Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the University of Maryland School of Public Health has moved to adjusted virtual hours of 8:30-4:30 pm and will operate under a telework model. This means all offices will be closed to in-person visitors/traffic. 

The following primary and secondary points of contact (PoC) are provided to respond to inquiries, requests, and needs of Student Engagement via email. Please do not email the secondary point of contact until you have given the primary point of contact time to respond. We ask that you allow some flexibility in response time as we move through this adjusted format.


PoC Primary

PoC Secondary


Erin Caporellie



Undergraduates Teaching Assistants - UTEAM 

Cynthia Kershaw


Brian Glickman 


Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals - STEP

Tia Cunningham 



Alumni Network Mentorship Program 

Tia Cunningham 


Alyssa Brooks


SPH Student Organizations 

Tia Cunningham 



Career Advising 

Lauren Meier 


Tomi Okanlawon


Undergraduate Affairs

Coke Farmer cfarmer@umd.edu

General STEP Questions


Get Connected, Get Active, Get Involved!

When asking successful alumni what educational opportunities they found most valuable from their experience as an undergraduate student, they often say it was the connections they made with their peers or professors outside of the traditional classroom setting.  

Getting involved and building relationships are the best ways to make the most of your college experience!

Here are just a few ways to become engaged in student life within the School of Public Health!

STEP Program: Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals

Students Transitioning into Effective Professionals

For many, transitioning from "college life" to the professional workforce is an incredible and rewarding experience. Getting a new job and earning a recurring paycheck is something that almost every college student is looking towards. Yet after graduation, "professional life" comes with its own set of new challenges and experiences. Everything from dealing with ambiguity to resolving workplace conflicts to managing a professional schedule can be overwhelming especially when doing it for the first time in a new entry-level job. 

The STEP Program is a professional training program designed to help students gain practical knowledge and develop essential skills to succeed in the "world of work". Although the STEP program is open to all students in the School of Public Health, the program primarily serves under-served minority, first-semester (transfer or freshman), and/or first-generation college students. Through a series of workforce training workshops, students will enhance their competencies in communication, leadership and cultural intelligence in a professional environment. This semester-long experience ends with students developing with their own Individualized Strategic Plan for workforce development (Note: the capstone project is during the months of January and June). The STEP program allows students to embrace a supportive community and develop a professional network while in an active and engaging learning environment. 

WATCH the STEP Program featured on "FB Live with Dean Lushniak and Kelly Sherman '21"

Apply to be part of the STEP Program apply here! 

For more information about the STEP program visit our page. 
**Please Note: Participants must be a current undergraduate student within the School of Public Health in order to participate.**

UTEAM: Undergraduate Teaching & Education Assistants and Mentors

What is the UTEAM Program?

The Undergraduate Teaching & Education Assistants and Mentors (UTEAM) Program facilitates peer educational support in the School of Public Health through coursework and hands-on experiences. Working closely with faculty and graduate assistants, UTEAM members are an asset to the SPH learning community. This program is open to undergraduate students in the School of Public Health at the College Park Campus.

UTEAM Program Requirements

The UTEAM Program is a combination of experiences designed to provide:

1) Foundational knowledge to successfully support peer education

SPHL-333 is a one-credit course designed to teach foundational skills for guided peer learning. This is closed-course and requires UTEAM Program approval to enroll.  

The course has three essential objectives:

  • Understanding the learning process
  • Applying knowledge to support peer education   
  • Developing personal and professional skills 

2) In-class, hands-on experiences within your major

SPHL-399 is a self-study course facilitated by SPH faculty.  This course is a closed course and requires approval to enroll. 

UTEAM members will have varying roles and responsibilities based on the needs of the courses they support including: 

  • Facilitating in-class discussions 
  • Facilitating discussion and review sessions 
  • Holding office hours

UTEAM Application Process (Please Click Here for a Step by Step Checklist)

   1. Discuss course support options with a course faculty member. UTEAM members are required to have completed the course they wish to support with a passing grade and strong understanding of the subject matter.

   2. Submit online application using the link below for approval.

   3. Once approved, complete the contract template including both UTEAM member and faculty member signatures. All requirements must be detailed including tasks, time requirements, and assessment scale. 

 All UTEAM applications are pending final grades for current semester. 

Links and Resources for UTEAM Applications

Contract Instructions and Template (PDF)

Link to Application

Student Organizations 

Bringing Poetry Down to Earth (BPDE)

The BPDE mission is to provide a hybridized (both creating and presenting) poetry group to students within the School of Public Health. Our down to earth atmosphere allows students to share their passions and interests in an educational environment that embraces diverse poetry styles. We aspire to collaborate and educate our fellow students to become better Public Health Professionals through understanding alternative styles of self-expression and communication.  Through this vision, we strive towards the betterment of ourselves and our local community through education, skill development, and service.

Club enABLE

Club enABLE is a group of University of Maryland students aiming to support and interact with the developmental disabilities community in and around the College Park area.

Family Science Undergraduate Honors Program 

The Department's Honors Program offers academically talented students a more advanced and challenging educational experience related to the study of families. The program provides opportunities for involvement in a scholarly independent study, intensive interaction with faculty, and examination of a range of family topics in greater depth than is possible in the normal program of study.

Family Science Student Advisory Committee

The Department Chair in Family Science meets several times a semester with numerous undergraduate Family Science majors who serve on this committee. Student committee members provide the Chair with feedback about their personal experiences in the department, addressing such topics as advising, courses, internships, research opportunities, department seminars, preparation for graduate school, and career assistance.

Global Public Health Scholars

Global Public Health crosses physical and academic boundaries to explore the connections between health, culture, economic development, and environmental sustainability around the world while advocating for the wellbeing of all communities. Global Public Health offers students interested in allied medical fields, public and community health, and the social sciences opportunities to explore the linkages between their primary field of study and global health.



The UMD School of Public Health is the only public health school with its own sports team, Gymkana! Gymkana currently serves as an outreach program with the aim to promote healthy, drug-free living through its gymnastic and acrobatic performances and programs. 


Healthy Futures Program 

The mission of the Healthy Futures program is to reduce childhood obesity, particularly among low-income young children and their families in Prince George's County. HFP aims to increase the receipt of prenatal and postpartum healthcare, as well as social services, among low-income women and their young children through partnerships and collaborations with public and private entities.


Kinesiology Honors Program 

The Department of Kinesiology Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to engage in challenging educational experiences related to the study of human movement, sport, and exercise. Students with strong intellectual interests and the ability to pursue those interests at a high level are eligible for this program. It is the goal of the Honors Program to nurture these students and encourage them to pursue their interests in a range of intellectual topics. The Honors Program in the Department of Kinesiology is primarily designed for junior and senior level students to encourage them to engage in scholarly independent study and discussions.


Kinesiology Student Organization (KSO) 

The Kinesiology Student Organization's goal is to help kinesiology students succeed in school and beyond, and to enhance the sense of community within the Department of Kinesiology. Members will both help plan and attend Knes-related social events, community service events, and career development events (e.g. speakers, workshops) to learn more about their field and build stronger relationships with each other, faculty, and alumni. New members are always welcome!


Maryland Council on Family Relations 

MCFR, the University of Maryland affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations, focuses on issues that are relevant to families. MCFR provides a forum for students and professionals in the fields of family research, therapy, education, health, and policy to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships. MCFR establishes professional standards and works to promote family well-being. MCFR is dedicated to improving the quality of family while embracing the cultural diversity at the University of Maryland and in a wider context.

Phi Alpha Epsilon (PAE) 

PAE is a local honorary society committed to the mission of public health.  We aim to connect like-minded, high achieving students, and to provide members with stimulating speakers, discussions, and other group events to better prepare them to enter the professional world of public health.


Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U) 

Phi U is a national honor society in the family and consumer science field known for traditions of promoting academic excellence, leadership skills, service opportunities, and ethical and scholastic excellence. Members are committed to lifelong learning and the advancement of family science. With over 95,000 members throughout the nation students and alumni benefit from professional networking, leadership development opportunities, and scholarships and awards. 


Pre-Physical Therapy Association

The Pre-Physical Therapy Association is designed to prepare students for entrance into a professional curriculum for Physical Therapy at institutions that offer professional advanced degrees, such as masters or doctoral degrees. Our goal is to be an effective organization that guides its members to become competitive candidates for PT school. We prepare our members by organizing meetings regarding GREs, PT school applications, resumes, community service, different paths in the PT field, plus much more.


Public Health Without Borders (PHWB)

The overall mission of the organization is to reduce health disparities around the world and increase awareness about good health practices while exposing undergraduate and graduate students to opportunities for responsible global development work through faculty-mentored international trips.


Students Engaged in Public Health (SEIPH) 

Are you looking for a way to connect with your fellow public health-minded students? Do want to serve the community? Volunteer? Be the change? Then Students Engaged in Public Health (SEIPH) is for you! SEIPH is the student organization of the Public Health Science program. Our mission is to “connect, lead, serve and network.” If you have a passion to make some noise about a public health issue, SEIPH is the place to do it. We have chapters at both the Shady Grove and College Park campus.


The Vent Room 

The Vent Room is a safe place for SPH students to gather together to focus on personal empowerment, self-motivation, and mental and emotional health. Our focus is to encourage one another so that we can make the world a better place. By dreaming BIG and working together we can achieve our wildest dreams and pay it forward by helping the next generation of young leaders. SPH Students will have a safe space to share their stories, connect with each other, spread love, happiness, and support to underprivileged children in Prince George’s County.

Want to start your own SPH Student Group?

Student Groups are a way to allow the exchange of ideas, interests, and passions. To be an official SPH Student Group, each cohort much poses the following criteria. To start one is as easy as 1,2,3:
     1. Student Groups must have regularly scheduled meetings through the semester
     2. All activities and content must be correlated to a topic in the field of Public Health
     3. Contact Tia M. Cunningham at tanksley@umd.edu.

Student Engagement Team                        

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Tia M. Cunningham

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Cynthia Kershaw

Program Manager, Student  Engagement and S.T.E.P. Program
Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Programs
Email: tanksley@umd.edu | Phone: 301-405-4397
Email: ckershaw@umd.edu | Phone: 301-405-9503