Public Health Discussions (PHD) is a student-led public health advocacy group at the University of Oklahoma.

Our Mission

Our mission is two-fold. We strive to create awareness about pertinent local public health issues, especially those that are relevant on a university campus.

We also work towards creating solutions to public health challenges in our communities, with a group of consultants that conduct thorough research and implement interventions on the University of Oklahoma campus and in it’s surrounding communities.

How We Work

Public Health Discussions recruits consultants every fall and spring and, with their input, develop solutions. We have developed a 3 phase approach that includes time for research and implementation of a public health intervention. Typically, research includes a mixture of student surveys, literature reviews and interviews.

At the end of the project, a final report is published, recording the research done and the outcomes of our interventions. 

We have had a diverse array of different interventions. Past examples have included:

  • Presenting survey results to local public health authorities
  • Hosting community events to raise awareness about pertinent health issues
  • Inviting experts to speak on campus
  • A concerted campus-wide awareness campaign
  • Developing an educational model for freshman orientation

Interested in working with PHD? Email us at to get started!

PHD’s COVID-19 Response

The current coronavirus pandemic has become a major public health crisis in the United States, including our local communities in Oklahoma. During this time of transition to alternate means of education and communication, PHD is doing what it can to advocate for students, as well as spread awareness about the resources available to them.

PHD has published a variety of different COVID-19 related flyers that have been circulated on social media to dismiss myths and misconceptions about the virus, as well as encouraging healthy practices. We have also started working on a project to fully understand the needs of OU students and communicate those needs to those who need to hear it.

Learn more about our COVID-19 Response here