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Dornsife School of Public Health

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The Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all. We define health broadly to encompass physical, mental and social well-being and not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity. We view the focus on the health of populations as a distinguishing feature of the field of public health. Our focus on population health requires us to consider not only the characteristics of individuals but also the broader social, economic, and policy contexts of health.

Our mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. We view health as a human right and have a special commitment to improving health in cities, eliminating health disparities, and promoting health in all policies.

The Graduate School of Public Health is ranked 19th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and we are proud to be ranked first in the City of Philadelphia. As part of a top-tier comprehensive research university, students benefit from specialized research centers and cross-disciplinary collaborations within the University, the City of Philadelphia and throughout the world.