local, regional, and national healthcare executive groups to enhance academic and career opportunities for members.
  • Establish congruence between student and professional continuing education activities.
  • Provide faculty and students in healthcare administration a forum for educational and professional dialogue.
President  Laura Kate Placke
Advisor – Dr. Murray Cote

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 

The student chapter of ASSE is an organization that fosters a relationship with the parent group, the Central Texas Chapter (Austin) of ASSE; increases safety awareness within the school and community; commits to community services; and provides career development opportunities for future safety.

President  Victoria Gutierrez
Advisor – Dr. Adam Pickens

Community Health Promotion Student Organization (CHPSO)

The mission of CHPSO is to promote appreciation and career awareness of the social and behavioral public health field.  Goals to fulfill this mission are: to actively engage, enhance, and develop a professional network through social, volunteer, and academic networks; to provide CHPSO members with opportunities to learn more about the field of social and behavioral health; and to facilitate lasting ties between students. 

President  Sonja Thomas
Advisor – Dr. Diane Dowdy 

Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO) 

The mission of ESO is to promote appreciation and career awareness of the public health field of Epidemiology.  ESO works to promote lasting ties between the members by working with faculty, administration,a nd other student groups to provide ESO membership with opportunities to learn more about the field of Epidemiology by engaging in activities involving bringing in guest speakers, creating study groups, social events, and more.

President  Micaela Sandoval
Advisor – Dr. Dennis Gorman

Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG)

The purpose of ESG is to facilitate environmental sustainability practices within SPH and the community through student learning, engagement  and action.

President  Megan Moriarty
Advisor  Dr. Natalie Johnson

Healthcare Finance Association (HFA)

HFA provides members with opportunities to explore career opportunities available in healthcare finance through corporate visits and guest speakers. HFA will also allow students to expand their professional network and education by being a part of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

President  Rhyn Smith
 Advisor – Dr. Murray Cote

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The IHI Open School for Health Professions is an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement. The student organization reinforces skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership, and patient-centered care. Employers are looking for these skills, and patients expect providers to have them. But most schools barely touch on these topics. We are here to help you fill that void. Students in nursing, health administration, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other health professions can think of the IHI Open School as their “other school” — an educational community that’s free and open no matter where they are.

President – Oralia Gowan
Advisor – Dr. Murray Cote

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

National MGMA serves 21,000 members representing 12,500 practices in which 270,000 physicians practice.  MGMA is the defining source for the profession of group practice management through information, education, networking opportunities, and advocacy.The local chapter of the Medical Group Management Association conducts monthly meetings and hosts guest speakers throughout the field of Group Practice Management.  The chapter also participates in community service activities and hosts networking events.  Each October a group of students represent the School at the National MGMA Conference.  

President  Leanne Mladenka

Advisor – Dr. James Alexander

Queer & Allies Organization

More information coming soon!

The Office of Student Affairs serves as a point of facilitation and advisor in all matters involving student organization activity.  Any students wishing to pursue creating a new organization should contact the Office of Student Affairs.