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Alumni Awards

The school’s alumni awards are the highest honor given to alumni by the Graduate School of Public Health in recognition of significant contributions to the field, to the school, or to both. Each year, outstanding alumni from the master’s and doctoral programs at Pitt Public Health are chosen to be recognized with an award in one of the following categories:

PRACTICE: Presented annually to an alumnus/na who has made a significant contribution to public health practice.
RESEARCH: Presented annually to an alumnus/na who has made a significant contribution to research.
TEACHING AND DISSEMINATION: Presented annually to an alumnus/na who has made a significant contribution to education and dissemination, either in the classroom or in the field.

THE MARGARET F. GLONINGER SERVICE AWARD is presented annually since 1993 to an alumnus/na who has made a significant contribution to the school or greater community through volunteer service. This award was established in honor of the late Margaret Fitzgerald Gloninger (MSHyg ’66), Pitt Public Health graduate and former faculty member in maternal and child health.

THE EARLY CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD is presented to an alumnus/na who has made significant achievements early in his or her career.

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Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice
Ruth Modzelewski (HUGEN ’96)

Distinguished Alumni Award for Research
Jill Norris (EPI ’88, ’90)

Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination 
Frederick Murphy (BCHS ’77)

Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award
Bernadine Peter (EPI ’88)

Early Career Excellence Awards
Christina Farmartino (IDM ’13) Michael Talkowski (HUGEN ’08)

Delta Omega Inductees
Todd Bear (BCHS ’07, ’13), Jeanine Buchanich (EPI ’98, ’07), Didier Chalhoub (MMPH ’12, EPI ’15) Elizabeth Felter (BCHS ’09)

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Eric Hulsey: 2017 Dinstinguished Alumni Award for Practice

Eric Hulsey is manager of behavioral health analytics in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation. In this role, he is responsible for working with key partners to evaluate behavioral health services administered by DHS and find practical applications for research, as well as for managing all research activities, implementation, and reporting efforts; designing and developing quanti... 

Michael Walsh: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

Michael T. Walsh Jr. is founder and principal of 25 Strategies, a consulting firm focused on creating and deploying impact strategy for foundations, health systems, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and social impact ventures that address public health challenges, strengthen health systems, and build resilient communities. Walsh is also interim chief of strategy and programs for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’... 

Mary Ganguli: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

Mary Ganguli is professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental disorders, particularly neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. She is the principal investigator of several National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded, population-based investigations in the area of dementia and Al... 

Tammy Haley: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

Tammy Haley is director of nursing and radiological sciences, associate professor of nursing, and coordinator of the RN-BSN program in the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she has been a member of the nursing faculty since 2003. She teaches Physical Examination and Health Promotion and Community Health Nursing at the BSN level and teaches at all levels of the ASN program, in both the c... 

Annette Fetchko: 2017 Gloninger Service Award

Annette Fetchko currently serves as the regional manager for the Center for Inclusion Health (CIH), a division of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), with a mission to provide outstanding health care to all people in the region served by AHN, especially socially marginalized and vulnerable populations. Fetchko oversees the operational and strategic development of the programs within CIH. Prior to her role at CIH, Fet... 

Laura Gieraltowski: 2017 Early Career Excellence Award

Laura B. Gieraltowski is serving as a lieutenant commander with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) for which she is a epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, Division of the Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases’ Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (ORPB). She regularly leads teams of public health professiona... 

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You  are cordially invited to the

6 p.m. reception
6:30-8:30 p.m. dinner and awards, University Club Ballrooom  B

For more information, contact Jill Ruempler at or 412-383-8849.

Delta Omega Initiation

During the annual alumni awards event, new alumni honor society members are inducted into the Pitt Public Health Omicron Chapter of  Delta Omega.

These initiates are models for future graduates in their contributions to the practice of public health. Nominations for alumni inductees are accepted each year.

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