Student Activities

YSPH Student Organizations - Guidelines

Student organizations are an important part of student life and culture at the Yale School of Public Health. Learn more about registering your organization as well as the guidelines and Yale Connect platform available to help you reach your classmates.

Student Activities

YSPH students partake in activities ranging from consulting, health delivery, volunteering, advocacy to sports and recreation.

Contact: Melanie Curry

SAYPH is organized by YSPH students for YSPH students. SAYPH works to enhance the experience of each student at YSPH by sponsoring educational and social activities, providing a forum for students’ ideas and concerns, and acting as a liaison between students and the administration. Through SAYPH, students get involved in many areas including the following: 

  • Student clubs and organizations 
  • Professional development and alumni relations
  • Community service and social events at YSPH and in the greater community 
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Recruitment of new students to YSPH 
  • New student orientation and commencement activities 

SAYPH is led by an Executive Board consisting of a president, professional development and alumni relations chair, social chair, community service chair, and communications chair. There are also twelve MPH departmental student representatives, one PhD representative, and one MS representative. Each department elects one first-year and one second-year student to act as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration. All SAYPH positions are filled through a school-wide election process that takes place annually.

2018-2019 SAYPH Board:

  • President: Melanie Curry
  • Communications: Mellissa Ungkuldee
  • Social Chair: Arena del Mar Morillo
  • Community Service Chair: Abigail Raynor
  • Professional Development Chair: Kaitlyn Block


Contact: Ashton Gores and Anthony Eller 

The Addiction Medicine Collaborative (AMC) is an interdisciplinary committee among the Yale Health Professional Schools.The AMC seeks to collaboratively promote and enhance professional and public education concerning substance use, to promote and foster the interests of students, health professionals and advocates for substance use assistance and recovery, and to promote scholarly inquiry concerning substance use disorders as they impact health care professionals and the public whom we serve.

Contact: Sowmya Kurugant and Jonathon Rhodes

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. The Yale ACHE Chapter is dedicated to provide aspiring healthcare executives with information about the healthcare industry, from possible career paths to current best practices in hospitals. We also organize networking opportunities with nearby Connecticut consulting firms, healthcare companies, and hospitals.

Contact: Emmanuel Gaeta and Ashton Gores

Yale-APHA is the Yale chapter of the American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest, and most diverse organization for public health professionals across the world. The mission of Yale-APHA is to: 1) Foster professional and academic development of Yale School of Public Health students, 2) Develop relationships with undergraduate and graduate students with interests in public health and other allied-health professions and 3) Propagate the mission and goals of the American Public Health Association.

Contact: Emmanuel Gaeta and Christina Batisda

The Emerging Majority Students Association (EMSA) is committed to creating and fostering a sense of community among minority students and students interested in the promotion of diversity and inclusion at YSPH. Our three-fold mission is to: 1) serve as a platform for voicing the concerns and interests of minority students at YSPH, 2) promote a multicultural professional and academic environment that enables us to address the health issues of minorities in the field of public health with an emphasis on the New Haven community, and 3) collaborate with admissions toward raising the level of underrepresented minority student recruitment, admission, and retention at YSPH.


The Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) is made up of representatives from each of the graduate and professional schools. GPSS is the overarching student government meant to be a liaison between all the graduate and professional schools and Yale University.

The mission of GPSS is to foster interaction among students through community service, social gatherings, academic and professional events, as well as to enable official and unofficial student groups. The Senate also represents the graduate and professional student population on official university committees and oversees the management and maintenance of GPSCY and Gryphon's Pub.

Contact: Herbert Castillo Valladares

The HAVEN Free Clinic is a student-run primary care clinic partnered with Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC) and Yale University. Our model is unique in its interdisciplinary focus and inclusion of students from across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, physician assistants, and public health. Student volunteers are crucial to the operations of HAVEN and serve as interpreters, clinical care providers, health and nutrition educators, reproductive health counselors, researchers, and a variety of other functions. Medical visits are conducted by teams of senior and junior clinical students with guidance from faculty attendings. Since opening our doors in November 2005, we have conducted over 4000 adult patient visits. Last year alone we saw over 400 unique patients with over 300 student volunteers. Currently, we see an average of 40 patients per week. HAVEN operates Saturdays from 9a-12p out of the Fair Haven Community Health Center. Our programs are targeted to residents of the Fair Haven neighborhood. Our Vision: Every uninsured adult living in Fair Haven will have access to comprehensive quality healthcare. Students will develop a lifelong commitment to valuing social context and community needs in their future work with patients and communities. (Please visit for more information.)

Contact:Rose Sulentic and Katie Owers

Health and Environment at Yale (HEY) is an interdisciplinary student group, linking students, staff, and faculty from across Yale, including the School of Public Health and the School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences. The members of HEY have a shared interest in bridging environment and human health and seek to forge connections with future colleagues from all disciplines. Throughout the year HEY holds social networking events, seminars with host speakers, journal clubs, career talks and movie screenings. Topics discussed include (but is not limited to): food security, vector-borne diseases and climate change, green spaces and mental health. For more information:

Contact: Harim Yoo and Katie Yang

HealthCORE is a student-run nonprofit organization committed to providing public health education and service to communities domestically and abroad. For the past three years, HealthCORE has been in partnership with World Vision Honduras. Teams of students have travelled to Honduras during spring break to provide support and consultation to World Vision's community-based maternal health, childhood malnutrition, water sanitation, hygiene, and HIV/AIDS prevention education programs. HealthCORE Goals: 

  • Put the fields of health promotion, program development, and global health into action 
  • Provide valuable field experience to graduate and professional students interested in global community health 
  • Work toward sustainable and effective community health plans to achieve better health outcomes 
  • Provide knowledge and support to partnering organizations
  • Coordinate fundraising events to sustain service trips and overall operations of the organization
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University’s focal point for promoting teaching and research on all aspects of international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the professional schools. The MacMillan Center extracurricular programs deepen and extend this research-teaching nexus of faculty and students at Yale, with more than 700 lectures, conferences, workshops, roundtables, symposia, film, and art events each year. Virtually all of these are open to the community at large.

Contact: Lisa Brandes

Graduate Student Life (GSL) at the McDougal Center offers something for everyone in the Yale graduate community. Graduate student Fellows and staff are here for you, organizing programs and events and providing resources within the Center at HGS (320 York Street), from across the Yale campus and throughout New Haven. Meet grad and professional students and their families from outside your lab, department or school and explore Yale and New Haven together. Popular McDougal GSL events are monthly First Friday at Five grad happy hours, grad arts and sports events, wellness programs, public service days, family gatherings, and more. The McDougal facilities at HGS include the Common Room, Blue Dog Café, and meeting rooms for student events and programs. We select new McDougall GSL Fellows every spring for nine different program areas.

Contact: Erin Mcconocha

Out in Public seeks to promote diversity and awareness at Yale School of Public Health by providing a platform for students to advocate for the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally (LGBTQA) students, by creating a personal and professional network for the LGBTQA community, and by organizing social and academic events aimed at fostering a sense of community at YSPH.

Contact: Suhasini Ravi and Ponnu Padiyara

Public Health Decoded is a student run podcast that is administered in collaboration with the Yale School of Public Health communications team. Each podcast will focus on a relevant public health issue. The Public Health Decoded team will interview YSPH faculty who's research is relevant to this issue in order to gain a unique perspective on the issue. We hope to convey public health knowledge into easily understandable, yet impactful bite-sized podcasts.


The Chaplain's Office supports many groups of students working to encourage meaningful conversation across boundaries. The InterFaith Forum at Yale (IFFY), a group composed of students representing diverse religious and spiritual traditions on campus.  The Chaplaincy Fellows are juniors based in the residential colleges who work to support sophomores in conversations rooted in big questions around meaning, purpose, authentic success and happiness. The Chaplain’s Office also hosts regular study breaks in the basement of Bingham Hall, interfaith service projects, lectures, discussions, celebrations and much more.

Contacts: Igla Muskaj, Sowmya Kuruganti, and Geetika Rao

The YSPH Student Consulting Group is a non-profit, student-run public health consulting group. Since its inception in 2010, the group has aimed to provide high-quality consulting services to non-profit organizations, foundations, and government entities, while complementing educational opportunities for students at YSPH with relevant practice experience. Projects are staffed by teams of highly-motivated graduate student consultants, including a project manager. The teams receive guidance and support from Yale faculty members and alumni to ensure the highest level of quality technical precision for interim and final deliverables.

The Yale Intramural program provides an outlet for athletic competition for the Yale community. All currently enrolled undergraduate students of Yale College and Yale Graduate & Professional Students are eligible for Intramural Sports (subject to some restrictions). The William Clay Ford Club Sports Program Clubs are open to all Yale undergraduate and graduate students (with a required ratio of 3:1 or greater); a few also accept staff, faculty, and alumni as "assistants." And most clubs are coed.

Yale Biostatistics Student Association (YBSA) is a student-run nonprofit organization committed to providing biostatistics education and knowledge to Yale communities. YBSA aims to connect everyone who is passionate about biostatistics and help each member further explore their academic and career opportunities in biostatistics. Our LinkedIn group is

2017-2018 YBSA Board:

- President: Wei Dai

- Vice President: Xiang Li

- Secretary: Ye Li

- Treasurer: Issac Li

Contact: Deanna Cheng

The Drug Information Association (DIA) is a neutral, global, nonprofit association that provides knowledge resources across the full spectrum of medical product development. DIA provides professionals and students at all levels and across all disciplines access to timely and authoritative information to advance careers, skills, and innovation in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. It is also one of the most prominent forums for facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration in these industries.

The Yale Healthcare Conference is a joint effort between YSPH, School of Management and the other Health Professional Schools at Yale. It’s a day-long event with more than 40 industry speakers, and brings together more than 450 professionals, academics, and students for one exciting day of dialogue about major issues in the healthcare industry. This is an entirely student-run conference, and opportunities for involvement and leadership roles include committee chair and volunteer positions in the following areas: recruitment and coordination of speakers, fundraising, logistics, marketing, and budget. To find out more about this year's conference, visit our website

Contact: Rick Lawson

Yale-IAEM is the Yale student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA), a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.  IAEM Student Chapters are an essential part of the organization as they help prepare today's students to be tomorrow's leaders in the field.

The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is a biannual publication of the Yale Schools of Law, Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Nursing. The Journal strives to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on topics in health policy, health law, and biomedical ethics. It targets a broad and diverse readership of academicians, professionals, and students in medicine, law, and public health, as well as policy makers and legislators in health care.