The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University. There are now more than 70 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The University of Minnesota’s Pi Chapter was founded in 1985 and has more than 800 members.
Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. Members are inducted to each chapter by a selective process that considers their outstanding performance and devotion to the field.
Delta Omega | Pi Chapter Membership (Founded in 1985)
The University of Minnesota Pi Chapter is led by chapter president William Toscano and chapter secretary Traci Toomey.
National Induction Guidelines
Students: Chapters may induct up to 10 percent of the graduating student body. All student inductees must be in the upper 25 percent in class standing and must have demonstrated real or potential qualities of leadership in public health.
Faculty: Chapters may induct 3 percent of the full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty may not be appointed as faculty members. Faculty will be selected based on outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and the quality of publications.
Alumni: Chapters may induct at least five alumni, but no more than half the number of allowed student inductions. Alumni inductees’ work in the practice of public health should serve as a model for future graduates of the school.
Honorary: The first year that a chapter is active it may induct three honorary members. However, every year after the chapter may induct one honorary member or 5 percent of the allowed student membership, whichever is greater. Honorary membership should only be conferred upon persons possessing exceptional qualifications and those who have attained meritorious distinction in the field of public health.