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Delta Omega

About Delta Omega

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University in order to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Since then, Delta Omega has expanded to more than 100 chapters and more than 20,000 members.

Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field of public health, as well as to the protection and advancement to the health of all people.

Each chapter manages the induction of new members. The University of Missouri is the Gamma Eta chapter.

Gamma Eta chapter

The Gamma Eta chapter, established at MU in 2011, seeks to enhance connections between public health research and practice and to foster relationships among public health scholars, alumni, researchers and practitioners and those in related scientific and social disciplines. In addition, the chapter will encourage students’ involvement in public health practice, research and service.

View the Gamma Eta Chapter Bylaws

Benefits

Induction into Gamma Eta is one method by which Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health majors may graduate with honors and is the only method by which MPH students may graduate with honors.

The Delta Omega National Office offers leadership development and publication opportunities, networking opportunities, and discounted resources.

Eligibility

Current and past students in the Department of Public Health (full time, part time, in person or online) will be invited to apply if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Public Health Students: only up to 20% of the graduating class will be inducted each year.
    • Intends to pursue a career in public health
    • Minimum of 90 credit hours completed
    • Upper 25% of program academically (determined by GPA)
  • First year MPH students: only one first year student will be inducted each year. This student will serve as President-Elect until May, and will continue on as President the following school year.
    • Intends to pursue a career in public health
    • Minimum of 9 credit hours completed, maximum of 17 credit hours completed
    • 4.0 GPA in MPH courses
    • Must be able to attend all planning and official meetings of Gamma Eta (in-person or via teleconferencing). Time commitment averages 5 hours a semester.
  • Second year students: only up to 20% of the graduating class will be inducted each year.
    • Intends to pursue a career in public health
    • Minimum of 18 credit hours completed
    • 4.0 GPA in MPH courses
  • Alumni: approximately 5 alumni will be inducted each year.
    • Intends to pursue a career in public health
    • Completed MU MPH program
  • Other: one faculty and one honorary member will be chosen each year by the Executive Board.

Invitations to apply will be sent to eligible students via email in January. Eligible students will be asked to submit their current resume and a brief (max. 500 words) written statement describing their future goals as a public health practitioner. Students’ resumes and personal statements will be reviewed for public health-related community service and research activities. Final selections are made by mid-February.

If you are selected, you will be required to pay a one-time $50 lifetime membership fee. This fee covers the cost of your certificate as well as benefits offered by the National Office. Members can also purchase a graduation stole or membership pin.

Contact

Faculty Advisor: Jenna Wintemberg, PhD, MPH, CHES

Executive Board Members

  • Faculty Advisor, Jenna Wintemberg
  • Member-at-Large, Laura Remy
  • President, Sean Pirrone
  • President-Elect

Affiliated Groups