Rosie Frasso, PhD, MSc, MSc, CPH

Associate Professor
Program Director

Rosie Frasso


901 Walnut Street
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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Rosie Frasso, PhD, MSc, MSc, CPH

Associate Professor
Program Director

Research & Practice Interests

Qualitative Research
Health Disparities
Housing Insecurity
Health Literacy
Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Projects


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MSc (Society, Human Development & Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MSc (Maternal & Child Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



National Certification in Public Health (CPH)


Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Program Director, Public Health


Introduction to Public Health
Capstone/ILE LEAP I and II
Qualitative Methods


Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso is a public health researcher and educator. Dr. Frasso earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as two master's degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve population health, healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations. Previously, Dr. Frasso served as the Director of Education for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her research, Dr. Frasso provides consultation and oversight on qualitative projects for clinicians, researchers and students as well as for clients including the VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing and consensus-deriving group approaches. Additionally, she has worked on several cross-disciplinary projects with educators, artists and economists who are committed to using qualitative methods to enhance community collaborations, to support communities as they advocate for change and to amplify the voices of vulnerable populations.  

Dr. Frasso is dedicated to training the next generation of public health professionals through teaching and mentorship. She has taught multiple courses including Introduction to Public Health, Qualitative Methods and Capstone/ILE.