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.



Public Health Symposium

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

Public health professionals present their work in five-minute oral presentations. Submissions were due MARCH 3; you will be notified via email whether your proposal has been accepted soon. All are welcome to attend the sessions. Please register HERE to let us know you're coming. Light breakfast is served beginning at 8 am; program begins at 8:30.


Student Poster Session

May 9, 2017 | Student setup: 3:00-4:00; judging: 4:00-6:00; public event: 5:30-8:30pm

Public health students present their work.

Abstracts are due March 22, 2017.

Instructions for submitting abstracts are HERE.

Submitters will by notified whether their abstract was accepted via email by April 15.


Philadelphia Public Health Grand Rounds

Poverty & Public Health: Addressing the Causes and Consequences

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


Natalie Levkovich, Executive Director, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Mitch Little, MS, Director, Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity

Giridhar G. Mallya, MD, MSHP, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Imani Sullivan, Witness to Hunger

Register HERE.



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. This year, the Poster Session is on May 9.



The Section is accepting nominations for Section Chair, Section Clerk, and three members of the Steering Committee to serve from July 2017 to June 2019.  Please forward candidate suggestions (you may nominate yourself) with contact information by Monday, March 27, 2017, to Carolyn Asbury at and to Meredith Sellers, the College’s Administrative Coordinator for the Section, at Nominees must be active members of the Section.



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.