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Research Partnerships

The Dornsife School of Public Health research is elevated by our partnerships with other exceptional organizations.

Dornsife’s research partnerships focus on current and emerging challenges including:

  • Human rights advocacy
  • Climate change and the environmental sustainability of cities
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Urban mobility and transportation

Below are some examples of collaborative research that Dornsife is undertaking both locally and globally.

Advancing Urban Health in American Cities

Dornsife partners with the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) through our Urban Health Collaborative.

BCHC is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote healthy, more equitable cities through innovation and leadership.

The partnership aligns with Dornsife’s expertise in public health practice in urban settings.

Learn more about the UHC/BCHC partnership

Advancing Urban Health in Latin American Cities

Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) or Urban Health in Latin America, is a five-year project launched in April 2017. The project is coordinated by Dornsife’s Urban Health Collaborative. SALURBAL has partners throughout Latin America and in the United States who work together to study how urban environments and policies impact the health of residents in Latin American cities.

SALURBAL is funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of its Our Planet, Our Health initiative.

In 2020, SALURBAL announced a partnership with the Pan American Health Organization to coordinate policy priorities, leverage contacts, and identify ways to improve the capacities of local governments.

In 2022, SALURBAL was awarded additional funding from the Wellcome Trust to explore the connections between climate change and urban health in Latin American cities.

Learn more about SALURBAL

Advancing Health and Human Rights

Through its Office of Global Health the Dornsife School of Public Health co-publishes the Health and Human Rights Journal in collaboration with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

The Health and Human Rights Journal began publication in 1994 with Dornsife’s founding dean Jonathan Mann, MD, MPH, as editor.

The journal highlights the innovative work of groups and individuals in direct engagement with human rights struggles as they relate to health.

Learn more about the Health and Human Rights Journal.

The Office of Global Health also offers a free, online human rights course: "Know It, Prove It, Change It." The course, which was developed in partnership with Asia Catalyst, teaches activists and organizers about basic human rights concepts, documentation, and advocacy. 

Advancing Targeted Research Through Community and Campus Partnerships

Dornsife’s many research centers and programs support targeted faculty research in critical areas of urban and public health.

Our centers and programs reflect Dornsife’s commitment to partnering with other Drexel colleges, communities, health professionals, policymakers and other stakeholders.

For example, in 2020 Dornsife’s Urban Health Collaborative partnered with the Philadelphia Department of Health, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Lazarex Cancer Foundation to issue the State of Cancer in Philadelphia report. 

Our partnerships engage students in public health practice and translate into valuable career experiences such as co-ops for undergraduates and Applied Practical Experiences for MPH students.

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