Our student groups—engaged in interests as diverse as health policy and intramural sports—offer public health students the opportunity to attend events, build relationships with fellow students and faculty members, and gain hands-on public health experience within the community. Groups open to Berkeley Public Health students include:
Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Women’s Circle
The Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Women’s Circle aims to provide a unique space for women to meet, connect over shared experiences, and develop strong support during graduate school. Our long-term vision is to develop a strong professional network that extends beyond our graduate experiences and that advances culturally humble/responsive and equitable public health practice to serve unique needs of diverse communities, including API communities.
Association of Public Health Infectious Diseases Students (APHIDS)
The Association of Public Health Infectious Diseases Students at Berkeley (APHIDS) is a graduate student group serving the School of Public Health (SPH) graduate students. Its goals include creating a strong sense of community, fostering communication both among Infectious Diseases students and between other SPH concentrations, and providing a welcoming and warm environment for new and prospective students.
Berkeley Advocates for Sexual Health (BASH)
BASHers like to talk about sex – at home, abroad, and every where in between. Join a group of Berkeley students, staff, and community members who passionately and enthusiastically promote sexual and reproductive health. Primarily organized by students from the SPH, BASH passes out condoms at any opportunity possible, engages in mind-blowing dialogue, and relentlessly advocates for happy, healthy and safe sex. BASH has hosted a DeCal class, film screenings, presentations by distinguished speakers, and roundtable discussions focusing on both local and international topics in family planning, gender-based rights and policy, sexually transmitted diseases, and maternal health. Jump on the BASH bandwagon today– we still have a lot more condoms to pass out.
Black Advocates for Equity in Health (BAEH)
Black Advocates for Equity in Health (BAEH) was founded in 2018 to provide space and resources to support and empower Black students in the School of Public Health. BAEH exists to promote health equity and address/dismantle structural anti-blackness on campus and beyond. Our vision is that the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the field of public health at large are more diverse and representative of Black communities in the United States. We see a future in which Black-identified individuals are empowered to be leaders in the field of public health and racial/ethnic health disparities are eliminated.
Borders and Bodies Collective (BBC)
Borders and Bodies Collective at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health is a professional, student-run organization whose vision is to create a safe space to discuss health issues affecting our communities, increase visibility of immigrant health and engage in critical discussions to better understand and address the issues affecting immigrant communities. Borders and Bodies Collective is open to students from every concentration at the School of Public Health. It is governed by a board of students who gain valuable experience learning how to build and manage a decision-making body.
Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH)
Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH) is an official student organization at UC Berkeley that provides graduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and training, as well as build their professional networks, in the field of public health. Through partnerships with state and local health agencies, our members are able to learn valuable skills in the various specialties of public health practice. We aim to provide two main services to local and state health agencies: 1) surge capacity during disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies, and 2) assistance with routine, non-emergency activities such as data management and analysis. This organization will further enhance the educational, career, and professional development of public health graduate students at UC Berkeley while directly serving the public health community in California.
Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition
Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition (Cal UPHC) was formed in order to provide undergraduate students with a professional and supportive network. The group’s mission is to help students gain “R.E.A.L.” experience in the field of public health through Research, Education, Action, and Leadership. Founded in 2003, Cal UPHC is composed of an executive board, our award-winning publication The Public Health Advocate, and four primary committees: Community Health, Environmental Health, International Health, and Health Policy and Advocacy.
Christian Health and Medical Professionals and Students (CHAMPS)
Christian Health and Medical Professionals and Students (CHAMPS) aims to foster a community for Christians and for those exploring their faith, to provide a space to explore intersections between faith and health and medicine, and to share opportunities to serve the larger community. We welcome all students, staff, and faculty. If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to email us!
Crisis Health Initiative
The Crisis Health Initiative (CHI) is a coalition of students and faculty from U.S. universities who seek to raise awareness and resolve health issues that directly result from conflict. Our mission is to promote health and stability inregions affected by crisis and conflict through educational initiatives focusing on improvement of medical and public health systems. Through this, we hope to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and displaced persons and the need for humanitarian aid as well as build public health capacity in regions affected by crisis and conflict to ensure longterm security and stability.
CHI will begin a health practitioner exchange program at UC Berkeley, where visiting scholars will attend public health graduate courses for one semester. The visiting scholars will collaborate with students and faculty on a project to implement in their host country as well as concurrently host lectures to educate students and faculty about the war in their host country to provide a basis for the collaborative project. CHI will host the first visiting scholar from Iraq during the Fall 2010 semester and two additional scholars during Spring 2011.
MultiCultural Student Organization
MCSO has become an important vehicle for SPH students to advocate for the continuation and creation of programs, courses and activities that truly increase diversity at our school, and that effectively prepare us to address issues of diverse, underserved communities. We also provide an open forum for discussion and support around diversityrelated issues, and a place for diversity-committed students to meet. Please join us for our first meeting, where we’ll talk about our goals and activities.
Note: If you would like to hear about future events, meetings, and other opportunities for involvement, join the MCSO Google Group: email@example.com
Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL)
The Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL) is a professional, student-run organization whose vision is to empower students to become leaders in the public health field. It’s comprised of students from every concentration at Berkeley Public Health and is governed by a student board who gain valuable experience learning how to build and manage a decision-making body. SCIL plans and facilitates networking events and professional development training for the Berkeley Public Health community.
The Public Health Advocate
The Public Health Advocate (PHA) is an undergraduate publication featuring current public health issues with local, national, and international perspectives. Since 2005, PHA has been dedicated to giving students interested in health the opportunity to publish their written works in our semesterly print issues or on our website. We strive to support students as they advocate for the health of all individuals and educate the general public about emerging public health topics. Website
The Public Health Student Sports Committee
The Public Health Student Sports Committee organizes intramural sports teams for public health graduate students. Intramural (IM) sports teams are a great way to make friends within the school and to stay fit. Teams are open to all public health students of all skill levels from award winning athletes to students who haven’t put on a softball glove since second grade. Games are one hour, one evening a week (a great study break). Recent IM teams have included softball, soccer, flag football, and volleyball. Signups are at the beginning of each semester.
Joint Medical Program/Berkeley Public Health Student Groups
Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine & Health Justice
Student Representatives: Aminta Kouyate, Camila Hurtado, Marycon Jiro
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Students for Climate Action (HEALS-CA)
Health Students for Climate Action (HEALS-CA) is grounded in the idea that climate change is an urgent threat to health and social justice, and that social justice is the foundation to building a healthy and sustainable future. We aim to advocate for urgent policy solutions, transform our educational institutions, and foster collaborative learning to mitigate climate change and its health harms while developing climate justice leaders in public health.
The Institute in Healing and Justice
Student Representatives: Noor Chadha, Bernie Lim, and Maddy Kane
Contact info: email@example.com
Medical Division at the Suitcase Clinic
The Medical Division at the Suitcase Clinic provides medical services to treat clients’ acute and
chronic health concerns through the recruitment of Joint Medical Program students and volunteer
providers. Our mission is to improve the holistic health of a diverse community of individuals by
providing free, inclusive medical care and health-related support through a collaborative,
mutually-empowering partnership. Our vision is a world where healthcare is a right and an
expression of equity and common humanity.
Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)
As the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program chapter of Students for a National Health
Program (SNaHP), we are taking actions to promote single-payer healthcare reform. We are
dedicated to changing our broken system to ensure that quality medical care is free and
accessible for all people living in the U.S.
White Coats for Black Lives at Berkeley SPH
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) at UC Berkeley is a chapter of the national organization
White Coats for Black Lives. We are dedicated to providing support, access, and mentorship to
local premedical students aiming to address the lack of underrepresented minorities (URM)
within the medical field. We are a collective of students within the UC Berkeley Joint Medical
Program and medical students attending Berkeley Public Health for interdisciplinary MPH’s.
For information on UC Berkeley student groups, please visit the CalLink student organization directory website.