Welch-Rose Award

The ASPPH Welch-Rose Award recognizes the highest standards of leadership and scholarship in public health and honors individuals in two categories: 1) Distinguished Academic Public Health Service – individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact in academic public health; 2) Distinguished Public Health Service – individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the field of public health.

The award also honors Drs. Wickliffe Rose and William Henry Welch whose seminal 1915 report continues to serve as a central reference point for the design of academic public health.

The 2021 awardees will be presented with their award and speak during the 2021 ASPPH Annual Meeting.

2021 Winners

2021 ASPPH Welch-Rose Award - Public Health Service

We are pleased to announce the 2021 winner of the ASPPH Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Public Health Service, Dr. Anthony Fauci. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of public health.

Dr. Fauci has had an extraordinary and unique career in public health and medicine and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to social justice. He has served with distinction during his tenure at the National Institutes of Health and in leadership roles as an advisor to six presidents.

Dr. Fauci received his medical degree from Cornell University and undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross. Currently, Dr Fauci has authored or coauthored over 1,000 scientific publications and several textbooks including the 17th edition of Harrison’s Manual of Medicine. His work has earned him untold numbers of awards and honors including the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This year, Time magazine named him to the list of the 100 most influential people for 2020.

In 1984, Dr. Fauci became the fifth Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In this position, Dr. Fauci oversees an extensive research portfolio of applied and basic research to prevent, diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as HI/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, and illnesses from potential agents of bioterrorism. His commitment to outstanding clinical medicine and effective public health measures helped lead to the identification of AIDS.

During the past year, Dr. Fauci has become the nation’s most trusted voice on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. He has served as one of the leading members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. In this role he has been a needed source of unvarnished truth for the entire country. Dr. Fauci has provided sage guidance and science-based analysis to a nation craving for information it can trust. He is that rare leader who combines tremendous authority with personal humility. That’s why America trusts him. He has been an inspiration to public health and medical workers around the world and to all Americans.

2021 ASPPH Welch-Rose Award - Academic Public Health Service

We are pleased to announce the 2021 winner of the ASPPH Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Academic Public Health Service, Dr. Charles Mahan. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact in academic public health.

Dr. Mahan is being recognized for his contributions as a physician, educator, leader, advocate and lifelong champion of both academic and practice public health  and his extraordinary commitment to professionalizing public health and his creation of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) and the Certification in Public Health (CPH) exam.

Dr. Mahan earned his medical degree from Northwest University and after an OB/GYN internship and fellowship in Minneapolis he joined the medical school faculty at the University of Minnesota and later at the University of Florida. In 1982 he was recruited to Tallahassee to serve as the state’s Title V MCH Director and from 1988-1995 he served as Florida’s State Health Officer, developing an acute interest in professionalizing the public health workforce.

In 1995, Dr. Mahan became the second dean of the USF College of Public Health and threw himself into ASPH work, including serving on the Council for Education in Public Health, and championing the “Academic Health Department” movement. He envisioned a more respected workforce, one recognized for its professionalism, and a more respected academic enterprise, one that would be on par with its sister medical schools.

Armed with this vision, he began discussions with then-APHA president Mohammad Akhter and the late ASPH president Harrison Spencer about ways the academic and practice communities could come together to professionalize the field. The idea for a National Board of Public Health Examiners, similar to the medical boards with which they were all familiar, was borne.

NBPHE was established in September 2005 as an independent organization, the purpose of which is to ensure that public health professionals have mastered the foundational knowledge and skills relevant to contemporary public health. Over 10,000 individuals have  sat for the exam, earning their CPH.