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Robert A. Simmons

Program Director
Master of Public Health program (MPH)
Jefferson School of Population health
Clinical Associate Professor
Thomas Jefferson University
1015 Walnut Street, Suite 115
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-7312


  • 1967-1970 BA, University of California, Santa Barbara (Political Science)
  • 1970-1971 California Teaching Credential, University of California, Santa Barbara (Education)
  • 1972-1973 MPH, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health (Health Education)
  • 1982-1990 DrPH, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), (Community Health Sciences)
  • Specialty Certifications:

  • 1978 Certification of Fluency in Spanish (4.0), Foreign Service Institute
  • 1989-present Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), # 1268
  • 2009 Certification in Public Health (CPH), # 20070712502

Honors & Awards

  • 1984 Mattel Foundation Childhood Injury Control Grant Award
  • 1984 Smoke-Free Class of 2000 Grant Award
  • 1985 The Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • 1985 American Lung Association National Award for Excellence in Programming
  • 1985 National Cancer Institute Small Grant Research Award
  • 1986 MacArthur Foundation Small Grant Award
  • 1986 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, UCLA Public Health Alumni Association
  • 1986 Robert F. Murphy Graduate Fellowship, American Cancer Society, California Division
  • 1987 Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
  • 1989 Reagan Foundation Grant Award
  • 2001 American Heart Association of Delaware Distinguished Achievement Award
  • 2002 Health Educator of the Year Award, Health Education Network of Delaware
  • 2003 American Heart Association of Pennsylvania/Delaware Distinguished Service Award
  • 2005 Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership, Evaluation of Mobile Eye Exam and Eyeglasses Program Grant Award, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging
  • 2006 Pennsylvania Department of Health, Cancer Education Evaluation Grant Award, co-PI
  • 2006-7 Healthy Aging Contract Grant Award, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging
  • 2009 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Grant Award for Development of Undergraduate Public Health Education
  • 2010- Pennsylvania Department of Health, Cardiovascular Health Literacy Grant Award 2011 sub-contract with the Health Care Improvement Foundation
  • 2010- Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Workplace Health Promotion Grant Award, 2011 evaluation subcontract with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, co-PI
  • 2011-2012 Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Grant, Analysis of Tobacco-Related Hospital Admissions Before and After the Philadelphia Clean Indoor Air Law
  • 2011-2012 Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Community Transformation Grant, Workplace Preventive Services Grant
  • 2011-2016 Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Public and Global Health

Link to CV (pdf)

Link to CV (docx)

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