ASPPH Academic Practice Excellence Award

The ASPPH Practice Excellence Award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to advancing and integrating scholarly public health practice within research, teaching, and service. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from an ASPPH- member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2021 Winner

Melissa (Moose) Alperin, EdD, MPH, MCHES

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Melissa Alperin, more commonly known by her nickname, Moose, has a long history of serving in leadership roles for numerous workforce development and public health practice initiatives. Currently, she is the PI of the HRSA-funded Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC), Interim COVID-19 After Action Report project for the Georgia Department of Public Health, and CDC-funded Georgia Hurricane Response Hub; and Training Director for the SAMHSA Southeast Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Moose is also the Director of the Executive MPH program which is the distance-based MPH program at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Additionally, she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at Rollins.

For many years, Moose has taught public health workers – in local, regional, national, and global settings – through both continuing professional education courses and the Executive MPH program.  She has an extensive record of practice-based service. She is a past President of Georgia SOPHE and currently serves on its Advisory Board. She is a past member of the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) Executive Board.  Nationally, she is a past member and Chair of the then, ASPH Council of Public Health Practice Coordinators.  She served as the ASPH representative to the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and currently serves on the newly revitalized Council of Linkages, representing the National Network of Public Health Institutes. She has served on the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations and the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Advisory Committee. Moose has a strong tradition of service to APHA and is the Immediate Past Chair of the APHA Council of Affiliates. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Pedagogy in Health Promotion.

Moose has been recognized by her colleagues with the following awards – Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) section of APHA (1999); Judith R. Miller Award from the PHEHP section of APHA in recognition of extraordinary service (2013); Kathy Miner Health Education and Health Promotion Award from the Georgia Public Health Association (2014); and the APHA Council of Affiliates Chair Citation for exemplary service (2019).

Moose has an EdD in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, an MPH degree in Health Promotion and Education from Emory, an AB degree in Judaic Studies from Brown University, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).