Drew Harris

Assistant Professor

Drew Harris


901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


215-923-7583 fax

Drew Harris

Assistant Professor

Research & Clinical Interests

Health Policy
Population Health
Vaccine Exemption Policy
Case-Based Training
Curriculum Development


DPM, Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine
MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey



Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health


Health Policy: Analysis & Advocacy
Essentials of Population Health
Population Health Applications
Population Health Capstone Seminar & Project
Health Policy Capstone Seminar & Project


Dr. Drew Harris is Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health (JCPH). A researcher, author and presenter in the fast-growing discipline of population health, he led JCPH’s effort to create the nation’s first Master of Science in Population Health for practicing health professionals and a new graduate program called Population Health Intelligence for clinical leaders challenged with turning health data into insight and action.

At Jefferson, he developed and teaches the core course, Essentials of Population Health, as well as the Health Policy: Analysis and Advocacy; Population Health Management Applications; and Population Health and Health Policy Capstone Seminar courses. He also developed and led JCPH’s Population Health Academy.

Dr. Harris began his career in clinical practice specializing in the treatment of the lower extremity complications of diabetes and wound care. Frustrated with treating patients only after their illnesses became severe, he transitioned into academic public health, leading several initiatives to promote leadership, community engagement, and disaster preparedness. As president of the NJ Association for Biomedical Research, he represented the interests of the state’s pharma-based laboratory researchers.

Dr. Harris presents regularly on population health and health policy to regional and national audiences and is a featured speaker in the American College Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Cluster program. He is an active health advocate, publishing frequently in the Philadelphia InquirerWall Street Journal, and other publications on topical health policy issues. His research interests focus on the health impact of exemptions from vaccine mandates.

Dr. Harris is a podiatric physician by training. In private practice, he concentrated on the care of people with diabetes and non-healing wounds before making his public health avocation his vocation by taking a position at UMDNJ. He obtained his Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Organization and Administration from the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. His research interests lie at the vital nexus of public health science and practice, public policy and politics.