Professional Development Series

Introducing the newly re-designed Professional Development Series!

Student Affairs and the Office of Public Health Practice are collaborating to offer 12 workshops during the academic year designed to fine tune your professional skills and prepare you for the workplace, both during and after your Drexel degree! This series is open to all Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students. This series impacts successful completion of PBHL 500 (scroll down for more details)

Workshop schedule:


  • LinkedIn Done Right— 10/7/2019
  • Effective Resume Writing— 10/16/2019
  • Make the Most out of APHA— 10/22/2019
  • Don’t Make it Awkward: Confident Conference Networking — 11/2/2019
  • Public Health Career Exploration— 11/12/2019



** To RSVP and for full details on the next workshop, please visit the events calendar (more details will be published there soon). For questions, please email Michelle at **

Professional Development Series 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 interactive and informative for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students of all class years. The workshop topics are designed to build off one another, so it is recommended that you attend as many as possible to receive the full benefit of the series.

Because the selected professional development topics provide important preparation for the depth experience, it is required that all first year MPH students attend at least 4 of the 12 offered workshops before beginning on-site at their placement. Attendance at a minimum of 4 workshops is required before a learning agreement is approved, which allows accrual of depth experience hours.

New Ways to Meet the Remaining PDS Requirements:

Workshop attendance must total 4 when combined with the other in-person workshops from fall and winter quarter

  • Attend any or all of the remaining online workshops
    • To complete the requirement: submit a half-page summary about what you learned from the session via email to
  • View the recorded PDS workshops from fall or winter quarters
    • To complete the requirement: submit a half-page summary about what you learned from the session via email to
  • Have your resume or cover letter reviewed or conduct a mock interview
    • To complete the requirement: complete a review session with Caroline Voyles ( or Michelle McDermott ( – email to schedule a 1-on-1 Zoom appointment
  • Conduct an informational interview with someone in public health
    • Reach out to folks on LinkedIn, in your personal networks
    • Caroline Voyles may be able to support connections to alumni whose interests relate to yours
    • To complete the requirement: submit your thank you email to the person with whom you met to Caroline