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The Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society

Dornsife School of Public Health is home to the Beta Omega Chapter of Delta Omega, the Honor Society in Public Health.

Delta Omega was founded in 2010 at the Dornsife University School of Public Health (DSPH) to promote excellence and to recognize accomplishments in scholarship and research. A National Executive Council, consisting of elected officers and delegates from the local chapters, administers the affairs of Delta Omega.

This page provides information on student membership, alumni membership, and faculty membership.

Each year, the Chapter can induct:

  • Students: 20 percent of the graduating class
  • Alumni: Not to exceed half of that allowed for its student inductions for that year
  • Faculty: Up to 5 members or 3 percent of the full-time faculty, whichever is less

To view the list of Delta Omega Beta Omega Chapter members, please refer to the National Membership List.

If you have further questions, please contact Phi Nguyen, Assistant Dean of Student & Alumni Affairs.

Student Membership

Student membership in the Delta Omega National Honor Society is awarded to those graduating students who have achieved the highest grades in their class and who reflect a commitment to excellence in the application and synthesis of public health principles as well as to the protection and improvement of population and community health.

They shall be chosen based on their scholarly attainments and connection to the honorary character of the Society, and approved by a current Delta Omega faculty member. The chapter is authorized to induct up to 20 percent of the graduating student body.

All student inductees must be in the top 25 percent of their class academically. The chapter sends a letter to students informing them that they are eligible for membership and students are encouraged to nominate themselves. This invitation is sent annually in April only to eligible students. Criteria for selection will include the student’s academic achievement and contributions to public health to date, and the potential for advancing public health ideals.

Does it cost money for students to be inducted into Delta Omega?

No, Dornsife will pay for your induction fees.

What are the benefits of membership?

You will be a member of a nationally recognized public health honor society. Dornsife’s chapter is currently identifying opportunities to host events, activities, and other networking opportunities. Other Delta Omega chapters also offer opportunities for networking and engagement. The Delta Omega Beta Omega Chapter selects Dornsife students, faculty, and alumni for membership each year.

Alumni Membership

Alumni can either self-nominate or be nominated by current faculty or staff at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The Delta Omega Beta Omega Chapter Alumni Nomination Committee reviews all nominations and selects alumni whose work in the practice of public health would serve as a model for future graduates of the School.

Alumni nominations to the Beta Omega Chapter may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are assessed in April of that same academic year. Please note that for the Academic Year 2019-2020 any nominations submitted after April 19, 2020, will be considered for the next academic year nominating cycle (i.e., AY 2020-2021).

Alumni membership into Delta Omega recognizes the contributions and achievements of alumni who have had distinguished careers in public health as outstanding representatives in the field of public health.

Delta Omega inductees are recognized annually at the Dean's Reception at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (APHA). Nominations can be submitted throughout the academic year.

Required materials for nomination:

  • Completed Delta Omega Alumni Nomination form via Qualtrics
  • A brief paragraph (200 words or less) explaining why the alum should be nominated for Delta Omega. Please explain at least one way this person made a contribution and/or has achieved an important accomplishment in the field of public health.

Evaluation criteria for recent alumni:

A successful candidate for induction into the Delta Omega Honor Society should:

  • Have completed a Dornsife educational program and received an academic degree offered by DSPH
  • Have made significant contributions throughout their career in any of the following categories: leadership, practice, teaching, research, community or to DSPH
  • Have attained recognition and respect for their accomplishments

Delta Omega Alumni Nomination Form

Faculty Membership

Eligible faculty members shall be full-time faculty; adjunct faculty may not be appointed as faculty members. Members of the faculty shall be selected by a nominating committee of at least three members appointed by the chapter president.

This selection committee will give particular attention to outstanding contributions to public health scholarship, teaching, and/or practice through a careful review of the curricula vitae.

The total number of faculty members elected in any one year may not exceed 3 percent of the full-time faculty (a minimum of 1 is allowed each year).

Delta Omega Annual Student Poster Session

Delta Omega hosts an Annual Student Poster Session at the annual APHA meeting. All students are eligible to submit an abstract, regardless of year, program, or GPA.

The DSPH chapter will review all submitted student abstracts based on the national competition criteria. The top ranked abstracts will be submitted by our chapter to compete at the national level. We can submit up to two abstracts from graduate students and one abstract from an undergraduate student, to be considered for the national competition.

Students whose work is selected by the National Delta Omega Honor Society will receive a $350 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to present their work during the APHA Annual Meeting. 

Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and will be evaluated based on the national competition. Please use a structured abstract including Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Additionally, students must provide a statement briefly describing their specific role in the research project (250 words max.) The top-ranked abstracts will be selected by faculty members on our local review committee and submitted to the National Delta Omega Society for the national competition.

If you have questions, please contact Phi Nguyen, Assistant Dean of Student & Alumni Affairs.

Past student poster award winners

Binod Acharya, MS '19
Rennie Joshi, MPH '18, current PhD student

Danielle Waite, MPH '18