Schedule

Welcome to the Dornsife School of Public Health Virtual Orientation!

We are excited to welcome new dragons to campus during Welcome Week in September. Until then, we have designed Virtual Orientation, starting August 3, 2020, which will help you transition into Dornsife student life.

Virtual Orientation combines opportunities to connect one-on-one and in group settings with students, faculty, and staff. Each week, we’ll post opportunities to participate in live Zoom events and self-paced Blackboard Learn modules that are essential to learning about Drexel’s systems and your success.

Continue to check this page for the Virtual Orientation weekly theme and schedule. Included in the schedule are details on the topic, date, time, location or method, and intended audience as applicable.

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Virtual Orientation Schedule

Please note that the dates, times, and method are subject to change and will be updated as necessary below.

For a complete list of Welcome Week events, please review the First Year Experience schedule.

Week 7: Welcome Week
Monday, September 14 – Friday, September 18, 2020

Virtual Mural Arts Tour

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 10:00AM-11:30AM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Required for undergraduate students, optional for graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Mural Arts Philadelphia will take students on a 1-hour virtual New Works Mural tour, featuring 14 murals that encompass a variety of themes to give a unique perspective of the work that Mural Arts does in our communities. A professionally-trained Mural Arts tour guide will be your live video host, sharing the stories behind the murals and answering questions. Dr. Jennifer Breaux, Director of Undergraduate Education and Associate Teaching Professor of Community Health and Prevention, will share insight on the relationship between public health on and mural arts.

Registration is required, as this event has limited spots available and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. If selected to attend, you will receive an email message with a link to login to the event via Zoom. REGISTER HERE.

Summer Reading Book Circle

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 1:00PM-2:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 982 8583 8747
AUDIENCE: All Dornsife community members
DESCRIPTION: Dornsife faculty and staff will lead small group discussions on this year’s summer reading novel: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Dr. Sharelle Barber, Assistant Research Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Benjamin Barber, Researcher and Writer with Facing South, will give opening remarks. REGISTER HERE.

Dornsife Undergraduate Q&A

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 3:00PM-4:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate students
DESCRIPTION: Undergraduate Orientation Leaders will welcome incoming students during this interactive session and share tips and tricks for navigating Drexel, Dornsife, and campus life.

Social Justice and Public Health

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 10:00AM-11:00AM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: John Rich, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice and Professor in Health Management and Policy, gives students a unique introduction to public health through the lens of social justice at Dornsife.

Exploring Philadelphia: Q&A with Orientation Leaders

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 6:00PM-7:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Learn more from Orientation Leaders about navigating Philadelphia as a student.

Welcome Ceremony and Pinning

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 10:00AM-11:00AM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 810 2024 0028
Passcode: 944770
AUDIENCE: All Dornsife community members
DESCRIPTION: Join us for our School’s virtual Pinning Ceremony, an event that formally welcomes all new students into the field of public health and new faculty and staff. The pinning ceremony is a tradition that was first instituted at the School nearly 24 years ago by the founding Dean and humanitarian, Dr. Jonathan Mann. This year’s keynote speaker will be Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH, Deputy Health Director of Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Color Brave

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 1:00PM-3:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Patience Ajoff-Foster, Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusive Culture, and Bernetta McCall-Millonde, Director of Diversity Initiatives & Community Relations in the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship, facilitate Color Brave: a campus dialogues aim to educate and empower faculty to have a purposeful discussion and address the issue of racial inequities that exist in America today. Registration is required and can be completed via the Zoom link above.

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WEEK 6: GET INVOLVED
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

SGO MEET & GREET

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 10:00AM-11:00AM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: MPH and MS students
DESCRIPTION: As a master’s student at Dornsife, you are considered a member of the Student Government Organization. This will be a casual meet and greet to meet and get to know your representatives and learn about future events.

HMP MEET & GREET

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 954 3371 5321
Passcode: 360653
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Join the members of the Health Management and Policy (HMP) Club for a meet and greet.

BECOME A DORNSIFE AMBASSADOR!

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 12:00PM-1:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 992 1770 9739
Passcode: 787038
AUDIENCE: All graduate students
DESCRIPTION: During your application process, you may have attended an Open House, Class Visit, Accepted Student’s Day, virtual information session, or received an email from a current student. Each interaction was with a Dornsife Ambassador. We invite you to join Admissions staff and current Dornsife Ambassadors for this event to learn more about opportunities for sharing your story with prospective DSPH students as part of the Dornsife Ambassador program!

MCHSO AND PHE ORIENTATION AND TRIVIA

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 485 399 4565
Passcode: drexel
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: This event will introduce new students to the Drexel Maternal and Child Health Student Organization (MCHSO) and to Drexel Peer Health Educators (PHE). Students will have a chance to learn about the groups’ missions, to meet student officers and members, and to compete in a live trivia event!

USGO JEOPARDY NIGHT

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 5:30PM-6:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 931 8355 6637
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate students
DESCRIPTION: Join the members of Undergraduate Student Government Organization (USGO) as we play Jeopardy with topics about Drexel, Philadelphia, Celebrity Disasters and more!

WELCOME LUNCH FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 12:00PM-1:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 935 8153 1803
AUDIENCE: All DrPH and PhD students
DESCRIPTION: Public Health Doctoral Student Advisory Group (PHDSAG) welcomes doctoral students, offers an opportunity to connect with classmates, and provides an overview of PHDSAG programming and initiatives for the year.

Week 5: Exploring Public Health
Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4, 2020

Academic Program Overview: Executive MPH

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the Executive MPH program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the Executive MPH curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Finding Student Opportunities and Post-Graduate Jobs: Search Tools for Dornsife Students

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 5.
AUDIENCE: All DSPH Students
DESCRIPTION: Caroline Voyles, Director of Student Placement and Partnership Development, reviews DSPH portals for searching for research assistantships, internships, and full- or part-time jobs during academic programs or for after graduation. 

MPH Experiential Learning: The Applied Practical Experience

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 5.
AUDIENCE: All MPH Students (face-to-face, online, Executive)
DESCRIPTION: Caroline Voyles, Director of Student Placement and Partnership Development, reviews the Applied Practical Experience (APE) for MPH degree students, as well as the options and timelines for completion.

Career Tips and Insight from PHYLA Public Health Professionals

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 5.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Christine Ivery, MPH ’18, Carlos Carmona, MPH, Kristin Giordano, MPH ’19, and Jess Hughes, MPH(c) of the Public Health Young Leaders Association (PHYLA) steering committee discuss finding their unique paths in public health and tips for pursuing a career in the field. 

Dornsife School of Public Health Research Centers

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 5.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Attendees will gain information about ongoing research projects taking place at some of the Dornsife School of Public Health Research Centers, and learn more about opportunities for student involvement. Faculty speakers include: Dr. Esther Chernak, Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication, Dr. Gina Lovasi, Urban Health Collaborative, Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST)

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Week 4: Diversity and Inclusion
Monday, August 24 – Friday, August 28, 2020

Dornsife and Anti-Racism Initiatives

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 804 848 4712
Passcode: slb2020
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Dr. Scarlett Bellamy, Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Faculty Development, invites you to engage in a conversation on Dornsife’s values and anti-racism initiatives.

Return to Campus: Student Q&A

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 960 7391 0228
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Phi Nguyen, Assistant Dean of Students, facilitates a panel of Dornsife administrators to share details and answer student questions about returning to campus this fall.

Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 4.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Maurice Cottman, Associate Director of the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, shares more about services and resources available to students from Drexel University’s Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

The Office of Equality and Diversity (OED)

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 4.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Zoe Reilly, EEO & Title IX Investigator in the Office of Equality and Diversity, reviews services and resources available to students, and how Drexel maintains an inclusive community.

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Week 3: Discovering Drexel Resources
Monday, August 17 – Friday, August 21, 2020

Steinbright Career Development Center

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 3.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Nicole Dalberto, Associate Director of Career Services, shares more about how Public Health students can benefit from Drexel University’s Steinbright Career Development Center.

Drexel Central and Financial Aid

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 3.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Drexel Central, the University’s one-stop for the Offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar, shares an overview of Financial Aid’s services and resources, highlights important deadlines and financial aid package information, and how you can reach out for further assistance.

Holistic Health and Wellness Practices for Students

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 3.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Mary Carty, Senior Program Manager, shares how to stay healthy while in school by sharing techniques for balancing responsibilities and managing stress and resources for physical and mental health support.

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Week 2: Academics 101
Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14, 2020

Center for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS)

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 2.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, Rebecca Signore, Director, Center for Learning and Academic Success Services, will review CLASS’s resources and services and tips for achieving academic success as you transition into a new degree program.

Library Support for Research

METHOD: ASY (recorded)
WHEN: This module will be uploaded to the Blackboard Learn Orientation shell during Week 2.
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, Kathleen Turner, Librarian for Public Health, will review important resources and services offered by Drexel’s library, and tips for seeking research resources.

Academic Program Overview: MS-EPI

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 987 6927 3273
Passcode: 515609
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MS – Epidemiology program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MS-EPI curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MS-BST

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 804 848 4712
Passcode: slbBST2020
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MS – Biostatistics program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MS-BST curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: PhD-EOH

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 10:00AM-11:00AM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Doctoral students in the PhD – Environmental and Occupational Health program
Meeting ID: 918 2436 9861 
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the PhD-EOH curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: PhD-EPI

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 961 8939 3266
Passcode: 038319
AUDIENCE: Doctoral students in the PhD – Epidemiology program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the PhD-EPI curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: PhD-BST

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 804 848 4712
Passcode: slbBST2020
AUDIENCE: Doctoral students in the PhD – Biostatistics program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the PhD-BST curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH-EPI

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 2:00PM-3:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 986 2904 9929
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH – Epidemiology program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH-EPI curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH-Urban Health

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 2:30PM-3:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 913 0526 1412 
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH – Urban Health program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH-Urban Health curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH/MS-Global Health

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 5:30PM-6:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 996 3765 9540
Passcode: 029841
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH or MS – Global Health program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH or MS-Global Health curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH-EOH

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 1:00PM-2:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 929 8319 5110 
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH – EOH program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH-EOH curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MD/MPH

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 11:30AM-12:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 993 5776 2827 
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MD/MPH program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MD/MPH curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Online Student Resources: Steinbright Career Development Center Webinar

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 12:00PM-1:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Online MPH in: Epidemiology, Global Health, Urban Health and Online MS in Global Health
DESCRIPTION: Whether you’re looking to advance in your current career or start a new one altogether, Drexel University’s Steinbright Career Development Center is a world-class resource for career services. Join us and explore how Steinbright prepares, guides, and empowers Drexel University students and alumni to navigate the lifelong process of personal and professional development. Presented by Nicole Dalberto, Associate Director of Career Services

Academic Program Overview: Executive MPH

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 5:00PM-6:00PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the Executive MPH program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the Executive MPH curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH-HMP and MPH/MBA

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 1:00PM-2:30PM via Zoom
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH – HMP and the MPH/MBA programs
Meeting ID: 557 660 6397
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH-HMP and the MPH/MBA curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: MPH-CHP

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 2:00PM-3:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 919 6202 3104
Passcode: 957608
AUDIENCE: Master’s students in the MPH – CHP program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the MPH-CHP curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

Academic Program Overview: PhD-CHP

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 5:30PM-6:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 659 670 2295
AUDIENCE: Doctoral students in the PhD – CHP program
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet your program manager and learn more about the PhD-CHP curriculum and requirements for degree completion.

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Week 1: Meet Dornsife!
Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7, 2020

Virtual Orientation Overview

METHOD: ASY (video)
AUDIENCE: All students
DESCRIPTION: Learn more about what to expect from Virtual Orientation.

Greetings from the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department!

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3:00PM-4:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 979 1205 4943
Passcode: 114245
AUDIENCE: EPI/BST Graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the role of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within Public Health.

Greetings from the Health Management and Policy department!

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 4:00PM-5:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 945 0069 4252
Passcode: 203813
AUDIENCE: HMP Graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the role of Health Management and Policy within Public Health.

Greetings from the Environmental and Occupational Health department!

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 11:00AM-12:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 985 3205 5910
AUDIENCE: EOH and Urban Health Graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the role of Environmental and Occupational Health within Public Health.

Greetings from the Community Health and Prevention department!

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 11:30AM-12:30PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 919 8337 5568
AUDIENCE: CHP Graduate students
DESCRIPTION: In this session, you’ll meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the role of Community Health and Prevention within Public Health.

Dornsife New Dragon Kick Off

METHOD: SYN (live)
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 6:00PM-7:00PM via Zoom
Meeting ID: 92844566971
AUDIENCE: All undergraduate and graduate students
DESCRIPTION: Hosted by Orientation Leaders, join this social event to meet your fellow Dragons!

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