Department of Public Health Granted Chapter of Delta Omega Honor Society


ATLANTA – The Department of Public Health in Mercer University's College of Health Professions was recently granted a chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health. Mercer's Delta Zeta chapter received its official charter from the National Council of Delta Omega on Oct. 6.

“Dr. Cheryl Gaddis, assistant professor of practice and a lifetime member of Delta Omega, has been championing this effort for two years,” said Dr. Nannette Turner, associate professor and chair of the Department of Public Health. “Mercer's Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Omega is looking forward to honoring the scholarship and service of our students, faculty, alumni and community members.”

Founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University, Delta Omega is a national honor society that exists to encourage research and scholarship among graduate students of public health and to recognize attainment and achievement in the field of public health.

With more than 80 chapters, Delta Omega and its more than 15,000 members are dedicated to ensuring the quality of the field of public health and to the protection and advancement of the health of all people.

Each year, Delta Omega elects new student, faculty, alumni and honorary members based on high academic standards and outstanding performance in scholarship, teaching, research and community service. Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended to not only recognize merit, but also to encourage and further excellence in and devotion to public health work. 

Mercer's College of Health Professions offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) program to prepare competent health professionals to advance public health practice in communities, primarily underserved and rural populations, through instruction, research and service to promote social justice and health equity. 

The Department of Public Health also collaborates with the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Physical Therapy and College of Pharmacy to offer dual-degree Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc)/MPH, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/MPH and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/MPH programs. The department additionally offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

For questions regarding the University's Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Omega, contact Dr. Gaddis, chapter adviser, at

For more information about Delta Omega, visit the national chapter's website at

About the College of Health Professions

Mercer University's College of Health Professions is composed of three departments: physical therapy, physician assistant studies and public health. The College offers a doctoral-level physical therapy program, master's-level physician assistant program and bachelor's- and master's-level public health programs. The Department of Physical Therapy offers an orthopaedic manual physical therapy residency program and a neurological physical therapy residency program. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers an advanced cardiology residency program. Each program is housed in a department that provides students with comprehensive didactic courses taught by an extraordinary faculty and extensive clinical experience enhanced by outstanding service-learning opportunities. For more information, visit

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