Five College of Public Health and Health Professions alumni were inducted into Beta Upsilon, UF’s chapter of Delta Omega, the public health honor society, at a ceremony held May 2 at Emerson Alumni Hall. They include Shantrel Canidate, master’s in public health ’12 and doctorate in public health ’17, Lisa Chacko master’s in public health ’05, Jennifer Fiddner master’s in public health ’09, Blosmeli Leon, master’s in public health ’14, and Kiarash Rahmanian, master’s in public health ’15.
William Foege, M.D., M.P.H., emeritus presidential distinguished professor of international health at Emory University, served as the event’s keynote speaker. Foege is credited with designing the strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox. He went on to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to co-found the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. He also served as executive director and health policy fellow for the Carter Center and senior fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.