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Strength of M.P.H. program propels growth

February 9, 2015

Benedictine University’s Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program recently established the Gamma Omega chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. The National Council of Delta Omega approved the application via electronic vote.

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health (now known as the Bloomberg School of Public Health).

The M.P.H. program also recently welcomed two new faculty members, Jeanette May, Ph.D., and Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec, Dr.P.H. May has worked in health care for the past 25 years with a focus on chronic disease, wellness and population health. Smalec has more than 20 years of experience in public health, including stints at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and UNICEF. Read more about the new faculty here.

Additionally, Jason Horay, a Benedictine adjunct in the online M.P.H. program, was recently selected one of WELCOA’s (The Wellness Council of America) Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals. Horay is the health promotion coordinator for the North Carolina Medical Society) Employee Benefit Plan.

The Top 100 Health Promotion Professionals were chosen by peer voting and the empirical review of a judging panel based on submissions from health promotion professionals who are currently creating, coordinating and maintaining ongoing health promotion programs; have implemented innovative solutions for health improvement and culture change; are leaders and role models in business and the community; have an inspiring vision for the future of the industry; and have demonstrated a desire to be the next leaders in health promotion.

The M.P.H. program continues to seek ways to distinguish itself and provide its graduates with a well-rounded education that meets the needs of health care employers. In 2014, Benedictine’s M.P.H. program earned national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health after an intensive three-year review process.

Although Benedictine’s M.P.H. program has been preparing its graduates to be leaders in health care for more than 25 years, the accreditation certifies that the program meets rigorous academic standards. This accreditation opens the doors to additional job opportunities with employers who only accept applicants from accredited health programs.

The Benedictine M.P.H. combines traditional face-to-face learning with innovative online technology. The program prepares students to practice real-world, real-time public health within a global context by helping students learn to apply public health skills in locations from northern Illinois to rural Bangladesh.

The faculty includes experienced practitioners who take a personal interest in each student and create a professional learning environment in small, interactive classes and through community service activities and research projects.

To learn more about Benedictine’ s M.P.H. program and dual master’s degree program options with Nutrition and Wellness, Business Administration, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Management Information Systems, please visit or call (630) 829-6215.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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