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Dornsife Alumni Featured in Drexel Magazine's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

No one expected a year like the one we had, but Drexel’s 40 Under 40 featured alumni greeted it with grit and took something valuable from the experience.

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Undergrad Contributes to the City's HIV Prevention Efforts

A junior public health major is supporting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's efforts to study HIV and COVID-19 risk.

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Reflecting on a Title V Maternal and Child Health Internship

Three MPH students share their experiences as a Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Intern and what compels them to this field.

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New Students Excited to Start On Campus at Dornsife this Fall

Public health undergrads are ready to take advantage of all the opportunities that Dornsife and Drexel offer.

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Working Towards Health Equity for Underrepresented Populations

An MPH student shines a light on the many health disparities that the LGBTQ+ community faces and uses their training to develop and implement solutions.

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A Commitment to Community-Engaged Research

A recent MPH graduate and MCH researcher is committed to involving communities while ensuring that solutions are achievable and sustainable by community standards.

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Advancing Health and Economic Equity for Fellow Philadelphians

An MPH/MBA student reflects on his experience combining policy analysis with advocacy work.

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The FIRST Center at Dornsife Hosts 6th Annual Fellowship

The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends at Dornsife announces the sixth annual Fire service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellows.

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Dornsife Health Policy Student Awarded David Winston Scholarship

An MPH student receives the 2021 prestigious David Winston Health Policy Scholarship.

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Investigating Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

An MPH student is selected for a prestigious occupational health internship program over the summer.

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Using Epidemiology to Foster Health Equity

Focusing on the intersection between infectious diseases and health disparities and learning to put advanced skills and concepts into practice.

Caroline Voyles, MPH

Advancing Health, Well-Being, and Inclusion Among Sexual and Gender Minorities

A doctoral student shares her journey in academia and the motivation behind her work.

Kofoworola D. A. Williams, PhD, MPH

Leading and Designing Meaningful Public Health Research

Now a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University, an alumna of the MPH program discusses her passion for public health research.

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A Community-Focused Approach to Public Health

An MPH student combines his experiences in education and community outreach to support the Urban Health Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

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Applying Occupational Health and Health Communications Principles Outside the Classroom

A BS/MPH accelerated student reflects on her experience as a research assistant at Dornsife's Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST).

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Introducing the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Graduate Fellowship at Dornsife

Dornsife is proud to introduce the first cohort of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Graduate Fellows who will begin in 2021.

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Undergraduate Student Receives Anthony and Antoinette T. Scholarship Award

A senior undergraduate student at Dornsife receives recognition for her commitment to academics while being actively involved with on-campus activities at the University.

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Tracing Infection Rates During a Pandemic

An MPH alum helps prepare exposure responses and explores how the team can use data analytics tools for contact tracing.

Improving Hospital Safety Through Infection Prevention and Control

An MPH alum shares experiences working as an infection control practitioner in a large academic medical center.

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Maximizing the Impact of Urban Tree Planting in Philadelphia

An MPH student interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and helped support the city’s goal to increase tree canopy coverage by 30 percent in 2025.

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Doctoral Student Receives the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

A doctoral student receives funding for her research addressing barriers to children receiving mental health care.

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Completing a Title V Maternal and Child Health Internship

A second-year MPH student develops public health media campaigns to engage a community of mothers.

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MS Student Receives Funding to Pursue Her Research Goals

An incoming student wins an award that will help her achieve her research goals in the MS program.

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STAR Scholars Research Program a Deciding Factor for Undergraduate Student

A rising second-year majoring in public health participates in Drexel University's STAR Scholars program.

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Enhancing Resources for Better Health Among EMS Personnel

An MPH student helps to improve resources for Emergency Medical Services workers.

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Assessing Environmental Health Risks and COVID-19 Cases at the EPA

An MPH student reflects on her internship experience at the EPA in the midst of a pandemic.

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Celebrating Dornsife’s Historic Class of 2020

Celebrating the Class of 2020 during an unprecedented time. 

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Students Highlight Their Research at a Virtual Poster Session

Dornsife hosts a virtual poster session for students to showcase their work.

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Building Global Bridges as a Director of Health Equity and Community Partnerships

Alum is highlighted by Drexel's 40 Under 40 program which recognizes the most promising, entrepreneurial, creative and inspiring alumni.

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A Career Path as a Health Equity Leader

Alum is highlighted by Drexel's 40 Under 40 program which recognizes the most promising, entrepreneurial, creative and inspiring alumni.

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The FIRST Center at Dornsife Announces 2020 FIRE Fellows

A new cohort of Dornsife students has been selected to work with real-world data in the fire service.

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Using Data and Storytelling to Better Serve Veterans

An MPH student uses his analytical and storytelling abilities to support a nonprofit serving veterans.

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Video: NYC-Based Alumnus Shares How Dornsife Prepared Her for Her Career

Darlice Rocha's healthcare career got a head start through her applied practical experience at Dornsife.

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Video: Preventing Public Health Issues Among Latinx Communities

Claudia Zumaeta Castillo shares why she chose Dornsife and why she felt a connection with her faculty mentor.

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Improving Maternal and Child Health Among Afghan People

An MPH alum works to create a healthier future for his country.

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Video: A Co-op Combines Public Health and Chemistry to Study Autism

Anna Bostwick's co-op at Drexel's Autism Institute has shown her how science and public health can work together.

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Taking Action to End Hunger in Philadelphia, One Granola Bar at a Time

An alum launches a healthy granola bar business to help individuals facing hunger.

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Combining Workplace Safety and Global Health to Improve Lives

An alum based in the Greater Washington, D.C. area works to improve environmental and occupational health.

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Video: Dornsife MPH Student Helps to Craft Disaster Preparation Plan

Rachel Seitz discovered how data informs policy through her work at the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication.

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Studying the Safety of CrossFit

An EMPH alum analyzes injury rates among CrossFit program participants.

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Combining Cardiology and Public Health to Help Communities

An MD/MPH student shares how the dual degree program built confidence his ability to design and initiate research projects.

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Getting the Most Out of Dornsife

A first-year MPH student, and veteran student advisor, shares her ideas on how to succeed and really enjoy Drexel.

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Exposing Adverse Health Effects Linked to Hotel Work

A DSPH MPH student uses her occupational health training to improve health and working conditions for hotel workers.

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Putting Public Health Policy to Work on the Campaign Trail

One alumn fought for her values alongside a 2020 presidential candidate.

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Supporting and Uplifting LGBTQ Youth

MPH alumni launch a nonprofit serving the LGBTQ community.

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Advocating for Sustainable and Fair Transportation

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

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Reflecting on a Dornsife Education

From freshmen year to graduation day, a BS student recounts the highlights of his time at Dornsife.

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Macy's Program Key to Interdisciplinary Health Leadership Training for this Undergraduate

Griffin Wong, an accelerated BS/MPH student with a minor in bioinformatics, is accepted into the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.

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Dornsife Students Make a Difference in the Changing Urban Landscape of Philadelphia

Students assessed the impacts of a new public space: Cherry Street Pier.

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Dornsife Student Awarded David Winston Scholarship

An MPH student receives the prestigious David Winston Health Policy Scholarship.

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Dornsife Students Selected to Present at the College of Physician’s Poster Event

Students from various degree levels at Dornsife were chosen to present their research among peers from nine different schools in the Philadelphia region.

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Beyond Medicine: Gaining a New Perspective on Providing Care

An MD/MPH student discovers that the program and her Integrated Learning Experience expand her professional horizons and opportunities in unexpected ways.

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A Summer in Africa Leading Outbreak Investigations

An MPH student spends her summer in Lesotho combating a drought induced health crisis.

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Changing the Public Health Game in the Greater Philadelphia Area

A Dornsife alum is honored for her ability to leverage technology to improve public health.

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Investigating the Impact of the ACA on Health Care Access for Children

A doctoral student discovers the possible benefits and policy lessons of health care reform when it comes to children's health.

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Pursuing an MS to Focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment

Discovering the benefits of carefully curated degree programs that allow students to specialize.

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Transforming Maternal and Child Health Training

An MPH student helps create an innovative learning tool for maternal and child health students.

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Advancing Sickle Cell Disease Research in the Caribbean

An undergraduate gets a head start on her career managing a groundbreaking study to advance public health in Jamaica.

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The Value of a JD MPH

An alum combines the law and an expert knowledge of health policy to succeed in mergers and acquisitions.

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Receiving Recognition for Innovative Research

A doctoral candidate wins an award for exploring how school nurses might help prevent HPV.

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Changing the Way Addiction is Treated

An alum builds a career improving care for the underserved.

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New Class of MPH Students Experience Public Health Immersion

Students kick-off the year discovering Philadelphia’s public health challenges and opportunities.

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Optimizing Evaluation Capacity for Heart Disease and Stroke Programs at the CDC

An MPH candidate gains career experience addressing two of the nation’s toughest health challenges.

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Dornsife Welcome Week Kicks Off with Volunteer Effort

New students get to work fighting hunger in Philadelphia.

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Exploring Microgravity to Improve Public Health

A Dornsife junior discovers that there’s lots more going on at NASA than the space program.

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Launching a Career in Health Policy

An alum and winner of the prestigious David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship will explore policy with national leaders.

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Improving PTSD Outcomes for Children Globally

An MPH student supports the Dornsife team, while advancing research on children’s health.

Paola Maysonet

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.