The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health (now known as the Bloomberg School of Public Health) by two graduate students, Dr. Edgar Erskine Hume and Dr. Claude W. Mitchell. At the time, public health as a profession was still in its infancy and, prior to the establishment of university-based education in public health, entrance into the field had been largely through practical experience and political favor. To promote the graduate study of the field, Dr. Hume and Dr. Mitchell organized this honorary society in order to recognize outstanding achievement in the new field. Over 80 years later, Delta Omega has expanded to more than 70 chapters throughout the world and has more than 14,000 members from top echelons of graduate schools and programs of public health, as well as the public health community.
The Alpha Upsilon Chapter inducts eligible graduating students, faculty, alumni, and one honorary member each year. Induction occurs during the annual scholarship and awards reception. Members are signified by their salmon academic stoles worn during the annual school convocation.
The ColoradoSPH Student Council is our primary student leadership organization. Council members are devoted to serving as representatives of the school, developing relationships with community organizations, and involving students at all three campuses
in public health activities. The council also has the authority to formally recognize any newly formed student organization within the school.
Our Peer Mentoring Program creates opportunities for students to form connections with their peers, gain leadership skills, and broaden their support network. The program helps students adjust to life in Colorado, gain insight into the logistics of graduate school, and more. Participants are matched by concentration and expected to meet once a month as well as complete required trainings. This program is self-sustaining. We ask that mentees commit to being a mentor the following year.
To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled in the Colorado School of Public Health and taking fewer than 18 credits.