The ASPPH Welch-Rose Award recognizes the highest standards of leadership and scholarship in public health and honors individuals in two categories: Distinction in Public Health – individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the improvement of the health of the public. Excellence in Academic Public Health Service – individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions in advancing education in public health. The award also honors Drs. Wickliffe Rose and William Henry Welch who’s seminal 1915 report continues to serve as a central reference point for the design of academic public health.

2022 Award Recipient: ASPPH Welch-Rose Award for Distinction in Public Health

Sara Rosenbaum, JD

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

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2022 Award Recipient: ASPPH Welch-Rose Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Service

Stephen Shortell, PHD, MPH, MBA

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

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Criteria for Award


The Welch-Rose Award is given annually to an individual to honor their lifetime of public health service, and/or for their extraordinary contributions to the academic public health community

Eligibility


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

Any individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to academic public health, or a lifetime contribution to the field of public health.

The nominee does not necessarily need to be a current or past faculty member of a CEPH-accredited school or program.

Current ASPPH deans and primary representatives will not be considered.

Required Materials


Nominations can be submitted by any public health professional. The Award Selection Committee may also solicit nominations. The nomination package must contain the following materials: 

  • Nominee and nominator contact information; 
  • An overview statement identifying either the extraordinary contributions to the academic public health community of the nominee, or lifelong service in public health (limit 800 words);  

Award Details


Complimentary registration for ASPPH Annual Meeting

Recognition at the Awards Ceremony

Crystal Award

Review & Selection


Each nomination is reviewed by a selection committee comprised of the ASPPH Executive Board. 

A Zoom meeting is scheduled with ASPPH leadership and the committee to discuss each nomination and determine the awardee.  

Past Winners


2021

Distinction in Public Health

Anthony Fauci, MD

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

2021

Distinction in Public Health

Charles S. Mahan, MD

University of South Florida College of Public Health

2019

Distinction in Public Health

Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH

UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health

2018

Excellence in Academic Public Health Service

Richard Riegelman, MD, PhD, MPH

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

2017

Excellence in Academic Public Health Service

Harrison C. Spencer, MD, MPH, CPH

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

2016

Distinction in Public Health

Julio Frenk, MD, PhD, MPH

University of Miami

2015

Distinction in Public Health

Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health