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Student Organizations and Committees

Student Government

Student Association of Yale School of Public Health

SAYPH is organized by YSPH students for YSPH students. SAYPH works to enhance the educational experience of each student at the School by sponsoring educational and social activities, providing a forum for students’ ideas and concerns, and acting as a liaison with the administration. Through SAYPH students get involved in many areas, including:

  • • New student orientation.
  • • Lecture series, films, colloquia, and other programs of interest to the public health community.
  • • Recruitment of new students to YSPH.
  • • Community service.
  • • Social events.
  • • Commencement activities.

SAYPH is headed by an Executive Committee consisting of a president, a social committee chair, professional development committee chair, community service chair, and communications chair. There are at least two departmental representatives acting as liaisons between students and the faculty and administration.

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University Committees

Graduate Health Advocate Program

Graduate representatives from each graduate and professional school within Yale University participate in the Graduate Health Advocate Program, which is sponsored by Yale Health’s Health Education Office/AIDS Resource & Counseling Center. The Graduate Health Advocate Program links graduate students at Yale with the resources of the Health Education Office. The program sponsors events such as AIDS Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. In addition to HIV prevention, the program addresses other health issues such as smoking and substance abuse. Programs and activities reflect student concerns and student involvement. Types of activities include conducting ongoing prevention activities, informal/educational displays in school dining halls, and fund-raising to benefit local AIDS charities.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS or “Yale Senate”) is composed of elected representatives from each of the thirteen graduate and professional schools. Any student in these schools is eligible to run for a senate seat during fall elections. Senate meetings occur on alternating Thursdays and are open to the entire graduate and professional school community, as well as representatives from the Yale administration. The senate advocates for student concerns and advancement by serving as a liaison between students and Yale administration, faculty, and officers. It also facilitates social interaction among graduate and professional students and works with local groups and initiatives to provide opportunities for students to give back to the community. The senate supervises the Graduate and Professional Student Center at Yale (GPSCY), at 204 York Street, which provides meeting space and funding for student organizations and is home to Gryphon’s Pub. For more information, please visit http://gpss.yale.edu.

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Special Interest Groups

Students in the School of Public Health participate in a diverse range of special interest groups, from Yale chapters of professional associations to student-run clinics and other public service organizations. For additional information, see Student Organizations at http://publichealth.yale.edu/about/gateways/students.

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