Professional Development Series

Each year, Student Affairs and the Office of Public Health Practice collaborate to provide workshops designed to fine-tune your professional skills and prepare you for the workplace, both during and after your Drexel degree! The Professional Development Series 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.

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


2020-2021 Workshop Schedule

  • Workshop #1: Getting Comfortable with Difficult Conversations
    Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00PM-1:00PM via Zoom

    In this interactive webinar, Kathy Kiernan, EMBA ’00, will guide you through exercises that shed light on what makes difficult conversations uncomfortable. Utilizing real life examples, participants will explore tools that help them prepare for and practice their delivery, resulting in more effective and successful conversations. All students are invited to attend. Registration required. Questions? Contact Michelle Quigley.
  • Workshop #2: Creating a High Impact Resume
    Wednesday, October 21 from 1:00PM-2:00PM via Zoom
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  • Workshop #3: Salary Negotiation
    Monday, November 9 from 5:00PM-6:00PM via Zoom
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Individual Appointments

Interested in additional opportunities to develop your professional skills? Caroline Voyles and Michelle Quigley are available for individual appointments via Zoom to assist you with the following topic:

  • ​Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Informational interviews
  • Interviews
  • Networking
  • Career planning
  • Job search strategies
  • Applying to graduate school
  • Alumni Connections
  • Salary Negotiations
  • and more!

Further expand your professional network by taking advantage of these opportunities:


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 8 of the 12 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.