What is Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG)?
ESG is the national professional health education honorary founded on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, on August 14, 1967. The Alpha Lambda Chapter at the University of Florida was founded in 1978 under the leadership of Dr. Barbara Rienzo.
At the University of Florida, the ESG chapter is Alpha Lambda. The mission of the Alpha Lambda chapter is to promote the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence and ethics of professionally prepared students in Health Education. Members of ESG uphold the ideals of teaching, research, service, and advocacy, both individually and collectively. The Alpha Lambda Chapter is an award-winning chapter and received the Chapter Excellence Award five times during the past 10 years, and four years consecutively (2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019). This is the highest award a chapter can receive and recognizes a year of chapter achievement.
Benefits of Membership
ESG provides unique professional and leadership opportunities for Health Education and Behavior majors. Students have the opportunity to gain experience as a health educator during their studies, while giving back to the campus and Gainesville communities. ESG members are afforded the opportunity to gain experience in health education/health promotion while developing connections and networking skills that will prepare them for future careers in the health field.
The Alpha Lambda chapter collectively earned more than 1300 hours of service through health education/health promotion events and activities with the UF and Gainesville communities on several topics: sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, nutrition and fitness, body image, sleep, safety, and many more.
All UF Health Education & Behavior majors are eligible to join the ESG Alpha Lambda Chapter. HEB Majors must complete a membership application and contribute membership dues. The requirements for membership are detailed below and non‐negotiable. Membership dues will not be refunded if any of the below listed requirements are not met during, or by the end of the academic year.
How do I join?
New and returning members contribute $40 annually to defray local chapter expenses. The membership dues also include an official membership t-shirt designed for our local chapter. The ESG Membership Application should be submitted to FLG-11, or to an executive board member at a chapter meeting.
General Body Meetings
General Body Meetings (GBM) are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7pm (ET), in FLG‐210. Any students residing in Gainesville, Florida is strongly encouraged to attend meetings in‐person. Students residing outside of Gainesville, Florida will have access to meetings via Zoom. To sign‐up for Zoom, please visit
https://video.ufl.edu/conferencing/zoom/. This video conferencing service available to all UF students.
ESG Alpha Lambda Chapter @ UF eLearning
All information related to the ESG Alpha Lambda Chapter will be house in UF eLearning. The Alpha Lambda Chapter will host its own eLearning shell (similar to a course shell). Students will be enrolled upon receiving a completed membership application and paying membership dues. To login in to UF eLearning visit https://elearning.ufl.edu/.
National Chapter Induction
Alpha Lambda members also have the opportunity to join the Eta Sigma Gamma National Chapter. Interested members must meet participation minimums for the Alpha Lambda chapter, as well as have a 2.7 HSC coursework GPA. National Chapter membership cost $50 annually, and applications are due by March 1. Approved Alpha Lambda members will be formally inducted into the National Chapter at the end of the spring semester each year.
Executive officers are nominated and elected each spring. The positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, public relations, and historian. All executive officers must be on campus for the entire academic school year.
2018-2019 ESG Executive Board: