Professional Development Series

For first year MPH students, this series impacts successful completion of PBHL 500 (see Requirements)

The Professional Development Series (PDS) consists of career-themed workshops designed to fine-tune your professional skills and prepare you for the workplace, both during and after your Drexel degree! The PDS is open to all Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to the one-on-one appointments available with DSPH staff, to practice and apply this material.

Many Dornsife programs require professional development activity completion throughout their curriculum. The PDS is an example of this for the face-to-face and online MPH programs, and is required for successful completion of PBHL 500.

MPH Requirements

The Professional Development Series is designed to aid in your career preparation journey by allowing time for you to improve components of your professional life. Workshops will focus on the skills and materials you need to start your search, thrive in your role, and strengthen your network. Led by topic experts, these workshops are informative for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of all class years.

Because the selected professional development topics provide important preparation for the Applied Practical Experience (APE), it is required that all first year MPH students in the face-to-face and online programs complete at least 5 of the 10 offered sessions before their APE learning agreement is approved. Students must complete the evaluation, which includes a brief reflection, at the end of each module to receive session credit.

2021-2022 Workshop Schedule

Workshops for the 2021-2022 will be announced before the start of the fall quarter. Please check back for updates, or review past workshops below.

Past Workshops

View the Archives page for workshops from past academic years.

Fall Workshops

Fall Workshop #1: Getting Comfortable with Difficult Conversations
Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00PM-1:00PM via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.
Note: You will need to activate your Dragon Network account to watch this video.

Fall Workshop #2: Networking Part 1: Crafting an Elevator Pitch
Wednesday, October 14 from 10:00AM-11:00AM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Fall Workshop #3: Creating a High Impact Resume
Wednesday, October 21 from 5:00PM-6:00PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Fall Workshop #4: Career Mapping
Wednesday, October 28 from 1:00PM-2:00PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Fall Workshop #5: Salary Negotiation
Monday, November 9 from 5:00PM-6:00PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Winter Workshops

Winter Workshop #1: Creative Cover Letter Writing
Wednesday, January 13 at 5:00PM EST via Zoom
This event was pre-recorded. Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Winter Workshop #2: Interview Like a Boss
Thursday, January 28 from 6:00PM-7:00PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here, review this handout, and complete the evaluation.

Winter Workshop #3: Informational Interviews: Simple Steps to Network your Way to a Career
Wednesday, February 10 from 11:00AM-12:00PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here, review the presentation, and complete the evaluation.

Winter Workshop #4: Your Job Search during COVID-19 and Beyond
Thursday, February 25 from 5:30PM-6:30PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here, review the presentation, and complete the evaluation.

Winter Workshop #5: Exploring Public Health Careers
Wednesday, March 3 from 6:00PM-7:00PM EST via Zoom
This event was not recorded. If you attended this event, please complete the evaluation.

Spring Workshops

Spring Workshop #1: Navigating Networking in Public Health
Wednesday, April 21 from 5:30PM-6:30PM EST via Zoom
Missed this opportunity? Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.

Spring Workshop #2: Protecting your Online Personal Brand
Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00AM EST
This event was pre-recorded. Watch the workshop here and complete the evaluation.