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Coronavirus Updates

Resources for Current Students

This is a time for public health. Amid this global pandemic, we at the Dornsife School of Public Health are dedicated to educating and training our students as the world’s future public health leaders. Your faculty and professional staff are here to support you, and we encourage you to reach out.

A list of services and resources for students both in Philadelphia and around the world is available on our student intranet, Dornsife Dash.

Dornsife Student Emergency Fund: This was established to help full-time Dornsife School of Public Health undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency expenses that are related to COVID-19 pandemic. The spirit of this funding is to support emergency circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about details and eligibility.

Drexel University continues to monitor closely the coronavirus outbreak and follow guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Public Health and Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Details on all measures enacted thus far, as well as FAQs for students, can be found on the Drexel coronavirus website.

Visit Drexel's Coronavirus Website

Resources for Prospective Students

We are excited to welcome you to our community of faculty, staff and students who are engaged and are rising to meet public health challenges here in Philadelphia, in the nation, and globally.

Given that it is not feasible to host you on-campus, we hope to have the opportunity to meet you at any of our virtual events. Please visit our Admissions page or contact our team to learn more.

Drexel has compiled some coronavirus FAQs for prospective students.

Dornsife Webinars

Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health hosted a series of coronavirus webinars featuring insightful discussions and relevant topics. Watch the recordings below.

Past Webinars

Tuesday, March 10: Watch: Looking Beyond Fear: A Public Health Approach to Coronavirus

Thursday, March 26: Watch: Status Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Are We and What Might Be Next?

Monday, March 30: Watch: Implications of the Pandemic for Health Equity

Thursday, April 2: Watch: What Can We Learn From History and Prior Public Health Emergencies?

Monday, April 6: Watch: The Global Impact of Pandemics

Thursday, April 9: Watch: Can We Expect a Vaccine Any Time Soon?

Monday, April 13, 2020: Watch: Why Do We Need Clinical Trials of Treatments and What Will They Tell Us?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Watch: COVID-19 and Cities

Thursday, April 23, 2020: Watch: Where Will We Go After Coronavirus? Opportunities to Strengthen an Overwhelmed EMS Public Health Safety Net

Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Watch: The Impact of COVID-19 on People Who Use Drugs and Harm Reduction Efforts in Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 29, 2020: Watch: The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Maternal and Child Health Organizations (password: 9H?e.r58)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 4 - 5:00 pm Watch: Ethical Challenges in the Public Health Management of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Watch: Protecting Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Watch: Population Mental Health and COVID-19

Wednesday, May 15, 2020: Watch: Lessons Learned by Academic Public Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic (ASPPH virtual session)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Watch: New Approaches to the Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 Infection – Update on Laboratory Diagnosis of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Misinformation and the Role of Risk Communication During COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020: Emergency Departments on the Front Line of Public Health

Latest Message to Our School from Dean Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

"One of the many remarkable aspects of the times we are living through is the frequent discussion in the press and among the public of basic epidemiologic concepts that are usually relegated to abstract discussions in public health courses.

Perhaps the greatest hope is that these discussions will ultimately reinforce the fact that public health is par excellence a government responsibility critical to the health of all of us."

Read the Dean's Letter from 4/29/20

Dornsife Experts

Dornsife faculty members continue to offer expert commentary and analysis on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in local, national, and international media outlets.

Dornsife School of Public Health Dean Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD helped sort out fact from fiction and share what experts know so far in a March 19 Q&A for Drexel Now:

Read a COVID-19 Q&A With Dornsife Dean Ana Diez Roux - 3/19/20

How Dornsife Experts Are Helping Us Understand the Impact of COVID-19 - 4/30/20

News media professionals should contact Greg Richter, News Manager, at 215.895.2614 or, to schedule an interview with a Dornsife faculty expert.

Joe Amon
Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health, Community Health and Prevention
Sharrelle Barber
Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH Assistant Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Usama Bilal
Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Urban Health Collaborative
James W. Buehler
James Buehler, MD
Clinical Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy, Former Philadelphia Health Commissioner
Amy Carroll-Scott
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Community Health and Prevention
Esther Chernak
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Clinical Professor, Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication, Environmental and Occupational Health
Mariana Chilton
Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH Professor, Health Management and Policy and Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities
Ana Diez Roux
Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH
Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology
Robert Field
Robert Field, PhD, MPH, JD Professor, Health Management and Policy (Joint appointment with Drexel's School of Law)
Michael T. LeVasseur
Michael LeVasseur, PhD, MPH
Visiting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Yvonne Michael
Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Shiriki Kumanyika headshot

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH
Research Professor, Community Health and Prevention
Jennifer Taylor
Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS

Arthur L. and Joanne B. Frank Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health and Director of the Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST)
Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Professor and Chair, Community Health and Prevention

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