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Student Organizations, Honor Societies and Honor Programs

A number of student opportunities exist for building community within and outside of the School of Public Health. In addition to the SPH student organizations listed below, you may find other student opportunities via TerpLink.

Student Organizations

Honor Societies

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health to promote the graduate study of public health, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the new field. Currently, Delta Omega has more than 100 chapters at CEPH-accredited schools, with a total of more than 20,000 members nationwide. Joining the organization allows for professional growth through leadership development opportunities, networking, and discounted resources (CPH study guides and APHA membership fees). Learn more on the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society: Gamma Zeta Chapter page.

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. 

Eligibility and Membership Requirements

  • A major within the School of Public Health
  • At least junior standing (at least 60 credits)
  • At least 24 credits must be from UMD
  • 3.5 GPA or higher

Organization Officers

  • Erin Murphy, president
  • Crystal Nwachuku, vice president
  • Aaron Yitzhaky, treasurer
  • Jaycee Hart, secretary

For more information or to reach one of the officers contact or Caitlin Minch, staff advisor. 

Phi Upsilon Omicron Group Photo at the University of Maryland

Phi Upsilon Omicron (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 a lifelong learning and 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.

For more information visit the national Phi Upsilon Omicron website or contact Amira Walton, president at

Eta Sigma Gamma is the only National Professional Honorary in Health Education. Since being revitalized in 2017, the Epsilon Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) has proudly excelled in the ares of service, academics, and membership growth. Through our philanthropy and social activities, members find lifetime friendships and valuable connections for the future. Learn more on the Department of  Behavioral and Community Health undergraduate student resources page. 


Honors Programs

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Honors program offers undergraduates the opportunity to engage in challenging educational experiences related to the social and behavioral aspects of public health.  Rising juniors with strong academic records and significant interest in intellectual pursuits are invited to apply for this opportunity to partake in independent, mentored, scholarly work. Learn more on the Department of Behavioral and Community Health undergraduate student resources page. 

The Department of Family Science'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 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. Learn more on the Department of Family Science undergraduate student resources page. 

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. Learn more on the Department of Kinesiology undergraduate student resources page.