Annual Programs & Events


The Office of Student Affairs creates a purposeful and supportive community where students can develop leadership and life skills, develop meaningful relationships, promote change on campus, and explore new interests. Each year, Student Affairs hosts exciting extra-curricular programs that compliment classroom learning and accentuate the growth of personal and professional skills, such as decision making, time management, communication, problem solving, and budgeting. Read below for more details on our annual programming.

Programs and Events

Alumni Mentoring Program

The Dornsife Public Health Alumni Network (PHAN) offers the Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) to all Dornsife students. The purpose of AMP is to connect current students with alumni and provide an opportunity for mentorship and professional growth.

All alumni and current students are eligible to participate in the AMP. Enrollment opens each September and closes the following March and will be announced on DASH. PHAN and Student Affairs will review applications to assign an alumni mentor with a student mentee. Participants will be asked to complete a survey in order to improve the program and make adjustments. Please contact Michelle McDermott with questions.

American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA is a 150 year old public health professional organization that champions the health of all people and all communities. Each year, the APHA community gathers at the Annual Meeting and Expo, where nearly 13,000 attendees arrive to present, learn and find inspiration.

On Saturday, November 2, Dornsife’s faculty, staff, and students will kick-off a series of presentations and events at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo – Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health. The meeting is the ideal setting for the exploration of the critical urban health and equity issues that are at the center of the research conducted at Dornsife.

Join Student Affairs during the Student Assembly for the presentation, “Don’t Make it Awkward: Confident Conference Networking Skills” on Saturday, November 2 at 1:00PM in Philadelphia Convention Center. This presentation is open to all Dornsife students and fulfills the program requirements for MPH students. Students do not have to be an APHA member or registered for the full APHA Annual Meeting to attend the Student Assembly workshops. The fee for attending the Student Assembly workshops is $20 by September 20.

Additionally, network with students, alumni, and public health professionals during the Dean’s Reception on Monday, November 4 from 6:00PM-9:00PM at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy).

Learn more about APHA Student Memberships.

View a list of Dornsife School of Public Health presentations and special events at APHA 2019.

Coffee & Convos

Coffee & Convos offers students and public health professionals an opportunity to connect and network. Professionals will share information about their organization and experiences to help students explore work environments, industries, and public health career paths over coffee. To RSVP and for full details on the next event, please visit the Events Calendar tab. For questions, please email Caroline Voyles.

Individual Appointments

Need more career assistance? Schedule a 1:1 appointment for resume or cover letter review by contacting Michelle McDermott or Caroline Voyles.

National Public Health Week

Developed by the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Public Health week brings together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. Celebrate with Dornsife in this week long series of events to celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system.

Professional Development Series

Introducing the newly re-designed Professional Development Series! 
Student Affairs and the Office of 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. 

The workshops offered in this series will develop the skills and materials you need to start your search, thrive in your role, and strengthen your network. Workshops include: 


  • LinkedIn Done Right
  • Effective Resume Writing 
  • Make the Most out of APHA 
  • Don’t Make it Awkward: Confident Conference Networking 
  • Public Health Career Exploration 


  • Job & Internship Search Workshop 
  • Creative Cover Letter Writing 
  • Interview Like a Boss 
  • Negotiate with Confidence 


  • Showing Confidence in Oral Communication 
  • Implicit Bias Training 
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace 

To RSVP and for full details on the next workshop, please visit the Events Calendar tab. For questions, please email Michelle at