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September 7, 2012 -- Drexel University Online, a premier provider of Internet‐based higher education, and the Drexel University School of Public Health are pleased to announce the creation of the Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health.
“Drexel University’s LGBT Health certificate program has a strong emphasis placed on understanding the complex ethical considerations involved in the study of LGBT populations,” said Dr. Marla J. Gold, dean of the Drexel University School of Public Health. “Our new certificate is one of the many ways we are contributing to the critically important field of public health.”
The LGBT Health certificate is intended for graduate students and practicing healthcare professionals who wish to better understand and address health issues specific to various and diverse LGBT populations. Through this intensive series of online graduate level courses, participants will gain advanced training in the research, sampling and measurement methodologies used to investigate LGBT health and health disparities.
“Public health experts are just starting to uncover the diverse set of issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and they are developing the tools necessary to study these populations effectively,” said Dr. Randall Sell, ScD (pictured left), an associate professor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention at the Drexel University School of Public Health.
"The methods and concepts used in the practice of public health research, including programming and program evaluations, must often be modified in order to apply to rare, stigmatized and/or hidden groups.
“The certificate will enhance students' knowledge of these concepts and explore how such methods can be adapted most effectively in practice with LGBT people and others,” said Dr. Sell.
"The online LGBT certificate program is led by Dr. Sell, whose most recent work has focused on critically examining demographic variables. This work originated in Dr. Sell's research on defining and measuring sexual orientations and sampling sexual minorities for public health research. The certificate program and the Program for LGBT Health at Drexel University are based in the Department Community Health & Prevention at the School of Public Health.
The certificate is available starting this fall and is taught by nationally‐recognized faculty from the School of Public Health. For more information on this program or to enroll, please visit www.drexel.com.
June 15, 2012 -- The Program for LGBT Health and the Department of Community Health & Prevention (CHP) congratulate Program Manager & Grant Writer Ted Faigle on his new appointment as Grants/Business Analyst at The Goodwin College of Professional Studies, effective Monday June 18th.
Ted has been an integral part of the LGBT Health team in the School of Public Health since coming to Drexel in 2009. Helping to launch and implement this innovative Program, he has been instrumental in the development of our research and education initiatives, including the LGBT Health curriculum for the MPH Degree Program (in which he taught a unit on Trans Health Issues) and for our online Certificate in LGBT Health, slated to go live in the Fall.
In his role as Grant Writer, Ted also helped secure several significant LGBT research grants sponsored by NIH and NSF as well as foundation funding for program operations. His prior association with various LGBT organizations helped establish local and national visibility for the Program and foster ongoing partnerships for our research, education and advocacy initiatives.
While managing the Program for LGBT Health, Ted completed his Masters Degree in Public Health through Drexel’s Executive Program for which we also congratulate and commend him.
Ted considers it “a privilege to have worked with such remarkable people in launching this vital and innovative project. I‘d like to thank everyone at Drexel and elsewhere for your generous support and camaraderie during my tenure in this position. I intend to remain in touch with the faculty and staff in the School of Public Health who I love and respect for giving me this wonderful opportunity to help promote the health and well being of LGBT People and communities.” He remains at the ready to support, advise and assist in whatever ways he may be of service in such efforts going forward. He may be contacted through LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tedfaigle
His efforts and dedication will long be appreciated and we wish Ted all the best in his new and ongoing endeavors.