The Dornsife School of Public Health

About the School

The Dornsife School of Public Health 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. It also implies that a broad range of actions and policies beyond those of the health care system can substantially impact health. Improving population health requires a fundamental commitment to social justice and the elimination of inequities in health. The goal of improving population health also cannot be achieved without meaningful and sustained partnerships. Our School is committed to providing rigorous evidence and training, to building equitable partnerships, and to translating knowledge into actions that improve population health and reduce health inequities. Special distinguishing features of our School include a commitment to social justice and health equity, and engaging with local and global partners to create meaningful change via policy and public health practice.

Vision. To create a world that is healthier and more just for all and where everyone can live life to their full potential.

Mission. The mission of the Drexel University School of Public Health 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.

Values. The School of Public Health faculty, staff, and students are committed to the following:

  • Health as a human right and the importance of social justice to health
  • Integrity, rigor, critical thinking, and self-reflection in research, scholarship, and education
  • Translation of knowledge into actions to improve population health and eliminate health disparities
  • Sustainable and equitable community partnerships
  • Inclusiveness, diversity, empathy, and respect for others regardless of position or status
  • Human dignity and open and honest dialogue
  • Service to local communities while recognizing the value of a global perspective

Quarter Calendars 2020 - 2023

BS, BA, BS/MPH, Minors

Academic Calendar

Dornsife School of Public Health Faculty

Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) Director of the Office of Global Health. Clinical Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Global health; health and human rights; political epidemiology; ethics; mixed methods; health policy and advocacy; HIV/TB; monitoring and evaluation.
Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cardiovascular disease, data analysis methods; diabetes; global health or international health; health disparities; health economics; health policy; nutrition; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health.
Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH (Harvard University) Director, The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements and Population Health Equity. Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Racial/ethnic health inequalities in cardiovascular disease; social determinants of racial/ethnic health inequalities in cardiovascular disease; community-engaged research; geography and health; multilevel analysis; spatial analysis and GIS; global health; urban health.
Scarlett Bellamy, ScD (Harvard University) Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Faculty Development. . Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Clinical trials; data analysis methods; health disparities; infectious disease; mental health and behavioral health; reproductive or sexual health.
Zekarias Berhane, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer; clinical trials; data analysis methods; global health and international health; health disparities; maternal and child health; urban health.
Usama Bilal, PhD, MPH, MD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Urban Health Collaborative. Cardiovascular disease; diabetes; health and place or built environment; data analysis methods; health disparities; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health.
Sandra Bloom, MD (Temple University School of Medicine). Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Psychological trauma and organizational stress.
Sherry Brandt-Rauf, MPhil, JD (Columbia University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Health policy, occupational health, environmental exposures, health disparities, public health law.
Jennifer Breaux, DrPh, MPH, CHES (Drexel University) Director of Undergraduate Education. Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Maternal and child health, community health, human rights.
Darryl Brown, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health services research; healthcare administration and management; patient reported outcomes; health disparities; Pharmacoeconomics; managed care; urban health.
James W. Buehler, MD (University of California, San Francisco) Interim Chair. Clinical Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; urban health; public health practice; public health & health care interface.
Igor Burstyn, PhD (Utrecht University). Associate Professor. Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. O. Cancer; community based participatory research; cardiovascular disease; data analysis methods; statistical modeling; environmental exposures; maternal and child health; mental health and behavioral health; neurodevelopment and neurologic disorders; occupational health; asthma and COPD; industrial hygiene; risk assessment; epidemiology; Bayesian statistics.
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH (University of California at Los Angeles). Associate Professor. Urban health; health and place or built environment; community based participatory research; health inequities; spatial analysis or GIS; data integration; data visualization; mixed methods study designs; place-based, cross-sector interventions and evaluation.
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication; Director of Joint Degree Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Drexel University College of Medicine; Infectious diseases, public health emergency preparedness, medicine and public health, public health practice, crisis and emergency risk communication.
Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. . Nutrition; community engaged research; health disparities; health policy; maternal and child health; mental health and behavioral health; urban health; violence and trauma; human rights; food insecurity.
Jane Clougherty, MSc, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental exposures; health and place or built environment; health disparities; urban health; violence and trauma; air pollution; chronic stress; environmental epidemiology; exposure science; gender analysis; multiple exposures; social epidemiology; spatial analysis and GIS; violence exposures.
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; design of care systems; high risk youth; violence; healthcare services; injury prevention.
Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental exposures; occupational health; spatial analysis or GIS; health and place or built environment; urban health; pesticides; risk assessment; drinking water; green landscape in cities.
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Dean. Distinguished Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Urban Health Collaborative. Social determinants of health; neighborhoods and health; race and ethnic health disparities; psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease; air pollution epidemiology; urban health; multilevel methods; complex systems approaches to population health; health in Latin America.
Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. . Arts and public health; community organizing and community-engaged research; religion, spirituality and health; behavioral health; program planning and evaluation.
Alison A. Evans, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. . Cancer; data analysis methods; immigrant health; infectious disease; maternal and child health; reproductive or sexual health.
Alex Ezeh, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Professor of Global Health. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Global/international health; reproductive and sexual health; urban health; longitudinal research designs and methods; population change and its drivers; health systems research; research capacity strengthening.
Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Chair. Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental exposures; public health practice; health disparities; climate change.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Columbia University) Director, JD/MPH Program. . Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; public health law; health administration and management; public health ethics.
Janet Fleetwood, PhD (University of Southern California) Interim Chair. Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Public heath ethics; urban health; health disparities; food safety.
Dennis Gallagher, MA, MPA (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; history of public health; Medicare/Medicaid; public health practice.
Neil Goldstein, PhD, MBI (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Data analysis methods; eHealth or mHealth; infectious disease; maternal and child health; reproductive or sexual health; spatial analysis or GIS; statistical modeling; vaccines and vaccinations; electronic medical records/informatics; translational epidemiology.
Edward J. Gracely, PhD (Temple University) Joint Appointment in Drexel University College of Medicine. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Data analysis methods; statistical consulting; biostatistics; multiple comparisons.
Ali Groves, PhD, MHS (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Community engaged research; health disparities; health and place; maternal and child health; mixed methods research social determinants of racial/ethnic inequities in maternal health; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health.
Irene Headen, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Community Engaged Research, Health Disparities Health and Place, Maternal and Child Health Mixed Methods Research, Social Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Maternal Health, Spatial Analysis or GIS,Urban Health
Tom Hipper, MSPH, MA (Johns Hopkins University) Associate Director, Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication. Assistant Teaching Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Crisis communication; risk communication; health communication; public health preparedness; emergency management; social media.
Jana Hirsch, MES, PhD (University of Michigan). Assistant Research Professor. . Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Urban Health Collaborative. Health and place or built environment; health disparities; mental health and behavioral health; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; physical activity; active aging and age-friendly neighborhoods.
Mary E. Hovinga, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer; environmental exposures; maternal and child health.
Tran Huynh, PhD, MPH, CIH (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Community engaged research; cardiovascular disease; statistical modeling; immigrant health; health disparities; occupational health; workplace health interventions; industrial hygiene; Bayesian statistics; exposure assessment; epidemiology.
Jessie Kemmick Pintor, PhD, MPH (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Community based participatory research; immigrant health; health disparities; health services research; health policy; maternal & child health; mixed methods; immigration policy.
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Cancer; community based participatory research; data analysis methods; GIS-based and spatial analysis; environmental exposures; global health; immigrant health; health communication; health disparities; health policy; maternal and child health; substance abuse; nutrition; sexual health; urban health; mixed methods; qualitative methods; excess burden intervention.
Jennifer Kolker, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations. Clinical Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Access to care; health equity, health policy; public health practice; urban health.
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH (Cornell University). Research Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Solutions to obesity and diet-related diseases in black children and adults; ethnic disparities in obesity in the US and other high-income countries; "culture of health" approaches in black communities; assessment of food environments; environmental influences on lifestyle changes; targeted marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages; food and nutrition policy; evidence-based public health; social determinants of health and health equity; systems science applications in public health.
Brent Langellier, PhD, MA (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health disparities; health policy; immigrant health.
Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD (University of Maryland) Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Mental health and behavioral health; substance use; urban health.
Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Research Professor. Racial/ethnic health disparities; Hispanic/Latino health; social determinants of health; community-based participatory research; urban health; epidemiology of obesity and diabetes; epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases; epidemiology of alcohol consumption; epidemiology of chronic liver diseases.
Michael LeVasseur, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Data analysis; health disparities; infectious disease; reproductive or sexual health.
Brian K. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Data analysis methods; maternal and child health; mental health and behavioral health; neurodevelopment and neurologic disorders.
Nora L. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Maternal and child health; reproductive and perinatal health; health disparities; tobacco control.
Longjian Liu, MD, PhD, MSc, FAHA (The University of Hong Kong). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cardiovascular disease; diabetes; environmental exposures; global health or international health; health disparities; infectious disease; neurodevelopment and neurologic disorders; nutrition; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; pharmacoepidemiology; air quality and urban health in China; health failure epidemiology.
Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH (University of Washington) Co-Director of the Urban Health Collaborative. Associate Professor of Urban Health. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Urban Health Collaborative. Cardiovascular disease; data analysis methods; health and place or built environment; health disparities; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; urban trees and greenspace; local retail and urban design; transportation, infrastructure and policies.
Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Life course approaches to socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health among immigrants; causal links between education and health; analytic methods in social epidemiology.
Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Community engaged research; immigrant health; health disparities; HIV prevention; health care access; Latino health.
Tara McAlexander, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Research Professor. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, nutrition; spatial analysis or GIS; data analysis methods, statistical modeling; health and place or built environment; occupational health, environmental exposures, emergency preparedness; health disparities.
Leslie McClure, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Chair, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.. Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cardiovascular disease; clinical trials; environmental exposures, statistical modeling; adaptive designs in clinical trials; statistical methods for environmental epidemiology.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard University). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Social epidemiology; epidemiology of aging; women’s health; neighborhoods and health; health disparities.
Alex Ortega, PhD (University of Michigan) Director, Center for Population Health and Community Impact. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Latino health; immigrant health; health disparities; health services research; health policy.
Sungchul Park, PhD, MPH (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Data analysis methods; statistical modeling; health economics; health disparities; health policy.
Jonathan Purtle, DRPH, MPH, MsC (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Mental health policy and services research; policy dissemination and implementation research; traumatic stress in urban areas; trauma-informed system design; violence prevention; political institutions and health.
Harrison Quick, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Occupational health; spatial analysis or GIS; statistical modeling; urban health; Bayesian inference; data confidentiality.
Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH (University of Washington). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Urban Health Collaborative. Data analysis methods; global health or international health; health and place or built environment; health disparities; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; intentional/violent injury and trauma; unintentional injury and trauma.
John A. Rich, MD, MPH (Duke University) Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health disparities; violence and trauma; urban health.
Lucy Robinson, PhD (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Data analysis methods; neurodevelopment and neurologic disorders; spatial analysis or GIS; statistical modeling.
Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH (Indiana University). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Substance use; reproductive or sexual health; community engaged research; infectious diseases; eHealth or mHealth; health disparities; urban health; mixed methods; women’s health; social determinants of health.
Ayden Scheim, PhD (Western University, Canada). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Global health or international health; infectious disease; substance use; community based participatory research; social epidemiology; survey research methods; HIV/AIDS; LGBT health.
Leah Schinasi, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental exposures; cancer; health and place or built environment; occupational health; urban health; community based participatory research; environmental justice; environmental epidemiology; climate change.
Randall L. Sell, ScD (Harvard University). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Evaluation methods; research methods; LGBT health.
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Neurodevelopment; neurologic disorders; mental health; behavioral health; health policy.
David Smith, PhD ( University of Michigan). Research Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health administration and management; health disparities; history of public health; health services research; health policy; spatial analysis or GIS.
Suruchi Sood, PhD (University of New Mexico). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Global health or international health; health communication; maternal and child health; community based participatory research; community engaged research data analysis methods; nutrition; public health practice; reproductive or sexual health; violence and trauma; adolescent health; process evaluation (monitoring); program evaluation.
Mark Stehr, PhD (University of California at Berkeley) Director School of Economics. Professor. Health economics; health behaviors; public finance; public policy.
Jim Stimpson, PhD (University of Nebraska) Senior Associate Dean for Education. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Cancer; immigrant health; health and place or built environment; health services research; health disparities; health policy; urban health.
Nina Sun, JD (University of Maryland) Deputy Director, Global Health. Assistant Clinical Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Global health; sexual and reproductive health; health disparities; health policy; human rights; social and political determinants of health.
Thersa Sweet, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer; health disparities; infectious diseases.
Brisa Sánchez, PhD (Harvard University). Dornsife Endowed Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Statistical methods development; big data; data integration; health and place or built environment; development of mixed methods; health disparities; spatial analysis or GIS; environmental exposures.
Loni Philip Tabb, PhD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cardiovascular health; health disparities & inequities; urban health; violence and trauma; environmental exposures; health and place; built environment; Bayesian statistical methods; spatial and spatio-temporal disease mapping.
Jennifer A. Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPH (Johns Hopkins University) Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends. Arthur L. and Joanne B. Frank Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Community engaged research; data analysis methods; healthcare administration and management; health services research; health disparities; health policy; mental health or behavioral health; occupational health; public health practice; spatial analysis or GIS; urban health; violence and trauma.
Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Joint appointment in the Drexel University College of Medicine.. Clinical Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Health care for children and youth with special health care needs; child and maternal health.
Seth Welles, PhD, ScD (Harvard University). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer; clinical trials; community engaged research data analysis methods; global health or international health; health disparities; infectious disease; mental health and behavioral health; reproductive or sexual health; statistical modeling; substance use; violence and trauma.
Issa Zakeri, PhD (University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Data analysis methods; statistical modeling.

Emeritus Faculty

Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD (Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Chair Emeritus. Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Cancer; environmental exposures; global or international health; history of public health; occupational health; agricultural safety and health; toxicology; environmental justice.
Marla Gold, MD (New Jersey Medical School) Vice Provost, Dean Emerita. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Design of HIV/AIDS care systems, treatment protocols, resource utilization, and epidemiology; CQI, managed care and systems of health care, health administration, behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment systems.
Raymond Lum, MS (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Asian health; change management; E-health; health disparities; innovation diffusion; organization learning theory.
Jana M. Mossey, PhD, MPH, MSN (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Professor Emerita. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Mental health; aging; social and psychiatric.
Augusta M. Villanueva, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Associate Professor Emeritus. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Poverty; health care for the underserved; health disparities; high risk youth; urban health issues; racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care; community-based participatory research behavioral health; community health; immigrant communities; LGBT issues; public health infrastructure; qualitative research.
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