New Club at St. Mary’s on Public Health

A new club at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) known as the St. Mary’s  Public Health club, was officially approved on Nov. 19 at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. The purpose of this club is to engage students in the field of public health and introduce them to the importance of public health careers in the future.

Public Health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, public health officers and directors try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. They also promote and encourage healthy behaviors.

The St. Mary’s Public Health club will feature weekly meetings to discuss current public health outbreaks, illnesses, and news worldwide. The club aims to discuss proactive solutions for global threats and aims to promote the wellbeing of students in the St. Mary’s community. For example, students may get together to discuss the impact of their drinking water on campus, the temperature of their buildings or the food they are eating at the Great Room. 

Public Health is something that impacts people’s lives often without them noticing. The club believes that it is important to introduce students to the idea of being cognizant of the many decisions that go into ensuring the safety and good health of the public. The club serves as an informative tool to educate students about proper health safety and also as a platform for students to speak about issues and concerns they have about the campus. The club also aims to hold a relationship with the local health department so that it can go to events to become educated and potentially get students involved with internships with the St. Mary’s County Health Department.

Outside of SMCM , the club will attend Public Health talks, events, and discussions in and around Maryland to understand how government bureaucracies work throughout the federal, state, and local operations. 

There will be meetings at least twice a month at a given date, time and place. The schedule of the meetings should be made to match the convenience of the members, with a minimum of two meetings a month.
For more information on the club, contact Nick Williams at njwilliams@smcm.edu, Robbie Hamilton, rnhamilton@smcm.edu or Emily Murphy at emmurphy@smcm.edu.

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