Student Groups & Activities


HealthCORE, a student humanitarian group at the Yale School of Public Health, traveled to Honduras for 12 days during spring break to volunteer with World Vision Honduras. The group spent the first week of the trip working in mobile health clinics in Lempira, Honduras and then traveled to Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital, to present on data methods and data analysis conclusions to staff at World Vision's headquarters. This photo was taken in front of a school in Ocote, a rural village in Lempira, Honduras. From left to right: Yinka Taiwo, Musleehat Hamadu, Bernice Qi, Gabriella Biondo, Bridget Griffith, Uzma Alam, Elise Braun.

Student Association of Yale School of Public Health (SAYPH)

Contact: Heather Ferguson 

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.

American College Of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

Contact: Tessa Chu and Sharon Mwale

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.

American Public Health Association (APHA) – Yale Chapter

Contact: Adedotun Ogunbajo or Jennifer Mandelbaum

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.

Black Graduate Student Network

Contact: Emma Claye (BGN-Chair) and Ayan Husseim (BGN Co-Chair)

The Black Graduate Network (BGN) unites all Yale graduate and professional school students interested in the African Diaspora. We aim to provide an environment where students can fellowship, network, and partake in community service. BGN also strives to support and supplement the political, social, and community agendas of other cultural organizations at Yale. For more information about BGN, or to join the mailing list, email us at And be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events!

Emerging Majority Students Association

Contact: Ali Moravej or Modupeore Shenbanjo

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.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate


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.

Haven Free Clinic

Contact: Aedan Coffey –

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: Alexandra Montano or 

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

MacMillan Center

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.

McDougal Graduate Student Center

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 McDougal GSL Fellows every spring for nine different program areas. YSPH students going into their 2nd year are eligible to apply in 2015.

Out in Public

Contact: Julia Eichenfield and Ethan Hahn

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.

Progressive Mental Health

Contact: Grace Park

PMH is an interprofessional group of students and providers working to advance models of mental health that emphasize recovery, dignity and self-determination for all patients. We believe truly integrative healthcare must also place a focus on issues of social and economic justice in our community. As such, our membership over the last two years has grown to include students from all the health professional schools, law school, graduate programs, divinity school, community activists and clinicians across specialties. Last year events included a spring cocktail for students and professionals to share their work and reflection pieces and a film screening discussion about a state prison for the criminally insane. This year, we plan to organize a panel on innovative models in mental health, film screening discussions, and a professional mixer.

Religious and Spiritual Groups – Chaplain’s Office


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.

Rights, Health, and Justice (RHJ) in Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction

Contact: Adrienne Anderson and Esther Lim

RHJ was started as an effort to include Public Health students in the larger Reproductive Justice community that exists all throughout both the undergraduate and graduate schools at Yale. We are primarily a discussion group that looks to broadly explore issues of gender, sexuality, and reproduction from a rights, health, and justice perspective. Through biweekly meetings, the group hopes to foster a community for students to share ideas and discuss the various aspects of gender, sexuality, and reproduction that affects Public Health. We hope to increase our membership and to collaborate with the Reproductive Justice network, the SHARE center, Student Wellness, and other organizations to plan future events. Tentative event goals for this year include film screenings, "Take Back the Night”, and a collaborative Intersectionality Dinner with Out in Public and EMSA.

Student Consulting Group

Contacts: McKinley Kelcy, Heesun Lee and Christine Lo

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.

Student Recreation Programs

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. Click here for a list of clubs.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

UAEM is an international student run nonprofit organization founded at Yale in 2001. As an organization, UAEM strives to make medicines more accessible for the world's poor, and to combat diseases affecting the world's poor. UAEM does this through advocating for lower prices of pharmaceutical medications in lower- and middle-income countries. UAEM also works to promote innovation for Neglected Tropical Disease research, as this continues to be under-represented in the research of developed countries worldwide. The Yale UAEM chapter has been around since 2001, and continues to work on making Yale's innovations available to the world's poor. Join this fascinating movement, and get connected to an international network of public health professionals, doctors, and lawyers from around the world. Follow us on Facebook: and Twitter: @YaleUAEM.

Yale Healthcare Conference

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: Nicholas Lovejoy and Tian Tian Cai

YSP[Hack] is a member-run club that acts as a support system for learning various computer programming languages. The goals of YSP[Hack] are to learn different coding languages in a friendly and collaborative environment, to be a motivating community in order to stay on top of assignments, and a place to discuss current events regarding data science.

Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

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.

Yale Public Health Podcast

Contact: Rebecca Wener

The mission of the YSPH Podcast is to explore a diverse range of public health issues in a compelling and informative audio format that engages public health professionals as well as the broader public. We are a new and evolving student organization, with room for members who are interested in researching and crafting narratives around health themes, or who want to gain audio production experience.