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Bloomberg School Student Groups

The following is a listing of student-based organizations within the Bloomberg School that partner with SOURCE.

African Public Health Network (APHN)

The African Public Health network is a student and faculty run association established in 1991 at the Bloomberg School. Members include students, alumni and health professionals who are from Africa, have worked in Africa or are interested in African public health matters. The mission of the group is to create a forum for exchange of ideas, information and experiences as well as training and research collaboration related to public health issues of special concern to Africa and African populations. APHN serves as a platform where voices can be raised to shed light on public health problems and their socio-economic dimensions in Africa. Members also become a part of a professional and social network of African public health professionals.


The goal of Ahimsa is to raise awareness of violence as both a human rights and public health issue. In order to mobilize the Johns Hopkins community to take action, Ahimsa’s efforts draw attention to the health consequences of violence, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), and our role as public health practitioners to address related challenges both domestically and internationally. Through a wide variety of activities, such as “coffee talks”, roundtable discussions and community outreach, Ahimsa contributes to global efforts to build a comprehensive and multi-­sectoral response to GBV (physical, sexual, emotional, and structural) committed against not only women and girls, but also men and boys. By mobilizing future global health leaders, Ahimsa hopes that they will take action to incorporate different aspects of GBV prevention and response into their work to improve health in all corners of the world. Additional information can be found by clicking here.

Anna Baetjer Society (ABS)

The members of the Anna Baetjer Society are as diverse and varied as the field of public health itself, but share a common interest in its practice. The organization makes a difference in the health of communities by working to solve problems corresponding to a broad range of backgrounds and interests. ABS recognizes that the classroom is not a venue capable of meeting all of our needs and so serves as an extension of in-class public health lessons and thereby enhance academic, professional and social experience of members during their stay at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Arab Public Health Organization

The Arab Public Health Organization will focus on introducing Arab culture, the Arabic language, and the region, to fellow classmates and faculty members. The group will also help any Arab student with language or culture difficulties to adapt to the new and friendly environment of JHSPH.

Asian Pacific Public Health Network (APPHN)

The purpose of APPHN is to promote public health in the Asian-Pacific Region. We aim to provide a platform to share the region’s unique and diverse health challenges through social and educational events. This group will promote a strong sense of community among students and faculty.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

The Black Graduate Student Association dedicates itself to the enhancement of the graduate experience for Black students. These efforts extend across the entire spectrum of the graduate experience, including the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, providing academic support, networking and career opportunities, providing opportunities for fellowship, and creating a safe, inclusive intellectual environment. We seek to expand, diversify, and advance the knowledge of all Hopkins students by exposing the Johns Hopkins community to events and programming that celebrate Black culture and address issues relevant to the Black community.

Child Health Society

The Child Health Society (CHS) aims to heighten awareness and promote advocacy within the school and surrounding community about public health concerns that affect children. Through organization of events such as World Pneumonia Day and Child Health Week, lecture seminars and various other activities, the group serves to educate the JHSPH community about issues related to child health. The group also maintains involvement with the surrounding East Baltimore community though child mentorship programs and other community initiatives. CHS consists of students and faculty dedicated to the improvement of child health both on a national and an international level. The group continues to sponsor both independent and collaborative activities with this primary focus in mind.

Environmental Health and Engineering Student Organization (EHESO)

EHESO facilitates social, intellectual, and service-oriented interaction between students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. We accomplish this by performing the following functions:

  • Plan social events, mixers, and happy hours for students, faculty, and staff to engage outside of the lab/classroom.
  • Provide seminars for students to be able to learn about resources available here at Hopkins and to develop professional skills.
  • Serve on various Departmental and School wide committees including the Educational Programming Committee, Research Committee, JHSPH Student Assembly, and JHU Doctoral Student Council.
  • Volunteer with community partners including Blue Water Baltimore, Bethel Farms, and others to give back to Baltimore City.
  • 2022-2023 Contact: Esther Xu

Hopkins LIFE (Leadership Initiative For the Environment)

The purpose of the LIFE student group is to build a sustainable community at Johns Hopkins University through the graduate student network. We function as a bridge between the graduate students, facilities, and the Sustainability Network with the goal of promoting sustainability, identifying and solving problems with the sustainability infrastructure at Hopkins, and communicating these strides with the members of the Johns Hopkins community. In addition to internal environmental initiatives, LIFE aims to bridge Johns Hopkins to community efforts around Baltimore to improve the environment and promote sustainable living. LIFE meets monthly and organizes events throughout the semester, such as volunteer opportunities, recycling drives, workshops and movie screenings.

J.B. Grant International Society

The J.B. Grant International Society focuses on international health issues. Additionally, they partner with SOURCE to provide cultural presentations to local middle school social studies classes. Great opportunity for international students and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to share their experiences!

JHSPH Student Assembly

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The Community Affairs Committee works with SOURCE, student groups, faculty, staff, and the administration to support and/or develop the infrastructure to allow students to better connect with the community.

Latino Public Health Network (LPHN)

The Latino Public Health Network seeks to foster a strong awareness of Latin American issues among the Bloomberg School community through cultural, educational and social activities. The student group works to create a network of Bloomberg School students, faculty and alumni with roots or interests in the various Latino and Latin American cultural identities, healthcare issues and research. The goals of the Latino Public Health Network are to: increase the awareness among student and faculty at the Bloomberg School about Latin American social and cultural issues; serve as a peer support system for incoming students from Latin America; coordinate efforts to promote training and internships in Latin American countries; develop a network of people interested in public health issues in Latin America.

Rotaract Club of JHSPH

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Rotaract Club is for persons dedicated to promoting social justice and public health initiatives. Centered on community service and making a positive difference in the lives of those around us, Rotaract brings together enterprising and passionate minds to lead humanitarian efforts. Through this society, one becomes a member of the international Rotary network, making strong connections with leaders globally. We uphold the motto of Rotary International: "Service above self."

Women's Health Group 

The Women's Health Group is a collective group of students that seek to empower and uplift women. Through radical approaches, we work on public health issues affecting women across all intersecting identities and deconstruct gender inequity within the school and the surrounding community.