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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Michigan Professor Honored for Excellence in Teaching Epidemiology

Dr. Betsy Foxman, School of Public Health, has been awarded the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. The annual award recognizes a career of excellence in teaching in the field of epidemiology.


“Your work in teaching epidemiology, evidenced by your ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, understandable language using innovative methods, has contributed greatly to our field and is held in high regard by students and professional epidemiologists who have in turn made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health,” Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne, chair of the awards committee wrote in a letter notifying her of the award.

Dr. Foxman is the Hunein F. and Hilda Maassab Endowed Professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, in SPH. She also directs the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Diseases.

She studies the transmission, pathogenesis, ecology, and evolution of infectious agents, with an emphasis on transmission. Her research includes work on the transmission of antibiotic resistance among bacteria, of bacteria among individuals, and the population transmission system using molecular biologic, epidemiologic, and ecologic approaches.

Dr. Foxman received her Bachelor’s of Science in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of science in public health and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health. She has been at Michigan since 1984.

Dr. Alleyne presented the award to Dr. Foxman at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans last month.

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