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 will be live on Monday, August 29, 2022 and can be used as a reference source throughout your student tenure.


These optional, in person events will help you explore campus, Philadelphia, and public health. Events will be offered daily from Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 9. Registration required. See schedule for details.

Welcome Week

Join the entire Dornsife community in person for NSO during Welcome Week from Monday, September 12 through Friday, September 16, 2022. Registration requested. See schedule for details.

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, Drexel’s learning management system (LMS). Some also refer to Drexel Learn as “Blackboard Learn” or “Learn” for short. The orientation is 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 will be required to complete an assessment by a deadline TBA in order to be in compliance. Learn more.

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. Learn more.