USF public health dean receives Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumni Award

Donna Petersen, ScD, dean of the USF College of Public Health, was one of three recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The award was presented August 25, 2011, at a ceremony in Baltimore, MD. Those who receive the Distinguished Alumni Award typify the Johns Hopkins tradition of excellence and are recognized as having brought credit to the University by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement or humanitarian service.

Dr. Petersen was recognized for her efforts to improve the quality of maternal and child health services at the local, state and federal levels and her work in promoting global experiences for students.

Dr. Donna Petersen, USF public health dean, accepts her award from Dr. Michael
Klag, dean of The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She received two degrees from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health – a master’s of health science in 1984 and the doctor of science degree in 1989. Her work has also been recognized by the American Public Health Association, the Delta Omega National Honor Society in Public Health and the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

Dr. Michael Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, noted that one of the ways a university earns a reputation for excellence is through the extraordinary work of its alumni.