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Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health

Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health (MSAPH) is a student organization with the UIC School of Public Health. The purpose of MSAPH is to strengthen the underrepresented student graduate experience by providing opportunities to build supportive networks and social bonding within the UIC community. MSAPH builds these networks through its meetings, events, and activities that focus on academic support, professional growth, peer networking, and community service.

Visit us at 134 SPHPI.

Follow MSAPH's Instagram page @msaphatuic

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Minority Students for the Advancement of Public Health has adopted the motto “Lifting As We Climb.” The motto represents out dedication to building a supportive system for students as we embark on our careers in public health. Graduate school can be an extremely demanding endeavor. There will be challenges to overcome on your path to success.

MSAPH exists so that you do not have to make your journey alone. We are committed to providing you with the tools that are critical to helping you achieve academic and professional success. If you need support for personal, academic, or professional reasons, we encourage you to contact any member of the executive board, or the MSAPH adviser. Most importantly, remember that you can succeed in graduate school. None of us would have been accepted if we did not possess the skills needed for success in graduate school and beyond.

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Introduction to MSAPH team members

President – Ramses Baez Tejeda

  • I am a 1st year MPH Candidate. My career interest is Diabetes in Hispanic communities.

Vice President – Running Election 2024

Treasurer – Running Election 2024

Executive Secretary – Running Election 2024

Pen Pal Chair – Camila Flores

  • I am currently a first-year MHA student interested in ultimately improving patient care outcomes for underrepresented communities in hospital settings.

Events and Marketing Chair – Running Election 2024

Pen Pal Committee Member – Jasmine Cross

  • Hello, I am a first year MPH Candidate in the Community Health Sciences division with an interest in public health project management. My focus includes community health and maternal and child health.

Pen Pal Committee Member – Kishori Raj

  • I am a first year MPH Community Health Sciences student and I hope to work with individuals and families grappling with substance abuse.

Organization Advisor – Angela Hunt (

  • Program Coordinator

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  • To provide an atmosphere

    that will assist underrepresented graduate students in achieving academic and professional success.

  • To act as a strong voice

    for the underrepresented graduate community by actively dealing with issues that affect the growth and success of MSAPH members.

  • To represent MSAPH

    in a manner that will command respect admiration from fellow graduate students, administrators, and professors.

  • To work with the School of Public Health administration

    in recognizing and addressing the needs of MSAPH members.

  • To provide positive role models

    for students involving area professionals.

  • To provide leadership opportunities

    for students that will help them develop the skills and work habits needed to enhance their future professional growth.

  • To emphasize the importance of contributing to the community

    by encouraging students to volunteer their time with various organizations, and become more politically active in issues pertaining to out communities.

  • To assist students in identifying employment and financial assistance

    through postings, job fairs and networking events.