Professional Development Series

The Professional Development Series (PDS) consists of career-themed workshops designed to aid in your career preparation journey by allowing time for you to improve components of your professional life. Workshops are designed to focus on the skills and materials necessary for starting a search, thriving in a role, and strengthening a public health network. Led by topic experts, the workshops are informative for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of all class years.


Many Dornsife degree programs require professional development activity completion throughout their curriculum. The PDS is an example of this for face-to-face and online master’s programs and is required* for successful completion of PBHL 500.

Students in applicable degree programs must complete at least 6 of the 9 workshops and the corresponding survey to receive session credit.

*The following programs are excluded from this requirement: BA, BS, BA/MPH, BS/MPH, MS, MD/MPH, JD/MPH, EMPH, PhD and DrPH.


PDS workshops are offered virtually throughout the academic year. After a workshop concludes, recorded workshops and surveys are made available via the DSPH Professional Development Series 2022-2023 course on Drexel Learn. If you are required to complete this because of your degree program, you have been granted access to this course on Drexel Learn.

If you are required to complete the PDS workshops and unable to access the course via Drexel Learn, please contact Michelle Quigley immediately.

If you are not required to complete the PDS workshops, but wish to review the recording, please contact Michelle Quigley.


All students are encouraged to attend live (synchronous) workshops to benefit from interactive experiences. If you are unable to attend the workshops, you may then review a recording via the DSPH Professional Development Series 2022-2023 course on Drexel Learn within several days of the workshop’s conclusion. After attending the workshop or viewing the recording via the course, students must then complete the survey to receive credit for the workshop.

Students will receive an email at the end of the fall and winter quarters indicating their status of completion.

Upcoming Workshops

Whether conducted in-person, virtually or via phone, interviews are a time to tell your story while clearly conveying your skills, interest and overall fit for a specific position and organization. During this interactive workshop, Christina G. Hall, MHA, ACC, Julie Vardaro, MHA, PMP, and Claire Gunnison, MPH ’20, LSSGB provide useful strategies to prepare responses and practice answering some of the most common behavioral interview questions while receiving constructive feedback.

Christina Hall

Christina G. Hall is a Career and Executive Leadership Coach and founder of CGH Careers, LLC. She is currently an Improvement Manager at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the Center for Healthcare Quality & Analytics (CHQA). She has been at CHOP since 2016 and worked on various projects including reducing harm, implementing a Care Management program and improving the patient experience. She has a masters degree in Healthcare Administration and is Lean Six Sigma certified. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the ICF. Her experience includes rehab management, career development, recruiting, quality improvement, regulatory preparedness, career and leadership coaching. Her passion is mentoring early careerists throughout their job search and individuals in career transition.

Julie Beauchamps

Julie Beauchamps is currently a Senior Improvement Advisor within the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [CHOP]. Her background is in project management, and she is a certified project manager through the Project Management Institute. Julie earned a master’s degree in health administration from Penn State University. She has experience leading teams in facilities planning, harm prevention, clinical pathway development, and process improvement. Julie enjoys the opportunity to mentor future leaders, and is actively involved in CHOP’s summer internship program.

Claire Gunnison

Claire Gunnison earned her Master of Public Health from Drexel University in March of 2020. During her Depth and Integrated Learning Experience she was an intern with the Center for Healthcare Quality and Analytics (CHQA) at CHOP. Upon graduating with her MPH, she was hired as an Improvement Advisor with CHQA. Prior to working at CHOP, she served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years.

Winter Quarter 2022-2023

  • Cover to Cover Letters
    Wednesday, January 18 from 5:00PM-6:00PM EST via Zoom
    Please register in advance.

  • Interview Like a Boss
    Wednesday, February 1 from 5:00PM-6:00PM EST via Zoom
    Please register in advance.

Fall Quarter 2022-2023

  • Job Search Strategy
    Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30PM-6:30PM EST via Zoom
    Please register in advance.

  • Public Health Professional Networking
    Monday, October 17 from 5:00PM-6:00PM EST via Zoom
    Please register in advance.

  • ResuMANIA
    Wednesday, November 2 from 5:30PM-6:30PM EST via Zoom
    Please register in advance.