Student Life

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Society (EBOSS)

EBOSS is the representative body of the students enrolled in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. Throughout the year, EBOSS organizes or co-organizes several departmental social and academic-related events enrich the graduate student experience and the EBOH community. These activities include:

  • Holiday Party
  • Research Day
  • Career Day (bi-annual)
  • Spring Banquet
  • Teaching Awards
  • Workshops
  • Social Events

EBOSS Representation

EBOSS council conducts elections every year for 3 executive and 16 general council positions. A detailed description of the responsibilities of each position can be found on the EBOSS website. In addition, EBOSS always welcomes Members-at-Large to help run its many activities!

Council meetings are held once a month. For more information about EBOSS, its membership or its activities, visit our website!

Post-Graduate Student’s Society (PGSS) and Thomson House

3650 McTavish 

PGSS is run by graduate students for graduate students. It advocates for graduate student interests at all levels of university government and runs many programs to improve graduate student life at McGill.  PGSS organizes parties, activities, and fun courses so graduate students can meet each other and build friendships. It offers a health plan, has scholarship information, and creates a handbook/agenda every year. PGSS sends out a weekly listserv with news, deadline reminders and information on activities. Sign up by emailing services.pgss [at]

PGSS is run by a council made up of graduate student representatives from each department (we have three representatives). There are five elected executives (President, VP Finance, VP Internal, VP External, VP Academic) who are responsible for different portfolios. Executive members put forth proposals at the monthly council meetings, where councillors have the opportunity to modify, approve or reject those proposals.  

PGSS has lots of opportunities to get involved and gain new skills. PGSS needs graduate student representatives on many different committees, covering many different interests within PGSS and within the university community. Committees range from the Equity Committee, the Health Sciences Library, the environment, to Special Projects. Get involved! Committees are usually assigned during the council meetings in September. It’s a great way to build your CV and make a difference in our community!

Thomson House is graduate student central.  It has a bar, a great restaurant, a snooker table, free internet access, cable TV, and games and magazines you can borrow.  The PGSS offices are housed in Thomson House, and all classes, activities and parties are held there.

Look for these upcoming events on the PGSS website

• Welcome Week (usually the second week in September)
• Pub Nights every Friday night (they serve great pizzas on Fridays)
• Halloween Costume Party
• Softball League (May - August)

Small Group Teaching

The teaching of Epidemiology to small groups of undergraduate medical students is an activity in which students are encouraged to participate. This occurs over the winter semester every year. Although it is not paid, it is an excellent way to hone communications skills. Please contact christel.renoux [at] (subject: Epidemiology%20Small%20Group%20tutoring) (Dr. Christel Renoux) to volunteer.


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