The Bloustein School's undergraduate public health policy program, in conjunction with the Rutgers Department of Health Education, has been granted a chapter in Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honor Society. Created in 1967 at Ball State University, Eta Sigma Gamma has chapters at 80 universities, providing opportunities for school health education majors and graduate students to network, present papers and celebrate accomplishments.
The Rutgers chapter is named Epsilon Beta. The initiation ceremony was planned for May 5 from 12:30-2:30 pm at the Asian American Cultural Center on the Livingston Campus.
To be eligible to join, students must major or minor in Public Health and completed at least semesters of study in Public Health. A 2.5 GPA in Public Health for the last two semesters will be required for the first initiation class; afterwards, a GPA of 2.8 will be required.
Eta Sigma Gamma has longstanding partnerships with the American School Health Association (ASHA), the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The Bloustein School gained the chapter by working with Francesca M. Maresca, PhD, coordinator of the Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (HOPE) program at Rutgers Health Services. The Bloustein School’s undergraduate program and the Department of Health Services help prepare Rutgers students for a national examination to become Certified Health Education Specialists.