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Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative

The Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all.

The founding Dean, Jonathan Mann, was a pioneer in defining human rights as the core of the public health response in his work responding to the emerging HIV epidemic in Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and as the head of the World Health Organization’s Global Program on AIDS.

Dr. Mann was a passionate scientist and advocate and the Dornsife School of Public Health seeks to continue his legacy, defining health broadly to encompass physical, mental and social well-being and working to eliminate inequities in health.

The goal of the school also recognizes the importance of meaningful and sustained partnerships, providing rigorous evidence and training, and translating knowledge into actions that improve population health.

Consistent with our history and our mission, the Dornsife School of Public Health created the Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative with the following goals:

1)  Expanding evidence- and community-based global health and human rights research allied with advocacy seeking the fulfillment of global sustainable development goals related to health, addressing inequities and ensuring “no one is left behind."

2)  Strengthening partnerships with grassroots health and human rights organizations throughout the world.

3)  Developing curricula to further understanding, among Drexel students and in open-access online courses in partnership with human rights activists, of health and human rights research methods, advocacy strategies and rights-based intervention design and evaluation.

4)  Sponsoring global health lectures and symposia and visiting global health scholars and frontline health and human rights practitioners for short periods in residence.

5)  Supporting Drexel’s students and faculty to expand research on global health topics and participate in advocacy with global health institutions.

6)  Expanding scholarship around health and human rights through co-publishing, with the FXB Center of Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health, the Health and Human Rights Journal, whose founding editor was Jonathan Mann.