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A Successful 2019 Summer Institute

More than 70 attendees from across the country gathered at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) to engage in training at the fourth annual Urban Health Summer Institute, June 24-30.


Organized by the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, the Summer Institute held six courses during the last week of June. The Summer Institute offered attendees the opportunity to gain skills in tools, evaluation and data analysis methods for public and urban health research. Since the inception of the Summer Institute in 2016, the Urban Health Collaborative has trained more than 220 participants through this program.


2019 Courses included: Introduction to Multilevel Analysis for Urban Health Research; GIS for Urban Health; Introduction to Bayesian Analysis for Public and Urban Health; Data Visualization in R for Urban Health; Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Applications in Urban Health; and Introduction to Community-Based System Dynamics.


Participants included students and staff from Dornsife School of Public Health, and other universities in Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas, and professionals  from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, The Food Trust, Alameda County Public Health Department, Christiana Care Health System, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, among others.


In the exit survey and across social media, participants remarked on how much they learned in these condensed courses. Some quotes from the course evaluations were that students “appreciated the hands-on experience,” that the course was “Interesting, informative, practical” and that instructors were “fantastic” and “knowledgeable,” with “real-life experience” to share. Participants remarked how they will use the skills they learned in their research and on the job to improve their programs and bring new perspective to their work.


The courses for the 2020 Summer Institute will be announced this winter, with an opportunity to save during the Early Bird registration period. To stay up to date on this and other events, visit the UHC website or subscribe to the monthly newsletter.