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Mission and History

mission and history

Our Mission

The Drexel University School of Public Health improves the health of communities and populations through innovative education and training programs, cutting-edge research and scholarship, and cooperative partnerships with other civic, business and academic institutions committed to solving our world’s most difficult health challenges.

The School prepares professionals who can develop, implement and evaluate strategies to address the wide range of public health programs plaguing the world today, from bioterrorism to malnutrition, violence and healthcare inequality. Our belief is that professionals can best meet the needs of today and tomorrow with a blend of scientific rigor coupled with real-world know-how and practical application of all disciplines of public health.

Health and Human Rights

Dr. Jonathan Mann served as the school’s founding dean. Arguably one of the greatest health and human rights experts in American history, Dr Mann also founded the World Health Organization HIV/AIDS Program. Dr. Mann is world renowned for linking public health and human rights, and his philosophy remains as one of our core values. We are committed to creating rigorous interdisciplinary academic, research and community programs that emphasize the unique role of human rights in public health science and practice.

The School’s last decade has been marked by forward thinking, tremendous growth, and substantive community impact. Today the school is reaching new milestones in student enrollment, faculty recruitment, research grants and community.