October 14, 2015

Delta Omega Honorary Society Chapter launched in CGU’s School of Community and Global Health

Claremont Graduate University (CGU’s) School of Community and Global Health has been selected to host a new local chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

The society was founded in 1924 to advance the promotion and pursuit of excellence in public health. It has expanded to more than 80 chapters throughout the world and has more than 15,000 members from top echelons of graduate schools and programs of public health, as well as the public health community.

“Having a chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society approved for our campus is a significant recognition of the strength of our program,” said Darleen Peterson, associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Community and Global Health. “It will open many doors for our faculty and students to network and positively impact the public health initiatives in our region. Most significantly, it’s going to be a great resource to help boost our students’ already strong transition from academic life to professional life.”

The School of Community and Global Health Student Association initiated the efforts to establish the local chapter. Student Association President Juanita Preciado said access to the “prestigious national platform” will pay off for students in untold ways.

“As members, students benefit by tapping into a vast networking pool, leadership development, and publication opportunities,” she said.

Membership in the CGU chapter, which has been named the Delta Epsilon Chapter, will be open each year to up to 10 percent of the graduating student body. Members must be in the upper 25 percent academically.

Securing the Delta Omega chapter is the latest in a series of high profile achievements for the School of Community and Global Health. The school was a founding member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health; received accreditation for its Master of Public Health program from the Council on Education for Public Health; and was chosen as a training center for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

It has also expanded its degree offerings, recently becoming just the fourth program in California to offer a doctorate in public health.