Department of Public Health Sciences

Eta Sigma Gamma

Eta Sigma Gamma is the national professional honorary organization for Health Science/Health Education. The principal purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma is to elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally trained individuals in the Health Education discipline.


The objective of Eta Sigma Gamma is to further the professional competence and dedication of the individual members in and for the Health Education discipline and the promotion of this discipline by stimulating scientific research; facilitating communication and discussion between individuals, agencies, and governmental jurisdictions through the exchange of practices and philosophies; motivating and recognizing service and academic achievement; developing methods, materials, and programs; and raising professional standards and ethics.

Individual students may be considered for membership after having completed two or more semesters of college work leading toward a degree in Health Science. In addition to the above requirements for membership, each candidate must earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 grade point system) to be eligible for election into the chapter.

For more information about Eta Sigma Gamma please contact Sarah Griffin, Faculty Advisor.

The History of the Gamma Chi Chapter of ETA Sigma Gamma

In November 1996, the National Executive Committee of Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG), the National Professional Health Education Honorary, granted formal approval of the DPHS petition for the establishment of a chapter of ESG. On January 21, 1997, national ESG representatives presided at the initiation ceremonies to create the Gamma Chi chapter at Clemson University Eta Sigma Gamma was established nationally in 1967 to further the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the health education profession. The Greek letters Eta, Sigma, Gamma were chosen to represent the Greek equivalent of the letters H,S,C, the abbreviation for the term health sciences. Today there are 95 collegiate chapters of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Health Science majors must qualify for membership with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 60 or more accumulated credit hours.

Each year, ESG members at Clemson University have served the local community through volunteering in programs and agencies- including clothing drives, cancer fund-raising, teen pregnancy prevention, senior center activities and working in a free public health clinic. Each month, members also hear presentations for DPHS graduates and others working in the health field about their careers. Dr. Sarah Griffin serves as the faculty sponsor for Clemson's Gamma Chi Chapter.