The ASPPH Research Excellence Award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from an ASPPH- member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2022 Award Recipient

Maria Fernandez, PhD

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

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Criteria for Award

Nominations should include a description of the nominee’s outstanding contributions in:

Demonstration of innovative leadership for enhancing excellence, health equity, and inclusiveness in academic public health research.

Exemplary and documented scholarly accomplishments that advance the research mission of schools or programs of public health and improves the health of the communities they serve.


Nominees must be full-time faculty from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health. View the list of ASPPH-member institutions. The faculty member must have:

A primary appointment in an ASPPH-member school or program of public health; and

Demonstrate a notable record of success (more than 10 years in public health research).

Award Details

$1,000 Cash Prize

Complimentary registration for ASPPH Annual Meeting

Recognition at the Awards Ceremony

Past Winners


Grace John-Stewart, MD, PhD, MPH

University of Washington School of Public Health