Drew Harris

25 Oct, 2018

Dr. Drew Harris is Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health (JCPH) and Director of the Scholarly Inquiry Health Policy track at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. 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 week-long 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 Inquirer, Wall Street Journal, and other publications on topical health policy issues. His research interests focus on the health impact of exemptions from vaccine mandates.