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Jennifer Kolker, MPH

Jennifer Kolker

Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations, and Director of the Center for Public Health Practice
Health Management and Policy
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BA, English, Rutgers University; MPH, Public Health Policy and Administration, University of Michigan School of Public Health


Jennifer Kolker, MPH, holds a Master of Public Health degree in public health policy and administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Professor Kolker is a Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy, the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice, and Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center, a federally funded training center for the public health workforce, operated in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh. 

Prior to joining Drexel in 2004, she held various positions in the non-profit world and then the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, working first in HIV/AIDS policy and planning and later in the Office of the Health Commissioner, also in a health planning and policy role. Professor Kolker was also a a senior policy associate with Public Works, a consulting firm that provides public policy research and analysis to government agencies and officials, non-profits and think tanks across the country.

Professor Kolker serves as the School's Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations, and she teaches several courses on public policy and public health practice and advises and mentors graduate students.

Her work is focused on building bridges between academic public health and public health practice within the School’s mission of pursuing public health, human rights, and social justice.

Research Interests

  • Access to Care
  • Health Equity
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health Practice
  • Urban Health


Kolker, J.  Innovation in Public Health: Blending the Tried and True with New Directions.  Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, Fall 2011.

Gallagher, D., Kolker, J.  Objecting to Public Health – Stories from Four Pennsylvania Counties.  Commonwealth, A Journal of Political Science.  Special Policy Issue: Public Health in Pennsylvania.  December 2008.

Gallagher, D., Kolker, J., Rubinstein, S., Duden, M., Epstein, N.  Program Narrative for New Access Point Application.  Berks Community Health Services, December 2010.*

Gallagher, D., Kolker, J.  Federally Qualified Health Center Feasibility Study for Berks County, Pennsylvania, September 2010.*

Kolker, JMultiplying Connections Year 3 Evaluation Report.  Health Federation of Philadelphia.  October 2010.*

Kolker, JPregnant Woman’s Companion Guide.  Norristown Alliance for Healthy Babies.  June 2009.*

Kolker, J.  Environmental Scan of Food and Fitness in Pennsylvania.  Report to the Kellogg Foundation.  May 2009.*

Kolker, J., Gallagher, D., Davidson, J., Rubinstein, S., Enhancing Public Health in Berks County.  Report to the Berks County Community Foundation. July 2008.*

Gallagher, D., Kolker, JBuilding a Model for Financing Local Health Departments in Pennsylvania, Drexel University /Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, December 2007.*

Kolker, J., Lim, Suet, Maus, K., Line, C. Obstetric Care for Philadelphia Residents.  An Analysis of Obstetric Capacity from 1997-2004.  July 2007.*