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Stories of Dornsife Students Conducting Impactful Public Health Research

Dornsife students play a pivotal role in public health research at the school and in the community. Students often collect, analyze and report on data, leading to manuscript writing for public health professional or academic journals or presenting papers and posters at regional conferences.

Our students combine research and scholarship with the aim of understanding and finding relevant and innovative solutions to public health problems.

Visit the Research section to learn more about the urban and global impact of public health research at Dornsife.

Headshots of the ten 2023-24 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) Fellows

Meet This Year's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Fellows

Dornsife's fourth cohort of IDEA Fellows will promote and support ongoing DEI work at the school.

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Doctoral Students at FIRST Center Share Fire Service Research, Goals, and More

Two doctoral students in Dornsife's Environmental and Occupational Health Department discuss their training experiences in FIRST's REP magazine.

Kati Hinman

PhD Candidate Receives Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Conduct Dissertation Research in Columbia

Kati Hinman will use the award to conduct research on resilience and resistance to intersectional violence.

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NICHD’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Fellowship Awarded to Dornsife Doctoral Student

Epidemiology doctoral student Luwam Gebrekristos will examine the multilevel drivers of HIV risk among adolescent mothers in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The FIRST Center at Dornsife Announces 2023 FIRE Fellows

The eighth cohort of Dornsife students will help develop tools for members of the fire and rescue service.

Parth Patel

Research Explores How Oral Health Relates to Public Health

An MPH student's APE leads to published research that investigates whether screening for a specific gene mutation may improve treatment of ameloblastoma.

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Advancing Health as a Human Right in the Epidemiology Field

A doctoral student's work addresses health disparities in urban settings, particularly surrounding COVID inequities.

Headshots of the eight 2022-23 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) Fellows

Meet This Year's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Fellows

The third cohort of IDEA Fellows will develop, implement, and evaluate anti-racism initiatives at the school.

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Addressing the Unmet Health Needs of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

An MPH student's ILE project supports local post-incarceration organizations and social workers to improve linkages to care for released detainees.

2022 FIRE Fellows

FIRE Fellows Contribute to Curriculum for EMS Responders

This year's FIRE Fellows addressed workplace violence prevention for fire-based emergency medical services (EMS) responders.

Dornsife Global Development Scholars present their research on decolonizing global WASH initiatives

Leading Research on Decolonizing Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Initiatives

Dornsife Global Development Scholars investigated inequalities in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector and presented their findings.

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Student-Created Infographics Showcase Wide Range of Global Health Topics

Students in Dornsife's 'Issues in Global Health' class were challenged to create infographics, and their resulting work spans topics that affect much of the world's population.

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People of Purpose: COVID-19 Investigators

Students from Dornsife are recognized for their contributions to contact tracing and serving on the COVID-19 task force at the university.

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Undergrad Contributes to the City's HIV Prevention Efforts

A junior public health major is supporting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health's efforts to study HIV and COVID-19 risk.

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Working Towards Health Equity for Underrepresented Populations

An MPH student shines a light on the many health disparities that the LGBTQ+ community faces and uses their training to develop and implement solutions.

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A Commitment to Community-Engaged Research

A recent MPH graduate and MCH researcher is committed to involving communities while ensuring that solutions are achievable and sustainable by community standards.

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The FIRST Center at Dornsife Hosts 6th Annual Fellowship

The Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends at Dornsife announces the sixth annual Fire service Injury Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation (FIRE) Fellows.

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Using Epidemiology to Foster Health Equity

Focusing on the intersection between infectious diseases and health disparities and learning to put advanced skills and concepts into practice.

Kofoworola D. A. Williams, PhD, MPH

Leading and Designing Meaningful Public Health Research

A post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University and alumna of the MPH program discusses her passion for public health research.

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Applying Occupational Health and Health Communications Principles Outside the Classroom

A BS/MPH accelerated student reflects on her experience as a research assistant at Dornsife's Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST).

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Doctoral Student Receives the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

A doctoral student receives funding for her research addressing barriers to children receiving mental health care.

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MS Student Receives Funding to Pursue Her Research Goals

An incoming student wins an award that will help her achieve her research goals in the MS program.

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STAR Scholars Research Program a Deciding Factor for Undergraduate Student

A rising second-year majoring in public health participates in Drexel University's STAR Scholars program.

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Students Highlight Their Research at a Virtual Poster Session

Dornsife hosts a virtual poster session for students to showcase their work.

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The FIRST Center at Dornsife Announces 2020 FIRE Fellows

A new cohort of Dornsife students has been selected to work with real-world data in the fire service.

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Using Data and Storytelling to Better Serve Veterans

An MPH student uses his analytical and storytelling abilities to support a nonprofit serving veterans.

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Video: A Co-op Combines Public Health and Chemistry to Study Autism

Anna Bostwick's co-op at Drexel's Autism Institute showed how science and public health can work together.

Evanette Burrows

Studying the Safety of CrossFit

An EMPH alum analyzes injury rates among CrossFit program participants.

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Combining Cardiology and Public Health to Help Communities

An MD/MPH student shares how the dual degree program built confidence his ability to design and initiate research projects.

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Exposing Adverse Health Effects Linked to Hotel Work

A DSPH MPH student uses her occupational health training to improve health and working conditions for hotel workers.

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Dornsife Students Make a Difference in the Changing Urban Landscape of Philadelphia

Students assessed the impacts of a new public space: Cherry Street Pier.

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Dornsife Students Selected to Present at the College of Physician’s Poster Event

Students from various degree levels at Dornsife were chosen to present their research among peers from nine different schools in the Philadelphia region.

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Beyond Medicine: Gaining a New Perspective on Providing Care

An MD/MPH student discovers that the program and her Integrated Learning Experience expand her professional horizons and opportunities in unexpected ways.

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Investigating the Impact of the ACA on Health Care Access for Children

A doctoral student discovers the possible benefits and policy lessons of health care reform when it comes to children's health.

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Pursuing an MS to Focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment

Discovering the benefits of carefully curated degree programs that allow students to specialize.

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Advancing Sickle Cell Disease Research in the Caribbean

An undergraduate gets a head start on her career managing a groundbreaking study to advance public health in Jamaica.

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Receiving Recognition for Innovative Research

A doctoral candidate wins an award for exploring how school nurses might help prevent HPV.

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Optimizing Evaluation Capacity for Heart Disease and Stroke Programs at the CDC

An MPH candidate gains career experience addressing two of the nation’s toughest health challenges.

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Exploring Microgravity to Improve Public Health

A Dornsife junior discovers that there’s lots more going on at NASA than the space program.

Paola Maysonet

Helping Residents Heal after Hurricane Maria

A student works on her MPH, while learning to aid in a natural disaster and fight for her culture.