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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.

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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.

In 2023 the Urban Health Summer Institute was held from Friday, June 23 through Friday, June 30, 2023.

Visit the UHC website for more details. 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 Leadership 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

Drexel University's Public Health Summer Leadership Institute is a one-week academic program for highly motivated high school students who are seeking experiences that will help prepare them for college life.

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

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

The 2023 Public Health Summer Institute took place during the third week in July.

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


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. 

Residential Information

Participants are responsible for commuting each day to Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, 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, MSEd, MSODL, MA
Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services