Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate students in public health. The Society was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. There are currently 70 chapters throughout the world. The national office is located at the Association of Schools of Public Health in Washington, D.C.. Any questions concerning Delta Omega can be sent to the Executive Secretary, Allison Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Delta Omega web page at www.deltaomega.org. For information about the Mu Chapter at the Arnold School of Public Health, contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at (803) 777-5031 or email@example.com.
The constitution and by-laws were adopted in 1927, and have been amended occasionally since then. The National Council, composed of elected officers and representatives of each chapter, meets annually. The annual meeting includes a scientific, and a business program. It is usually held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
Each chapter conducts the principle Delta Omega activities. The chapters elect new members each year from three groups: students who are candidates for a graduate degree in public health, faculty members at the school of public health, and alumni actively engaged in public health work.
Election from all three groups is based on outstanding performance -- scholarship in students, teaching and research in faculty, and community service in alumni.
Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended, not only to recognize merit, but also to encourage further excellence in and devotion to public health work.
Since Delta Omega's establishment in 1924, the meaning and scope of public health has broadened tremendously. While it is still seriously concerned with problems of environmental sanitation and communicable disease control, public health action has come to embrace all aspects of health and disease in populations. These include the planning, organization, and support of health promotion, disease prevention, and medical care. Basic to modern public health are the social sciences as well as the natural sciences--both in the United States and internationally.
Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to quality in the field of public health and to protection and advancement of the health of all people.
Faculty members of Delta Omega currently employed by the Arnold School of Public Health may nominate other faculty and graduating students for membership. All current Delta Omega members may nominate alumni for Delta Omega membership. Nominations and inductions are held each Spring.
2013 Chapter Activities
The annual meeting of the Mu Chapter will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Public Health Research Center. Call for nomination letters have been emailed or mailed to members.
Dr. Barry Smyth of Dublin, Ireland, an internationally recognized leader in technology development, was the featured guest speaker for the 2013 Delta Omega Lecture held on Friday, February 22nd.
2012 Chapter Activities and Induction of New Members
The annual meeting of the Mu Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society was held at the Public Health Research Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
The ceremony's guest speakers were Dr. Corinne Metlzer Graffunder, the 2012 recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Medal and a Delta Omega member, and Jonathan W. Donley, the 2012 recipient of the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award and also a new Delta Omega inductee.
The Mu Chapter recognized Frances E. Ashe-Goins as a new alumni inductee. Ms. Ashe-Goins presented the address at the 2012 Hooding Ceremony on May 3rd.
In conjunction with Delta Omega activities, the Arnold School held its annual Delta Omega Society Lecture on March 16, 2012. Dr. Ana Diez Roux of the University of Michigan School of Public Health was the guest speaker. The title of the lecture was "Transcending Impasses in Population Health Research: Can Complex Systems Help?".
Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Mu Chapter Inductees!
Gregory A. Hand
Frances E. Ashe-Goins
Jonathan W. Donley
Keri L. Norris
Jorge Armando Banda
Jennifer L. Crowe
Brook Erin Harmon
Melissa Lorena Jensen
Elana R. Navon
Candace Nicole Porter
Sarah Cutler Schumacher
John C. Sieverdes
Tatiana Y. Warren
Leah Renee Williams
Special recognition also goes to Winston Abara who was selected as the Mu Chapter nominee for the American Public Health Association Poster Competition.
2012-2013 Executive Officers
Lucy Annang, President
Suzanne Sanders, Past-President
Holly Harring, President-Elect
Jim Hussey, Treasurer
Michael Byrd, National Delegate