RSPH FACULTY HONORED AT APHA AND ASPH ANNUAL MEETINGS
Professor of Epidemiology
2005 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence
(see story from Friday letter below)
STORY FROM THE ASPH FRIDAY LETTER:
2005 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence Recipient Announced
ASPH and Pfizer’s U.S. Public Health Group presented Dr. David Kleinbaum, a professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, with the 2005 ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence this week.
Dr. Kleinbaum was presented with a plaque and a $10,000 cash prize at a ceremony held on Saturday evening at ASPH’s annual reception, in conjunction with the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Kleinbaum was chosen from among 19 highly qualified nominees.
Dean James Curran, chair of ASPH’s
Board of Directors and dean of the Emory University Rollins School of Public
Health, Dean Stephen Shortell, chair of ASPH’s Education Committee and dean of the
This is the inaugural year of the ASPH/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence, an annual honor intended to recognize graduate public health faculty from full ASPH-member, accredited schools of public health who are notable for their teaching excellence.
Dr. Kleinbaum has been a professor of public health for over three decades. In addition to his excellence as an educator, this award recognizes his work in epidemiology and his contributions to the field. Dr. Kleinbaum is the author of the “ActiveEpi” electronic textbook, which many in the field consider to be the definitive text on the basics of epidemiology. This is just one of many texts he has authored on the subject.
award recognizes the importance of teaching and mentoring future leaders if we
are to effectively address the public health challenges of our time,” said Dean
Stephen Shortell of the
“Public health students learn by exposure to role model professors who are not only scientifically qualified but also exemplify compassion, understanding and partnership,” said Dr. Barbara DeBuono, senior medical director, U.S. Public Health, Pfizer Inc. “Dr. Kleinbaum is such a professor.”
Dr. Kleinbaum’s reputation in the classroom is one of intelligence and humor. “He is a truly gifted instructor. In class, he is extremely effective at getting his point across to students, and by using a unique style of humor and wit, he keeps students very interested in what might normally be considered ‘dry’ subject matter,” said Ms. Allison Curry, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, “I have not come across a teacher thus far who has made more of an impact on me than Dr. Kleinbaum.”