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Community Health and Prevention

The Department of Community Health and Prevention 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. Our multidisciplinary work is reflected in our actions, programs, and policies that build upon community values, strengths, and assets. Our 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.

  • Department partnerships and other relationships with more than 100 community organizations offer students an unparalleled chance to develop real-world expertise in urban and neighborhood-focused public health.

  • Our faculty are renowned for their innovative strategies in health promotion and public health practice. They work closely with our students and community partners to break new ground in research and the investigation of community factors linked to health.

  • Our graduates build rewarding careers, not only in community-based organizations, but also in government, industry, academia, and the not-for-profit sector.

Latest Research

Dornsife researchers at conference in London

Understanding Risk and Protective Factors for HIV Infection Among Adolescent Mothers in South Africa

A Dornsife team, led by Ali Groves, PhD, MHS, an assistant professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention, presented new research on protecting young mothers from HIV infection at the July 2019 AIDS Impact Conference in London.

MPH student with Clean Air Council staff discussing street safety

Advocating for Sustainable and Fair Transportation

An MPH student aims to improve Philadelphia's built environment.

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