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Office of Urban Health Equity, Education & Research

Philadelphia, PA

At Drexel University College of Medicine, urban health equity, education and research bridges the gap between health care delivery, medical research and health care education in the Philadelphia community with a national impact. Our mission is to improve the health of communities through:

  • Equitable partnering
  • Building capacity of human capital
  • Using population-based research to build innovative, effective models of health care delivery, research and education
  • Training a prepared, engaged and effective workforce
  • Disseminating information
  • Advancing health policy

We serve as a central location for physicians, health care providers, students, residents, and public health partners to find or initiate medical education and research projects designed to improve health equity in the city.

The overarching goal of the UHEER office is to provide Philadelphia residents with access to quality health education and care despite the social inequalities that exist in the urban environment. These inequalities, which often create barriers for individuals trying to reach their full health potential, include race, gender, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, language skills, socioeconomic status and geographical location.

Areas of Focus

Our educational and research interests are organized into several areas of focus to allow health care providers, researchers, partners and residents easily identify project areas which they wish to participate.

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Lifespan
  • Gender
  • Life conditions
  • Chronic diseases
  • Lifestyle
  • Community relationships
  • Socioeconomic factors

Who We Work With

Urban health equity, education and research activities collaborate with faculty and students from the College of Medicine as well as several partners within the community. People typically involved in our research and outreach projects include:

  • Physicians and health care providers
  • Residents
  • Students
  • Health educators
  • Researchers
  • Community partners

Mentorship and Research Opportunities

The UHEER office facilitates connecting medical students, residents and fellows seeking research and mentorship opportunities. Together with the Drexel Office of Alumni Relations we have created a network of medical school alumni who have indicated their interest in either mentoring or providing options for students to explore clinical or research interests.

Please fill out this short form to indicate your interest in exploring these connections.

Additionally, the Drexel Office of Medical Student Research provides students with research opportunities at Drexel and clinical sites projects are listed by current Drexel faculty with opportunities at any of our academic and regional campuses. Please contact the faculty member directly for more information on a project of interest.

The Office of Student Affairs & Career Advising is also a great resource to explore more formal and informal research opportunities.

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