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Ben Franklin’s Treatise on Wind

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
Benjamin Franklin was a man for the ages. His story is a familiar one. Born in Boston in 1706. The youngest of 17 children. Moved to Philadelphia in 1723. He gained fame for his experiments with electricity, and was a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, and scientist. He also was a specialist in another... Read more

A Conversation About Robin Williams, Parkinson’s Disease, and Depression

Friday, August 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
Like anyone with a funny bone, my heart is heavy at the loss of Robin Williams. I had the privilege of twice seeing him perform live, including a surprise set at the Comedy Cellar in New York. His comedy–pulled from his own, often difficult, life experiences–took his audiences to great heights... Read more

The Victims of War

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:30 AM
While havoc spreads across the Middle East—in Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Gaza—it is civilians who are bearing the brunt of newly surfaced and long-standing disputes. This week in the news—the escalating war between Israel and Hamas. Last week—the crumbling of Iraq as ISIS fighters... Read more

Smoking chocolate

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
A report released Monday (the executive summary is here) by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reminds us that the fight against tobacco and the companies that sell tobacco products goes on despite some successes. As if smoking wasn’t deadly enough, the report calls attention to changes to cigarettes... Read more

Marco Rubio's notion of climate change: Nope

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30 AM
Sen. Marco Rubio wants you to know that he doesn’t agree with the “notion” of climate change. Speaking to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, in a report that aired Sunday, the Florida Republican said, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate... Read more

Tonight Only: An Evening of Discussion With The Public’s Health

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9:14 AM
The Philadelphia Science Festival continues today, and events around the city include a science happy hour at The Continental in Old City and science night at the Phillies game. But if public health is your game, head over to Rembrandt’s Restaurant in Fairmount tonight for an evening with The... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

Putting pressure on tobacco retailers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last month's announcement by CVS/Pharmacy that it would “stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014” has focused attention on the role that retail outlets play in their sale. If other major retailers were to follow CVS/Pharmacy’s... Read more

Come join us at ‘Study Hall’!

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:45 PM
Beginning Saturday night, Feb. 22, and then monthly for the next three months (March 22, April 26, May 24), the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival show Study Hall will be returning to the Adrienne Theater in Center City for an hour of history and improv. Study Hall, directed by Philadelphia Improv... Read more

CVS bans cigarette sales. Who’s next?

Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:30 AM
Kudos to CVS/Pharmacy for joining the fight against smoking. Earlier this week the retail giant announced that it would “stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014.” The decision comes as CVS/Pharmacy moves towards expanding... Read more
About this blog

What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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