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students with posters

The intellectual foundation of public health is a matrix between disciplines based in pure science, such as the behavioral or mathematical sciences, and those formed around the collective application of multiple sciences to a single health issue, such as global, occupational or mental health. This two-pronged focus for our field creates a tension of scientific and professional culture, but also an intellectual meeting place that at its best, fosters scientific discovery that is truly shaped by a mission of improving the health of the public.

Drexel School of Public Health has grown its research enterprise at an astonishing rate over the past five years, and remains strongly committed to a blended model of service with science.

We have been awarded NIH funded grants in the areas of:

  • Substance abuse
  • Violence prevention
  • Gender norms
  • Energy
  • Obesity
  • Women’s health

Faculty are leading national studies and have created research centers that address key public health issues:

  • Autism
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health care disparities
  • Hunger and poverty
  • Public health training
  • Urban violence

John Rich, the chair of the Department of Health Management & Policy, is the only faculty member at Drexel University—and one of the few in Greater Philadelphia—to receive a MacArthur Fellowship Grant.


Drexel School of Public Health Students present research posters at two local events
Drexel public health students have recently presented their work at two research events, spreading knowledge and awareness of important public health issues. Here are summaries of our students' presentations at Drexel's Research Day 2013, and at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Drexel University and Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium
Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University established a Cancer Research Consortium with the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. The Population Sciences Working Group is a group of cancer prevention and control scientists who are working to develop the Population Sciences Program within the Consortium. Activities focus on research, education and community engagement in cancer prevention and control, to build Consortium capacity for the formation of a population sciences program and comprehensive cancer center status. Click here for more information on how to get involved.

ORA Training Opportunities
The Office of Research Administration has posted their training opportunities for the fall. Some of the topics being offered this year include, but are not limited to, Budget 101, Pay Me/Show Me (Post-award), Everything Effort (Compliance), Export controls, Proposal How To’s, and Tools of the Trade (Post-award). Please follow this link to see all of the trainings being offered. To sign up, click the listed link, then click on a date to register.

Sessions are limited to 10 participants, and all sessions will be located in the ORA Conference Room from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on the specified dates. In addition, ORA is happy to develop trainings for other requested topics. If there is an area or specific topic you would like to learn more about, please contact Amy Confair,, in the School of Public Health Office for Research, to discuss ORA coming to SPH to host a training in any topic that would be helpful.