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Public Health Research at Dornsife: Urban Health, Global Impact

Social inequalities in health remain a major challenge for societies around the globe. Dornsife is committed to understanding the drivers of health disparities, investigating the possible interventions to reduce those disparities, and working with partners to eliminate them. Our school views social justice as critical to population health.

All of Dornsife's public health research has a community component to it. Co-created research projects result in co-created solutions to public health problems that are ultimately more sustainable and have more community investment.

Public Health Research Resources

Dornsife has a diverse research portfolio in areas of population health including urban health, health disparities, translation of evidence into practice and policy, and health and human rights. Learn more about our research centers, interests and activities.

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Centers and Programs

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Faculty Research Interests

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Faculty Grants and Announcements

Dornsife Research Expertise

Learn more about how Dornsife, both locally and globally, is building partnerships and focusing on health in cities.

Research Partnerships

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Dornsife research is elevated by our partnerships with other exceptional local and international organizations. Learn more about our alliances.

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Urban Health

Urban Health

By 2050, cities will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population. Learn about the work of Dornsife's Urban Health Collaborative.

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Featured Public Health Research Topics

Below are two featured areas of research that reinforce Dornsife's commitment to the three goals of generating the best scientific evidence, putting it into practice, and promoting equity and social justice.


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Dornsife's Center for Hunger-Free Communities offers research and action with the goal of developing innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.

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Emergency Preparedness

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Our Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication builds public health infrastructure and capacity for disaster response and recovery through research, education and service.

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Faculty Research Highlight

Dornsife is fortunate to have among our faculty many experienced public health practitioners, and many researchers focused on generating policy relevant evidence. Evidence and action are two sides of the same coin, reinforcing and informing each other continuously to improve population health and eliminate health disparities.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Dornsife Grant to Transform Academia for Equity

3/31/22: The Dornsife School of Public Health is expanding its work to identify and challenge systems that have hindered the pace and innovation of health equity research thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Transforming Academia for Equity program.

Leading the project are Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Reneé H. Moore, PhD, Research Professor, Director of the Biostatistics Scientific Collaboration Center (BSC), and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Learn more.

Latest Public Health Research News

Dornsife researchers show the value of public health by addressing current and emerging issues facing the world today. Read about our research and activities making news locally, nationally and globally.

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Q+A: Can Addressing Childhood Trauma Help Prevent PTSD Among Violence Victims?

As many communities across the country struggle with rising violence, a team of researchers from the Dornsife School of Public Health took a unique approach to better understand the experiences of victims of urban violence.

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Council on Black Health Launches Youth-led Movement Counteracting Unhealthy Food Marketing

A new initiative calls for action to make healthier food and beverage options more available and promoted in Black communities.

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Extreme Temperatures Linked To Deaths In Latin America

A SALURBAL study published in Nature Medicine highlights the effects of extreme temperatures on mortality for urban populations in 326 cities across nine countries in Latin America.

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Removing Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Shows Success During Pandemic

Pandemic-era changes to prescribing guidelines for the lifesaving drug buprenorphine led to improved treatment outcomes for patients with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia, according to a recently published study from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

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Associations Between Eviction, Intimate Partner Violence, and HIV Risk

Researchers at Dornsife sought to expand understanding of the negative health effects of an eviction by examining associations between eviction, intimate partner violence, and HIV risk.

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Q+A: What Factors Are Associated With Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates?

The Drexel News Blog checked in with Usama Bilal, PhD, an assistant professor at Dornsife, about his team’s recent findings and the current state of the pandemic locally and internationally.

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A Not So Sobering Look at Pennsylvania’s Liquor Laws

Although Pennsylvania laws may be inconvenient for some, the idea of adding inconvenience may help the public’s health, according to recently published data from researchers at Dornsife's Urban Health Collaborative.

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Elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate Increased Disparities in Insurance Coverage and Delayed Care Due to Costs

Policies restricting public benefits for immigrants may have contributed to the increase in being uninsured among Latinos.

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Perceptions of PrEP Use Among Pregnant Individuals and Implications for HIV Prevention

Improving individual’s access to PrEP during and after pregnancy may have important implications for health equity and for ending the HIV epidemic.

Utilizing Electronic Health Records to Study Racial/Ethnic and Social Vulnerability Disparities in COVID-19

UHC research looked at data for individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and determined the main predictors were race and ethnicity and neighborhood-level social vulnerability.

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