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Delta Omega Society

Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate students in public health. The Society was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health.

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 deltaomega@aspph.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 deltaomg@mailbox.sc.edu or contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at 803-777-5031 or sphstsrv@mailbox.sc.edu.

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 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.


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

Jennifer Mandelbaum

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.

Anna Rule

Anna Rule

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!

 

2019-2020 New Members

See below for a list of our 2019-2020 new members or visit our inductees page to learn more about them.

Faculty

Matthew Lohman
Melissa S. Nolan
Shan Qiao

Alumni

Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen

Graduate Students

Shy’Davia Baxley
Chelsea Anne Carpenter
Margaret Carson
Katherine DeVivo
Rebecca M. Hirschhorn
Alison Huckaby
Emily E. Loud
Amir Mehrabi
Adam M. Moore
Jenesha Nance
Melissa L. Stansbury
Erin M. Van Meter

Undergraduate Students

Megan Elizabeth Austin
Victoria Batchelor
Anna Claire Book
Sarah Rose Bradley
Grace Elizabeth Carroll
Jordan M. Hammond
Sydney James
Margaret Kindsvater
Abbey Marzen
Aisha Noor
Elizabeth Susan Orban
Sherry L. Price
Brittany Nicole Redmond
Kyle Stegmann
Brennan Sweatt
Rachael Anne Woody

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. This year, the APHA annual meeting will be held October 24-28, 2020 virtually. 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 and must have been enrolled as a student in the 2019-2020 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 abstract.

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.

Undergraduate student

Sabah Bhamani (Title: Association between Anxiety and Diet in College Students: Potential Mediation by Gut Microbiome)

Graduate students

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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