Building a Space for Public Health
The Drexel University School of Public Health (SPH) has been making a difference in the health of communities and populations since its inception in 1996 and has become a national authority in promoting the health of communities.
Coincident with the rapid development of its degree programs, marked growth in its research portfolio and student enrollment, the SPH has outgrown the building it shares with the university's College of Nursing and Health Professions in Center City Philadelphia. As the School has grown, a move to its own building on Drexel's University City Campus has significant strategic value to the continued growth and expansion of the school's offerings and its relationship with the communities it serves.
With the recent relocation of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's to a new facility, a building known as Nesbitt Hall is being redesigned to showcase public health at Drexel with a prominent location for the SPH on the University City Campus.
The School needs the room and facilities provided by renovating the interior of Nesbitt Hall to support its increasing research enterprise now and into the future. Labs where researchers can work safely; cutting edge classrooms where students can optimally learn; and conference rooms with state-of-the-art communication capabilities will help students, faculty and staff make an even greater impact on the health of communities.
This is becoming increasingly important since the school has started to offer courses, certificates, and a public health minor to Drexel's undergraduates—the vast majority of whom reside on the University City Campus. In addition, a new undergraduate public health major is proposed for the fall 2013.
The renovated building will also provide numerous work spaces, conference areas, student lounges, and other amenities that contribute to a nurturing, collegial educational environment for the School of Public Health to better disseminate knowledge and collaborate with the best minds in the world. Just as important, it will allow the School to continue its growth.