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Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
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Nov 2, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Part Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About the Dornsife School of Public Health

The Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University is a CEPH accredited School of Public Health founded in 1994 on the principle of health as a human right and the recognition of the importance of social justice as a means to achieve health for all. With enrollment of over 350 students, Dornsife is the #1 school of public health in Philadelphia and in the top 15% in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021 rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools. Our mission is to provide education, conduct research, and partner with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. We define health broadly to encompass physical, mental and social well-being and not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity. We view the focus on the health of populations as a distinguishing feature of the field of public health. Our story weaves together three public health challenges: urban health, health equity, and policy translation in a way that is inclusive and broad, that allows us to have focus but at the same time engages new ideas and new areas. Most importantly, we recognize the value of diversity (where we come from, who we are, what we know, what we do, our history) to all of our work, because this diversity is critical to our ability to develop, embrace new things, and achieve our goals.

About the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health trains students in the core disciplines applicable to practice and to do research in the field, including toxicology, exposure science, epidemiology, risk assessment, and policy. The Department hosts two academic programs related to the control of infectious disease in communities and in health care: a Graduate Minor in Infectious Disease Control and Prevention, and a certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, geared for the public health and health care workforce. The curriculum emphasizes preventive actions focused on creating safe environments in health care and non-healthcare settings.

Job Summary

The adjunct faculty member will serve as the instructor for graduate-level course(s) in Infectious Diseases: Microbes in Public Health Practice I (EOH 650), Microbes in Public Health Practice II (EOH 651), or Infection Prevention and Control in the Health Care Environment. Each is a 3-credit course offered on-line. EOH 650 is taught in the Fall quarter, EOH 651 and 655 are offered online in the Winter quarter. Each quarter includes 10 weeks of instruction.

Microbes in Public Health Practice I and II focus on important microorganisms that cause disease in humans, with an emphasis on their transmission and on control measures in populations. Microbes in Public Health Practice I covers important bacterial pathogens that cause disease in humans, including bacterial virulence factors, disease mechanisms, and immunologic responses. The course reviews selected bacteria of clinical and public health importance, and their laboratory diagnosis, including culture and non-culture methods. Students will also learn about antimicrobial agents and resistance testing methods. Microbes in Public Health Practice II reviews important viral pathogens that cause disease in humans, including virulence factors, disease mechanisms, and immunologic responses. The course covers selected viruses of clinical and public health importance, the clinical syndromes they produce, diagnostic considerations and appropriate treatment and control measures. The course also addresses selected parasitic and fungal infections. Both courses are required for the Graduate Minor in Infectious Diseases and for the Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control.

Infection Prevention in and Control in the Health Care Environment (EOH 655) is a 3-credit selective for the Graduate Minor, and a required course for the Certificate program. This course reviews the major risks for infection in healthcare settings and surveillance and prevention strategies for healthcare associated infections (HAIs). The course also reviews important concepts in infection prevention and control in the healthcare environment. It also addresses legal mandates and the major regulatory agencies, organizations, and professional standards for infection prevention and control within healthcare facilities.

Each of these courses comprise in-person and pre-recorded lectures, student presentations, participation in discussion threads including case study discussions that involve critical reading of primary scientific and non-scientific literature. They may be taken as electives by any graduate student at Drexel University.

Essential Functions
  • Teach required number of credit hours per quarter based on contract.
  • Plan and provide instructional experiences that reflect an understanding of the philosophy, objectives, and curriculum of the program.
  • Provide instruction consistent with an approved course description
  • Evaluate student achievement of curricular objectives/outcomes.
  • Communicate with the degree program director(s) regarding any course or student issues.
  • Perform other similar duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Master or doctorate degree in public health, environmental health, occupational health, toxicology, pharmacology, medicine, or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience preferred.
  • Professional experience in a field related to infectious disease prevention and control is preferred.
Special Instructions

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Advertised:Nov 2 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Jan 1 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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