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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 more than 80 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 or visit the Delta Omega web page at 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

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.

2016 Chapter Activities

The 2016 annual meeting of the Mu Chapter will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Public Health Research Center. Information will be emailed or mailed to members. Contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at 803-777-5031 if you are a member of the Mu Chapter and did not receive this year's call for nominations and dinner innvitation.

2015 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 6, 2015.

The ceremony's guest speaker was Jay Hamm, the 2015 recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal. Dr. Alan Montgomery also spoke on behalf of Heather Shaw Bonilha, the 2015 recipient of the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award.


Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Mu Chapter Inductees!

New Members

2015 New Inductees


James Carson
Melinda Forthofer

Graduating Students

Samuel O. Antwi
Caroline D. Bergeron
Gina M. Besenyi
Charity B. Breneman
Todd M. Everson
Chelsea L. Lynes
Joyce Addelynn Middleton
Mital J. Patel
Azza A. Shoaibi
Kara M. Whitaker


Aba D. Essuon
Sarah H. Kershner
Marya L. Shegog
Marylou B. Stinson
Fred K. Tabung
Samuel D. Towne, Jr.
Lisa T. Wigfall

Special recognition also goes to co-authors Marsha Samson and Tushar Trivedi who were selected as the Mu Chapter nominee for the American Public Health Association Poster Competition. 

2015-2016 Executive Officers

Michael Crowley, President

Tina Marie Devlin, Past-President

LaShaun Owens, President-Elect

Jim Hussey, Treasurer

Linda Hazlett, National Delegate

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