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Summer Institutes

Summer programs at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health provide opportunities to learn about a broad range of public health topics through informative and insightful sessions.

Public Health Leadership Institute for High School Students

New students pose during Welcome WeekDrexel's summer academic program in public health is open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore the field of public health, which is continuously evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world.

Students entering either their junior or senior year will explore all facets of public health: community health and prevention, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, health management policy, and more.

Discussions are led by industry-leading and award-winning Drexel faculty in Nesbitt Hall, and field trips will take students all over Philadelphia. Students will have unique opportunities to learn about public health through lectures, hands-on collaborative projects, outings, and presentations from distinguished speakers.

Update on the 2020 Summer Program

The health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and community members is of the utmost importance to Drexel University. We have made the decision to cancel Dornsife's 2020 summer program due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For official updates on Drexel's Response to the Coronavirus, please visit the University's response website at

Schedule on a typical day:

9 a.m. – noon
Morning conference: Lecture presented by a Drexel University faculty member or guest lecturer

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch (will be provided)

1 – 4 p.m.
Public Health in Action: Students will complete hands-on projects with Dornsife School of Public Health community partners.

Residential Information

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and housing. Students must reside within a reasonable commuting distance of Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health since the program does not provide housing.

Residents of Philadelphia and its immediate Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs will be given preference; if you do not reside in this area but can make your own arrangements for housing (e.g., with a relative) please provide your local address when you submit your application.

Contact Information

For more information about the curriculum, please contact:

Phi Nguyen
Assistant Dean of Students

Urban Health Summer Institute

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at Dornsife hosts a Summer Institute every June.

The Institute offers short courses in urban health research for students, researchers, public health and allied professionals. The Institute attracts participants from across the country working in diverse fields.

Courses provide participants with knowledge and tools to improve and understand health in cities.

Learn more about the Urban Health Summer Institute