Dean Boris Lushniak with Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk

Dean Boris Lushniak with Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, the 2019 honorary inductee for the Gamma Zeta chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

May 15, 2019

In 2019, the University of Maryland School of Public Health inducted 35 members into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Inductees included students, faculty, alumni and this year's honorary inductee, Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 21. Peña-Melnyk is a strong public health advocate and friend of the School of Public Health. Among her service to the school, she sits on the board the Herschel S. Horowitz Center Advisory Board. Among her many legislative contributions, she has championed better access to health care for all Marylanders and sponsored and co-sponsored many bills over the past ten legislative sessions in support of LGBT issues.

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health and currently has more than 100 chapters at CEPH-accredited schools, with a total of more than 20,000 members nationwide. The mission of the society is to encourage and recognize excellence in practice, research, education and academic achievement in the field of public health.

Joining the organization allows for professional growth through leadership development opportunities, networking, and discounted resources (CPH study guides and APHA membership fees).

The UMD School of Public Health’s chapter, Gamma Zeta, was established in 2011 to honor our distinguished students, alumni, faculty and honorary members.

View the 2019 SPH Delta Omega Induction Ceremony and Awards Reception program »

We are proud to welcome the following 2019 inductees:

Student Inductees

Oluwasanmi Oladapo Adenaiye, MPH (Applied Environmental Health)
Andrew Anderson, PhD (Health Services Administration)
Angelica Barrall, MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Maria Bowman, MPH (Behavioral and Community Health)
Dane De Silva, PhD (Family Science)
Laura Drew, PhD (Family Science)
Dina Huang, PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Suriya Karim, MPH, HPAE (Health Services Administration)
Anthony Kondracki, PhD (Family Science)
Dalia Malov, BS (PHSC)
Melanie Mease, MPH (Health Services Administration)
LaRen Morton, BS (Family Science)
Emily Ogunbo, MPH, HLEQ (Health Services Administration)
Lilianna Phan, PhD (Behavioral and Community Health)
Cynthia Rojas, MPH (Health Services Administration)
Steve Sheridan, MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Neha Trivedi, PhD (Behavioral and Community Health)
Pamela Vega, MHA (Health Services Administration)
Randi Williams, PhD (Behavioral and Community Health)
Shuling Wu, PhD (Kinesiology)

Faculty Inductees

Elizabeth Aparicio, PhD (Behavioral and Community Health)
Negin Fouladi, PhD, MPH (Health Services Administration)
Joanne Klossner, PhD (Kinesiology)  
Mona Mittal, PhD (Family Science)
Jing Zhang, PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

Alumni Inductees

Abigail Bickford, PhD ’18 (Behavioral and Community Health)
Julia Chen, PhD ’18 (Behavioral and Community Health)
Darya (Dasha) Dokshina, MPH ’18 (Applied Environmental Health)
Lilit Hakobyan, MPH ’18 (Health Services Administration)
Bridget Higginbotham, MPH '18 (Behavioral and Community Health)
Lew Lyon, PhD ’95 (Kinesiology)
Jessica Nahmias, BS ’17 (Kinesiology)
Rebecca Patterson, MPH ’18 (Applied Environmental Health)
M. DeLois Strum, MS ’77 (Family Science)

Honorary Inductee

Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk, Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 21. She is an active partner of the school of public health and serves on the board the Herschel S. Horowitz Center Advisory Board.

For more information about Delta Omega, please visit the National Chapter’s website at www.deltaomega.org.

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