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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:

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

John Rich, Professor in 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 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.

Drexel Research Training Opportunities
The Drexel University Office of Research offers a variety of workshops designed to address the research administration needs of faculty and support staff, novice and seasoned. Session content covers many topics within pre-award, post-award, and compliance. Comprehensive, "hands on" COEUS Lite classes for faculty and department administrators is also available. Please follow this link to see the offerings and to register for a workshop. Sessions are limited to 10 participants, and all sessions are held in the Office of Research Conference Room from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on the specified dates. 

In addition, the Office of Research is happy to develop workshops tailored for other training needs. If there is an area or specific topic you would like to learn more about, please contact Moira McAndrews,, in the School of Public Health Office for Research, to suggest a training.