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Public Health 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.

Summer Programs:

Urban Health Summer Institute

Urban Health Summer Institute

Skills Training in Urban Health Research and Applied Methods

Hosted by Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at Dornsife, the Urban Health Summer Institute offers short courses related to urban health for students, researchers, and 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, for CEU or CPH credit.

The 9th annual Urban Health Summer Institute will be held Friday, June 21 – Friday, June 28, 2024‚Äč.

Visit the UHC website for a list of courses. Participants register for each course individually.

Some courses are offered in-person at Drexel University while others are online with live instruction.

Public Health Summer Institute for High School Students

Drexel's Public Health Leadership Institute for High School Students: Make meaningful connections, prepare for college life in an immersive setting, and learn more about studying public health in Philadelphia

Hosted by the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University's Summer Public Health Leadership Institute is a one-week academic program in June for highly motivated high school students who are seeking experiences that will help prepare them for college life.

Make meaningful connections with your peers while preparing for college life in an immersive setting and learning more about studying public health in Philadelphia.

Summer Public Health Leadership Institute 2024
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Apply for the 2024 Public Health Summer Institute

The application is open for the 2024 summer program. The program will take place from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26, 2024.

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If you have any questions about the program, please read about last year's event or email Tariem Burroughs, PhD, M.S.Ed., MSODL, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services, at

The application closes on May 17, 2024.

About the Program

Philadelphia-area students entering either their junior or senior year in high school 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.

Students have the opportunity to come up with their own real-world solutions to a public health problem and learn more about how local health departments protect the public.

Day trips and visits in the field are in Philadelphia and the surrounding city limits. Discussions are led by public health experts and award-winning professors from the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Students experience site visits, such as a tour of City Hall, and are introduced to policy makers, public health advocates, and public health students.

This program is proud to have received an Innovative Curriculum honorable mention from the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2023.


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.


$400 (financial assistance available). Lunch is included.

Location and Residential Information

Participants are responsible for commuting each day to Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.

The Dornsife School of Public Health is at the heart of Drexel's campus in Nesbitt Hall, located at 3215 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Students must reside within a reasonable commuting distance of the Dornsife School of Public Health since the program does not provide housing.

Contact Information

For more information about the curriculum, please contact:

Tariem Burroughs, PhD, M.S.Ed., MSODL
Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services