Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate and undergraduate students in public
health. The Society was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public
There are more than 100 chapters throughout the world. The national office is located
at the Association of Schools an Programs of Public Health in Washington, D.C. Any
questions concerning Delta Omega can be sent to 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 Mu Chapter directly at 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 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 outstanding work in the practice of
public health 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
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.
Winners of the Delta Omega Fellowship
The Delta Omega Fellowship was established in 2008, and 2020 marks the first year
of awarding funds to current students. Annually, the Mu Chapter awards two $750 fellowships
(one to a current undergraduate student and one to a current graduate student). This
fellowship fund is to support worthy students currently enrolled in the Arnold School
of Public Health who demonstrate merit based on academic or research ability or show
dedication to public health through service activities.
Jennifer Mandelbaum is a fourth-year PhD student in Health Promotion, Education, and
Behavior, where her research centers on health disparities and social determinants
of noncommunicable diseases. At the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control,
she works on two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants addressing diabetes
and heart disease prevention and management in medically underserved counties. As
a Junior Scholar at the SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, her research examines
the implementation of primary care recommendations for childhood obesity prevention.
This work was awarded first prize at the 2018 Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture and
the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Student Oral Session Award at the
2018 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Jennifer’s research has been
published in journals including Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Nutrition
Education and Behavior. Jennifer is also actively involved in service, having served
as co-president of UofSC’s chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and
president of the Graduate Student Association. Outside of UofSC, she is the Scientific
Sessions Chair for the American Public Health Association Student Assembly and the
Mentorship and Training Coordinator for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Student
Special Interest Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public health and sociology
from Brandeis University and an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health.
My name is Anna Rule and I am a Junior Public Health Bachelor of Science Major. I
am from Summerfield, North Carolina and am one of four children. After I graduate
from USC, I hope to go to Dental School where I can follow my dream of becoming a
dentist. After my recent dental mission trip to Peru, I hope to not only serve individuals
in the United States, but in other countries too. Ever since I was little, one of
my biggest role models has been my pediatric dentist Dr. Scott Cashion. One day I
hope to impact people’s lives as much as Dr. Cashion has!
2020-2021 New Members
See below for a list of our 2020-2021 new members or visit our inductees page to learn more about them.
Jiajia Zhang Peiyin Hung Jennifer O'Neill Nabil Natafgi
Ryan Leighton Gabriel Benavidez Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir Chowdhury Allie Silverman Chloe Rodriguez Ramos Brianna Ashford-Carroll Hannah Vickery Hildehardo Viado Amanda Elmore Shelly-Ann Williams Dakarai Melinda Lengel O'Leary Alexa Tavares Gabriella Reynolds Alicia Oostdyk Adam Ereth Tina Leonard
Chloe Cobb Donald Baker McKenzi Norris Bethany Hamm
Students Nominated to Submit on Behalf of the Mu Chapter to Delta Omega Poster Session
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Annually, each chapter of Delta Omega can nominate two graduate students and one undergraduate
students to submit abstracts to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual
Meeting Delta Omega Student Poster Session. The APHA annual meeting will be held October
24-27, 2021 virtually and in Denver, CO. Past winners can be found: https://deltaomega.org/student-poster-sessions/
To be eligible for participation in the Delta Omega Student Poster Session, students
do not have to be Delta Omega members, but must have been enrolled as a student in
the 2020-2021 academic year in order to participate. They must have participated sufficiently
in the work to take responsibility for the content of the abstract and be willing
to provide any relevant data upon request. The student or submitter must certify that
the student has contributed substantially to: (1) the conception and design or analysis
and interpretation of data and (2) the drafting and final approval of the submitted
The Delta Omega Mu Chapter Executive Board review and score abstracts based on the
following criteria: (1) evidence of student work; (2) clarity; (3) relevance to public
health; (4) potential impact; (5) novelty (e.g. originality, innovation); (6) use
of sound methodology.
Sabah Bhamani (Title: Association between Anxiety and Diet in College Students: Potential Mediation
by Gut Microbiome)
Allie Silverman (Title: Creation of an Inpatient Addiction Consult Service: Lessons Learned from
Prisma Health Richland) Kankana Sengupta (Title: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Relation to Cigarette Smoking and E-Cigarette
Vaping among U.S. High School Students)
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