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Delta Omega Society By-laws


The name of this organization shall be the Delta Omega Society, Alpha Chapter of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, hereafter referred to as Delta Omega.

ARTICLE II: Objectives

The objective of Delta Omega shall be: to encourage scholarship and research among persons undertaking graduate study in the science and practice of public health and to recognize attainment in the field of public health; to encourage multidisciplinary and multidepartmental activities in scientific and social meetings; to strengthen the contacts between the School and its alumni.

Article III: Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Committee: Board of Directors, hereafter referred to as the Board, its Officers and Executive Committee

Section 1. Titles

Section 2. Duties

A. The Committees and Boards:

 B. The President shall:

C. The President-Elect shall:

D. The Secretary-Treasurer shall:

Section 3. Meetings and Quorum

Section 4. Vacancies

The President-Elect shall succeed to the office of President should the President become incapacitated or otherwise unable to serve before expiration of his/her term. Further, if the President-Elect is unable to serve and succeed to the Presidency, the Board of Directors shall select from its body a person to serve as Interim President for the unexpired portion of the term. Vacancies in the office of Secretary-Treasurer shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

Section 5. Resignation and Removal of Board Members

Section 6. Elections and Terms

ARTICLE IV: Standing Committees

Section 1: Nominating Committee for Officers

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three to five members of the Board, which shall submit single slate nominations for officers to be approved by vote of the Board of Directors at the annual meeting.

Section 2: Nominating Committee for New Board Members

The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three to five members of the Board to identify potential new members who can be proposed and voted upon at the annual meeting.

Section 3: Faculty and Alumni Nomination Committee

Section 4: Student Nomination Committee

Section 5: Program Committee

Section 6: Poster Committee

Section 7: Scholarship Committee

Section 8: Web and Communications Committee

Section 9: Special Committees

ARTICLE V: Membership

There shall be five categories of membership in Delta Omega.

A. Student Membership
Student membership shall be selected by the Student Membership Committee. Members elected from the student body shall be approved at the annual meeting. They shall be chosen with due regard to their scholarly attainments and honorary character of Delta Omega. In order to be eligible for membership in Delta Omega in this category, the student shall:

A maximum of ten percent (10%) of graduating students shall be elected to membership in any one year. Those elected shall be from the upper twenty-five percent (25%) in class standing and have demonstrated real or potential qualities of leadership in public health. The total student group to be considered for membership shall only include persons who are candidates or who have received an advanced degree in public health during that current academic year. Nomination of student candidates shall be made only by faculty of the School.

The term "advanced degree in public health" as used in these By-laws, refers to the following degrees or their equivalents: Master of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Health Science, Doctor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

B. Faculty Membership
Faculty membership shall be selected by the Faculty and Alumni Membership Committee. The selection committee will give particular attention to outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research and the quality of publications. The total number of faculty members elected in any one year may be up to three percent (3%) of the full-time faculty.

C. Alumni Membership
Alumni membership shall be selected by the Faculty and Alumni Membership Committee. Delta Omega may elect a maximum of ten graduates from the School whose work in the practice of public health would serve as a model for future graduates of the School for membership each year. The term alumni is as defined by the School’s Alumni Affairs Office.

D. Emeriti Membership
Faculty or Alumni members shall receive emeriti status after 40 years of membership. Emeriti members shall have no obligation to pay annual membership dues. Although emeriti members are not voting members, they shall continue to receive chapter mailings and shall be encouraged to partake in Alpha Chapter events, especially the annual meeting.

ARTICLE VI: Annual Meeting

There shall be an annual meeting of Delta Omega, at which time officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors and membership shall be conferred for students, faculty and alumni.


ARTICLE VIII: Amendments

These By-laws may be amended in whole or in part by a simple majority vote of the Alpha Chapter members present at the annual meeting. Copies of the By-laws will be available at the annual meeting.


Please see Addendum 1





·         Outline strategic direction of Board for coming year

·         Review and accept/modify budget

·         Prepare and send President’s letter to entire Alpha Chapter members; encourage life membership

·         Approve recommendations of Nomination  Committee


·         Confirm membership and responsibilities of the Committees



·         Receive, discuss and approve Committee progress reports

·         Approve Induction Ceremony program and speaker


·         Approve Committee findings on Nominations, Poster Awards and Scholarship recipients


Annual Meeting

·         Approve resignations of board members

·         Approve nominations of new board members

·         Conduct election of new officers

·         Approve new inductees

·         Send “end-of-year” letters

·         Amend By-Laws as needed

Amended January 1st, 2013