Nineteen Georgia State University School of Public Health students have been inducted into the 2022 Class of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health for their outstanding academic achievements.
In addition, Sarah McCool, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Programs, was inducted as a faculty member. Amber Schmidtke, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Saint Mary and author of the COVID Digest, received an honorary induction.
“On behalf of the entire Gamma Upsilon Executive Committee, I congratulate all of this year’s inductees on their achievement and induction into the Delta Omega Honorary Society,” said Fitumai Madrid (MPH ’14), Staff Training and Development Coordinator for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments. “Their hard work and dedication to the field of public health has not gone unnoticed, and we wish them more success in the future. We look forward to connecting with them at one of our upcoming chapter events.”
McCool completed a USAID Research and Development Fellowship in Indonesia and consulted for a Fortune 50 company on methods for reducing tuberculosis incidence among garment factory workers in South Asia. She supported a USAID-funded child protection project in Haiti and was previously the executive director of a Haiti-based NGO that provides primary care to the rural southwest population. She continues to work on projects to improve the health and well-being of women, infants and children globally, and currently is evaluating a traditional birth attendant training program in Niger and working with birthing centers in low-and-middle income countries on accreditation to ensure high-quality care and service provision.
Schmidtke rose to acclaim as a science communicator during the COVID-19 pandemic, able to effectively translate complex public health data in ways that were meaningful for the general public through a widely read newsletter and podcast. Her work has been featured on the CBS Evening News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
The complete list of 2022 inductees and their degree programs and concentrations are:
- Allegra Yeley, MPH, Environmental Health
- Alyssa Bartlett, MPH, Biostatistics
- Amber Schmidtke, Honorary
- Amy Schnall, DrPH, Public Health
- Ashley O'Neill, MPH, Environmental Epidemiology
- Ayeesha Sayyad, MPH, Health Promotion and Behavior
- Cailee Hill, MPH, Environmental Health
- Camille Piccione, MPH, Health Promotion and Behavior
- Catherine Brailer, MPH, Health Management and Policy Concentration Competencies
- Jade Matthews, MPH, Health Promotion and Behavior
- Jaspreet Dhillon, MPH, Health Promotion and Behavior
- Jennifer Jeon, MPH, Environmental Health
- Jia Wang, MPH, Biostatistics
- Kelly Murray, MPH, Health Promotion and Behavior
- Kristy Hayes, DrPH, Public Health
- Linh Dinh, PHD, Environmental Epidemiology
- Luke Payton, MPH, Epidemiology
- Reese Tierney, MPH, Epidemiology
- Robert Nelson, PHD, Epidemiology
- Sarah McCool, Faculty
- Yu Wang, PHD, Epidemiology
The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University to promote the study of public health, which at the time was a relatively new field. The Gamma Upsilon Chapter at the School of Public Health at Georgia State was established in 2014 to recognize its students and public health professionals who are dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of all people. The chapter now includes more than 70 members. The chapter inducts no more than 10 percent of the school’s current graduating student body annually, and all student inductees must be in the upper 25 percent of their class.
To learn more visit, https://publichealth.gsu.edu/academics-student-life/student-clubs-honors/
Story by Jordyn Irons