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Public Health Practice

Public Health Practical Experiences at Drexel Dornsife

At Drexel Dornsife we are committed to public health practice, maintaining strong connections with community, government, and health care organizations in the region and across the globe.

We are especially focused on improving the conditions in which people live right here in the Philadelphia region. This philosophy translates into doing real, collaborative work with external partners that produces tangible results and is integrated into the school's academic, research, and service activities.

Student Practical Experiences

We offer a range of practical learning experiences that advance our students' public health research and engagement skills during their time at Dornsife.

Practicing public health while in school is an invaluable experience that often clarifies a student's next steps in their career. These experiences include the following:

Applied Practical Experiences

Graduate students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program complete a practicum at an organization of their choice, gaining approximately 120-hours of real-world experience.

Learn more about Applied Practical Experiences

Integrative Learning Experience

MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) throughout their second year. A student's ILE can be an internship or a data analysis project (working closely with their faculty mentor) or a capstone course (working with their course instructor).

Learn more about Integrative Learning Experiences

Drexel Co-op

Undergraduate students complete a Drexel Co-op. Co-op is an internship that provides public health students with valuable career experience in their field of study.

Learn more about Public Health Co-ops

Global Field Practice Experience

A Global Field Practice Experience offers students the opportunity to apply theory and principles of professional practice in global health and international development, that can potentially culminate in a Co-op, study abroad, APE, ILE, fellowship, or a funded research opportunity.

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Public Health Workforce Development

The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) is part of the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. The Center translates knowledge into practice by creating a bridge between academia and the public health workforce.

CPHP responds to the needs of the public health community through:

  • Training and technical assistance
  • Needs assessments
  • Guidance on accreditation

The CPHP brings Dornsife's resources to practicing public health professionals and engages public health organizations, healthcare organizations, and academia in meaningful and sustained partnerships to address health in cities and improve the health of our communities.

The CPHP is the home of the federally-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center, a collaborative project with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to increase the technical skills of the public health and health care workforce.

Liam Romond on Drexel's campus

Investigating Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

An MPH student is selected for a prestigious occupational health internship program over the summer.

More stories of Dornsife students putting public health into practice