JHU Student Pre-Health Organizations
As a university highly respected for its prehealth programs, there are a number of active and influential pre-health student organizations on campus. Each group has a distinct mission and unique philosophy for better preparing students for a career in medicine described below. If you are interested in obtaining membership information, please contact the group(s) via email.
General Student Organizations Lists
The following lists present links and information about all student organizations at Johns Hopkins.
Below are specific health-related organizations who have submitted information to the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising. If your organization does not appear, update our office!>
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) is an international honor society for pre-medical students and the largest pre-med organization in the United States. AED is also the world's largest honor society exclusively serving pre-medical education, with a membership exceeding 124,000 in 174 chapters. AED at Johns Hopkins is involved in a number of activities in addition to its being a portal for members and other premeds to receive guidance and assistance through the medical school preparation process. Some of these activities include medically-related community service events, mentoring underclassmen students, tutoring for premedical classes, and a lecture series each semester that brings prominent names in the medical profession to speak to undergraduates.
Lamda Epsilon Mu
Lamda Epsilon Mu, the Latino Pre-Health Honor Society, has been established to empower and inspire pre-health students to address and solve the health care disparities affecting the under-privileged Latino population. The Latino Pre-Health Honor Society serves to break the barriers hindering students from becoming great medical doctors by providing the needed assistance to make them more qualified candidates for medical school. You do not have to be Latino in order to be eligible for the honor society. If you have any questions, please email:
JHU International Service Learning
JHU ISL is a chapter of ISL, an International Educational NGO that enlists educational and medical volunteer teams to under-served populations in Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa. Our chapter strives to provide hands-on medical opportunities for our Hopkins students and link our valuable experiences from abroad to serving our own local communities here in Baltimore.
SALUD is also the name of a Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus Initiative for Hispanic/Latino Health. The purpose of our organization is to alleviate the cultural and linguistic barriers that many Hispanics/Latinos in Baltimore encounter when seeking medical care. To this end, Programa SALUD targets two populations: First, the Hispanic/Latino community through health fairs, health education presentations, and community outreach, and Second, their healthcare providers through cultural competency training and interpretation services. SALUD is composed of volunteers consisting of undergraduate, graduate, public health, and medical students. We work with a number of partner institutions throughout Baltimore to achieve our goals of health promotion and cultural competency education. For more information about this organization visit their on campus web site at http://www.jhu.edu/SALUD. For more information regarding student membership in the JHU chapter, send an email to SALUD@jhu.edu.
Project HEALTH (Help Empower, Advocate, and Lead Through Health) is a student-run organization that aims to break the link between poverty and poor health. With sites in New York, Boston, Providence, Chicago, and now Baltimore, Project HEALTH mobilizes college students to provide sustained public health interventions in partnership with urban medical centers, universities, and community organizations. The Johns Hopkins chapter of Project HEALTH began this past September at the Harriet Lane Clinic of Johns Hopkins Childrens Center at the medical campus, and since then the program has expanded to six different sites across Baltimore, including government-affiliated clinics, substance abuse centers, and a site catering to primarily Spanish-speakers. Students work at a Family Help Desk where they help patients gain access to information about housing, health insurance, education, utilities assistance, and other factors that relate to the well-being of inner-city families.
For more information feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our national website at www.projecthealth.org. If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail .
JHU Chapter for the American Lung Association (ALA)
The JHU Chapter for the ALA was established because more than 35 million Americans are now living with chronic lung disease. The mission of the American Lung Association is to “save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease,” and members of the JHU ALA contribute to this by doing research, educating the public, advocating in the community, and volunteering at events related to pulmonary health. While we work closely with the Maryland chapter for the ALA in matters of community service, we are also independently involved in raising awareness locally about various pulmonary health issues. These include common diseases such as lung cancer, asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis, as well as potential biomedical and political health interventions to alleviate the international problem of decreasing pulmonary health.
Public Health Student Forum
The Public Health Students Forum is the primary academic organization for undergraduate public health majors. The purpose of our organization is educating the student body about public health while also uniting public health majors together with educational and social events. Typical events held during the school year include lectures by prominent public health experts, a Public Health Awareness Week, community-service activities, and open meetings to answer questions about public health and/or the public health major.
Global Public Health Brigades
Global Public Health Brigades is part of an international network of students and professionals that volunteer to design and implement public health solutions that strengthen communities in the developing world. We are currently planning an intersession trip to Honduras to implement these sustainable public health initiatives, which include teaching educational workshops, conducting a community assessment, among other more practical initiatives. Our organization empowers volunteers with the material, know-how, and support to deliver solutions that provide value while preserving local culture and improving the environment. Contact Info:
Hopkins Association for Stroke Awareness (HASA)
HASA is a student-run group that aims to increase the awareness of stroke in both the Hopkins and Baltimore community. We closely collaborate with the American Heart Association Power to End Stroke program by attending local health fairs and hosting free blood pressure screenings at these events. At the JHMI stroke ward, we collaborate with the nurses and doctors to educate stroke patients on the lifestyle changes, medication information, and stroke rehabilitation. On the Homewood campus, we aim to raise awareness by hosting speaker events and educating the student body on the research involved to improve stroke treatments. Meetings are once every two weeks on Sundays, with general meetings alternating with journal clubs. Members are required to fulfill 10 hours of service.
Hopkins Emergency Response Organization (HERO)
HERO provides Basic Life Support Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coverage for the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus and surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. HERO is staffed and run entirely by the students of the university and works closely with JHU security, Student Health and Wellness, and Baltimore City Fire Department. Members of the unit must be certified as American Red Cross Emergency First Responders or Emergency Medcial Technicians. The organization offers a semester-long and intersession First Responder course for students with no prior experience in emergency medical services. For more information, visit the website at www.heru.jhu.edu or email the Operations Lieutenant at email@example.com. For medical assistance, HERO can be reached by calling 911 from any campus phone or by dialing security at 410-516-7777. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project PLASE (People Lacking Adequate Shelter and Employment)
Johns Hopkins University Project PLASE is a student-run service group that works in conjunction with Project PLASE(People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment), a Baltimore-based organization. Volunteers educate, work with, and enrich the lives of the homeless and the working poor as they transition to permanent housing and a fully independent livelihood. We seek to develop a greater student interest in community service, to help students gain a deeper understanding of poverty and its effects on both the community and the individual, and to foster a mutual concern for the Baltimore community between students and Baltimore residents.
Preventative Education & Empowerment for Peers (PEEPS)
Sponsored by CHEW (Center for Health Education & Wellness), PEEPs are part of a peer health education program designed to provide a setting in which students can discuss and explore health issues. PEEPS are trained to present health information for their peers on a variety of topic such as men’s/women’s health, sexual health, nutrition, stress management, and alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
Contact: Barbara Gwinn, Advisor - email@example.com
Hopkins 4K for Cancer
The Hopkins 4K for Cancer is a completely student run, non-profit organization dedicated to uniting communities across the country in the fight against cancer. We have a three-fold mission: spreading awareness, raising funds, and fostering hope. Each summer, the students of Hopkins 4K undertake a 4,000-mile, two month bicycle trek from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. This year, we have pledged $40,000 to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Baltimore www.hopkins4k.org/about/hope_lodge/, a temporary residence for cancer patients and their families. We have also pledged $10,000 specifically to the education and prevention programs at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org/ and $5,000 to the Carolina Panthers' Keep Pounding Foundation www.panthers.com/Fanzone/Default.aspx?id=11066 for cancer research at the Carolinas Medical Center www.fftc.org/donate/panthers.html. By the time we reach San Francisco, we hope to donate many more dollars to other meaningful cancer organizations that inspire us along the way.
Hopkins Undergraduate Research Journal
The Hopkins Undergraduate Research Journal (HURJ) is a completely student-run publication. The most significant portion of its content comes from the research done by any and all undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins. Students have a chance to publish their original research to be read by the entire Hopkins community. The journal also publishes several eclectic articles all related to a general theme which varies each biannual issue. Examples of previous focus areas include Cloning, Aging, Globalization, Bioethics, and American Civics. Finally, the journal incorporates many smaller types of writing to showcase exceptional faculty and students in the Hopkins community. Interested students are encouraged to write for, edit, and/or layout HURJ. Current and previous issues, as well as application information, can be found on the website or though email.
Hopkins Organization for Pre-Health Education (HOPE)
The Hopkins Organization for Pre-Health Education is the Johns Hopkins Chapter of the undergraduate subdivision of the Student National Medical Association. The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness about health disparities that plague underserved communities, serve as a resource of admission and advising of pre-health information, provide community service to the greater Baltimore community, and increase exposure of pre-health students to various fields in the health professions.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of minority medical students. SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
- Eligibility for SNMA scholarships
- Research Forums
- “So you want to be a doctor” Booklet
- Subscription to SNMA journal
- Practice MCAT material
- Hotel discounts nationwide
- SNMA national and regional conferences
- Partnerships with numerous corporations
- Kaplan discounts
- International Health Opportunities
Critical Mass is the service group of the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Public Health Studies Program. We strive to unite undergraduate students with an interest in public health through learning, service, and fellowship. The group was formed out of a collective interest in public health action, focusing on the needs of the community and serving as an outlet for public health majors at Johns Hopkins to engage in creative public health activities. We believe in leadership through collaboration and are always ready for new ideas to inspire us. If you are interested in becoming part of the Critical Mass at Johns Hopkins, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.jhu.edu/criticalmass.
Bioethics Club (a Student Pugwash USA chapter)
The goal of the Bioethics Club is to educate the Johns Hopkins community about social responsibility as pertains to the fields of medicine, science, and technology. Advances in medicine and the biological sciences have led to unprecedented and ethically challenging questions. For example, how do we go about developing guidelines for organ donation, or how can clinical trials for new drugs be fairly regulated? To that end, the Bioethics Club holds a speaker series where professionals are invited to elaborate on the social and ethical implications of current dilemmas they face working in their field. Additionally, lively discussions are held where students can debate hot topic issues on science ethics in a supportive environment. Our goal is to present the facts of the matter from various perspectives, and then allow the student to form his or her own opinions. We work closely with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics to bring our common vision to the Homewood community. Our club members also participate in an annual science policy conference in Washington D.C. where we have the opportunity to interact with like-minded students from other schools. For information on how to get involved, please contact an officer or email email@example.com.
Engineers Without Borders
The mission of Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB-USA) is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students. Founded in 2005 the Johns Hopkins University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders aims to bring students together and use our skills to fulfill the missions described above. They welcome anybody from the Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore community to come and participate. For more information please visit their website at www.ewb.jhu.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Minds @ JHU
Active Minds is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC that develops and supports student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy chapters on college campuses across the country. It's mission is t (1) Increase awareness of mental health issues; (2) Provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness; (3) Encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed; (4) Serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
At JHU, Active Minds has just finished it's first year. Some of our events this past year include AFSP's Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, Break-the-Silence Coffeehouse, and a Screamfest. We are just getting started and have lots of events planned for the upcoming year! For more information contact www.activeminds.org (national site) and visit the Johns Hopkins chapter, or email email@example.com.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
HOSA is a national organization that strives to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The JHU chapter of HOSA was created to provide students with the opportunity to participate in group volunteering events at health-related sites as well as on campus. In the past, we have held food drives for Baltimore area shelters, provided arts and craft sessions at the Children’s House, showed health-related movies on campus, and judged high school health-related competitions. If you are interested in this organization, please visit our website: http://hosa.jhu.edu or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hopkins Kicks Butts (anti-tobacco coalition)
Sponsored by CHEW (Center for Health Education & Wellness), Hopkins Kicks Butts is a student-led coalition which works to support and advocate national, state, local, and university anti-tobacco related policies and activities. Committee members are needed to serve on the coalition.
Colleges Against Cancer
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society through efforts and activities in
- Survivorship – to work with cancer patient services and programs and with cancer survivors,
- Cancer Education – to spread awareness of cancers and methods of prevention and early detection
- Advocacy - to influence policymaking which especially affects cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, and
- Relay For Life - an annual fundraising event which benefits patient services and programs, education and prevention efforts, research, and advocacy efforts.
CAC is always looking for new members to support its programs and activities. The Relay For Life of JHU Committee seeks committee chair applications at the beginning of every Fall semester and welcomes event volunteers. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.jhu.edu/relay.
National Student Partnerships
National Student Partnerships (NSP) is a Center for Social Concern (CSC) group that is part of a national student-run non-profit that links low-income Americans in need with the resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency. NSP operates a drop-in resource center in Baltimore staffed by student volunteers that provide immediate research and problem-solving services to help underserved individuals secure employment, health care, housing, and public benefits. NSP volunteers are trained to work one-on-one with clients to provide intensive on-site and referral services, thereby connecting individuals to the full range of personal, civic, health, social, and business opportunities available to them. For more information, email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.nspnet.org
Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE)
SHARE at the Johns Hopkins Hospital is a volunteer organization of health professionals, students and community members who retrieve, package, and ship operating room supplies which can no longer be used domestically to hospitals and clinics in the developing world. In addition to providing international medical relief, SHARE benefits the hospital by reducing its solid medical waste. SHARE's mission is to improve the quality of life for members of marginalized populations in medically underserved areas through the provision of otherwise unattainable medical and surgical supplies in combination with coordinated efforts to eliminate the pervasive health disparities that derive from poverty and intense political discrimination. Many items from a surgical procedure that have not been used such as gloves, sutures, and gowns are usually discarded. Legal and regulatory rules prohibit redistributing and reusing these supplies within the hospital. However, the same materials that would be regarded as waste in US operating rooms could be used in developing countries that are in need of such materials. As part of SHARE’s mission, we wish to identify medical missions that JHU students and professionals have traveled with and compile a database of websites, contact information, and publish it onto the website to help future volunteers. If you have participated in any medical missions, we would love to know about your experiences and other information about the program you have volunteered with. To help compile a list of missions, please fill out the attached form and e-mail it to.
Sponsored by CHEW (Center for Health Education and Wellness), Stressbusters provide free five minute back-rubs to other students and other events or meetings to promote relaxation. Look for them every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the library on Q-level. You can also become a stressbuster: the requirements are stress free and the training is for life!
Names and emails of the Officers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
The purpose of the Biomedical Engineering Society is to promote awareness of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization. The Johns Hopkins University chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is a student run chapter of the national BMES organization. Our purpose and goal is to increase awareness within the academic community about current events in the biomedical engineering (BME) world. BMES is an organization that caters not only towards those in the BME community, but also to those interested in this ever-changing field. As the local chapter of BMES, we work to inform and publicize exciting developments as they emerge. In order to accomplish this goal we will hold a series of events and meetings. These events currently include: graduate and medical school information sessions, publishing articles on biotech opportunities for students, guest speakers, social events and a spring picnic, all of which previously welcomed more than 150-200 students and faculty members. We hold information sessions where pre-med advisors, graduate school professors, and peers speak out to the students about the academic, personal and social issues involved in becoming a professional in their area of interest. Aside from listening, it is also very important for students to speak with and meet other students in similar positions. In the spring we sponsor a spring picnic where students can come mingle and ask questions about classes, professors, or any problems in general. By attending these events, our organization is certain that the entire Hopkins community will benefit in some way and be better prepared for their future."
BMES E-mail: email@example.com
BMES Website: www.jhu.edu/bmes