Student Life

School of Public Health Students' Association

The School of Public Health Students’ Association (SPHSA) is a student run organization that serves as an academic and social support system for students. We serve as a liaison between students and administration of the School.

We are here to ensure that you have the best experience possible as a student.

What do we do?

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.
  • to provide opportunities for, and inform School of Public Health students of, intellectual, cultural, social and recreational activities.
  • to ensure that School of Public Health graduate students are represented in the School of Public Health, the Graduate Students Association and the broader University of Alberta committees.
  • to increase awareness of public health principles and practice, public health research, and graduate education in public health.
  • to engage in and encourage public health initiatives, both local and global, on campus and in the community.

There are many opportunities for you to shape your experience in the School through SPHSA, so don’t hesitate to get involved.

Elected Positions (2017)



Kirill Lissovskiy  

Heather Nixdorff
Vice President

Rebecca Foley 
Communications Officer

Wesley Vuong
Financial Officer

Sateen Werner 
Social Coordinator

Daniel O'Brien 
Social Coordinator

Kevin Lien 
Internal Relations

Tahmid Kashem 
External Relations

Directors at Large 

Kara Loewen
Epidemiology Director at Large

Marie Sereneo
Occupational and Environmental Health Director at Large

Natasha Wilson 
Health Policy and Management Director at Large

Desiree Gregory
Global Health Director at Large

Juanita Gnanapragasam
Health Promotion Director at Large

Trenton Smith
Applied Biostatistics Director at Large

Mackenzie Moir
MSc Director at Large

Alexa Ferdinands
Phd Director at Large