Alumni of the Year

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award is the highest award that the School bestows on its alumni. The award, which is presented at Commencement, has two general criteria:

  • Significant contributions in the field of public health
  • Achievements/qualities that can provide inspiration to the graduating class

The Award Committee is composed of the dean, associate deans, division heads, and a representative from the Public Health Alumni Association.

Alumni of the Year

2016 Michael Lu MD, MS, MPH '92 Maternal & Child Health
2015 Lori Dorfman DrPH '94, MPH '89  Interdisciplinary
2014 A. Eugene Washington MD, MSc, MPH '75 Health Policy/Administration
2013 Katherine Pollard PhD '03 Biostatistics
2012 Sarah Samuels DrPH '82 Public Health Nutrition
2011 Anthony "Tony" Iton MD, JD, MPH '97 Interdisciplinary
2010 Diane B. Petitti MD, MPH '81 Epidemiology
2009 Michael Bird MSW, MPH '83 Health Policy/Administration
2009 Carol D'Onofrio DrPH '73, MPH '60 Health Education
2008 Carl N. Lester MPH '65 Health Policy/Administration
2007 Susan Desmond-Hellmann MD, MPH '88 Epidemiology
2006 Harrison Spencer MD, DTM&H, MPH '72 Epidemiology
2005 Richard J. Jackson MD, MPH '79 Epidemiology
2004 Marion Nestle PhD, MPH '86 Public Health Nutrition
2003 Julie Gerberding MD, MPH '90 Epidemiology
2002 Lynn R. Goldman MD, MPH, MS '79 Health & Medical Science
2001 Donald M. Minkler MD, MPH '68 Maternal & Child Health
2000 Sir Michael Marmot PhD '75, MPH '72 Epidemiology
1999 Mary Pittman DrPH '87, MCP, MPH '80 Health Policy/Administration
1998 Seiko Brodbeck BS '48  
1997 Lisa Berkman PhD '77 Epidemiology
1996 Barbara Staggers MD, MPH '80 Maternal & Child Health
1995 Shoshanna Sofaer DrPH '84, MPH '77 Health Policy/Administration
1994 Lawrence W. Green DrPH '68, MPH '66, BS '62 Health Education
1993 Alfred W. Childs MD, MPH '64 Health Policy/Administration
1993 Bessanderson McNeil MPH '71 Health Policy/Administration
1992 Margaret Jordan MPH '72 Health Policy/Administration
1991 William C. Reeves PhD, MPH '49 Epidemiology
1990 M. Adhyatma MPH '74 Health Policy/Administration
1989 Kirk Smith PhD '77, MPH '72 Environmental Health Sciences
1988 Selma Dritz MD, MPH '67 Maternal & Child Health
1987 Susan Foerster  MPH '71, RD Public Health Nutrition
1986 Thelma Fraziear MPH '73 Health Policy/Administration
1985 Malcolm Merrill MD, MPH '46   
1984 John C. Green DMD, MPH '61 Epidemiology
1983 Francis Curry MD, MPH' 64 Health Policy/Administration
1982 Alan Gittelsohn PhD '60, MPH '52, BS '49 Biostatistics
1981 Judith Heumann MPH '75 Health Policy/Administration
1980 Venkatarum Ramakrishna MD, MPH '55 Heath Education
1979 Reuel Stallones MD, MPH '52 Epidemiology
1978 Florence Stroud MPH '66 Health Policy/Administration