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Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH

Contact Dr. Harris

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-1708
(215) 923-7583 fax

Medical School

MPH - UMDNJ, Piscataway, NJ - 1999
DPM - Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA - 1983
BS - Wlkes College, Wilkes Barre, PA - 1980


Podiatric Surgical Residency - Union Hospital, Union NJ

University Appointment

Program Director, Master of Health Policy, Jefferson College of Population Health
Program Director, Master of Population Health, Jefferson College of Population Health
Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Populatino Health

Research Interests

Health policy, public health, policy advocacy, vaccine policy, case-based training and curriculum development


Dr. Harris’s diverse career in clinical care and population health began as a podiatric physician specializing in the treatment of lower extremity wounds and diabetic complications. After obtaining his MPH, he joined the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) as an academic administrator and then Assistant Professor in the UMDNJ School of Public Health. He served as the Assistant Director of the UMDNJ New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness (NJCPHP) where he conducted education, training and research on a variety of public health topics including public health law, assessment and preparedness through grants with the CDC, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and other state and federal agencies and private foundations. At the NJCPHP, Dr. Harris conceived and directed the center’s Public Health Leadership for Emergency Response (PHLIER) program—an eight-month fellowship program for emerging public health leaders.

After leaving his full-time position at UMDNJ to lead the NJ Association for Biomedical Research, an organization devoted to advancing animal research training and awareness, he continued on as an adjunct assistant professor in the UMDNJ-NJ Medical College where he has been active in curriculum development and regional population health promotion.

Dr. Harris founded the NJ Public Health Institute, an organization devoted to health research and advocacy. As NJPHI’s lead, he testifies regularly on high-priority public health issues including health care reform, vaccine mandates and water fluoridation and is actively engaged in numerous health coalitions involved in statewide campaigns to guarantee universal access to health care; ensure high vaccination rates; control diabetes, obesity and tobacco use; address the public health impact of climate change; and remove barriers to community-based research.

He served as past president of the New Jersey Public Health Association and member of the American Public Health Association Executive Board, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. Other activities include a stint as a talk show host for HouseCalls, a radio call-in show that focused on health care and public health topics.

As Program Director for the Master’s Program for Health Policy at JCPH, he oversees the program and teaches the Essentials of Population Health, Health Policy: Analysis and Advocacy and Capstone Seminar courses. He is also Program Director for JCPH's new MS degree in Population Health and led the team that defined the curriculum for this emerging field.

Dr. Harris's research interests lie at the vital nexus of population health science and practice, public policy and politics.  He is particularly interested in challenging students to see and apply health policymaking in a broader political and social framework, as well as understanding the impact of various social, cultural, physical and genetic determinants on population health.


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