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, health promotions chair, and communications chair. There are also twelve departmental student representatives. 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

The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The Yale student group is charged with planning events for the National Public Health Week, coordinating activities with Connecticut and National chapters, and spreading information regarding the yearly national conferences.

The Black Graduate Network

Contact: James Stephenson – Chair (; Ikenna Achilihu – Co-Chair (; Marikaa Nixon – Treasurer (; Alex Moore – Secretary/Publicity Chair ( 

The mission of Yale BGN is to bring together graduate students of the African diaspora, and those interested in the culture and issues of this group to promote student camaraderie and awareness of the relevant history, culture, and issues. 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: Ola Oladeru ( or Makeda Carroll ( 

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.

Grad/Professional Intramural Sports

Grad-Pro Intramural Sports are open to students, faculty and staff of the University. The purpose of the program is to provide leisure opportunities which promote pleasant and sometimes challenging experiences that compliment academic and occupational pursuits. 

The Grad-Pro Intramural Sports Calendar includes team activities in volleyball, soccer, softball, basketball and ultimate frisbee. The season format usually consists of round-robin play followed by playoffs. All games are played on weekends during the academic year and on weekday evenings during the summer. The length of the schedules and quantity of games reflects the number of registered teams and the availability of facilities. Most sports consist of competitive, recreational and co-recreational leagues.

Graduate Student Curling Club at Yale

Contact: Kelsey Schuder ( 

We are a group of graduate and undergraduate students from across the university who meet together weekly to curl, learn to curl and compete with other schools. Curling is the easiest sport to learn but the hardest sport to master. We will be having our first Learn to Curl event on Sunday, October 12th at 5pm. Please contact Kelsey to sign up for this event.

Haven Free Clinic

Contact: Gina Chang – 

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 inclusion of students across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, physician assistants, and public health. Student volunteers are crucial to the operations of HAVEN in serving as interpreters, clinical care providers, health educators, researchers, and a variety of other functions. Since opening our doors in November 2005, we have conducted over 4000 adult patient visits, representing more than 450 unique patients. Patients are seen by teams of senior and junior clinical students with guidance from faculty attendings. Currently, we see an average of 20 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: Annabel Tan ( or 

HealthCORE is a student-run nonprofit organization committed to providing public health education and service to communities domestically and abroad. For the past two 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

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: Ethan Hahn and Julia Eichenfield

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.

Students Active for Gender Equality (SAGE)

Contact: Melanie ( or Anastasia ( 

SAGE was started as a discussion group about broad issues of gender equality, sexual health and violence, and feminist ideals and theory. Over the course of several biweekly meetings, the group articulated a mission of promoting a dialogue about problems that disproportionately affect the female population. Last semester, SAGE hosted a Sex Trivia event to raise awareness about sexual health and violence and to also help people become more cognizant of the negative and harmful portrayals of relationships, particularly with regard to women, in the popular media. This year we hope to increase our membership and to collaborate with the SHARE center, Student Wellness, and other organizations to plan future events. Event goals for this year include larger, focused discussion groups, panels, and Yale’s Take Back the Night event.

Student Consulting Group

Contacts: Joel Cohen, Jordan Barbour or Krishna Patel ( 

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 four to eight 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.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

Contact: Justin Mendoza ( or Anastasia Beletsky ( 

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.

Violence and Health Student Working Group

Contact: Kelsey Schuder ( 

We are a group of students from across the university with a particular interest in violence and health. We meet several times a semester to discuss ongoing work by students, faculty and guest lecturers. We are a part of the Violence and Global Health division of the Conflict, Resilience, and Health Program at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Once meeting dates are decided for each semester they will be posted at


Contact: Catherine Camp ( 

The oldest dance group on campus, YaleDancers is comprised of talented, committed dancers – graduate and undergraduate students – ranging in skills from those who have trained and performed professionally to those who have limited dance experience. Members, selected by audition each fall, meet twice weekly for classes taught by students and guest artists, culminating in two sellout shows (fall and spring) to showcase original guest and student choreography. The company prides itself on its dancers’ ability to perform a wide variety of dance styles, including classical and modern ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance. YaleDancers also provides a social outlet and sense of community for members, creating lasting friendships among both graduate and undergraduate students.

Yale Healthcare Conference

Contact: Maggie Schnog ( 

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: Samantha Emanuele ( or Shae Selix ( 

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.