Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH

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901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-1708
(215) 923-6939 fax

Medical School

MPH: UMDNJ – School of Public Health
DPM: Pennsylvania (now Temple University) School of Podiatric Medicine

University Appointment

Program Director, Masters of Health Policy, Jefferson School of Population Health

Research and Clinical Interest

Health policy, public health, policy advocacy, case-based training, podiatric medicine, lower extremity wound and diabetes complications.


Dr. Harris’s diverse career in clinical care and public 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 School 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; control diabetes, obesity and tobacco use; address the public health impact of climate change; remove barriers to community-based research; and ensure that non-profit health insurance assets are reserved for public health and health care purposes.

He is past president of the New Jersey Public Health Association and currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association where he chairs 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.

Dr. Harris’s research interests lie at the vital nexus of population health science and practice, public policy and politics.

As Program Director for the Master’s Program for Health Policy at JSPH, he oversees the program and teaches the Population Health Management, Health Policy: Analysis and Advocacy and Capstone Seminar courses. He is particularly interested in challenging students to see and apply health policymaking in a broader political and social framework.