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Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH

Janet Fleetwood

Community Health and Prevention
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BA, Philosophy, California State University; MA, PhD, Philosophy, University of Southern California; MPH, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health


Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH, is with the Department of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Her current work focuses on urban issues in public health, bioethics, and social justice, especially related to food scarcity, food safety, and food waste. Dr. Fleetwood holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California and an MPH from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She also holds a certificate in Global Health. Dr. Fleetwood served as a bioethics professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine from 1986 to 2009, and as the bioethicist for Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, where she led the hospital ethics committee and collaboratively created key hospital policies and implemented projects on topics including informed consent, confidentiality, and treatment at the end of life. Dr. Fleetwood has published her work in major academic journals and has obtained funding from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Greenwall Foundation, the Culpeper Foundation, and the van Ameringen Foundation. Dr. Fleetwood became a Drexel University Provost’s Fellow in 2005, and then transitioned from her faculty position to full-time university administration in 2009, subsequently serving as Associate Vice Provost, Vice Provost, and then Senior Vice Provost until 2016. In these administrative roles she led the development and implementation of Drexel University’s Strategic Plan, founded the Office of Faculty Development & Equity/Office of Faculty Affairs, and spearheaded a wide range of faculty and academic initiatives and policies. In 2016, she stepped away from university administration and returned to the faculty to focus on urban public health.

Research Interests

  • Public Health Ethics
  • Urban Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Food Safety


Peer-reviewed Publications:

Fleetwood, J., Arnold, R., Baron R., Giving Answers or Raising Questions: The Problematic Role of Institutional Ethics Committees. The Journal of Medical Ethics. 15(3):137-142. Sept., 1989.

Fleetwood, J., Haun, F., Simansky, K., Morahan, P. Teaching Ethics in Research: A Multidisciplinary Model. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 6(4): 274-276. 1994.

Fleetwood, J., Unger, S. Ethics Committees and the Shield of Immunity. Annals of Internal Medicine. 120(4): 320-325. February 15, 1994.

Phipps T., Fleetwood, J. Research Ethics and Clinical Trials: Expectation, Obligations and Responsibilities. Accountability in Research. 6:215-226. 1999.

Fleetwood J., Vaught W., Feldman D., Gracely E., Kassutto Z., Novack D. MedEthEx Online: A Computer Based Learning Program in Medical Ethics and Communication Skills. Teaching Learning in Medicine. 12 (2): 96-104.  Spring, 2000.

Fleetwood J.  Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research: Advocating for Patient - Subjects. Widener Law Symposium Journal. Vol. 8, Number 1:105-114. 2001.

Fleetwood J., Novack D., Templeton, B.  Bringing Medical Ethics to Life: An Educational Program Using Standardized Patients. Medical Education. Vol. 36, Number 11:1100. Nov 2002.

Fleetwood J., Vaught W., Covert Video Surveillance in Pediatric Care. The Hastings Center Report. Volume 32, No. 6:10-12. November-December 2002.

Fleetwood, J. STDs In Patients with Multiple Partners: Confidentiality. American Family Physician. Volume 74, No. 2:1963-1964. December 1, 2006.

Fleetwood, J. Public Health, Ethics, and Autonomous Vehicles. American Journal of Public Health. March, 2017.


Fleetwood, J., Kassutto, Z., Lipsky, M. Clinical Ethics in Family Medicine. American Academy of Family Physicians. Kansas City, Missouri: July, 2004.