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Community Health and Prevention Department

The Department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health promotes health through the scientific study of communities, examining the social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that influence health at the neighborhood level.

Our work also focuses on the human rights and social justice aspects of public health. We are committed to securing the conditions that support population health.

The Department of Community Health & Prevention enthusiastically supports the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health's Action Plan to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism.

What is Community Health and Prevention?

Community Health and Prevention aims to understand health behavior, promote the health of communities, and sustain community health.

The work of community health and prevention includes designing, implementing, managing and evaluating health programs and policies in domestic and global settings.

Drexel Dornsife’s Community Health and Prevention Mission and Vision

Dornsife’s Community Health and Prevention (CHP) department emphasizes an education based on the principles of community engagement, participatory action, and human-rights-based values in research, practice, and policy.

Our multidisciplinary approach to community health is reflected in our actions, public health programs, and policies that build upon community values, strengths, and assets.

Our community health training programs offer a diverse student body the chance to learn and practice rigorous behavioral and prevention science methodologies to become experts in a range of community health areas.

To learn more about our community health degrees, request more information to speak with a member of our admissions team today or visit the links below for a full list of programs.

A Word From Our Department Chair

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Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH
Department Chair and Associate Professor

"Our human rights foundation, our collaborative spirit, and our commitment to addressing structural inequities and the social determinants of health, makes our department uniquely poised to impact today’s urgent public health challenges."

Read Amy Carroll-Scott's Welcome Letter and Faculty Bio.


Community Health and Prevention Degrees and Courses

Undergraduate Programs in Public Health

View all undergraduate public health courses in the Drexel Catalog.

Community Health Master's and Doctoral Programs

View all CHP department graduate courses in the Drexel Catalog.

Graduate Minors in Community Health

Learn more about Public Health Graduate Minors, which are open to all graduate students at Drexel.

Community Health and Prevention Graduate Certificates


Featured Research in Community Health and Prevention

Dornsife researchers gather with Philly Joy Bank community evaluators at Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia

Dornsife Researchers to Lead Evaluation Efforts of the Philly Joy Bank

To determine whether a community-driven guaranteed income program has an impact on birth and health outcomes, researchers at Dornsife are conducting an evaluation study.

Co-leading this effort are Ali Groves, PhD, MHS, associate professor, and Elizabeth (Libby) Salerno Valdez, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, both in the department of Community Health and Prevention.

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Featured CHP Student Story

Headshots of the ten 2023-24 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) Fellows

Meet This Year's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Fellows

Dornsife's fourth cohort of IDEA Fellows will promote and support ongoing DEI work at the school.

More student news

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Dornsife Doctoral Student Awarded NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship

Fourth-year PhD candidate receives NIH NRSA fellowship to study the impact of neighborhood eviction exposures on cardiovascular health, enhancing his dissertation research and training.

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