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Student Groups are the heart and soul of the Student Assembly's work and presence on campus.

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Current Bloomberg School Student Groups

African Public Health Network

African Public Health Network is a student/faculty run association established in May 1991 at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to create a forum for exchange of ideas, information, experiences as well as training and research collaboration related to Public Health issues of special concern to Africa. The Network consists of Africans and non-African are like who share this concern. It is a vibrant group which organizes many programs during the course of the year which serve to promote these interests.

AHIMSA Students for Non-Violence

AHIMSA aims to raise awareness of violence as both a human rights and public health issue and mobilize the Johns Hopkins community to take action. AHIMSA’s efforts draw attention to the health consequences of violence, specifically GBV, and our role as public health practitioners to address related challenges both domestically and internationally. AHIMSA hopes that these efforts will mobilize future global health leaders to incorporate aspects of violence prevention and response into their work in all corners of the world.

American Mock World Health Organization

The Hopkins chapter of AMWHO aims to give undergraduate and graduate students a peek into the workings of the World Health Organization. Students gain experience in health policy and foreign relations during simulations of the World Health Assembly, the decision making body of the WHO. By serving as the delegate of a UN country, a media correspondent, or an NGO representative, students can take on a variety of roles to best address their specific interests in global health. This hands on learning opportunity is the first of its kind in the United States, and the experience students gain during a conference is invaluable.

Arabic Public Health Organization

The Arabic Public Health Organization will focus on introducing Arabic culture, language, and the region, to fellow classmates and faculty members. The group will also help any Arab student with language or culture difficulties to adapt to the new and friendly environment of JHSPH.

Anna Baetjer Society

The Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice is the academic, professional and social home for Bloomberg School MPH students eager to translate their educational experience into public health practice outside of the classroom.

Our goal is to make a difference in the health of communities – local, regional, national and international – through service and by fostering constructive change. We also aim to provide students with meaningful extracurricular activities, as well as opportunities to connect with alumni and public health professionals throughout the world.

Asian-Pacific Public Health Network (APPHN)

The purpose of APPHN is to promote public health in the Asian-Pacific Region. We aim to provide a platform to share the region’s unique and diverse health challenges through social and educational events. This group will promote a strong sense of community among students and faculty.

Behavioral Health International Group (BHIG)

The Behavioral Health International Group is a student-run organization for those interested in the cultural and contextual experiences of mental health and psychosocial needs around the world.

Our mission is to:
• Provide a forum for learning about and discussing the many complexities involved in assessing and responding to mental health and psychosocial needs in diverse global contexts.
• To advocate for those with mental health and psychosocial needs in communities with low resources, stigma, and varying perspectives on medicine and health.
• To develop and enhance interdepartmental and cross-school collaboration at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health toward the promotion of global mental health and psychosocial issues.
• To enhance student academic and professional development through opportunities to network with colleagues and professionals working in fields related to global mental health.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The Black Graduate Student Association dedicates itself to the enhancement of the graduate experience for Black students. These efforts extend across the entire spectrum of the graduate experience, including the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, providing academic support, networking and career opportunities, providing opportunities for fellowship, and creating a safe, inclusive intellectual environment. We seek to expand, diversify, and advance the knowledge of all Hopkins students by exposing the Johns Hopkins community to events and programming that celebrate Black culture and address issues relevant to the Black community.

Bloomberg South Asian Graduate Association (SAGA)

SAGA is a student group based at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing that seeks to bring together interested members of the Hopkins community and promote professional, social and cultural interaction.

Child Health Society

The Child Health Society (CHS) aims to heighten awareness and promote advocacy within the school and surrounding community about public health concerns that affect children. Our mission is to educate the Hopkins community about issues in Child Health, reach out to the local community with projects to improve the lives of Baltimore’s children, to try and find ways to reach out globally.

Chinese Public Health Forum (CPHF)

Chinese Public Health Forum (CPHF) is a student group composed of graduate students, scholars, and alumni coming from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. The events includes Academic Forum focusing on the heated public health issues in China, and Career Advising Seminars. The CPHF is aimed to offer opportunities for better planning of public health research and career development.

Chronic Diseases and Aging Initiative

The Chronic Diseases and Aging Initiative aims to bring together students and researchers of all fields who are interested in issues related to aging and chronic diseases, promoting opportunities to multi-disciplinary exchange.

Department of Health Policy and Management Student Coordinating Committee

The Student Coordinating Committee in the Department of Health Policy and Management is a group dedicated to the formal representation of student interests and perspectives on departmental committees as well as the improvement of student quality of life.

Environmental Health and Engineering Student Organization (EHESO)

A student-run organization committed to providing social, volunteer, and skill-building activities to students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Engineering as well as other individuals interested in the field of Environmental Health Sciences.

Epidemiology Student Organization

The Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO) was established in 1982 to facilitate student-to-student and student-to-faculty communication and to advocate for student needs. The organization is comprised of all students associated with the Department of Epidemiology. It is a forum for planning various student activities, ranging from the organization of study groups for the comprehensive examinations to social activities.

Forum on Alcohol Research and Advocacy

The Forum on Alcohol Research and Advocacy will discuss alcohol use as a public health issue and the influential factors associated with alcohol use, including marketing, epidemiology, and issues with the industry. Classic and new research in the field will be reviewed and critically analyzed. Members will gain a broader understanding of the social and health effects surrounding alcohol use and the public health best practices for addressing the issue at a local, national, and international level.

Gertrude Stein Society

The Gertrude Stein Society is an organization for lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, including the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine.

Health Behavior and Society Student Organization (HBSSO)

The Health, Behavior and Society Student Organization (HBSSO) serves as a liaison between students and faculty in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS). HBSSO's mission is to represent student interests and concerns and communicate these concerns to HBS faculty. We seek to enrich the student experience by organizing events, panels and seminars that reflect student interest and are aligned with the mission of HBSSO.

Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a student group which partners volunteers from the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health with Commodore John Rogers (CJR) Elementary and Middle School math classes (grades 3-8). Volunteers commit to one class period per week to assist with math class instruction. Classes are typically large (>25 students) with varying levels of math ability, so volunteers usually work with smaller groups of students to provide more individualized instruction. The goals of Healthy Minds are to improve CJR students math aptitude as measured through period assessment testing, to give CJR students increased confidence in their abilities to solve difficult math problems, and to provide positive role models to students.

Hopkins Science Policy Group        

Our mission is: To engage in conversations and facilitate projects at the intersection of science, policy, and civic engagement. To engage with elected representatives and their staff on policies related to science, medicine, and public health. To create educational content that promotes science literacy and policy understanding. To highlight career opportunities in science policy and advocacy, and to learn from the experts

Hopkins Honey

Honeybees pollinate one third of our food source. They play a central role in local ecosystems and provide a valuable commodity that can be incorporated into a healthy nutrition plan. Recently across the world, colonies have been dying for unknown reasons, threatening local pollination. Our goal is to maintain our beehive at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health for pollination, honey production, and educational purposes. The JHSPH beehive will benefit the East Baltimore landscape and be used to educate the Hopkins community about honey as part of a healthy diet, which is especially important with increasing concerns about Diabetes, and as a therapy against allergies.

Hopkins Marathon Team (HMT)

HMT is a university-wide student group dedicated to promoting personal health and fitness through running. We aim to provide an environment in which both novice and seasoned runners may thrive and achieve personal goals related to running, whether this means finishing a half marathon or marathon, setting a new personal record, qualifying for the Boston Marathon or simply to keep on running. To accomplish this, HMT organizes weekly long runs in and around Baltimore, provides structured training plans, hosts social events, and encourages experienced runners to give personalized and supportive training advice to novice runners.

J.B. Grant Society

An opportunity for students to come together with faculty and alumni to discuss current health problems in developing countries, and to explore solutions to those health problems.

Johns Hopkins Association of Biostatistics

Statistics at times can be difficult to grasp, but is an essential skill. Johns Hopkins Association of Biostatistics (JHAB) is a student body whose goal is to provide resources for students that can help improve statistical knowledge and acquire independence in performing data analysis for Capstone and research projects. We believe, students are often the best resource for each other, because they are able to better comprehend their needs. Therefore, peer to peer contribution is an important source of strength for this group. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to join.

Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Student Assosciation

The Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Student Association caters to all of Johns Hopkins Graduate students. We promote interaction and communication among members of the Johns Hopkins community by organizing events and initiatives that increase understanding, education, and appreciation of Islam, and faith in general. We are dedicated to the messages of peace, tolerance, environmental stewardship, community service, health, and human rights. The JHGMSA is open to all.

Latino Public Health Network (Nuestra America)

Fostering a strong awareness among the Bloomberg School community about Latin America through cultural, educational and social activities.

Hopkins Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE)

Masters in Health Administration (MHA) Student Association

The purpose of the Masters of Health Administration (MHA) Student Association (SA) is to provide student leadership for past, current, and future members of the MHA program. MHASA serves students by exploring and encouraging participation in opportunities related to community service, academic excellence, and professional networking as they specifically relate to healthcare administration. The overall goal of MHASA is to promote continuity of student involvement both with the program and the larger student body and maintain active lines of communication between students, the school, and the community.

Masters in Public Health (MPH)/Masters in Business (MBA) Society

The Johns Hopkins MPH/MBA Society is a student run organization focused on fostering a relationship between The Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Carey Business School and creating professional development opportunities with faculty and students at both universities.

Mental Health Student Group (MHSG)

Student group composed of members of the JHSPH community that share a passion for topics relevant to mental health research.


Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Student Group

The MMI Student Group is composed of students attaining various degrees within the department who work together to better student life inside and outside the department. The group plans department- and school-wide social events, and orchestrates the development of resources and opportunities for students within the department. The group also facilitates the communication and interaction between faculty and students.

Partners in Health Engage (PIH Engage)

PIH Engage is building the right to health movement by recruiting, training, and enabling teams of dedicated volunteer community organizers. These teams drive year-long campaigns focused on building the power to advance the right to health.

We organize by building strong teams capable of hosting events, rallies, town hall meetings, and marches.
We educate by holding discussion groups and public lectures about the right to health.

We generate resources to fund high-quality health care for people living in poverty.
We advocate for global and domestic policies that further the right to health.

At Bloomberg School of Public Health we will work together and demand that the right to health be protected for all people, everywhere.

Pathogen Genomics Journal Club

The Pathogens Genomics Journal Club seeks to bring together researchers from across departments who are involved or interested in the genome or RNA sequencing, library preparation, bioinformatics analysis, and/or evolutionary and population genomics analysis of pathogens. We aim to disseminate and discuss research topics and papers related to the aforementioned subjects in a casual and interdisciplinary atmosphere. 

PopFam Organizing Committee

The PopFam Organizing Committee represents the interests and concerns of students in the Population, Family, and Reproductive Health department, to provide a space for skills-sharing, opportunities for professional growth, and networking on key themes central to the PFRH curriculum. 

Public Health Christian Fellowship (PHCF)

PHCF is a non-denominational christian community that seeks to encourage believers to grow in their relationship with God, introduce others to Him, and inspire people to glorify God through the training they receive at the School of Public Health.

Public Health Film Society

The purpose of the Public Health Film Society is to host viewing events for members of the JH community that feature documentaries that fall strongly within important themes of public health. The goal is to bring awareness of public health issues and further educate members of the Johns Hopkins community through the lens of film. The focus is simple: watch a documentary, discuss themes, take action.

Saudi Health Organization (SHO)

The main goal of the Saudi Health Organization is to support the social, academic and cultural needs for SHO members and for the Hopkins community. The vision for this organization includes:

1) Tailoring our activities and events so that we support the Hopkins mission in integrating research, education, and clinical care.
2) Participating in school wide events to overcome cultural and communication challenges.
3) Developing collaborations with researchers and institutions in the Middle East.
4) Providing opportunities for career development and networking.
5) Learning from other colleagues through journal clubs, essential meetings, and other public health events.


Social Epidemiology Student Organization

The Social Epidemiology Student Organization aims to bring together students and faculty from a variety of departments across the school of public health to explore research and methodology related to social epidemiology. The SESO aims to broaden the scope of epidemiology beyond a biomedical individualistic focus by facilitating students' understanding of social conditions as determinants of health at the population level. The SESO is a multidisciplinary forum for the dissemination of theory, methods, and findings related to macro-level factors influencing health. It is our objective to translate this knowledge into research that can serve as the evidence base for policies addressing social disparities in health.

Students for Public Health Innovations (SPHI)

SPHI is a forum for public health students from different degree programs within the Bloomberg School of Public Health to: (1) plan for an annual academic public health journal by students (2) encourage sharing of intellectual ideas towards formulating synergistic solutions for current public health challenges.

Students for Reproductive Health in Crisis

Students for Reproductive Health in Crisis aims to provide a space for students and faculty to collaborate on research and advocacy to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of crisis affected populations. The group promotes awareness of SRH issues that affect refugees, internally-displaced persons, and others whose lives are altered by emergency and conflict. Members will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of SRH programming and research in crises, and establish meaningful connections that enhance their work in the field. 

Students United for Peace (SUP)

Students United for Peace (SUP) is a coalition of Muslim students and allies in the JHU community. SUP aims to raise awareness about issues affecting marginalized groups locally through cultural competency trainings, educational workshops, and seminars. Through support networks established with local community and student organizations, SUP provides resources for vulnerable groups in the Baltimore area. Additionally, SUP provides opportunities for students, staff, postdocs, faculty, and deans to share their knowledge and expertise on issues affecting their communities, and ultimately, work together to address these issues in an academic setting. 

Students United for Refugee Rights (SURR)

Students United for Refugee Rights (SURR) is a platform that allows students to make a positive impact on the lives of Refugees in their community. SURR currently partners with local organizations on initiatives focused around health care, advocacy and fundraising. SURR aims to foster an environment where students can join ongoing initiatives or start new ones with local community partners.



Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.

Thread believes – and urges others to believe – that empathetic and enduring relationships are our society’s most essential form of wealth. This conviction stems from the understanding that at some point in each of our lives we have all felt alone. For some, this sense of isolation is momentary; for others, it lasts a lifetime. However long it lasts, it leaves unfulfilled our very human need to connect with and matter to others. We experience the “poverty of isolation.”

The Women’s Health Student Group
The Women's Health Group is a collective group of students that seek to empower and uplift women. Through radical approaches, we work on public health issues affecting women across all intersecting identities and deconstruct gender inequity within the school and the surrounding community.

The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)

The World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) is an international professional association committed to improving global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness. WADEM-Hopkins is a tri-school student interest chapter for all Hopkins students interested in the field of disaster and emergency medicine. The chapter is a wonderful opportunity to advance interprofessional collaboration within a truly interdisciplinary field consisting of doctors, nurses, public health professionals, community leaders, and veterinarians.