Exploring the Diverse Career Path of Palak Raval-Nelson in Public Health

Department of Public Health Leadership

Palak Raval-Nelson is a public health professional who has been working in the field for over two decades. She started her career as a public health sanitarian and has since advanced through various roles, including supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. In her current position at the Department of Public Health, Raval-Nelson oversees several key programs, including Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, the Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

In addition to her work with the Department of Public Health, Raval-Nelson also serves as adjunct faculty at Drexel University’s School of Public Health and Temple University. She teaches courses on environmental and occupational health, vulnerable populations and the environment. Raval-Nelson has presented papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA conferences and has published articles in the National Journal of Environmental Health. She authored her first book “Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of Current Funding Policies” in 2008.

Raval-Nelson holds a B.S in Biology from Temple University, an M.P.H from MCP Hahnemann University (where she graduated with distinction), and a Ph.D in environmental health and policy from Drexel University. She is a member of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society and was recognized by the Society of Women Environmental Professionals in 2006 as an outstanding woman environmental professional for the Delaware Valley region.

Raval-Nelson is deeply committed to working with vulnerable populations and advocating for marginalized communities. She strives to ensure equity and environmental justice in all aspects of her work

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