Student Organizations

Students in the College of Public Health are encouraged to get involved with student organizations that allow you to extend your education beyond the walls of the classroom. These organizations, which include both program-specific and interdisciplinary clubs, provide opportunities to learn about your intended professional field; connect with fellow students, faculty and alumni; engage in experiential learning; and take on leadership roles. Mason is home to several hundred registered student organizations, including the following that are of particular interest to College of Public Health students:

Student Organizations

AcademyHealth Student Chapter

Faculty Advisors: Tim Henderson
Web Site: Mason360
Provides learning and professional development experiences for undergraduate and graduate students interested in health services research and health policy. Membership benefits include free online seminars and discounted conference registration; networking, mentoring, and professional development events; scholarships and fellowships; employment services; and resources for developing research skills.

Active Minds

Faculty Advisor: Zofia Burr
Website: Get Connected
Our mission is to break down the negative stigma associated with mental health issues, educate fellow students on these issues, and make all students aware of the resources available to them.

Best Buddies Organization

Faculty Advisor: Heidi J. Graff
Website: Get Connected
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Doctoral Student Association (Nursing)

Faculty Advisor: Kevin Mallinson
Web Site: Get Connected
Represents both the PhD and DNP nursing students, giving them an opportunity to enhance their professional growth. Goals include giving students an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas; increasing awareness of funding opportunities; maintaining communication with administration and faculty in the School of Nursing; and providing support and mentoring for new students.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC GMU)

Website: Get Connected
Dedicated to making a positive impact in both clinical and non-clinical aspects of health. At FIMRC GMU, we coordinate volunteer groups to travel to FIMRC clinic sites, raise funds for special medical projects; raise awareness of public health, and provide services in our local communities.

Graduate Student for Public Health

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Lindley
Web Site:  Get Connected

Graduate Students for Public Health aims to connect students and faculty within the Department of Global and Community Health in order to provide networking, professional, and community service events.

Mason Model World Health Organization (MWHO)

Faculty Advisor: Ali Weinstein
Website: Get Connected
The Mason World Health Organization Conference aims to introduce and educate students with a realistic simulation of a WHO General Assembly meeting where student delegates debate, prepare legislation, and vote on resolutions that address and attempt to solve current concerns in global health. MWHO mimics the political, social, cultural, and economic realities defining global health policies.


Website: Get Connected
MEDLIFE, which stands for Medical, Educational and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere, strives to impact local and international communities through developmental, medical and educational service projects that encourage participation from the people of the community while promoting a higher level of health and education.

MedX Global

Faculty Advisor: Ali Weinstein
Web Site: Get Connected
MedX is designed to engage undergraduate students in global health development with an emphasis on health care as a human right. The purpose of MedX Global is to involve the clinically oriented in the intersection of medicine and globalization, and to engage others by mapping diverse experiences to the future of global health development. We act as a powerful extension of traditional health science routes, involving students in multidisciplinary applications of academic work and the realization of service-oriented culture.

MHA Leaders of Tomorrow (MHALT)

Web Site: Get Connected
Supports the educational, professional and social development of its members along with the mission and goals of the MHA in Health Systems Management graduate program in the Department of Health Administration and Policy.

Multicultural Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS)

Faculty Advisor: Jane Rockwood
Website: Get Connected
Encourages and prepares students to become competitive applicants for medical school or other health field clinical programs. This organization is committed to promoting diversity and enhancing the recruitment of culturally diverse students in the healthcare field.

Patriots for Health Assistance

Faculty Advisor: Alexandra Masterson
Website: Get Connected
We engage in community service that assists the medical community and improves community health by providing toys for children in the hospital, fundraising for cancer research, and educating students about current medical issues.  

Patriots for Public Health

Faculty Advisor: Clint Wutzke
Web Site: Get Connected
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in understanding the disability process and optimizing human performance and function, this group’s goals include providing members with opportunities to network with scientists and clinicians; promoting educational opportunities; assisting members with identifying and applying to post-graduate and professional programs; and organizing community outreach and service projects.

Roosevelt @ Mason

Faculty Advisor: Anthony Hoefer
Website: Get Connected
Roosevelt @ Mason is a non-partisan student-run think tank that empowers students with the resources and environment to become effectively involved in the public policy process. Covering six major policy issue areas - education, economic development, foreign policy, healthcare, energy and the environment, and equal justice – we focus on policy writing, policy advocacy, and issue awareness campaigns on the local, state, national, and international level.

Social Work Student Association (SWSA)

Faculty Advisors: Sharolyn Dugger, JoAnn Lee, and Katherine Prudden
Web Site: Get Connected
Provides undergraduate students who are interested in the field of social work with an opportunity to connect with one another and participate in activities such as service projects, study groups, fundraisers, and movie nights.

Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB)

SHAB, technically not an RSO, is sponsored and funded by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services, Office of Disability Services, and the Student Support and Advocacy Center. SHAB ensures that the health and wellness of Mason’s student body are provided for by the university, to the best possible extent. To do this, the SHAB serves as a liaison between students and the administrators of the various student wellness offices on campus.

Student Nurses Association (SNA)

Faculty Advisor: Rosemarie Westberg
Web Site: Mason360 
Organizes, represents and mentors students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those nurses enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs.

Honor Societies

Global and Community Health

Health Administration


Social Work

Visit Mason's Office of Student Involvement for additional student organization information.