Constitution

1. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Delta Omega Society.

2. Purpose

The purpose of the Society shall be to encourage and recognize excellence in practice, research, education and academic achievement in the field of public health.

3. Chapters

a. Chapters of the Society already organized shall be as designated in Appendix A.

b. New chapters may be organized when approved by the National Council of the Society.

4. Officers

a. The national officers of the Society shall consist of an Immediate-Past President, a President, a President-elect, who shall also function as the Secretary-Treasurer, and a member-at-large.

b. The national officers shall be elected by a vote of the majority of the Society members present at the annual Delta Omega meeting. Elections will be held every two years for the office of President-Elect. The President-Elect will serve two years in that position, and then assume a two-year term as President, followed by another two-year term as Immediate Past President of the Society. The officers shall assume their duties as of January 1, following the annual meeting.

c. The President shall appoint a nominating committee, at least four months prior to the annual meeting of the second year of his/her term, consisting of a chairperson and at least two other members, which shall submit nominations for officers, as appropriate.

d. If any officer in the National Society is unable to complete his or her term, the remaining officers shall appoint a replacement that will serve until the next election by the Society.

5. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of Delta Omega has four elected officers - President, President - elect, Immediate-Past President, and member-at-large, which each serve two year terms in their respective positions. The Executive Committee also includes an Executive Secretary. The function of the Executive Committee is to advise the President on policy and other issues.

6. National Council

a. The National Council of the Society shall consist of the national officers, together with representatives from the chapters.

7. Membership

There shall be two classes of members of the Society, as follows:

a. Active members:

who shall be elected by each chapter from among members of the faculty, alumni and qualified resident students.

b. Honorary members:

who shall be elected by either the National Council or Delta Omega chapters. This membership shall be limited, and conferred only upon persons possessing exceptional qualifications, who have attained meritorious distinction in the field of public health. Persons may be nominated for honorary membership by any chapter, or by any member of the National Council.

8. Annual Meeting

There shall be held annually a meeting of the Society at which time officers shall be elected biannually and society business conducted.

9. Emblem

The emblem of the Society shall be a gold key with circular center, with the Greek letters Delta Omega engraved on the obverse.

10. By-Laws

The National Council may adopt by-laws for the further regulation of the Society.

11. Amendments

This constitution may be amended by two-thirds vote of the National Council at the annual meeting.


Approved by the Chapters and Adopted by the National Council at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1939. Amended 1951, 1963, 1964, 1981, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007.