Other Student and Professional Organizations

Pitt Public Health student associations are vibrant, diverse, and multifaceted, focusing on diverse topics in public health and the world at large. The members of our student organizations reflect the dynamic diversity of our student population in terms of gender, race, cultural identity, academic programs and departments, and individual areas of interest and research. They include the best and brightest students of our school, the current and future leaders in the field. Actively engaging in the student government experience allows students to influence their learning environment and make Pitt Public Health a true community of learners.

Student Organization Events


Minimize Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA serves as a school-wide umbrella for seven sub-organizations that provide forums for students to share experiential wisdom, socialize with peers, and contribute to large projects on student programming with the Office of Student Affairs. 

President: Michelle Nguyen
VP: Leandra Gardner 
Business Manager/Administrator: Samantha Runa
Co-Editors, The Public Health Journal: Anokhi Kashiparekh and Dylan Tuttle
Student Engagement Chair: Danielle Nahas
Organization Email: pph.sga@gmail.com
Advisor: Mike Dolinger

Maximize American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA)

Maximize Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)

Minimize Fostering Opportunities to Recognize, Welcome, and Advance Racially Diverse Students (FORWARDS)

The purpose of the Fostering Opportunities to Recognize, Welcome, and Advance Racially Diverse Students of the Graduate School of Public Health shall be to promote and to enhance the development of the academic, professional, and social aims and interests of the racial and ethnic minoritized populations of the student body of the Graduate School of Public Health; to promote student, alumni, and community interest in and interaction with the Graduate School of Public Health; to advance the interest and involvement of alumni and students in the Public Health profession; and to propagate the ethics of the Public Health profession.

President: Taylor Robinson
VP: Wendeline Frederic 
Secretary/Treasurer: Aiyana-Mei Tom
Business Manager: Noelle Spencer
Public Relations Chair: Imani Beard
Programming Chair: Ebonie Slade
Organization Email: Pittforwards@gmail.com 
Staff Advisor: Lora Ann Bray


Maximize Global Health Student Association (GHSA)

Maximize Health Policy and Management Association (HPMA)

Maximize Leaders in Intersectional Public Health and Equity (LIPHE)

Minimize Street Medicine

Street Medicine Outreach and Awareness aims to serve homeless and rough sleeping individuals within the Pittsburgh area. Our mission is to provide this diverse community with multidisciplinary yet individualized care that focuses on promoting effective communication, mutual respect, and understanding with Pittsburgh’s healthcare community and university student body. Our organization is affiliated with the Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition (SMISC), dedicated to promoting inclusive, reality-based, person-centered care for our unsheltered homeless community members throughout the world.

President: Antonio Gumucio
VP: Paul Seraly
Operations Director: Nicole Alindogan
Outreach CoordinatorRebecca Mackenzie
Business Manager, Lysia Gehris
Resource Manager, Asher Warchal
Events Manager, Durga Mahapatra 
Event Coordinator: Cameron Metz
OSN & SMISC Liaison, Kavya Boorgu 
PR & Social Media Manager, Priya Gupta
Research Co-Coordinators, Jennifer McCartney & Zizhou Su 

Faculty Advisors: Dr. David Finegold, Tina Hershey
Medical Director: Dr. Anna Marie White, MD
Distinguished Honorary Advisor: Dr. Jim Withers, MD

Maximize Student Public Health Epidemic Response Effort (SPHERE)

Professional Organizations and Alumni Associations

Maximize Alumni Association for Health Administration

Maximize American Public Health Association (APHA)

Maximize Delta Omega

Maximize Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA)

Maximize University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association

Street Medicine with Dr. Jim Withers, Dec. 3 in G23

Join the founder of International Street Medicine Institute, Dr. Jim Withers, and Dean Lichtveld to find out what street medicine is all about. This lecture will discuss what street medicine is, its purpose and importance, the communities it aims to aid locally and globally, and the history of the Street Medicine Institute. Eligible for Public Health Grand Rounds credit. Register to attend this hybrid event virtually.  

FORWARDS to Facilitate CHE Journal Club

Join the Center for Health Equity and FORWARDS (Fostering Opportunities to Recognize, Welcome, and Advance Racially Diverse Students) as Taylor Robinson and Wendeline Frederic co-facilitate a discussion on the artilce "Place, Not Race: Disparities Dissipate in Southwest Baltimore when Blacks and Whites Live Under Similar Conditions" from Health Affairs.   

LGBTQIA+ Health Equity Panel, Nov. 11 @ 6 p.m.

Join SGA in our conversation regarding the unique health needs of the LGBTQI+ community, intersectionality, what it means to be an LGBTQI+ ally, and more! The event will be held in-person in the Public Health Building in Conference Room 1155. There will also be a Zoom option for those looking to attend virtually. Please register for the Zoom link.  

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)

GPSG is the official University-wide umbrella organization for graduate and professional students at Pitt. It represents both the academic and non-academic interests and provides student-initiated and student-controlled services. The group does not supplant graduate student organizations in departments or schools, but rather coordinates joint efforts, promoting communications among the schools and providing a unified voice for graduate students within the University community.

In recent years, GPSG has offered a number of services including Carnegie Museum passes, travel funding, and free legal appointments. The activities fee assessed on all graduate students goes to GPSG. Approximately three-fourths of fees collected from each school is allocated back to that school’s individual student government to help carry out its own activities. For a list of current officers and links to more information about this organization, including upcoming events, visit gpsg.pitt.edu/welcome-to-gpsg.  

Event Approvals and Calendar Postings

Before promoting your event, you must contact Mike Dolinger for approval.

To post events or announcements in school e-newsletters, calendar, social media, etc., send information to phcomm@pitt.edu