Ernest L. Stebbins was inducted into Delta Omega, the public health honor society, as an honorary member for his achievements as a public health practitioner and administration.
Ernest L. Stebbins began his life in rural Iowa. He was educated at Drake University and Dartmouth College (B.S., 1925). In 1929, Stebbins received his M.D. from Rush Medical College at the University of Chicago. He stayed in Chicago to complete his residency, but eventually moved to Baltimore. In 1932, Stebbins received his Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Stebbins worked in Virginia and New York after completing his education. He served as Health Commissioner in New York City and worked as a professor at Columbia University. In 1946, Stebbins found himself back in Baltimore as director of the School of Hygiene and Public Health. He became the dean of the School in 1958 and served in this capacity until 1967. Stebbins was essential in developing key departments of the school during his deanship (international health, population dynamics, and public health administration). Stebbins is both a dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the School.
During his career, Stebbins also "helped charter the World Health Organization"". Stebbins was dedicated to fostering and promoting international health. For example, he was involved in the "re-establish(ment) of a school of public health in the Philippines after World War II" ("Profiles in Public Health - Spotlight Profile: Ernest L. Stebbins," http://support.jhsph.edu/sph/sphheros.chm?detail=3).