Seminar - Local Public Health - A Critical Component of the Nationís Public Health Infrastructure
Date: February 10, 2006
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Disque Hall, Room: 108
John F. Domzalski, JD, MPH
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
(Formerly Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia)
Public Health is the organized effort to protect, promote, and restore the health of human populations. Such concerns have their origin at the very beginning of human history and public health practice has evolved over the millennia reflecting advances in scientific knowledge and the emergence of new biologic, social, and political challenges.
The vanguard of community efforts to protect and promote the health of its citizens is the local public health agency. It is there that emerging disease trends are first identified and where the initial response to events such as disease outbreaks, natural or otherwise must occur and where efforts to protect and promote the health of the community must be proactively mounted. This seminar describes this work from the speakerís perspective gained in leading one of the largest, most complex local public health departments in the United States.
John F. Domzalski has held a range of executive and senior leadership positions in public health and was the Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia from February, 2002 until his retirement from government service in July, 2005. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Since July, 2005, he has worked in Southeast Texas providing hurricane disaster relief, lectured to Foreign Service Nationals from Africa, East Asia, Europe, and the Near East on public health topics, and served as a panelist for the Public Broadcast Service global health series, Rx for Survival. He has recently returned to Drexel teaching in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems.
Disque Hall is located on 32nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets.