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John Rich, MD, MPH

John Rich

Health Management and Policy; Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
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BA, English Literature, Dartmouth College; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health; MD, Duke Medical School


John A. Rich, MD, MPH, is Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health. He has been a leader in the field of public health, and his work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations—African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

Prior to Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, Rich created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators who focus on the health of men and boys in their communities.

He earned his Dartmouth A.B. degree in English, his M.D. from Duke University Medical School, and his Master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 2007 and now serves on its Board of Trustees. In 2009, Dr. Rich was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. His recently published book about urban violence Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men has drawn critical acclaim.

Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Urban Health


Rich, J.A. (2009). Wrong place, wrong time: Trauma and violence in the lives of young black men. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Rich J, Grey C. Pathways to recurrent trauma for young black men: traumatic stress, substance use and the “code of the street.” American Journal of Public Health 95: 816-824, 2005.

Rich J, Grey C. Qualitative research in trauma surgery: Getting beyond the numbers. World Journal of Surgery 27, 957-961, 2003