Undergraduate Public Health Organization

Who are we?

The University of Iowa Undergraduate Public Health Organization (UPHO) aims to build a social community among public health majors and other students with an interest in public health. We participate in service activities in the local community, provide extracurricular professional development activities, and act as a liaison between undergraduate public health students and College of Public Health administrators.

Who can join?

Although many members are public health majors or receiving their public health certificate, UPHO is open to any University of Iowa undergraduate student with a passion for public health!

What do we do?

From an end of year spring formal (with a catered dinner) to ‘pot a plant’ events, UPHO hosts a wide range of fun social activities to provide students with a break from the academic setting. We strive to help students become more connected within the College of Public Health with events like professor panels and study sessions. We also help our members get to know local public health teams by taking group field trips to organizations such as the State Hygienic Lab and Johnson County Emergency Management.

Another aspect of our organization is our commitment to giving back through service events with the goal of contributing to improved health in our area. Examples of past UPHO service events have included making sexual health kits for Johnson County Public Health, outdoor clean up parties around campus for Earth Day, and crafting blankets for patients at University of Iowa Health Care in the No One Dies Alone Program and Palliative Care Unit.

Fall 2022 Meetings

  • September 22 at 5:00 pm
  • October 13 at 5:00 pm
  • October 27 at 5:00 pm
  • November 17 at 5:00 pm

*Meeting locations TBD but will likely be held at the College of Public Health building, details about additional meetings or changes will be sent out via email and GroupMe*

Contact Us

Email us at cph-upho@uiowa.edu, follow us on our UPHO Instagram and join our GroupMe!

UPHO 2022 Executive Board

Emma Bernick, Co-President

Public Health B.A. | Gender, Health & Health Care Equity Minor | Spanish Minor | Class of 2023


Margaret Huang, Co-President

Public Health B.S. | Chemistry Minor | Spanish Minor | Pre-Medicine Track | Class of 2024


Emma Andreasen, Marketing Coordinator

Public Health B.A. | Environmental Policy & Planning Minor | Class of 2024


Montala Carruthers, Events Coordinator

Public Health B.A. | Criminology, Law & Justice Minor | Resilience & Trauma-Informed Perspectives Certificate | Class of 2024


Mackenzie Pattridge, Operations Coordinator

Public Health B.S. | Pre-Physician Assistant Track | Class of 2023