School of Public Health Students' Association

The SPHSA is a student-run organization that serves as an academic and social support system so that all students can have the best university experience possible. Learn more about your SPHSA.

What do we do?

We serve as a liaison between students and administration of the School.

The objectives of SPHSA are to:

  • provide guidance and advocate on behalf of all students, including campus and distance students, and all specialty areas within the School of Public Health graduate programs
  • create opportunities for, and inform School of Public Health students of, intellectual, cultural, social and recreational activities
  • ensure School graduate students are represented in the School of Public Health, the Graduate Students Association and the broader University of Alberta committees
  • increase awareness of public health principles and practice, public health research and graduate education in public health
  • engage in and encourage public health initiatives, both local and global, on campus and in the community

Elected positions 2023

Sarah De Medeiros

Vice President
Emma Forest

External Relations
Sameera Gumma

Internal Relations
Clinton Ekaeze

Social Coordinators
Melissa Tirkha and Jastinne Diaz


Communications Officer
Binishdeep Nanda

Financial Officer
Markus Gaenzle

Ilke Akpinar

Epidemiology DaL
Mai Huynh

Applied Biostatistics DaL
Armeen Ahmadian


Health Policy & Management
Evita Molino

Health Promotion (Distance)
Chelsea Costa

Health Promotion (campus)
Julieanna Karathra

Global Health
Jinny Park

McKayla Kirkpatrick