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Public Health Student Association

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is a student organization for graduate public health students enrolled in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. The PHSA serves as a forum for student concerns and activities.

The purpose of the PHSA is to facilitate student-student and student-faculty communication and cohesiveness within the School of Public Health. The organization advocates on issues pertaining to all aspects of the academic experience, including research opportunities, student representation, and public health issues. Ultimately, the PHSA will strive to create a strong and enduring foundation for future public health leaders.

Our Mission:

1. Promote awareness of career and academic issues related to the field of public health by serving as a voice to the faculty and administration.
2. Support all public health students at U of M academically, professionally, and socially.
3. Organize health-related volunteer activities within the community.
4. Collaborate with health organizations agencies, and associations regarding public health programming activities.
5. Encourage students to actively pursue educational and professional development.
6. Host regular social events for public health students to foster positive interactions among students, faculty and staff.

Membership is open to all students enrolled in a School of Public Health degree program. Meetings are held a minimum of once a month. Contact an officer for more information.

Asos Mahmood: President
Samantha Bownes: Vice-President
Tessa Kyle: Secretary
Fanta Suwaneh: Treasurer
Bianca Jackson and Marshall Varnum II: Social Action Chairs

2014 Officers

(L to R: Bownes, Suwaneh, Varnum, Mahmood, Jackson, Kyle)


2013 OFFICERS (clockwise)
Matthew Lettre: President
Tori Mason: Secretary
Janelle Guy: Treasurer
Rajesh Gupta: Vice President
PHSA Officers 2013

Here are some activities the Public Health Student Association has planned for Fall 2012:

  • Mass Prophylaxis Course: September 4-5 8a-4:30p at the Shelby County Health Department 814 Jefferson Memphis, TN
  • Mid-South Heart Walk: Saturday October 6th at Autozone Park.
  • Ready Shelby Day at the Zoo: October 20th 8:30am-4pm Volunteers are needed to educate the public on emergency preparedness, safety, and flu prevention.
  • City-wide Hospital Exercise: October 23rd. 7:30am-4pm The scenario will include a tornado striking the majority of the medical center with subsequent damage from straight line winds to other area hospitals. All hospitals will be surged past capacity.  Volunteers are needed for this exercise to act as victims and simulate clinical roles in a disaster.

Please join us on Facebook:!/groups/105113286305054/

Kayla Larson
PHSA President

2012 OFFICERS (from left to right)

Kayla Larson: President
Staci Somerville: Treasurer
Ashley Jones: Secretary
Tevari Butler: Vice President

2012 PHSA Officers

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