Professor and Chair, Health Management Policy
Drexel University School of Public Health
Elected 2008 (Charter Trustee)
A.B. Dartmouth College
M.P.H. Harvard University
M.D. Duke University
John Rich has long been an innovative leader in the field of public health, whose work has focused on serving one of the nation's most ignored and underserved populations -- African-American men in urban settings. His work has shaped policy discussion and health practices throughout the United States. Among numerous awards for his work in public health, he was granted a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Prior to moving to Drexel University, Rich served as the medical director of the Boston Public Health Commission.
Rich earned his Dartmouth AB in English, his MD from Duke University Medical School, and his Master's from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was a fellow in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, Rich created the Young Men's Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men to become peer health educators focusing on improving the health of men and boys in their communities. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 2007. Dartmouth praised Rich for his success "in addressing overall wellness concerns" and effectively calling "attention to the need for a more humane health care system." He is a member of the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association (BADA). John resides in Philadelphia with his partner, Dr. Ted Corbin.
Last Updated: 6/27/12