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Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH
CwiC-PH Director

Assistant Professor,
Family & Community Medicine
Associate Director,
Center for Urban Health

Contact Dr. Brawer

Dr. Rickie Brawer, a public health practitioner, educator and researcher, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Center for Urban Health at Jefferson University Hospital.

Over the past years she has taught the multiple classes in the Jefferson MPH Program. She has also served on more than 40 Capstone Committees and has mentored more than thirty public health students from other public health academic programs. She has been involved in integrating public health content and experiential opportunities into the core SKMC curriculum and teaching several community medicine electives. Dr. Brawer has research expertise in Community Based Participatory Research focusing on obesity, the built environment, developing low-literacy materials, coalition development and sustainability, men's health issues, diabetes, breast cancer and the development a community wellness center.

211 S. Ninth Street (Walnut Towers)
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-2396
(215) 955-7529 fax


Walter K. Kraft, MD, MS
CwiC-CTR Director

Associate Professor
Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Director, Division of
                                           Clinical Pharmacology
                                           Director, Office of Human

Contact Dr. Kraft

Dr. Walter Kraft is Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. As Director of the Jefferson Clinical Research Unit, he has an active research program in early phase drug development, including first-in-human studies of new drugs.

He has a particular interest in the development of novel therapeutics for the neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. Kraft maintains a clinical practice in vascular medicine.

Dr. Kraft has an interest in the teaching of pharmacology and clinical research. He is director of the Jefferson K30 program in Human Investigation, an educational program to train clinicians in the science of clinical research. He teaches in the medical and graduate College, and has served as a research mentor to trainees in multiple therapeutic areas.

132 S. Tenth Street
1170 Main Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-9077
(215) 955--5681 fax


Wayne Bond Lau, MD
CwiC-CTR Director

Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine

Contact Dr. Lau

Dr. Wayne Bond Lau, Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, is a proud local Philadelphia native.  Raised in Lansdale, Montgomery County, his parents live in Lansdale, and his younger sister Bonnie is also an academic emergency physician in San Francisco, California. A North Penn High School alumnus, he graduated from the joint Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College 6 year accelerated medical program in 2004.  A Jeffersonian ever since, he completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2007, serving as Chief Resident during his senior year.

As faculty, his basic science research investigates the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular ischemia/reperfusion injury and proteins capable of mitigating such injury, and he has received national grants from the Emergency Medicine Foundation for his work. Dr. Lau contributes to emergency medicine through patient clinical care and education of both medical college students and residents at Jefferson. He is the co-director of the volunteer driven Chinatown Clinic, where he cares for the underserved communities of Philadelphia weekly.

1020 Sansom Street
Thompson Building, Suite 239
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-6844
(215) 923-6225 fax


James Plumb, MD, MPH
CwiC-PH Director

Family & Community Medicine
Director, Center for Urban Health

Contact Dr. Plumb

Dr. James Plumb, a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, serves as the Faculty Advisor for a student-run Urban Health Initiative (JeffHOPE) addressing the health care needs of homeless and otherwise disenfranchised populations at four shelters and a needle exchange. He also directs the Center for Urban Health at Jefferson University Hospital. In 2003, he received his Masters in Public Health Degree from the Bloomberg College of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Plumb maintains a clinical practice at St. Elizabeth's Community Center in Lower North Philadelphia, in partnership with Project H.O.M.E. He also teaches several courses in Jefferson's MPH Program, and directs five 4th year electives related to community medicine. Since 1992, he has worked with partners in Uganda and Rwanda East Africa. His service, education and research interests include: socially complex patients, homeless care, men’s health, Community Based Participatory Research, obesity, community medicine, Global Health, and application of the chronic care model.




Bon S. Ku, MD, MPP
CwiC-Design Director

Emergency Medicine
Director, Resident Ultrasound Education
Co-Director, Global Health Fellowship

Contact Dr. Ku

Dr. Bon Ku is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Bon holds a Master in Public Policy and a certificate in Health Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He received his M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Classical Studies. His background in academic medicine has been diverse. He has conducted research on urban homeless populations, point-of-care ultrasound, global health, and emergency department super-utilizers. He serves on the Board of Directors for Depaul USA, a non-profit organization that provides support for homeless persons, and is a member of the City of Philadelphia’s Homeless Death Review Team and Continuum of Care Board.

Bon believes that the human centered approach inherent in design methodology can have a profound impact in making better doctors, improving health care delivery and reshaping how we think about medicine.

211 S. 9th St. (Walnut Towers)
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-6340
(215) 955-7529 fax



Abbie Santana, MSPH
CWIC-PH Coordinator
Family & Community Medicine

Contact Ms. Santana

211 S. 9th St. (Walnut Towers)
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-7713
(215) 955-7529 fax

Application Process

Application available:

Application deadline:
January 5, 2015 

Acceptance letters distributed:
January 26, 2015

Student confirmation /refusal deadline:
February 2, 2015


Students must be in good academic standing.

Students may apply to only one CWIC program track.

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