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Marla J. Gold, MD

Dean Emeritus and Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Dornsife School of Public Health


public health


Gold is an expert in infectious disease who served as Dean of Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health for more than a decade of noteworthy growth. She previously served as Philadelphia's Assistant Health Commissioner for Infectious Disease Control in the Public Health Department, where she was responsible for all reportable and communicable diseases and conditions. Among her responsibilities, Gold designed and established the largest comprehensive HIV/AIDS care program in the Greater Philadelphia Region known as The Partnership.

Gold has extensive national experience working with community-based organizations, community leaders and coalitions on a wide range of public health issues. Gold's research interests include: HIV/AIDS: design of care systems; treatment protocols; resource utilization; epidemiology; CQI; managed care & systems of health care; health administration; behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment systems.

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In the News

  • Philly Gets Silver 'Medal' For Health Policy. Could Restaurant Grades Get it to Gold?

    Marla Gold, MD, a professor and dean emerita of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Feb. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia getting a "silver medal" for its health policies. Gold was a member of the panel that oversaw the creation of the scorecard, which examines the potential impact of public policy and compares counties across the country.

  • Philadelphia’s Rankings: Good for Visitors, Bad for us

    Marla Gold, MD, a professor and dean emerita in the School of Public Health, authored a May 26 Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia’s national rankings in health.

  • Philadelphia Health Department pursues national accreditation

    Jennifer Kolker, an associate professor and associate dean for public health practice in the School of Public Health, was quoted in a WHYY/Newsworks story on May 5 about the Philadelphia Health Department pursuing national accreditation.

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