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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

Drexel's Urban Health Summer Institute provides students and working professionals the opportunity to access hands-on training from the talented faculty and staff of the Dornsife School of Public Health. Over just a few days, attendees can broaden their knowledge, skills and research abilities. - Yyonne Michael, ScD, SM

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative at Dornsife hosts a Summer Institute every June. The Institute offers short courses related to urban health for students, researchers, public health and allied professionals. The Institute attracts participants from across the country working in diverse fields.

Skills Training in Urban Health Research and Applied Methods

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 2022 Urban Health Summer Institute was held June 24 - July 1, 2022. Details on the next Summer Institute will be finalized in spring 2023.

Participants register for each course individually. Note that some courses will be offered in-person at Drexel University while others will be online with live instruction. Learn more about courses offered.

Public Health 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 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 in high school 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 come up with your own real-world solutions to a public health problem and learn more about how health departments 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 and learning more about studying public health in Philadelphia!

Week-Long Summer Program

Drexel's 2022 Public Health Summer Leadership Institute took place from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, 2022.

Read about this week-long event full of activities, and check back in the spring for information on our 2023 program.

If you have any questions about the program please contact 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