Drexel University School of Public Health Receives $45 Million

Drexel University School of Public Health Receives $45 Million

Drexel University has announced a gift of $45 million to its School of Public Health from alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband, David.

The funds will enable the school, which has been renamed the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health, to establish an Urban Health Collaborative focused on improving public health by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health disparities within cities and promoting policies and partnerships to reduce them. The gift also will fund three endowed professorships, four endowed scholarships, a Dean's Strategic Initiatives Fund, and an expansion of the school's Global Public Health program.

Dana Dornsife, founder, president, and CEO of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, received her bachelor's degree in business from Drexel in 1983. The Dornsifes' support for the university to date totals $58 million, including $10 million in 2012 to establish the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and gifts to create the Dana and David Dornsife Office of Experiential Learning and the Dornsife Global Development Scholars program.

"Drexel's public health team has an outsized impact on health and human rights in Philadelphia and around the world, as well as on the next generation of public health leaders, and it's a privilege for David and me to support them and challenge them to take their work to a new level," said Dana Dornsife. "The fact that this school exists and excels at my alma mater brings me great pride."