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The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is the student led organization and student governing body at the UIC School of Public Health. PHSA’s roles are to act as a liaison between students and faculty, promote career development through networking events, promote student involvement in the school community, and represent the needs of students of the School of Public Health.

All enrolled students of the UIC School of Public Health are members of PHSA. Students are encouraged to volunteer and participate in all events. The PHSA Administration will be having all-student General meetings. Please watch the SPH listserv and the PHSA Blackboard site for details.


Our mission is to serve the students of the UIC School of Public Health. In order to fulfill our mission we plan:

  • To be a voice for the student body
  • To be a bridge between the administration and the students
  • To promote public health initiatives
  • To support students in their pursuit of academic excellence
  • To create a friendly environment that fosters social interactions between students, faculty and staff



The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is a non dues-paying membership organization. All students of the School of Public Health are considered active PHSA members. We encourage students to actively engage in monthly meetings and all SPH events.


Membership in PHSA provides a number of benefits for students in all divisions and degree levels. As the governing body for the School of Public Health, PHSA represents the voices of students. Student involvement in PHSA is crucial to the continued success of the School and includes the following benefits:

  • A democratic forum to express opinions, suggestions, and concerns with the Administration of SPH.
  • Access to other students and mentors within the school for networking opportunities.
  • Invitations to receptions for speakers and presenters at special events.
  • Ability to impact SPH academics and student affairs.
  • Opportunity to run and hold office.



The PHSA has a variety of events planned for this academic year. Please check the SPH events calendar for updated event information and be on the lookout for emails about events and meetings throughout the year.


Please feel free to contact any executive board member via email, and we would love to meet you face-to-face at one of our meetings and events!


President: Angel Griffin

Angel Griffin (she/hers) is a 2nd year Community Health Sciences student with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health at UIC SPH, where she also serves as student council President. Her acadmic background includes receiving her Bachelor's of Science degree in Public Health from Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) and studying abroad in Paris, France learning about the similarities and differences of the French and American health care systems. After finishing her MPH, Angel will be pursuing her professional degree to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). Her academic interests include maternal health, preconception health and education, prenatal health and education, and postpartum health. Outside of UIC, Angel works as a birth doula and as a small group leader at her local church. Her interests include writing, playing video games, and practicing her harp, whose name is Gabrielle.

Vice-President:  Jade Lopez

Jade Lopez (she/her) is completing her second year of a biostatistics Masters in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where she serves as Vice President. Her background includes a Bachelor’s of Science from University of California at Davis in Neurology, Biology and Behavior, secondary science education with the United States Peace Corps in Mozambique, HIV/AIDS health education with the API Wellness Center in San Francisco, programs and development in rural India, and two plus wonderful years at YTH, a nonprofit working at the intersection of youth, technology and health, in visual and digital health communications in Oakland, CA. Most recently, as part of her Masters program, she had the opportunity to work at the UCSF Bixby Center as a data analyst. In addition to her coursework, she is currently working for UIC Campus Recreation as a spin instructor. Her professional interests tend towards working in conjunction with communities to manage their health, specifically around technology, data science and privacy and security. When not at school or work, you can find her sketching at the Art Institute, eating around her neighborhood in Pilsen, and exploring Midwestern forest preserves and state parks.

Treasurer: Sinan Almukhtar 

Sinan Almukhtar (he/his) is completing his second year of Epidemiology Masters in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where he serves as treasurer. He also serves on different committees like Committee on Academic Progress (CAP) and Committee on Research (COR) at UIC. He has MD degree in his background with residency training. When not at school or work, you can find him camping, backpacking around the world or learning new languages.


Secretary:  Deisi Renee Williamson

Deisi Williamson She/Hers is completing her first year of her MPH at UIC's SPH. She is in the Community health Science division with a focus in Maternal and Child Health. She completed her undergaduate degree from DePaul University in Neuroscience in June of 2018. A born and rasied Chicagoan, she hopes to make an impact in her city by focusing on ensuring that prenatal care and education is accessable to underprivlaged communities in Chicago, and ensuring that post partum women recieve the adequate care they deserve. This past summer Deisi had the privlage of going to Ghana on a medical brigade for two weeks working in small community clincs alongside doctors.

APHA Liaison: Muhammad Saif Ullah

Muhammad Saif Ullah (he/him/his -, who goes by “Saif” (SAFE), is a second-year Masters in Public Health candidate at UIC SPH, concentrating in Community Health Sciences (yet with a generalist approach). He serves the SPH student body as the American Public Health Association (APHA) Liaison, while also serving as the UIC Campus Liaison in the APHA Student Assembly. A former Rush University medical student, his professional interests include health education, program planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, disability health, mental health, chronic disease, and infectious disease. Outside of SPH, he is involved in the “Lighthouse Initiative,” a health programming endeavor which brings together UIC, Rush, and community organization Chicago Lighthouse, and also helps organize Friday Prayers at Rush University. Born and raised in Pakistan/Saudi Arabia, he came to Chicago with his parents in 2006, after which he completed high school and subsequently his undergraduate studies in Biology at Loyola University. He greatly enjoys Islamic Studies and Spirituality, swimming, ping pong, and spending time with family and friends.

Undergraduate Representative: Bolytife Dosunmu

Bolytife Dosunmu (she/hers) is completing her junior year of her bachelors degree in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was born in Newyork and raised in Nigeria, she hopes to bring change to her environment and the world by eliminating as many disparities as possible. She plans to focus on global health in her graduate program alongside attending law school. Her long term goal is to become a public health lawyer fighting for the less privileged. Her academic interests can be summarized to be global health and policy. When not at school, you can find her in certain organizations that aim to serve the community like, food pantries, you could also find her in collaboration with other like minded individuals trying to come up with ways to improve her immediate community.

PHSA Office (1st Floor)
1603 W Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612


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