Dr. WayWay M. Hlaing Elected Fellow of American College of Epidemiology

WayWay M. Hlaing, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.B.S., associate professor of public health sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE).

The college is the credential-based professional organization dedicated to continued education and advocacy for epidemiologists in their efforts to promote public health. Membership applications for any category (associate member, member, fellow) are reviewed by the Admissions Committee of ACE, which then makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors.

A recommendation for fellow status is reached through a review of credentials in the areas of training, education, experience, and substantial contributions to the profession with national/international recognitions.

After a careful review of Hlaing’s credentials, ACE’s Admissions Committee and Board of Directors unanimously voted to promote her to fellow status.

“I am pleased and humbled to be elected a fellow of ACE,” said Hlaing, who received her M.B.B.S. degree (equivalent of the M.D. degree in the U.S.) from the Institute of Medicine I in Rangoon, Burma, her M.S. in health sciences from Western Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. She joined the Miller School faculty in 2008 and, in addition to her extensive teaching and research activities, serves as director of the Ph.D. program in epidemiology.

She has been an active member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) since 1998, ACE since 2000, and the International Epidemiologic Association since 2013. She has served on the Ethics Committee of ACE, the Educational Committee of SER, the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health. She joined ACE’s Ethics Committee in 2001 and is currently serving a three-year term as vice chair. In addition, she provided professional contributions as an expert for the “epidemiologists” occupation to the U.S. Department of Labor in the DOL-Research Triangle Institute project.

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