College of Public Health Alumni Society

The mission of the Society is to foster interactions between alumni and the College of Public Health with a focus on furthering the development of students in both their educations and future career paths. Together we can assist in advancing the broader mission of The Ohio State University Alumni Association through excellence and leadership in public health.


Membership benefits
-Professional networking and collaboration among alumni
-Social opportunities with alumni and students
-Mentoring and shaping public health knowledge and practice
-Opportunity to give back to the College of Public Health
-Educational Opportunities
-Access to the College of Public Health online alumni directory

-Eligible for society allocated OSU football tickets  *You must be a member of CPHAS and OSUAA to be eligible for football tickets

Become a member
To join the CPH Alumni Society, please fill out this form and make your payment through the PayPal link below. 
An annual CPHAS membership is $20 and a membership cycle is from January to December. 

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Organized social activities
The CPH Alumni Society hosts quarterly social activities to give students and alumni the chance to interact outside of the classroom and office. Such events include bowling nights, happy hours, tailgating, Columbus Clippers Baseball games, OSU Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey games.

The Mary Plummer Memorial Scholarship
The College of Public Health Alumni Society is dedicated to raising money for the Mary Plummer Scholarship Fund. Mary Plummer was a greatly admired and respected public health professional at the time of her sudden death from a heart attack at age 45 in November, 1998.

The idea of a scholarship fund in Mary's name grew out of the desire of Mary's friends and colleagues to permanently honor and celebrate her life. The fund will provide an annual scholarship to an incoming student enrolled at The Ohio State University College of Public Health who has an interest, as Mary did, in epidemiology.

Mary was the first part-time student to earn a Master of Science degree in preventive medicine from Ohio State, so it is fitting the Mary Plummer Memorial Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship fund in the College of Public Health.

During her 21 years in public service at both the local and state level, Mary was a tireless advocate for underserved and vulnerable populations. She began her career in her hometown of Canton working in the sexually transmitted disease program. After earning her Master's degree and joining the Ohio Department of Health, she produced numerous studies and data analyses on behavioral risk factors, physical activity, smoking, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and wrote the first public health section included in the State Health Resources Plan. Her process for monitoring arthritis and diabetes programs became a model for all preventive health and health services grants throughout the state. She played a key role in building a coalition to create the first county health profiles for Ohio. Mary was the definitive "go to" person for the data, epidemiological, and statistical advice and consultation at the Ohio Department of Health.

In addition to her consummate professionalism, Mary is remembered for her openness and candor, her positive and supportive attitude, an eagerness to assist others, and an unselfish dedication to teaching. She was an avid environmentalist, bird watcher, and advocate for population control.

Make a donation to the Mary Plummer Scholarship Fund

The William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Memorial Award
William R. Gemma devoted his career to improving emergency medical services in the United States and abroad. His achievements spanned a military career where he served in hospital administration; academia where he studied and taught business administration, hospital administration, and health service policy and planning; the U.S. Public Health Service and the private sector.

Bill was one of the first people to receive a Ph.D in preventive medicine from The Ohio State University in 1972. He later served a 2 year term as the first president of the Alumni Society. In 1989, he helped organize and host, on behalf of the Alumni Society, a study tour to Egypt.

Bill died in 1995 and to honor his memory the CPH Alumni Society Board of Directors established the William R. Gemma Memorial Award. This award is given each year at the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Society to an alumnus who has distinguished herself/himself by their achievements and contributions in the field of preventive medicine or public health.

Nominate an alumnus for the The William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Memorial Award

The College of Public Health Outstanding Student Awards
The College of Public Health Alumni Society proudly presents a "Student Choice Award" to the most outstanding student in each of the four programs (MS/PhD, MPH, MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals, MHA, and BSPH) at the spring semester graduation celebration.

Get connected!
Alumni Connect is a group of alumni, students and employers who have agreed to help fellow alumni and students with career advice and information as well as serve as a networking outlet. View the list of all of our members at the bottom of the page. For a list of participating alumni and to become involved yourself, click here.  

The Ohio State Alumni Association (OSUAA)
The OSUAA is relentlessly committed to enriching lifelong relationships among the alumni body and our university. They offer a variety of ways for alumni to remain active and involved after graduation.  To learn more, visit their website



For information on how to get involved, upcoming events or general questions, please contact CPHAS president, Melissa Mathias at or complete the CPH Alumni Involvement Form.

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