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Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine

The Section on Public Health creates a forum for deliberation of relevant issues in public health, and provides information for the development of health policy. The Section brings together public health professionals from all across the region to study public health problems and assess potential responses. Section events are listed on the College's Calendar of Events. The Section is chaired by Robert G. Sharrar, MD, MSc.

Membership Information

Membership in the Section is open to everyone. Section Members pay dues that go toward the cost of programming and mailings to its members.

Membership Fee: $40

Free for students

You can apply using this Application Form.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanene Johnson at 215-399-0403 or

Upcoming Events

Public Health Day Symposium
April 6, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Section is conducting a half-day symposium honoring the public health work done in the Delaware Valley by public health professionals. It will be held at The College of Physicians at the beginning of Public Health Week.

The format of the Symposium will depend on the presentations submitted and could include individual presentations of various lengths, panel discussions, and/or a poster session. Last year there were 15 presenters. Each presenter was given five minutes to present their program. They were then given the opportunity to discuss their program in small groups for approximately 45 minutes.

If you are a public health professional and are interested in participating, please CLICK HERE for more information on how to submit your presentation. Note that submissions are due February 27, 2015.


Public Health Student Poster Session
May 5, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Student poster submissions are due March 31, 2015. See the Call for Posters HERE and Poster Specifications HERE. Students must be a member of The College's Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine or be a student at one of the Section's Institutional Membership Organizations.

Join us for a poster session featuring work of public health students at Delaware Valley public health programs. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Section on Public Health & Preventative Medicine is sponsoring the poster session and will be awarding prizes to the best posters. 

Attendance at the poster session is free and open to the public.


No Bones About It! John Mutter, PhD

Section chair Robert G. Sharrar, MD, MSc, interviews John Mutter, PhD, on the public health effects of climate change. This interview preceded a talk by Dr. Mutter at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia on December 11, 2014. Dr. Mutter is a geophysicist and professor at The Earth Institute of Columbia University.




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Public Health Day 2014