Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Our scholarship, fellowship and award opportunities can provide financial support.

Department of Community Health and Health Behavior Scholarships and Awards

CHHB Outstanding Doctoral Achievement Award

This award is presented to a doctoral student in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior (CHHB) with great potential for future research and/or practice contributions to the field of public health. CHHB doctoral students who have successfully completed both the written and oral portions of their comprehensive exams are eligible for this award. Students are judged on academic success and the quality of their contributions in research, teaching and service.

Francis V. Hanavan Memorial Fund Award

This annual award honors the late Francis V. Hanavan, former chair of the Department of Health Behavioral Sciences. The award is presented to an MPH student in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior who shows great potential for future contributions in public health. 

Paul T. Wietig Community Service Award

Sponsored by the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, this award is presented to CHHB MPH or PhD students who exemplify accomplishment, commitment to vocation/the profession of public health and service to the community. 

Drs. Sanjit and Jharna Basak Student Assistance Fund

This fund is used to provide support for ancillary expenses to graduate students pursuing their Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. This year’s funds were used to support two students’ attendance at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. 

Dr. Jharna Basak created this fund in 2016 in honor of her late husband, Dr. Sanjit Basak. He was an outstanding physician and community member. While all who knew Dr. Basak can remember his dedication to caring and listening to his patients, the assistance fund will keep alive the many healing qualities that made him such a prominent health care professional.  

Visionary Award

This student assistance fund will support MPH students implementing their vision for important improvements in healthcare delivery, population health, health economics, health behavior, health administration or health-promoting environments. This year the funds were used to support two students’ involvement in the SPHHP’s summer camp for high school students, which introduces racially/ethnically diverse and first generation students to the discipline of public health.

The donor, Dr. Paul Washburn, is a 2016 graduate of the MPH/ Preventive Medicine Residency program. As a student, Paul completed a capstone project that reflected his vision for improving delivery of care in an outpatient setting. Through this gift, he seeks to inspire and guide students who hope to improve the lives of people and the organizations that serve them.

Nationally Competitive Awards