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Public Health Immersion Program

Drexel Dornisfe Public Health Immersion Program 2020

The Dornsife School of Public Health's Immersion Program engages our incoming students in learning about public health practice in collaboration with faculty, alumni, and community partners with expertise in various topics. Students expand their knowledge of different areas of public health and learn about the School's contributions to public health locally and globally.

All incoming and current Dornsife students at all academic levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) are welcome to participate.

Students who complete all five modules and attend at least one synchronous session by Monday, November 30, 2020, will receive a certificate of completion. MPH students can receive credit for up to two breadth activities for completing Immersion Program activities.

2020 Immersion Program for Incoming Students

The 2020 Immersion Program is an all-virtual event featuring five asynchronous modules that you can watch on your own time and three synchronous sessions that will be live-streamed.

The asynchronous modules will launch during the week of August 31. The synchronous sessions will occur over the course of three afternoons during the week of September 7. Exact dates and times are listed below, along with a link to RSVP.

Online Learning Modules

The five asynchronous modules feature a faculty member focusing on research related to a public health topic, an alumnus perspective of working in the field, and examples of student experiences while at Dornsife. The five topics are Housing and Homelessness, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Reproductive and Global Health, and Violence.


Housing and Homelessness

Mental Health

Infectious Disease

Reproductive & Global Health

Mental Health

Infectious Disease

Sexual/Reproductive Health

Housing & Homelessness
(See this New York Times article
for related reading on housing



Make sure to fill out an evaluation form for each module. You can fill out five separate evaluations as you go, or evaluate them all at the end:

Module evaluation form

Live-Streamed Panel Discussions

The three synchronous online sessions will feature a moderated discussion with the panelists and take questions from the audience. The sessions will focus on the health disparities faced by the following populations:

  • Black American's Health: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. RSVP here.
  • LGBTQ Health: Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. RSVP here.
  • Immigrant Health: Friday, September 11, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. RSVP here.

Make sure to fill out an evaluation form for each live discussion that you attended:

Live discussion evaluation form


Caroline Voyles, MPH
Director of Student Placement and Partnership Development
Dornsife School of Public Health