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The Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all. We define health broadly to encompass physical, mental and social well-being and not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity. We view the focus on the health of populations as a distinguishing feature of the field of public health. Our focus on population health requires us to consider not only the characteristics of individuals but also the broader social, economic, and policy contexts of health. It also implies that a broad range of actions and policies beyond those of the health care system can substantially impact health. Improving population health requires a fundamental commitment to social justice and the elimination of inequities in health.  The goal of improving population health also cannot be achieved without meaningful and sustained partnerships. Our School is committed to providing rigorous evidence and training, to building equitable partnerships, and to translating knowledge into actions that improve population health and reduce health inequities.

Our mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. We view health as a human right and have a special commitment to improving health in cities, eliminating health disparities, and promoting health in all policies.

Dornsife SPH faculty, staff and students are committed to the following: 

  • Health as a human right and the importance of social justice to health
  • Integrity, rigor, critical thinking, and self-reflection in research, scholarship, and education
  • Translation of knowledge into actions to improve population health and eliminate health disparities
  • Sustainable and equitable community partnerships
  • Inclusiveness, diversity, empathy and respect for others regardless of position or status.
  • Human dignity and open and honest dialogue.
  • Service to local communities while recognizing the value of a global perspective

The Dornsife School of Public Health is located in the recently renovated Nesbitt Hall at the corner of 33rd St and Market Street, located at the heart of University City in Philadelphia, within easy access to Center City and blocks from the 30th street station.

The 16th largest private university in the nation with more than 8,000 employees and 22,000 students, Drexel University comprises 10 colleges and 3 schools offering professional degrees in engineering, architecture, media arts design, business, law, medicine, nursing, and public health, among others. Drexel University is known for its historic commitment to experiential learning. The University’s goal to become “the most civically engaged university in America” drives its work with the City of Philadelphia and diverse community partners. The Drexel campus is located within a short walk of the Amtrak and regional rail stations in the University City section of Philadelphia, a vibrant city with a rich array of health care, educational, and arts institutions.