Health-Related Student Organizations

See also Clinical Experiences: Local Opportunities and Community Service for additional student organization listings.

The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is the largest national organization specifically dedicated to helping physician scientists in their training. The Princeton Chapter of APSA was founded to become a hub for all Princeton students interested in becoming physician scientists or pursuing MD/PhDs. We seek to improve opportunities for mentorship, community building, and support. Throughout the year, we invite physician scientists and current MD/PhD students to speak on campus. We also send several students each year to the National APSA Conference in Chicago, where physician scientists from across the nation speak about their research and own career paths.

The Black Pre-Medical Society of Princeton University seeks to empower the Black pre-medical community to tackle the unique issues that face underrepresented students in medicine, cultivate long-lasting connections between Black pre-med students, address community health challenges affecting the Black community, and provide the necessary support and resources catered to the specific needs of Black students as they ascend to medical school.

President: Angelika Morris '21, Eden Efrem '21
Contact: blkmed@princeton.edu

Established in 1997, the Princeton Journal of Bioethics is the oldest undergraduate journal of bioethics in the world. The primary goal of the Journal is to provide undergraduates an arena for the discussion of current issues in bioethics including genetic engineering, reproductive rights, stem cell research, and euthanasia. The Journal serves as a resource for students and professors of bioethics, as well as a representation of undergraduate work in bioethics. Working with a Technical Review Board of leaders in education, medicine, science, and ethics, the Journal strives to provide material of the highest quality. The Journal's readership extends throughout the globe, and it is distributed at national bioethics conferences and associated committees.

The Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) is a program created by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to offer guidance and support to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  SNMA is an organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities.  Through various initiatives, SNMA aims to increase the degree of diversity in the medical profession by promoting levels of minority student recruitment, admissions, and retention in schools training healthcare professionals.  These efforts will work to improve the number of “clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians” (SNMA.org).  SNMA members work with MAPS chapters at nearby undergraduate institutions to advise them about the medical school application process, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), and to serve as mentors to undergraduate students to help them successfully matriculate into medical school.  The MAPS chapter at Princeton organizes fundraising activities to benefit health-related causes, publishes newsletters with advice for minority pre-health students, hosts study halls during exam periods, and much more! Everyone is welcome to join, so please feel free to stop by any MAPS meeting or event. 

President: Marisela Neff '20
Vice Presidents: Joanne Lee '21
Treasurer and Publicity Chair: Nikita Nangia '20
Secretary: Andrew Wu '21
Event Chair for Campus Outreach: Emily Cheng '21
Event Chair for Volunteering: Janet You '21
Academics Chair: Joonho Jo '21

Princeton Disabilities Awareness (PDA) plans two carnivals, one in the fall and one in the spring, every year for kids with disabilities and their siblings. Student volunteers are matched up with a buddy for the day. Additionally, we organize a conference for parents in the fall.

Officers: Kennedy Casey '21
Contact: pda@princeton.edu

Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) The goal of the Princeton Pre-Dental Association (PPDA) is to create a small, intimate community to encourage pre-dents to support one another to become better pre-dental students and share their enthusiasm and interest in dental careers with one another and underclassmen. PPDA plans on having DAT prep sessions and study breaks that encourage manual dexterity. Additionally, they plan to invite distinguished speakers and to organize dental volunteer opportunities.

Princeton Premedical Society (PPMS) The mission of the Princeton Premedical Society is to foster a sense of community among Princeton's aspiring health professionals - undergraduate students with diverse academic interests and a wide range of social and extracurricular experiences.

This student-run, independent Society emphasizes cooperative learning and helps to connect its students with each other, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and alumni who are engaged in medical education and the practice of healthcare or medical research. Activities of the Society typically include providing peer advising, as well as supporting relevant events or trips, determined by members' interests and availability. 

Co-Presidents: Ebun Olunuga '20, Camille Moeckel '20

Princeton Pre-Veterinary Society provides students interested in pursuing careers in the veterinary field with resources, support, and information regarding the veterinary school application process, possible career paths, and other opportunities.

President: Vienna Lunking '20

The Prince­ton Pub­lic Health Review (PPHR) is a student-run publication designed to showcase the outstanding global health research performed by Princeton University undergraduates and to provide a forum for any health-related discussions. All our content is written in-house. When something like a bacterial meningitis outbreak happens on-campus, PPHR will be there to not only break down the health consequences for the student body, but also to analyze whether the University and the State is doing their job to curb the outbreak. Our new goal is to editorialize on relevant local, national, and international events. This upcoming semester, our content is going to focus on taking a stand on a variety of public health issues.

Princeton Tiger Nutrition Initiative (PTNI) is a student organization that partners with the Latin American Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a grassroots nonprofit organization committed to serving the low-income Latino immigrant communities of the Mercer County region. PTNI is committed to facilitating the Latin American community’s access to health care and education. Specifically, our team provides educational materials regarding health and nutrition for both adults and children. We also make  regular donations of fresh produce to the community.

Co-Presidents: Debby Cheng '20, Asia Kaiser '21

Princeton Varsity Athlete Pre-Medicine Society (PVAPS): A supportive community aiming to bring athletes together who are premed, provide resources that may be hard to access outside of HPA office hours, and connect premed athletes with student athlete alumni now in medicine.

Co-Presidents: Shaelyn Choi '20, Elaine Zhou '20Myriam Lin '20
Contact: pvaps@princeton.edu

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office is a victim-centered, confidential resource on campus for the Princeton University community. SHARE provides crisis response, support, advocacy, information, and referral services to those who are dealing with incidents of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. SHARE also collaborates with other Campus Life, Princeton University, and community partners to develop, institute, and evaluate prevention and education programs in order to enhance safety, strengthen the campus climate and prevent all forms of sexual misconduct in our community. 

The Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) is a student-run organization committed to promoting health and wellness at Princeton.  SHAB members serve as official liaisons between the student body and University Health Services (UHS) to ensure the quality of healthcare provided on campus and to help design a variety of health promotion projects.

Members are expected to use strong communication and teamwork skills to design and implement projects of their interest from start to finish.  In addition to working closely with administration and healthcare providers, many SHAB members also serve on and look to engage other campus groups, such as the Healthier Princeton Advisory Board, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Peer Health Advisors.  SHAB has weekly meetings, though individual project groups typically meet more frequently.  New members are selected from freshmen, sophomores, and graduate students in the late fall through a competitive application and interview process.