The Public Health Students’ Association is the representative body of the students enrolled in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. All students in the school of public health are encouraged to get involved in the PHSA. We hold open meetings on a monthly basis.
September 2017 Student of the Month: Anya Archer, MPH Health Promotion
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The PHSA is led by an elected core executive consisting of co-presidents, co-vice-presidents, treasurers and secretary. The executive is advised by a leadership council comprised of representatives from each program stream and the general student membership. For more information on how the PHSA is governed, click here for a copy of PHSA Constitution.
The PHSA represents student interests on a variety of committees and task forces at both the departmental and faculty levels, as well as serving as an information conduit regarding student-related issues. In addition to those responsibilities, the PHSA also liaises with the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) to promote events (such as the Public Health Sciences Research Day) and help foster connections between departmental alumni and current students.
The PHSA holds three seats on the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) Council representing the needs of public health science students within the larger graduate student community at the U of T. Funding for the PHSA comes from a portion of the fees collected by the GSU based on the number of enrolled students in the department. Also, the PHSA serves as an information source for GSU activities and programs.
PHSA Student of the Month Award
The PHSA at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) has developed a new initiative in order to recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to the DLSPH community. Students, staff, and faculty can nominate a student for the Student of the Month Award.
- Nominees must be currently enrolled in DLSPH in a Master or Doctoral Program.
- Nominees may only be awarded Student of the Month once in any given academic year.
- Nominees must demonstrate at least one of the following criteria:
- Commitment to excellence in community engagement and development at the DLSPH
- Contributions to improving the DLSPH environment, learning culture, and society in general, and inspiring others to do the same.
- Commitment to positive culture at the DLSPH
- Passion for, and dedication towards a community health-related cause
- Demonstrates social responsibility and commitment to social justice
- Leadership, innovation and excellence in the application of knowledge to practice
If recognized as Student of the Month students will be featured on the DLSPH website and monthly newsletter, PHSA’s social media, as well as awarded a gift card to the UofT Bookstore.
Thank you for your interest in collaboration with the Public Health Students’ Association. This collaboration could potentially be in the form of a letter of support, student volunteers, or another form of endorsement.
To ensure that you/your organization’s request for endorsement aligns with our mission and values, we would kindly ask you to fill in this application. Please be advised that at this time, the PHSA cannot offer financial support to individuals or organizations.
All student-group related room bookings must now be made through the PHSA. Please fill out this form if you would like to book a room for student-related activities. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as the booking request is processed and verified.
If you have any questions or concerns about your booking, please contact the PHSA Secretary, Emma Buajitti at: emma.buajitti[at]mail.utoronto.ca.
PHSA Elections – Position Descriptions
PHSA Executive & General Council Position Descriptions
- The Vice President:shall assist the president in duties assigned by the PHSA in manners deemed appropriate by the president or the PHSA executive. The Vice-President(s) shall assume the responsibilities of the president in the president’s absence or in the event that the president’s position is vacated without replacement.
- The Treasurer: shall be responsible for the procurement and disbursement of funds of PHSA. A year-end financial statement shall be submitted to the incoming Treasurer, and an interim financial statement shall be submitted to the General Council during the Fall term. The treasurer along with another executive will have signing authority.
- Social Chair: shall plan activities and events, both social and academic, to foster a sense of community among the DLSPH student body. The Social Chair(s) will also be responsible for leading the social committee and work closely with the Treasurer to create budget proposals for event planning.
General Council Positions
Communications committee members shall work with the Communications Chair to assist with maintaining an active PHSA presence on social media, with promoting PHSA events, and with coordinating the Student of the Month initiative.
Social committee members shall work with the Social Chair to plan social and academic/networking events, and assist with promoting these events to the student body.
The mission of the PHSA Advocacy Committee is to organize and bring awareness to opportunities for DLSPH students to engage in advocacy activities related to public health affecting the community and beyond. Potential activities may include organizing poster-making sessions for local rallies/protests and liaising with members of the community seeking PHSA endorsement. The committee will also play a role in supporting students who may have any concerns relating to administrative and/or academic affairs within DLSPH.
Graduate Student Union Representatives
Graduate Student Union Representatives are responsible for representing the PHSA at monthly GSU meetings and distributing the UTGSU Digest to DLSPH students. As there are several key decisions made at the GSU, these three representatives must attend each monthly GSU Council meeting, usually held on the last Monday of the month, and should solicit feedback from the DLSPH student community prior to GSU meetings. This will ensure that the ways in which GSU representatives vote at the meetings is reflective of student opinion.
School Council Representatives
School Council is the Faculty’s governing body with representation from all major stakeholder groups — faculty, students, staff, alumni, partners, etc. — that approves committee and senior leadership initiatives and sets policies and procedures to maintain accountability.
Representatives shall act as voting members of the body, and liaise between the School Council and the PHSA, bringing forth pressing issues that affect the respective communities. There are three committees within the School Council that require student representation:
- Executive Committee
The executive is a subcommittee of the School Council, and, among other things, sets the agenda for each Council meeting, recommends to Council the creation of special Committees, reviews and advises Council on all proposed Constitution and By-Law changes, and monitors the functioning of Council and its Committees. The student representative(s) of the Executive Committee of the School Council is responsible for attending committee meetings and updating students at monthly PHSA general meetings.
- Education Committee
The role of the education committee is to improve the teaching effectiveness and capacity of the school, and determine how best to engage with student learning and student involvement within DLSPH. Topics of discussion include continuing education, professional skills training, evaluation, and gathering student feedback on the program curriculum, and teaching effectiveness. The student representative(s) of the Education Committee of the School Council is responsible for attending committee meetings and updating students at monthly PHSA general meetings.
- General Council
The General School Council meets three times annually. Meetings are a source of information about academics, operations, student life and other issues relevant to the day-to-day activities of the School. The student representative(s) of the General Council is responsible for attending council meetings and updating students at monthly PHSA general meetings.
Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) Representative
The role of the IHPME Representative is to act as a liaison between the DLSPH’s PHSA and the IHPME’s student council to coordinate events and initiatives, to ultimately connect students in the respective faculties. As a DLSPH student, the IHPME representative is expected to update the PHSA at monthly meetings with regard to opportunities on how to collaborate with the IHPME.
The PhD Subcommittee may be composed of existing General Council members and/or any Doctoral students who are passionate about advocating for PhD students at DLSPH. Their role will be to engage PhD students with the PHSA and voice any concerns of the Doctoral student body at General meetings. The PhD Subcommittee may also plan events and work closely with PHSA Executive to ensure that all PHSA initiatives maintain engagement with PhD students.
International Student Representative
The role of the International Student Rep is to act as a liaison between international students registered at DLSPH and the PHSA. The International Student Rep will work closely with PHSA Executive to ensure that all PHSA initiatives maintain engagement with international students. The International Student Rep will also attend International Student Caucus meetings to learn about academic and social opportunities for international students school-wide.
Program Stream Representatives
Program Stream Representatives are the student ambassadors for their cohort. They are responsible for attending monthly general PHSA meetings, coordinating their program-specific Town Halls, promoting PHSA events, organizing social events, and acting as the liaison to the PHSA for their cohort.
- MPH Nutrition and Dietetics Year 1
- MPH Nutrition and Dietetics Year 2
- MPH Epidemiology Year 1
- MPH Epidemiology Year 2
- MPH Social and Behavioural Sciences (Health Promotion) Year 1
- MPH Social and Behavioural Sciences (Health Promotion) Year 2
- MPH Occupational and Environmental Health Year 1
- MPH Occupational and Environmental Health Year 2
- MPH/MScCH Family and Community Medicine
- MSc Biostatistics
- MHSc Bioethics
- MScCH Addictions and Mental Health
- MScCH Health Practitioner Teacher Education
- MScCH Occupational Health Care
- MScCH Wound Prevention and Care
- PhD Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
- PhD Biostatistics
- PhD Epidemiology
- PhD Occupational and Environmental Health
- Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency
The PHSA holds open meetings on a monthly basis. All students at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health are encouraged to get involved in the PHSA. In addition to the executive positions, the PHSA also relies on student volunteers to sit on committees, attend meetings and participate in organizing events. We’re often looking for students to fill these positions, so contact us if you’d like to join. The formation of new committees is encouraged as students needs and interests evolve and students come up with new ideas.
The PHSA represents student interests on a variety of committees and task forces at both the departmental and faculty levels as well as serving as an information conduit regarding student-related issues. PHSA student representatives attend the respective committee meetings as well as PHSA meetings to keep students informed of departmental activities and developments and to ensure that student perspectives and interests are represented within the school.