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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.

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 and applied methods for students, researchers, public health and allied professionals. The Institute attracts participants from across the country working in diverse fields.

Courses are available for those at all career levels, with a focus on skills training related to understanding and improving health in cities.

The 2021 Urban Health Summer Institute will be held June 21-28, 2021. All courses are fully remote and offered online with live instruction.

Learn more about courses offered

Public Health Leadership Institute for High School Students

New students pose during Welcome WeekApplication now open! Apply by May 1, 2021. Drexel's Public Health Summer Leadership Institute was created to involve and support highly motivated high school students who wish to experience a pre-college program, academic challenge, and/or summer program. The goal for all participants is to explore the various aspects of public health, promoting health to all and creating a healthier Philadelphia!

Students entering either their junior or senior year will explore all facets of public health, from advocacy to policy making, health administration and management, preventive health, the environment and its impact on health outcomes, and the fascinating world of epidemiologists. (Hint: you might have the opportunity to probe a mock disease outbreak and learn more about how the health departments and CDC protect the public.)

Day trips and visits in the field will be in Philadelphia and the surrounding city limits. Discussions are led by public health experts and award-winning Drexel faculty. Students will experience site visits, such as a tour of City Hall and introductions to policy makers, public health advocates, and public health students. Engage in lectures, hands-on problem-solving/collaborative projects, field trips, and presentations from a variety of speakers. Make meaningful connections with your peers while preparing for college life in an immersive setting!

2021 Summer Program Application Now Open

You can choose to apply for the following weeks:

  • Session 1 from July 26–30, 2021
  • Session 2 from August 2-6, 2021

Apply now

The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 1, 2021.


High school juniors and seniors (commuting required). This is an excellent program for students who have interests in but not limited to public health, medicine, health, communications, environmental sciences, policy, sociology, and psychology.


$350 (financial assistance available). Lunch is included.

Residential Information

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

Contact Information

For more information about the curriculum, please contact:

Phi Nguyen
Assistant Dean of Students