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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 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 Meredith Sellers at


2015 Public Health Recognition Awards

The Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine annually recognizes contributions to public health in the Greater Philadelphia Region. 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.

Awards were presented at the 2015 Student Poster Session. Recipients were:

Student Award: Liz Bates, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Organization Award: CeaseFire PA

Individual Award: Caroline Johnson, MD, Director, Division of Disease Control, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Past awardees are listed HERE.


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