Public Health

Primary care, delivered

Class of 2019 alumni, in collaboration with Sayre Health Clinic, bring housing and food insecure people in Philadelphia primary care through a medically outfitted van.

Brandon Baker

The post-COVID workplace: Will employees be safe?

Experts at Wharton weigh in on what to expect when employees return to the workplace post-pandemic, and whether to expect all employees can, and will, return to a traditional workplace.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Brazil’s coronavirus crisis

Brazil has become one of the world’s deadliest hotspots for the novel coronavirus, second only to the United States in deaths and infections. Melissa Teixeira, a historian of modern Brazil, shares her thoughts on the nation’s response and challenges it faces in battling the virus.

Kristen de Groot

In the News

The New York Times

Study links gas flares to preterm births, with Hispanic women at high risk

Heather Burris of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on a study that linked gas flares to premature births, particularly in Hispanic women.


The New York Times

Southern Iraq’s toxic twilight

Marilyn Howarth of the Perelman School of Medicine says oil rain, a byproduct of oil production, can be carcinogenic. “The oil itself can contain traces of heavy metals, arsenic, and radioactivity, which could be a source of lung cancer,” she said.


The Washington Post

A widely touted study found no evidence of racism in police shootings. It’s full of errors

Dean Knox of the Wharton School and a Princeton University colleague wrote about a retracted study on police shootings that has been used to dismiss concerns about racial bias in policing.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Social media’s ‘infodemic’

Dominic Sisti and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine and Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing discussed the role of social media in public health.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coronavirus exploited failure of Pa. health officials to improve long-standing problems with nursing home oversight

Rachel Werner of the Perelman School of Medicine said relaxing nursing home regulations during the pandemic was a matter of “balancing risks.” “The trade-off was, had they not been relaxed, other things would be worse,” she said.



Virus cases continue to rise, undermining states’ reopening

Jeffrey Morris of the Perelman School of Medicine said the uptick in COVID-19 cases amid state reopenings may be due people not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.