Kinesiology Student Organization (KSO)

This organization's goal is to help Kinesiology students succeed in school and beyond, and to enhance the sense of community within the Kinesiology department. Members will both help plan and attend Kinesiology-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!

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Some Upcoming Events:

  • Socials like pick up soccer games and a "Queso for K-SO" cheese party for kines majors
  • MCAT information session
  • Guest Speaker Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities with KEEN, Blood Drives in SPH, and more
  • Relay For Life
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Fun Spring Event for Local Children
  • Fundraisers
  • Study Groups
  • Much More!!

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Pre-Physical Therapy Association (PPTA)

The Pre-Physical Therapy Association is a student organization that is directed towards students who are seeking a career or are interested in physical therapy. This organization is designed to prepare students for entrance into a professional curriculum for Physical Therapy at institutions that offer professional advanced 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.

Phi Alpha Epsilon (PAE)

Phi Alpha Epsilon (PAE) is a local honorary society open to undergraduate and graduate students in Family Studies, Health, Kinesiology, & Physical Education.The organization was founded in the fall of 1952 by students and faculty of the college that would recognize academic achievement and promote professional development. Members make a commitment to provide service to the college, university, and community.

Students are invited to join PAE after they have achieved junior standing and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a minimum of 24 credits at UMD.

School of Public Health

To view additional infomation about all of the student groups hosted within the School of Public Health, or information about creating a new student group, please visit the Student Engagement page.


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.


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 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. 


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.