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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.

Drexel Urban Health Collaborative analyzes neighborhood-level data

Centers and Programs

Dr. Jana A. Hirsch at APHA

Faculty Research Interests

Shiriki K. Kumanyika speaks at APHA 2019

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

research partnerships

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.

Substance Use

cannabis research

Dornsife conducts science-based research on medical cannabis, opioid use, and more. Learn about the Medical Cannabis Research Center.

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Infectious Disease

infectious disease

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology group advances research in HIV and STIs, vaccine preventable disease, and more.

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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.

Ana Diez Roux

NIH Awards Drexel University $14.4 Million for Health Disparities Research

10/14/21: The Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions received a 5-year, $14.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to hire and support diverse, early career researchers who will focus on health disparities research.

Drexel University is one of six initial sites to receive this exciting grant, which is part of a new, forward thinking initiative launched by NIH to ensure diversity in the field of health research. The grant includes hiring 12 new faculty whose research focuses on aging, chronic diseases, or environmental factors.

Listen to Dean Ana Diez Roux describe the potential impact of this grant on KYW Newsradio's In Depth podcast.


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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How Philadelphia Reacted When the Pandemic Hit

Researchers at Dornsife analyzed the most difficult or stressful events experienced by Philadelphians and found trends in how residents coped through things like anxiety, depression, worries and fears.

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NIH Awards Drexel University $14.4 Million for Health Disparities Research

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Nursing and Health Professions recently received a 5-year, $14.4 million “Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation” (FIRST) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to hire, retain and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research on aging, chronic disease and/or environmental determinants.

Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: Recent Grants and Awards

Last term, Drexel faculty were recognized for their research and achievements, like Alexis Roth, PhD, associate professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, who received a NIH R01 grant for $4.9 million to assess HIV prevention interventions over the next five years.

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How Do Team Dynamics Shape Success for Children with Autism in Public Schools?

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University investigated if the "team-around-the-child" - the parents, school staff and community providers - was associated with perceived successful school transitions for children with autism from lower income families.

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National Autism Indicators Report: High Rates of Mental Health Conditions and Persistent Disparities in Care

Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University released the latest National Autism Indicators Report highlighting the importance of mental health care in autistic children and adults. The report found high rates of mental health conditions in autistic children and adults and persistent disparities in mental health and health care by race and ethnicity.






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