University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced a $1 million gift to the University from College of Public Health alumna Dr. Leslie Hudson and her husband Mr. Clifford Hudson of Oklahoma City to benefit graduate students in the OU College of Public Health. The gift will establish an endowment for two annual fellowships for graduate students in the college.
“The Hudsons are deeply committed to improving the health of all Oklahomans,” said President Boren. “Their commitment to the training of the best possible health professionals will have an impact on the quality of life for many people and for years to come.” Each year two deserving doctoral candidates will pursue new discoveries to inform public health practices that will protect and improve the public’s health in Oklahoma and beyond.
“Educating and supporting the future generation of public health scientists who will do cutting edge research on the current public health challenges such as tobacco use prevention, cancer prevention, and promotion of healthy youth behavior is critical to improving the health of Oklahoma and the nation,” observed the Hudsons. “We are pleased that our gift will help support the career development of these young scholars and researchers.”
Dr. Leslie Hudson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology from the OU College of Public Health. She also served as an associate professor in the College of Public Health, specializing in biostatistics and epidemiology. She continues her service with OU Health Sciences Center as a member of the advisory boards of the College of Public Health and the OU Breast Institute.
After President Boren’s announcement of the endowment Dean Gary Raskob announced the first two recipients of the fellowships, third-year PhD student in epidemiology Ms. Dana Mowls and second-year PhD student in health promotion sciences Ms. Jennifer Green.
The OU College of Public Health trains public health scientists who pursue research on contemporary issues in public health such as tobacco use prevention, the prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases, the role of environmental exposures in health and the administration of health care systems.