Student organizations are a critical part of your IU School of Public Health-Bloomington learning experience, filled with valuable opportunities to strengthen your leadership and teamwork skills.
Your active involvement in student associations, clubs, advocacy groups, and academic honor societies will help you make the most of your education and enrich your academic, social, and future professional life.
Have interests beyond the scope of public health that you want to explore? IU has more than 750 student-led and founded organizations that reflect a wide variety of hobbies, recreational activities, religious beliefs, political views, and more.
Advocacy on campus and in the Bloomington community
Student-run organization HealthNOW creates volunteer, fundraising, and event opportunities to raise awareness for current issues in the field of public health.
With guidance from an academic advisor, the group's mission is to "transform our community's health from one based on sickness to one based on wellness and prevention."
The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Student Government represents the student body, advocates for students' academic interests, and presents academic and professional opportunities for students. In addition to its role as a liaison among faculty, staff, and students, Student Government members foster peer mentorships to promote an active, collaborative student community on campus.
Our active Nu Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national honorary society for the health science/health education discipline, works on teaching, research, and service projects to improve the health of the community.
Student associations, societies, clubs, and more
Whatever your passions and academic focus, you'll find many ways to get involved and meet other people who share your interests. Explore brief summaries and links to dozens more campus organizations below.
Are you an incoming or current student? Learn more about how to get involved in these organizations in the student portal.
The Indiana University Bloomington Student Section Chapter promotes the advancement of the safety profession and safety professionals and the development of its members in the central Indiana area. In fulfilling its purposes, the Indiana University Bloomington Student Section shall have the following objectives within the geographical area: (a) To develop and promote educational programs for obtaining the knowledge required to perform the functions of a safety professional; (b) To develop and disseminate locally, information and materials that will carry out the purposes of the Chapter, the Society, and serve the public; (c) To provide and/or support forums for the interchange and acquisition of professional knowledge among its members; (d) To foster liaison with local organizations of related disciplines; (e) To inaugurate and implement programs and projects that are consistent with the purposes of the Chapter and the Society; (f) To conduct Chapter affairs in a manner that will reflect the standards, purposes and objectives of the Society.
Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or stem cell transplant. Every year, more than 10,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma and their best option for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. Because 70 percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family, they depend on people like you to help save their life. When you join the Be The Match Registry, you become part of every patient's search for a donor.
The mission of the GPHBC is to empower volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under resourced communities while fostering local cultures. Global brigades at IU (aka IUGB) is a chapter organization of the national 501c3 non-profit, Global Brigades. In its first year of existence in 2009-2010, IUGB took 93 students and 7 professionals to Honduras and Panama to work on public health, medical, business, and clean water projects.
GlobeMed is a part of a national network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations around the world to address health inequities in impoverished communities. Through their involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice. Our chapter is partnered with the Trailblazer Foundation, an NGO working in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Together, we are creating programs that benefit the local farmers and families in nearby villages. In addition, GlobeMed also actively engages the Indiana University Bloomington campus in promoting education about global health issues. We plan a variety of events to support this cause both independently and in conjunction with community groups.
Health NOW engages in a variety of activities that promote the use of preventative health measures as a means of well-being, all with the understanding that health is comprised of physical, mental, and emotional aspects. From fun, people-centered activities to community health planning, Health NOW's projects aim to transform our community's view of health from one of sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. To accomplish this goal, Health NOW assesses and responds to community needs, empowers individuals to make a difference, provides service opportunities that make a lasting impact, fosters a dynamic forum for discussion, and collaborates with a variety of other organizations. The goals of Health NOW reflect a recent trend in the healthcare field of promoting wellness and viewing health from multiple perspectives. Any IU student interested in the goals of Health NOW is invited to join, regardless of major!
The Medical Reserve Corps at Indiana University Student Organization aims to improve the health and safety of the people of Indiana University and Monroe County by collaborating with local organizations and recruiting volunteers, in order to assist in public health education, emergency preparedness, and support during times of disaster. All students, medical or non-medical, are welcome to join. We will be a fully functioning, self-sustaining Medical Reserve Corps unit.
The Middle Way House chapter at IU (MWHC) is the undergraduate channel of communication for student Middle Way House volunteers at IU. At its core, the MWH chapter is an association of students that work alongside the Middle Way House organization to increase visibility and raise awareness of domestic violence, effectively helping to end violence in the lives of women and children.
The National Society of Leadership and Success at IU Bloomington (NSLS), Sigma Alpha Pi, builds leaders who make a better world. The organization helps students discover and achieve their goals by offering life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and by fostering a community where like-minded success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The group also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
The Occupational Therapy Club, sponsored by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center, provides pre-occupational therapy students, or those who are simply considering occupational, the opportunity to arrange and hold meetings with occupational therapy admissions representatives, guest speakers, students who have been admitted to occupational therapy programs, and others. The club also provides members with the opportunity to network through job shadowing and numerous volunteer opportunities. The group periodically arranges opportunities for members to socialize and get to know one another. (There is a small membership fee each fall and spring semester for all members.)
The Pre-Physician Assistant Club aims to serve as an educational club regarding the physician assistant profession. The Pre-Physician Assistant Club's purpose is to offer pre-professional development for pre-physician assistant students.
The Professional Tourism Management Club (PTMC) is an event planning organization. Each year the group plans unforgettable events for students on the Indiana University Bloomington campus and people in the Bloomington community. Past events include past include: concerts, Butterfly Kisses Dance (for the Boys and Girls Club—a father/daughter dance), and many other events associated with other organizations on campus. In addition, representatives in the hospitality and event planning industry make presentations. PTMC is a great way to meet friends, make connections, and get desired experience in the event planning and hospitality field. In addition, if you are an RPTS major, joining this club will give you hours towards your 320.
The Public Health Student Association aims to empower communities locally and beyond through the exploration and promotion of preventative healthcare practices while encouraging careers in public health.
The Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) is a student-led, peer education movement designed to promote sexual health on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Through workshops and outreach programs, SHAG aims to promote sex-positive behaviors and attitudes among Indiana University students.
The Indiana University School of Public Health Student Government represents the school's student body, advocates for student's academic interests, and coordinates opportunities for students within the school and the larger Indiana University community. The Student Government seeks to facilitate cooperation among the students, faculty, administration, and departments within the school. In addition, the Student Government fosters peer mentorship and acts as an entity through which students can collaborate and create an active community within the school.
We are an organization designed to help students learn how to network and improve their business skills within sport. The organization strives to further knowledge on creating resumes, enhancing communication skills, as well as how to perform in interviews.
The Sports Analytics and Business Group at Indiana University promotes interest in, and awareness of, the analytical and business aspects of the sports industry and educates students who seek to secure internships and careers within the sports world. Members take part in informational presentations and discussions, attend relevant conferences, hear guest speakers, engage in various types of relevant research, and work with IU athletic teams.
The Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at Indiana University (SAND-IU) strives to give Dietetics and Nutrition Science majors opportunities to broaden their experiences and knowledge in the area of nutrition.
The Wheelchair Basketball Club at Indiana University aims to provide the opportunity for individuals to participate in a truly inclusive environment. We not only offer individuals the opportunity to learn and play the sport of Wheelchair Basketball, but we also create awareness of accessibility to the public through community outreach and demo-days. We welcome all members, with or without disabilities, to participate in the first adaptive sports club at Indiana University. Additionally, we offer School of Public Health students the opportunity to receive volunteer hours towards their degree. If you have any questions please reach out to the club President, Rachel Wilson, at email@example.com or the Vice President, Sean Demshar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.