Student Organizations

Below is a list of officially recognized student organizations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the 2019-2020 academic year

Behavioral Insights Student Group - Harvard Chan Chapter


The Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) – Harvard Chan Chapter was founded in 2014 to bring together students who are interested in applying insights from behavioral economics, psychology, and related disciplines to improve public health. Recent literature has shed light on predictable biases in how we make decisions and identified important opportunities to positively influence our health behaviors–whether getting a flu shot, enrolling in health insurance, or eating a healthier diet. We work closely with the Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) housed at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as well as the faculty-level Behavioral Insights Group (BIG).
Objectives:
1. Provide a forum to discuss research and practice at the intersection of behavioral insights and public health
2. Host a series of events throughout the year, including presentations from behavioral science practitioners and seminars with faculty
3. Forge connections with behavioral science experts across Harvard and beyond the university.
Contact
:
Sophia Hua, Event Coordinator, sophiahua@g.harvard.edu

Black Student Health Organization at Harvard Chan


The Black Student Health Organization at Harvard Chan (BSHO) is a student-run organization that is committed to pursuing issues that affect students from the African Diaspora. BSHO strives to improve the student life at Harvard Chan through service, academic, social, and professional activities and opportunities. In the pursuit of BSHO’s mission and objectives, BSHO collaborates with faculty, staff, administration, alumni and other student groups within the Harvard Chan and wider Harvard Community, in addition to community members and organizations, to fulfill our objectives of planning and executing activities and building relationships.

Brazilian Student Association at Harvard Chan


The mission of the Brazilian Student Association at Harvard Chan (BRASACH) is to raise awareness to Brazilian culture, politics, and science. Promote a welcoming environment to students who identify as Brazilians or are interested in Brazil. Facilitate the communication of the Harvard Chan students and faculty with Brazilian institutions. Thus, promoting a network that facilitates and enhances collaborative projects from our School.

Latinx Students in Public Health Association at Harvard Chan


Latinx Students in Public Health Association at Harvard Chan is a student-led organization that raises awareness of the spectrum and diversity of the Latinx experience to address issues impacting our communities and promote public health and policy action. We do this through our organizational pillars of advocacy, unity, and the educational advancement of Latinx students, all undocumented students, and allies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Harvard Chan Africa Health Students Forum


Harvard Chan Africa Health Students Forum is comprised of African students and non-Africans at the School who have worked on the continent. Our mission is two fold. First, we aim to further the debate and push the dominant discourse around public health issues facing Africa. Second, we aim to create a community of support for African students at Harvard Chan. Our activities include leading health panels in Harvard-wide African conferences and organizing social and cultural events to foster community building among our members.
Contact:
Fortunate Chifamba, Summer Liaison, fortunate_chifamba@hsph.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/africa-health-forum-so

Harvard Chan ASEAN Student Organization


The mission of the Harvard Chan ASEAN Student Organization (HCASO) is to promote better understanding of public health challenges and developments in Southeast Asia within the Harvard community, as well as to raise awareness about the rich and diverse cultures of the region.

Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/asean-so/

Harvard Chan Chinese Student Health Club


The mission of the Harvard Chan Chinese Student Health Club is to facilitate communication and collaboration between Harvard Chan students and Chinese healthcare leaders from academia, industry, and research institutes. We hope to promote a learning and cooperative space between U.S academia and Chinese public health practitioners to power transitions from academic research efforts into actionable solutions in the context of healthcare in China.
Contact:
Jiayi Zhang, Summer Liaison,  jiayizhang@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard Chan Christian Student Fellowship


The mission of the HCCSF is to create a community of people who desire to know God, grow in their faith, and integrate their faith with their work. We seek to love the Lord Jesus Christ with our heart, soul, and mind, and desire to show His love to others in tangible ways. We work together to develop our potential as Christian public health leaders.
Objectives:
1. To support each other in living out our faith while developing as public health professionals; supports include but are not limited to fellowship, food, prayer, and hugs
2.To explore how Christian faith calls us to advocate for the well-being and flourishing of all peoples using the lens of social justice within public health
3. To provide an open environment for people of all faiths and belief systems to explore the truths of the Bible
4. To show Christ’s love to others in tangible ways through activities at Harvard Chan and in the wider Longwood community
Contact:
Colette Rector, Summer Liaison, coletterector@hsph.harvard.edu  
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/christian-fellowship-so/ 

Harvard Chan Korean Student Group


To advance the recognition of Korea and Korean culture within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community – To promote the education and enrichment of its members with regard to public health studies and related issues through involvement and participation in various social, cultural, and academic activities – To encourage the Korean students To engage in other student group activities within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as Harvard Korea Society.
Contact:
Jenny Lee, President, hsph.ksg@gmail.com
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/korean-student-group-so/

Harvard Chan Native American Student Organization


The mission of the Harvard Chan Native American Student Organization (NASO) is to support Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian) students in their academic, professional, and personal development in the field of public health and create space for conversations around, and raise awareness of, Native American health issues within the wider Harvard Chan community.
Contact:
Madison Esposito, President, mesposito@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard Chan Professional Part-Time Student Committee


The mission of the Harvard Chan Professional Part-Time Student Committee (HPSC) is to provide opportunities for collaboration within the part-time Harvard community. The committee works to facilitate the integration of the part-time programs with departments at Harvard Chan and other schools. Furthermore, the committee works with the school to try to promote seminars and enable access of resources which are usually available to the full-time students.
Objectives:
1. Provide a forum to discuss current practicum or past research for part-time student
2. Engage in discussion about the part-time study and how we can all impact our local public health communities
3. Promote a positive student health in the part-time program
4. Connect across school and department with Harvard student, faculty, staff and affiliates doing research and practice in the field of public health
5. Provide networking opportunity to connect professionally and academically with those with similar research interests
6. Promote events that may facilitate career advancement of the part-time students.

Harvard Chan Public Health Innovation x Technology Student Forum


The Harvard Chan Public Health Innovation x Technology Student Forum (PHIT) seeks to provide an interactive space for students to gain knowledge, provoke thoughtful discussion, and advocate for innovations and technologies that positively impact global public health. We aim to enable and empower students to develop their ideas and grow their professional networks while exploring developments in the field and learning and sharing opportunities for action. In addition to our mission to awaken the pursuit of innovation in Chan students, we also seek to build our professional networks since innovators usually benefit from the ideas of others.
Objectives:
1. To connect students with resources at the Chan school, within the larger Harvard network, and beyond for personal and professional development in the field
2. To invite relevant speakers working in the field to share their knowledge and expertise with students
3. To provide opportunities for students to develop and share their interests and ideas that span the field
Contact:
Griffin Jones, Summer Liaison, griffinjones@hsph.harvard.edu; Antón Castellanos Usigli, Summer Liaison, antoncastellanosusigli@hsph.harvard.edu 

Harvard Chan Qualitative Methods Student Club


The mission of the Harvard Chan Qualitative Methods Student Club is to give students interested in qualitative research an opportunity to meet, form networks, share ideas and resources and offer feedback to each other. Qualitative researchers are relatively underrepresented at the Harvard Chan School and good qualitative research needs to be done in groups. This group aims to create a student forum for this exchange.
Contact:
Elizabeth Hentschel, Summer Liaison, ehentschel@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/qualitative-so/

Harvard Chan School Reel Epi Student Club


The purpose of the organization is to provide a forum for exchange of epidemiologic themes and concepts as seen in film between Harvard Chan students and faculty across all departments. We choose to watch films that pertain to topics in epidemiology and public health and discuss how these topics fit in with concepts we learn in our courses and in the real world. The main objectives are:
1. To put epidemiology in context of the observed and unobserved counterfactual worlds that are seen in movies
2. To expand dialogue across departments at Harvard Chan School with the specific goals of expanding membership, publicizing events to each department, and inviting guest speakers from departments at Harvard Chan and externally
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/reel-epi-so

Harvard Chan South Asia Students Association


Harvard Chan South Asia Students Association (SASA) goal is to collaborate with students, staff, faculty, and alumni at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at other schools to bring to attention the health issues affecting people of South Asian origin, and use this organization as a platform to explore new ideas and interests. We also aim to introduce members of the Harvard Chan School community to the diverse culture of South Asia through social events.
Contact:
Gopal Kotecha, Summer Liaison, gkotecha@g.harvard.edu; Unnati Mehta, Summer Liaison, umehta@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/south-asian-so/ 

Harvard Chan Spatial Methods in Public Health Student Journal Club


Our mission is to think critically about how spatial methods can be used in the study of public health and discuss why geography matters to health intervention efforts. We seek to create a community of students interested in the intersection between geography and public health and spread awareness about incorporating spatial methods into public health research.
Contact:
Tigist Menkir, Summer Liaison, tmenkir@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard Chan Student Chapter of Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics, and Outcomes Research


This group is the Harvard Chan student chapter for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the scientific organization for health economics and outcomes research to improve health. As an affiliated chapter, the student group intends to provide an environment where students can share knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and outcomes research. Additionally, this group will serve as a resource for individuals interested in the relevant topic areas and serve as a bridge in bringing together students with members of the pharmaceutical industry, health-related organizations, and academia.
Contact:
Jack Cordes, Summer Liaison, jcordes@hsph.harvard.edu; Nazleen Khan, Summer Liaison, nak316@mail.harvard.edu; Dave Merola, Summer Liaison, davemerola@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ppor-so

Harvard Chan Student Club on CANcer: Learn, Interact, Translate (CAN-LIT)


The purpose of the organization is to provide a forum to:
1. Stay up to date on cancer epidemiology literature
2. Broaden exposure to areas of cancer research and events that go beyond material covered in courses
3. Practice communication of current research to peers
4. Apply epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts learned in coursework to the cancer field
We hope to bring students with an interest in cancer research across varying disciplines to jointly discuss emerging and new research.

Harvard Chan Student Culinary Club


The Harvard Chan Student Culinary Club seeks to empower the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students to become more confident and successful home cooks. Home cooking provides pathways to healthier diets, lower food expenses, stress reduction, and greater opportunities for social connection. To achieve this mission, the club seeks to facilitate student-led activities such as cooking demonstrations, recipe swapping, strategies to address food waste, and shared meals.
Contact:
William Koh, President, wkoh@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard Chan Student Forum for Politically Engaged Progressives


Our mission is to engage the greater Chan community in the upcoming election and provide an outlet for political energies and idea exchange. We will analyze candidate’s policies through a public health lens, engage with policy-oriented professors, and provide a forum for student dialogue.

Harvard Chan Student Gastronomy Association


Harvard Chan Student Gastronomy Association goal is to promote exploration of food scenes around Boston while facilitating connections among food enthusiasts in the Harvard Chan community.

Harvard Chan Student Hiking Club


Harvard Chan Student Hiking Club mission is to create and facilitate opportunities for students and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community to spend recreative and regenerative time in nature. We do this by organizing hikes and other outdoor-oriented events and creating a platform where people can share hiking opportunities and resources for those interested in hiking, climbing, long-distance walks, and outdoor activities.
Contact:
Nathan Huey, Co-Lead, nhuey@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/student-hikers-so/

Harvard Chan Student Organization for the Arts in Public Health


The purpose of the Harvard Chan Student Organization for the Arts in Public Health is to focus on the preservation, enrichment, transmission, and application of interdisciplinary knowledge of the arts and public health. We aim to emphasize and foster the artistic endeavors of the student body. We strive to empower our members to channel their passion for the arts and public health in order to better serve our communities.
Contact:
Deepa Manjanatha, Summer Liaison, deepa_manjanatha@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard Chan Student Surgery Society


The Harvard Chan Student Surgery Society is a student organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding of the role of surgical care in public health by providing a platform to foster discussion and collaboration amongst stakeholders here at the Chan School and beyond.

Harvard Chan Student Toastmasters Gavel Club


The mission of our Toastmasters club is to create an environment to build relationships, form connections, and create a community that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.
Contact:
Carol Wei, Summer Liaison, cwei@hsph.harvard.edu

Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/toastmasters-club-so/

Harvard Public Health Review: A Student Journal Organization of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


The mission of the Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR) is to improve health at the local, national, and international levels. To that end, HPHR will publish content grounded in thoughtful evaluation of evidence and research that addresses issues of health equity.
HPHR seeks content that:
1. Spurs thoughtful and substantive discussion of challenging public health issues
2. Fosters collaboration and diversity across disciplines
3. Integrates ideas and methods
4. Investigates biological, psychosocial, and environmental determinants of health
5. Translates knowledge into action
6. Impacts program and policy decisions and health practices
Contact:
Circe LeCompte, Editor-in-Chief, cgl475@mail.harvard.edu
Website: http://harvardpublichealthreview.org/

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Chinese Students and Scholars Association


Founded in 2013, Harvard Chan T.H. School of Public Health Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) aims to support Chinese students in their academic, professional, and personal development in the field of public health, as well as to advance the recognition of China and Chinese culture within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community. To be specific, its objectives include:
1. To promote the education and enrichment of its members with regard to Public Health studies and related issues through involvement and participation in various academic, social, and cultural activities such as Welcome party, networking event, PhD application seminar, career events, End-of-Year party, etc.
2. To encourage the Chinese students to engage in other student group activities within the Harvard Chan as well as the broader Harvard community.
3. To introduce China and Chinese culture to more members within the Harvard Chan community.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Environmental Justice Student Organization


The mission of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Environmental Justice Student Organization (EJ) is to create space for students, faculty, and the Harvard community to discuss and raise awareness about environmental justice issues and work towards addressing them in our communities at Harvard, locally, and beyond.
Objectives within the Harvard community:
1. To facilitate discussions to reduce environmental and health inequities
2. To encourage faculty and students to recognize, understand, and incorporate environmental health justice language and concepts into their research and studies
3. To break down subject silos, and remove single-focused lenses to expose students to the importance of environmental and sociopolitical factors working together to add to health inequity
Objectives within the local community:
1. To facilitate student participation in community-based environmental justice projects
2. To foster stronger school-community relationships by working collaboratively to reduce local environmental inequality
3. To highlight existing areas of injustice in the greater Boston community and to identify resources and strategies to address them
Contact:
Kathryn Tomsho, Co-Chair, tomshok@g.harvard.edu

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Epidemiologic Methods Student Journal Club


Mission The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Epidemiologic Methods Student Journal Club is a student organization whose mission is to generate discussion and provide opportunities for deeper engagement with epidemiologic methods.
Objectives:
1. To create opportunities for deeper discussion of epidemiologic methods
2. To create a space for students to learn from each othe’s expertise in epidemiologic method
3. To provide a forum for students to read new and classic epidemiological methods papers
Contact:
Louisa Smith, Co-Chair, louisa_h_smith@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/epi-methods-forum-so/

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Middle East and North Africa Student Organization


The mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Student Organization is to promote an understanding among public health practitioners, students, and health care providers of the current challenges and developments in the field of public health in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This region, rich in culture, tradition and diversity, presents a unique challenge when addressing the complex issues of human and social development and public health.
Contact:
Ayah Hamdan, Co-President, ayahhamdan@hsph.harvard.edu

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Student Club of Japan


The mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Student Club of Japan (SCJ) is to increase awareness and understanding of public health issues and other characteristics including cultures of Japan.
Contact:
Masafumi Funato, President, mfunato@hsph.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/japan-club-so/

Women in Leadership: A Harvard Chan Student Organization


The mission of the Women in Leadership: A Harvard Chan Student Organization (WIL) is to support leadership development for students, promote gender equity, and build a strong community and enduring network of women at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. To achieve our mission, we organize events throughout the year including: Guest speakers Skills-based workshops Opportunities for conversation Networking and social events Annual Student-Alumnae Conference.
Contact:
Andrea Vargas Guerra, Summer Liaison, andrea_vargasguerra@hsph.harvard.edu
Website: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/women-leadership-so

Yan Xin Qigong Student Group at Harvard Chan


Yan Xin Qigong Student Group at Harvard Chan (YXQ) is a group of Harvard Chan School of Public Health students and alumni who have an academic interest in holistic medicine. We focus on the learning and discussion of the interplay of physiology and psychology-the mind-body-connection, how to nurture this connection to serve individual personal/career development, and to promote the health and well-being of the greater environment (e.g. family, community, society).
Contact:
Larry Han, Co-President, larryhan@g.harvard.edu