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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 in the Section is open to all. 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 Meredith Sellers at




The Sonia Stupniker Isard Lecture
Zika Virus: History, Emergence of Neurologic Disease, and Threat to the Americas

May 16, 2016 | 7:30am

Scott C. Weaver, PhD, will speak about

  • the origins and history of Zika virus
  • the association of Zika virus with Guillain Barré syndrome and congenital microcephaly
  • the risk for Zika virus spread within the U.S.
  • strategies to control the outbreak and prevent severe human disease

Dr. Weaver is the John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections & Immunity, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity; and Scientific Director, Galveston National Laboratory.

Paul A. Offit, MD, FCPP, will offer perspective and commentary.

Register HERE.



The Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine annually recognizes contributions to public health in the greater Philadelphia area. The student award is given annually to a graduate or professional student who demonstrates distinguished leadership and excellence among peers, and makes a significant contribution to public health promotion in the local community beyond the university setting. The individual/organization award is given in recognition of substantial contributions to the health of the community through work in any aspect of public health. Eligible organizations are private, public, non-profit, faith based, or public-private partnerships whose mission targets enhancing the health of citizens, neighborhoods and/or communities in the greater Philadelphia region.

Past awardees are listed HERE.

Awards will be given at the 2016 Student Poster Session on May 10, 2016.



May 10, 2016 | 5:30pm

Poster Setup | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Each year the Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine hosts a Student Public Health Poster Session that showcases regional public health research by students and professionals from public health and related disciplines. This event serves to increase awareness of public health efforts in the Philadelphia region. Poster session winners will be selected by judges from among the Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine members. Winners will receive a small monetary award.

Participants 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: Arcadia University, Drexel University, LaSalle University, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Sciences, and University of Pennsylvania.

The poster session will be held on May 10, 2016, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Set up time for posters is 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Abstracts for consideration for inclusion in the poster session are due April 4, 2016. The submission form is HERE. Submitters will receive notification via email about whether the abstract has been accepted for the poster session.


Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds

May 18, 2016 | 5:30pm

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Philadelphia County Medical Society present a Continuing Medical Education (CME) program: The Substance Abuse Epidemic in Philadelphia.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

Registration is free, but all attendees must be pre-registered. Register HERE.





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