Nominations may be made for three awards: Alum Hall of Fame Award, the Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Emerging Public Health Professional Award.
The Alum Hall of Fame Award
The UCLA FSPH Alum Hall of Fame Award recognizes the achievements of distinguished alums and their contributions to public health.
The Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award
A former UCLA Fielding dean and professor, Dr. Lester Breslow was a visionary public health figure with a well-established track record for being ahead of his time. As early as the 1940s, he linked tobacco use to disease in three studies that were later cited in the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark 1964 report. He is widely known for his early advocacy and research into health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Breslow’s pioneering Alameda County studies beginning in the early 1960s were among the first to show that simple health practices — such as getting regular exercise and sleep, not drinking excessively, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight — add both years and quality to life.
The Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes UCLA Fielding alums who have shown exceptional dedication to advancing public health throughout their distinguished careers.
The Emerging Public Health Professional Award
The Emerging Public Health Professional Award honors alums who have demonstrated early-career leadership and dedication to public health. Qualified nominees for this award will have received their degree from UCLA Fielding within the past ten years.
Previously named the “Young Alumnus Achievement Award”, this award was recently renamed in an effort to remove bias from the selection process. We recognize that not everyone who graduates with an advanced degree from our school is not typically considered “young”. Anybody can have an early part of their public health career, regardless of age.