Student Organizations

There are a multitude of ways to engage in global and community health issues via on-campus student groups.  Also, if you have an update to your student organization’s details below or you wish to add your organization to our website, we want to hear from you! Please email Heather Gardner at

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is a student-led, national association that exists to cultivate, inspire, and inform medical students.

Aspiring Physician Assistant Association (APAA)

Committed to educating Pre-PA students about their future health profession by organizing activities and providing mentorship support.

CAPS Peer Education Program

Who is the CAPS Peer Education Program? The CAPS PEP is a group of undergraduate students dedicated to increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues and treatment, with a primary focus on facilitating educational workshops and outreach to the UCSC student community. 

Colleges Against Cancer at UCSC

Colleges Against Cancer plans community events to spread cancer awareness and fundraise money for non-profit cancer organizations like the American Cancer Society.

Planned Parenthood: Generation Action UCSC

Planned Parenthood Generation Action Network is a network of young organizers and activists across the country who organize events on their campuses and in their communities to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom; in addition to raising public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educating young people about sexual health, and creating lasting change in those communities.

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC!)

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)! SHAC advises the UCSC Student Health Center and advocates for UCSC students on student health insurance for the UC system, UC SHIP.

The Student Housing Coalition

A student-led coalition working to advocate on issues surrounding the housing crisis.

Emergency Medical Slugs

The first organization at UCSC with a focus on emergency medicine and pre-hospital care.

Pre-dental Society at UCSC

The Pre-Dental Society at University of California, Santa Cruz was founded in Fall of 2007. We are focused on providing our members with the resources necessary to become competitive dental school applicants.

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines – UCSC Chapter

Students fighting to ensure access and affordability to life-saving medicines developed on their campuses

Last modified: Dec 13, 2022