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About the Dornsife School of Public Health

Urban Health. Global Impact.

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.

Dornsife is the #1 school of public health in Philadelphia and in the top 15% in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools.

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 mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. 

Our story weaves together three public health challenges: urban health, health equity, and policy translation in a way that is inclusive and broad, that allows us to have focus but at the same time engages new ideas and new areas. Most importantly, we recognize the value of diversity (where we come from, who we are, what we know, what we do, our history) to all of our work, because this diversity is critical to our ability to develop, embrace new things, and achieve our goals. 

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
  • Diversity and inclusiveness, 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 Nesbitt Hall at the corner of 33rd and Market Streets, at the heart of University City in Philadelphia, within easy access to Center City and blocks from 30th Street Station.

About Drexel University

Drexel University is one of America's 15 largest private universities, with more than 9,000 employees and 24,000 students. Drexel's 15 colleges and schools offer over 200 degree programs in engineering, architecture, media arts design, business, law, medicine, nursing, public health, and more.

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.