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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

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Dornsife Work Asks Pediatric Care Providers to Address New High-Risk Smoking Behaviors

Drexel MDs including Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and clinical professor of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife, publish a review underscoring the need for health care professionals who work with adolescents and their families to respond to the new types of smoking risks emerging today, with the rise of vaping.

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Helping Residents Heal after Hurricane Maria

A student works on her MPH, while learning to aid in a natural disaster and fight for her culture.

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