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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, FCPP.



Childhood Asthma: Clinical and Community-based Approaches to Prevention in Philadelphia

February 15, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm

Register HERE.

Poverty as a Public Health Issue

May 24, 2017 | 5:30-7:00pm

Register HERE.



Teen Health Week

January 9-13, 2017

We kick off Teen Health Week with a trip to Harrisburg, PA, on Monday, January 9, to present the proclamation for Teen Health Week. The week closes out with a teen event at the Mütter Museum on Friday, January 13, from 4-6 pm. Information on Teen Health Week, including daily activity for teens and schools to observe, is found at Real Talk with Dr. Offutt.

Public Health Symposium

April 3, 2017 | 8:30am-12:30pm

Public health professionals present their work in five-minute oral presentations. The instructions and form for submitting a proposal to present at the symposium are HERE. Submissions are due FEBRUARY 10 at 5 pm; you will be notified via email whether your proposal has been accepted within a few weeks of that deadline.

Student Poster Session

May 9, 2017 | 4:00-7:30pm

Public health students present their work.



The Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine annually recognizes outstanding achievement in the Philadelphia public health community by presenting three awards at the Annual Public Health Student Poster Session. We depend on the community to nominate award recipients, and so we ask you to send us your nominations for the award by April 7, 2017. The criteria for nominations are here. The list of past winners is here



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, pay dues online HERE.

Free for students: Complete this form and return to Meredith Sellers at


2015-16 Section Annual Report
A Message from the Chair
Section on Public Health Membership Form

Fill out and mail in this form to join the Section, or use the link above to join and pay your membership dues online.