The Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University


The Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) 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.

Our mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve thehealth of populations.

In alignment with this mission, the DSPH’s faculty, students and staff 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

The DSPH houses the Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative. Named in honor of the school’s founding Dean, the Initiative aims to expand research on human rights and public health, build partnerships between rights and health organizations from local to global levels, and strengthen civil society engagement in global advocacy.