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A New Academic Year Brings Fresh Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on September 22, 2017

Welcome back everyone! We are excited to start a new academic year full of possibilities. Like every year we have a brand new class of MPH students  joining us. This year’s class includes nearly 100 students from 28 different countries. They will be the inaugural class of the brand new MPH program that we are launching this fall. The new program will ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to make a difference in today’s public health world. It is also more integrated and streamlined allowing students to graduate earlier and specialize through graduate minors. 

We are also thrilled to welcome 28 executive MPH students, 14 masters of biostatistics and masters of epidemiology students, 8 new doctoral students, including 3 Urban Health Collaborative doctoral fellows, and last but not least, 26 new undergraduate majors. Welcome to all!

Population Health Spotlight 

We have a terrific lineup of Population Health Spotlight speakers for the coming year. You can see the speakers below, mark your calendars and be sure to sign up to meet with the speakers when they visit.  

Population Health Spotlight Speakers

Urban Health Symposium and new website 

Just a couple of weeks ago we hosted a wonderful Second Dornsife Urban Health Symposium entitled “Reimagining Health in Cities: from local to global”. Nearly 300 participants and 26 speakers participated in seven panels and one global urban health pre-symposium event.  You can see more information and access videos of the event here.  Please also be sure to check out the new website for the Urban Health Collaborative where you can find news on exciting upcoming UHC Invited speakers, data availability, pilot funding and other future student and faculty opportunities.

Urban Health Collaborative Website

New Faculty

Finally we are delighted to welcome seven new faculty to our school, you can see their photo and bios below. They will bring terrific expertise and energy to our growing research and training programs.  Please stop by and say hello!

New Faculty profiles


The beginning of a new academic year is a time to reflect on our mission and core values. I was honored to be able to share some reflections on our mission as academics and as a university as part of the Drexel Convocation speech I delivered on September 20. 

Convocation Speech

And last but not least, I look forward to working with all of you as we continue to build our school and promote our core mission of improving population health and promoting health equity through research, practice, education, and service. 

As always, my door is open, come to me with your ideas.

Have a wonderful start to the new academic year.