Student Organizations

All student organizations wishing to be affiliated with the School of Public Health, acknowledged as an official student organization, and a recipient of all rights and privileges afforded formal student organizations within the school must be reviewed and approved. 

RECOGNITION AND APPROVAL PROCESS

All official student organizations affiliated with the School of Public Health must demonstrate both in purpose and actions consistency with the mission and vision of the School of Public Health.  In addition, official student organizations affiliated with the School must not in any way engage in actions either inconsistent with the mission and vision of the School, nor in violation with any SPH, Health Science Center, or A&M System regulations or codes of conduct.  Finally, all official student organizations affiliated with the School must successfully proceed through the formal student organization recognition process through the TAMU Student Activities organization (or comparable process within the HSC once available).  Student organizations that are not fully approved and recognized as official student organizations within SPH may not use the School’s name or resources in any way in the execution of their organization’s business. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for providing additional information and assistance to anyone considering proposing a new official student group within SPH.

Required Documentation for Proposal: Any group interested in being recognized as an official student organization within SPH, must submit a proposal including information on the following:

  1. the purpose, mission and objectives of the proposed organization;
  2. proposed activities of the organization;
  3. needs and interests among the student body the proposed organization will fulfill that are not currently being met by another official student organization within SPH;
  4. estimated membership and membership criteria;
  5. signature of at least one SPH faculty member willing to serve as the organization’s faculty advisor

Required Review and Approvals for a New Student Organization: All official student organizations within the school require not only approval within the school, but must also proceed successfully through the Texas A&M University Student Activities new student organization recognition process.  In order to secure the requisite approval and recognition as an official student organization within the School of Public Health, the proposal (see above) must be reviewed (and documented) by the following entities (in the order indicated):

  1. SPH Student Affairs Committee (approval required to proceed through the review process)
  2. SPH Executive Council (approval required to proceed through the review process)
  3. SPH Administrative Council
  4. SPH Dean

Once reviewed (and approved as indicated) by these entities, the proposed student organization is free to proceed through the final stages of the TAMU Student Organizations recognition process.  Once approved by both the SPH entities above, and fully recognized by the Office of Student Activities at TAMU, the organization must submit its constitution and bylaws to the Office of Student Affairs. 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMITTEES

Only students in good academic standing (overall GPA 3.0 or higher for the current semester and the semester immediately prior to election/appointment and not on probation for any reason) may hold an office in student organizations, serve on councils and committees, or represent the School at meetings or conferences.

RECOGNIZED SPH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

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.

Texas A&M Public Health Student Association (TAMPHSA)

The School of Public Health's student-lead organization, the Rural Public Health Student Association (RPHSA), is open to all students. The organization is designed to serve as the voice of the graduate student body of the School of Public Health.  The mission of RPHSA is to serve as a resource to increase awareness of public health, facilitate opportunities for community service, and to provide an interconnection between students and public health professionals. The goal of the RPHSA is to enhance the quality and scope of graduate education, and 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.

Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO)

The mission of the Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO) is to promote appreciation and career awareness to the public health field of Epidemiology.  ESO routinely sponsors activities including guest speakers, community involvement opportunities, social events and class study sessions.  All students in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics are automatically considered members of the ESO.  All students are encouraged to join. 

Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL)

The TAMU Student Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives provides a network for students in healthcare administration to meet, exchange ideas, and advance the goals of the American College of Healthcare Executives on a local level. These goals include staying current on healthcare issues, expanding healthcare knowledge, and helping to shape the current and future environment of healthcare management. Additionally, the SPH student chapter provides opportunities for students to network and become involved in community service.

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) student chapter was established in 2002 to promote professionalism, networking, leadership, and learning among its members.  All concentrations are encouraged to become active participants of MGMA. The activities and benefits of being a member of this organization are fulfilling and incorporate many components of public health (e.g. administrators, CEO’s, physicians, board members, office manager).

Community Health Promotion Student Organization (CHPSO)

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

American Society of Safety Engineers (S-ASSE)

The American Society of Safety Engineers student chapter provides a forum for those students intending careers as environmental, safety and health professionals.  The mission of S-ASSE is to increase safety awareness within the school and community, commit to community services and provide career development and opportunities for future safety professionals.

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.