First UPHA Meeting

Hi everyone! On Thursday, September 27th at 5pm, we will have our first meeting in CAS 522.

We will be discussing what exactly public health is, as well as letting you know what UPHA is all about! We have a lot planned for the semester, including various volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, career panels, and more! Also, our advisor, Dr. LaMorte (and possibly Professor Godley briefly) will be joining us to talk about the Public Health Minor, the 5-year BA/MPH and the 5-year BS/MPH. 
We hope to see everyone there!!



Happy National Public Health Week! The Undergraduate Public Health Association has a week full of exciting events planned for you. Check them out and bring your friends!

National Public Health Week is next week, Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6 and the Undergraduate Public Health Association has an exciting week planned for you all! Make sure to bring all your friends 🙂

Monday, April 2: Healthy Eating and Active Living Day

Stop by the GSU LInk for 5-minute yoga sessions! Learn how to get involved with other BU orgs like Running Club and Sargent Choice! Also keep a lookout throughout campus for signs that tell you how many calories you burned walking to the GSU, CAS, and Sargent from West, South, or East!

Tuesday, April 3: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Day

“Speed Date with Drug Experts” – GSU Academy Room, 8PM
This FREE mocktail event sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy will host Dr. Kathleen Kantak, professor of psychology at BU for a stimulating conversation complete with delicious drinks!

Wednesday, April 4: Communicable Diseases Day

“You, Me, and STIs: Everything You Need to Know About Sexually Transmitted Infections” – STH B19, 6:30PM
Join Dr. Rebecca Perkins, BUMC gynecologist, Ariel Watriss, Fenway Health, and Marion McNabb, DrPH Candidate BUSPH to discuss the national and local scope of STIs and what you need to know about getting tested.
Free HIV Testing – CGS, 10AM-2PM

Thursday, April 5: Reproductive and Sexual Health Day

Stop by the GSU Link for free condoms and an interactive map of reproductive and sexual health rights in your home state.

“(Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored” – CGSA, 6:30PM
A 15 – minute film by the UC Berkeley Disabled Students Union which focuses on the intersectionality of sexuality and disability.

Friday, April 6: Mental and Emotional Well-Being Day

Join us for a Stress Buddy workshop hosted by the Student Health Ambassadors for stress management tips and tools.

All our events are free and open to the public so make sure to bring all your friends! If you have any further questions, feel free to post on the wall or e-mail us at

[Events planned in collaboration with Project Hope, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Unite for Sight, CGSA, and SHA]

For more information, visit our facebook page:

Games for a New Climate


We hope you all had a great spring break! We would like to share with you an opportunity to be involved with “Games for a New Climate”.


Boston University will convene a day-long workshop titled “Games for a New Climate” on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The overarching goal is to explore the potential of participatory games for accelerating learning, fostering dialogue, and promoting action affecting the longer-range future. The emphasis will be on humanitarian and development decisions, particularly those involving climate risk management.

 In addition to the five game sessions, two panels made of experts from the Task Force will discuss how and why games can be used, their experience using games as a learning tool, and the future of games as a tool for increasing the understanding of climate risks.

It will be held at Barristers Hall at the BU School of Law. This event is open to Boston University students and faculty. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information, including a schedule for the day’s events and a description of the participatory games, please visit:


UPHA E-Board

Public Health Career Panel 2012!

Hi everyone!

The Undergraduate Public Health Association is sponsoring the 2012 Public Health Career Panel featuring Dr. Wayne LaMorte, The Assistant Dean of Education at BUSPH,  Maria McCarthy, Director of Career Services at BUSPH, and Nancy Scott, Instructor of International Health at BUSPH. Anyone interested in the exciting field of public health should join in on the presentation by the panelists! An overview of the different concentration areas at the Boston University School of Public Health and their related careers will be discussed. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions regarding careers and the 4+1 program. This is an eventful and personable opportunity to meet and engage with a fantastic professor and a knowledgeable mentor in the field of public health.

The Panel will be held this Wednesday, February 29 at 5:30 PM in CAS B25B. Be sure to come and bring your friends too!

Check our our facebook group for more information:


Volunteer Opportunities

Hey UPHA! We would like to share with you some exciting volunteer opportunities:
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless ( -They provide medical assistance to people in emergency shelters, soup kitchens, etc. They have great volunteer opportunities for groups!
Elizabeth Stone House ( This shelter also provides support groups, childcare, and other things for homeless families. They have a lot of long-term volunteering positions available!
The Home for Little Wanderers ( This is a child and family service agency that has a variety of options for volunteering.
The Boston Living Center ( This resource center for people with HIV/AIDS offers many different opportunities to work directly with the HIV/AIDS community.
Partners in Health ( This organization works to improve healthcare in developing countries. Join their email list to receive alerts about one-time volunteer opportunities!
Bridge Over Troubled Waters ( They work with troubled youth, and there are several ways that volunteers can help!
Horizons for Homeless Children ( They work with children and parents to stabilize families. You can join an email list to be notified when volunteer positions are available.
Rosie’s Place ( They offer assistance to poor and homeless women. They have a great list of volunteer opportunities organized by availability and time commitment!
The Women’s Lunch Place ( This organization provides food, daytime shelter, and other services for poor or homeless women. They have a list of current volunteer opportunities and plan to offer even more.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

First General Meeting!


Welcome back! To kick things off for the semester and share with you the packed event schedule we have for spring, we’ll be having a general interest and members meeting Tomorrow, January 31st at 6pm in CAS 324. Stop by to reconnect or meet UPHA for the first time, and get an idea of what public health activities will be happening this semester, including National Public Health Week, Healthy Beverages Project, Global Health Guest Speaker and more! We’ll also be launching our SPH Student Connection Program, something you definitely want to hear about! 

BUT FIRST….please LIKE our Facebook Page and save this blog to your bookmarks! These will be two very important resources to learn about new public health opportunities including: internships, volunteering, events, speakers, lectures, conferences and MORE! 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at our first members meeting of the semester!



Undergraduate Public Health Association

Public Health Brigades Info Session

Monday, January 23, at 7:30pm – SAR 104

Want to help decrease life threatening diseases in under resourced
communities? Would you like to travel to beautiful Central America to
celebrate the end of finals week? Join Boston University’s Public
Health Brigade to Honduras to help families improve their home
infrastructure to combat diseases. During the one-week brigade,
students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with families to
build eco-stoves, latrines, concrete floors, and water storage units.
Stop by our info session and join us on our brigade this May. Speaking
Spanish is not mandatory and translators will be provided during brigade.
If you cannot attend this meeting but would still like to learn about
the program, please contact us at

Public Health Brigades is a program of the international nonprofit,
Global Brigades <>, the world’s largest
student-led global health and sustainable development organization.
In 2010, more than 4,000 volunteers from 160 GB university chapters in
North America and Europe traveled to provide health and economic
development solutions to more than 50,000 beneficiaries through our
teams in Panama and Honduras.