Orientation Overview

Welcome to the Dornsife School of Public Health!

The Dornsife School of Public Health is excited to welcome new dragons to campus during New Student Orientation (NSO). NSO provides an opportunity to learn about University resources and network with other master’s students, and Dornsife’s faculty and staff. NSO utilizes both online courses and in person events to help students transition to life at Dornsife. Learn more about how to participate in NSO:


Dornsife Orientation is designed to aid in the transition into public health student life by offering opportunities to explore Drexel and Dornsife services and resources, and connect with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Your educational foundation is built upon the experiences and activities offered. Therefore, we expect students to review Dornsife’s Online Orientation via Drexel Learn and attend sessions offered during Welcome Week.

Please note that it is not possible to replicate or reteach interactive learning experiences for individual students if absent from NSO.

Dornsife Orientation

Dornsife School of Public Health Online Orientation

This required, self-paced, asynchronous resource provides you important information about public health and connects you to the Dornsife community. The course is now open and can be used as a reference source throughout your student tenure.

You may access the course via  Drexel Learn, Drexel’s learning management system (LMS). Some also refer to Drexel Learn as “Blackboard Learn” or “Learn” for short. The orientation contains a series of modules which provide an overview of the policies and expectations for being a student at Dornsife, registering and preparing for classes, and student support resources and services. Students should review all modules and complete the short acknowledgement as directed.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Michelle Quigley.


These optional, in person events were offered before Welcome Week.

Information regarding Pre-Orientation 2023-2024 will be announced in summer 2023.

Welcome Week

These required, in person and online events are offered during Welcome Week.

Information regarding Welcome Week 2023-2024 will be announced in summer 2023.

Additional Orientation Programs

Graduate College Online Orientation

The Graduate College requires a self-paced, asynchronous online orientation for all new, incoming graduate students enrolled in quarter programs, including face-to-face and online, in Drexel Learn. The orientation contains a series of modules which provide a high-level overview of and introduction to University policies and services, as well as reminders of required training and compliance items. Students should review all modules and complete the short assessment after each by Friday, September 30, 2022.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Graduate College.

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Title IX Training

All Drexel graduate students are required to complete an online module entitled, “Drexel U Got This! – Grad Student Training”, a sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct prevention program, in order to be compliant with the University’s policies each academic year. The training will appear under “Courses” from the left-hand menu in  Drexel Learn and in the “Administrative Term”. Students will receive more information about how to access the training and instructions for completion via their their Drexel email. Students must complete the module by Monday, October 31, 2022.

If you have any questions about the training content or why you’re required to do the training, please contact the Office of Equality and Diversity (OED).

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International Graduate Student Orientation

New, incoming international students (F-1 and J-1) are required to complete the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) Mandatory International Student Orientation, a separate asynchronous online orientation in Drexel Learn.

New, incoming international graduate students are also invited to a series of pre-arrival webinars hosted by the Graduate College, International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), ISSS, and Health Insurance and Immunizations, each year in the summer.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact ISSS.

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Dornsife Orientation Report

Review the New Student Orientation Report to learn more about the execution of fall Orientation 2022-2023.