Student Awards and Honors

Delta Omega Honor Society

Founded at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in 1924, Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. It celebrates excellent academic achievement, devotion to public health principles, and outstanding service in public health. There are currently 48 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

The chapters elect new members each year from four groups:

  1. Students who are candidates for a graduate degree in public health
  2. Faculty members at a school of public health
  3. Alumni actively engaged in public health work
  4. Honorary members possessing exceptional qualifications

Election from all four groups is based on outstanding performance and scholarship in students, teaching,and research in faculty members, and community service in alumni. Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended not only to recognize merit, but also to encourage further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work. Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to quality in the field of public health and to protection and advancement of the health of all people. Graduating students with exceptional grade point averages are inducted into Delta Omega and are recognized at the Commencement ceremony in May.

Dean’s Award for Student Research

At the annual Science and Technology Day, Dean Meenan awards a prize to the best poster presented by an SPH student.

Commencement Student Speaker

The honor of speaking at the Boston University School of Public Health Commencement ceremony is offered annually to a graduating student who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the SPH community. For the purposes of this award, outstanding contributions are broadly defined to include active involvement in the Student Senate, student organizations, or other School-wide activities; superior performance in coursework; and commitment to the betterment of the SPH community-at-large.

Herb Kayne Prize for Excellence in Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics awards an annual prize for the Most Outstanding MPH Student in Biostatistics at the School. Since 1999, this monetary prize is given to an MPH student whose performance was excellent in the Biostatistics concentration. This prize is an expression of our gratitude to Herb Kayne, PhD, for his commitment to teaching epidemiology and biostatistics at SPH and his long-enduring interest in and dedication to his students in the MPH Program.

Dr. William B. Patterson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Environmental and Occupational Health in the Department of Environmental Health

This award is given annually in memory of Dr. William B. Patterson and his commitment to public health, medicine, and education. It is awarded to one graduating master’s degree student who has shown exemplary academic performance or dedication to research with a preference for students who have demonstrated a desire to make a meaningful contribution to the field of environmental and occupational health.

Dr. Theodore Colton Prize for Excellence in Epidemiology

This prize is awarded in honor of Theodore Colton, Department of Epidemiology Chair Emeritus, at the close of each academic year. It is given to a student concentrating in this area for exemplary academic performance in epidemiology.

Allan R. Meyers Memorial Prize for Excellence in Health Policy & Management

This prize is awarded annually to one or more graduating Health Policy & Management concentrators who exemplify the late Professor Meyers’ commitments to academic excellence, to careful research—particularly into the problems of disabled and other underserved patients, and to developing solutions that ameliorate those problems.

Allan R. Meyers Memorial Fellowship for the Advancement of Careers in Disability

The fellowship’s objective is to inspire students of public health, medicine, social work, rehabilitation, and other fields to enter the field of disability-related services and research by supporting internships and research projects in the field, with the hope of affecting positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. The fellowship is available to students from Boston University who wish to pursue an internship or work placement in a clinical or policy-making role in providing direct services to people with disabilities. It is also available to students who wish to undertake a research project that is specifically related to the field of disability in public health.

Katherine M. Skinner Memorial Prize for Commitment to the Study of Women’s Health Issues

Katherine M. Skinner Memorial Prize was established to honor the memory of Dr. Katherine M. Skinner, a sociologist and former member of the Health Services/Health Policy & Management faculty. Katherine Skinner, RN, PhD, had one of the first research grants in the country to study the health and well-being of women veterans. She discovered disparities in access to care for women soldiers, as well significant sexual violence in the military. Katherine was a woman of courage and conviction and felt it her personal responsibility to speak on behalf of these women who had years before served their country.

This prize was established to honor Katherine Skinner and her many accomplishments, to support her love of education, to promote her passion to improve lives through scientific research, and to recognize her special interest in improving women’s health and health care. It is awarded annually to a student at Boston University School of Public Health who has shown dedication to the study of women’s health issues.

Rex Fendall Award for Excellence in Public Health Writing in the Department of International Health

Each year a small number of outstanding concentration papers are nominated by the International Health faculty for this award. Professor Emeritus, Rex Fendall judges the papers, and the winner(s) is/are typically announced in late summer and printed in the next graduation bulletin. Each winner receives an engraved award bearing the seal of the University, and their name is engraved on a plaque in the Fendall Conference Room in the International Health Department.

The John Snow, Inc. Award in International Health

This award is in recognition of capacity for original thinking and inspiring others to think; vision, leadership, and leadership potential; academic achievement; outstanding practicum or community service; and active participation in courses and activities as an SPH student. The award is sponsored by John Snow Inc. to support SPH and acknowledge an outstanding student’s achievement and potential to contribute to international public health.

Leonard Glantz Award for Academic Excellence

Leonard H. Glantz Award for Academic Excellence is the highest award granted to a graduating MPH student at Boston University School of Public Health. The award is named in honor of Leonard H. Glantz, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, who served for 30 years as academic dean.

During his tenure as academic dean, Professor Glantz demanded rigorous standards in curriculum and teaching throughout the academic program. In naming a recipient of the Glantz Award, members of the faculty choose a student whose academic achievement typifies the high standards set by Professor Glantz. Recipients demonstrate exceptional academic performance, creative and critical thinking, and seriousness and professionalism in public health.

The award recipient is chosen annually by the Education Committee, and receives a $1,000 cash prize at the School’s annual Commencement ceremony. The awardee’s name is engraved on the Glantz Award tray that is on permanent display at the school.

Community Health Sciences “Rising Star” Award

The Community Health Sciences department is proud to introduce a new award for concentrators in Maternal & Child Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences. The Community Health Sciences Rising Star Award will be presented to two students, one in each concentration, who exemplify academic excellence through maintaining a commitment to public health. Eligible candidates must be in their last semester of a MPH or DrPH program. Each recipient will be selected by members of the CHS Education Committee and will receive a stipend towards their attendance and presentation at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.