Jefferson’s Online Degree Program Ranked Among the Best in State named Jefferson the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. named Jefferson the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. has named Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) the No. 7 online degree program in Pennsylvania. The organization based the rankings on program quality, types of courses and degrees offered, faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings and reputation.

“We’re so proud of the success of our online programs, which give access to our innovative curriculum to students beyond our campuses,” said Mary Beth Kurilko, director of online programs at Jefferson. “We work hard to ensure our growing population of online students feel connected, supported and successful. This recognition in our peer group affirms the power of the combined University brand.”

Jefferson offers nine B.S. programs online, including business management, human resources management, behavioral and health services and organizational leadership.

Master’s programs at Jefferson include an Innovation MBA, sustainable design, healthcare quality and safety, population health intelligence and construction management.

See all the degree offerings here

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Jefferson’s Lambert Center To Offer First University Graduate Cannabis Certificates: KYW Newsradio

Thomas Jefferson University is offering the first University-based graduate certificate programs for professionals in the legal cannabis space, KYW Newsradio reported in multiple reports July 12 and 13.

Jefferson has “carved out a pioneer space in the legal cannabis world, from a scientific and medical perspective,” said Charles Pollack, MD, director of Jefferson’s Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, which developed and is offering three new certificate programs, including ones in cannabis medicine and cannabinoid pharmacology.


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Population Health Dean Nash Says Services Like Accolade Can Help People Navigate Health Care: Philadelphia Inquirer

David Nash, MD, dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health, said a service such as Accolade, based in Plymouth Meeting, may help people navigate the health care system, although there is no published evidence that it will reduce health-care costs for large corporations, according to a July 12 Philadelphia Inquirer story.



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With New Company, Industrial Design Seniors Help Propel Business Ecosystem

industrial design seniors Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl founded DiveDesign last year. They now have clients across the country.

Students Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl founded DiveDesign last year. They now have clients across the country.

Born out of collaborative class projects and fine-tuned during entrepreneurship and product competitions, industrial design seniors Adam Hecht and Alex Tholl’s company DiveDesign propels the work of the business ecosystem.

“We both have a shared passion for design, entrepreneurship and helping others in any way we can to achieve their goals,” said Tholl, noting their firm’s expertise lies in product ideation and development, prototyping, graphic design and visualization, engineering, photography, and patent search and advisement.

After partnering on industry projects and the JeffSolves program and taking several industrial design classes together at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Hecht and Tholl formally joined in 2017 to create DiveDesign.

With the help of the University’s Blackstone LaunchPad office, Hecht and Tholl developed their business model and strategy, built out a team structure, and connected with professionals and mentors. The pair also pitched their company as finalists during last year’s Top Ram business model competition, which further validated the business opportunity at hand.

“Throughout this process, we not only realized how incredible the people behind all the local startups are, but they’re also underserved when it comes to quality and affordable design services,” Hecht said. “We realized we could bridge this gap, whether that’s a prototype to show investors, final specs for mass manufacture or better graphics to attract customers. This was our opportunity, so we began tailoring our services to startups, along with inventors, makers and larger companies.”

To date, Hecht and Tholl—along with their team of six employees (including three fellow Jefferson students)—have worked with Philadelphia-area companies EasyPoint, Innovation Factory and Performance Brands; New York’s Long Drink Company; Minnesota-based Nifty Home Goods; Boston’s SparkCharge; and California-based T2 Design and Prototype. DiveDesign will continue to grow its client base and plans to open a new Philadelphia office next summer, with offices in New York and California to follow, Tholl said.

“It’s amazing how being part of the Blackstone LaunchPad community at Jefferson has led both students to great opportunities,” said Abena Nyarko, program manager for Blackstone LaunchPad. “Some of our event speakers have since become their clients, and resources shared in our newsletter have led them to events and opportunities that have connected them with local inventors, businesses and startups who have now become clients.”

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Faculty Member Stuart Lehrman’s Winning Photo on Display in NYC


The gallery named Stuart Lehrman’s “Road Rage #117” one of the winners of its National Photography Competition.

A photograph by adjunct faculty member Stuart Lehrman will be on display at SohoPhotoGallery in New York City until July 21.

The TriBeCa gallery named Lehrman’s “Road Rage #117” one of the winners of its 2018 National Photography Competition.

He printed some of his “Road Rage” photo series at the University’s Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging on PVC panel. Lehrman teaches design essentials at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).

“My practice involves the dialogue between order and chaos,” he said. “My ‘Road Rage’ photography series tackles these same problems and attempts to capture this same dynamic, through the lens of the camera. While out on the streets, I am always on the lookout for ambiguous accidents of beauty and power, ground into the common pavement.”

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Sidney Kimmel Medical College One of Nation’s Largest Medical Schools: U.S. News & World Report, Becker’s Hospital Review

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University was featured as one of the nation’s 10 largest medical schools in a new report by U.S. News & World Report. Larger schools provide several advantages, the article notes, including the possibility of a more diverse student body and more varied research opportunities.

Becker’s Hospital Review reported on the U.S. News story, mentioning Sidney Kimmel Medical College, on July 9.


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15 feelings you have the summer before college…

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When did I get in line for this emotional roller coaster?

Join us for the next 15 days to explore all of the emotions students experience the summer before college!
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Jefferson Launches Nation’s First Medical Marijuana Graduate Certificate Programs: Philly Voice

Jefferson’s Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp is launching the first university-based, graduate-level certificate programs in medical marijuana education, Philly Voice reported July 6.

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Jefferson Fashion Ranked One of the Top Programs Internationally by CEOWORLD Magazine

The publication ranked Jefferson No. 24 internationally and No. 6 in the United States.

The publication ranked Jefferson’s fashion program No. 24 in the world and No. 6 in the United States. Alana McHugh’s collection, pictured here, won the Nexus Learning Award at the 2018 Fashion Show.

Adding to its global recognitions, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) continues to climb the rankings in the latest list of Best Fashion Schools in the World by CEOWORLD Magazine.

The publication ranked Jefferson No. 24 internationally, a jump of four spots compared to 2017, and No. 6 in the United States, a leap of two spots.

The ranking takes into account global reputation and influence, specialization, recruiters’ feedback, placement rates, admission eligibility and academic experience. CEOWORLD developed the rankings using rigorous analytics and incorporating multiple data sources. The publication collected detailed surveys and information from 35,000 students, 30,000 industry professionals and 20,000 recruiters from 42 countries.

“Our industry-focused approach to fashion education has garnered international recognition and sets us apart from the competition,” said Sheila Connelly, director of the fashion design program at Jefferson. “So many schools get stuck in a rut, but we’re consistently evaluating our curriculum and adjusting to meet fast-paced industry demands. As a fashion school, it is so important to keep moving forward. This ranking is again validation that we’re on the right path.”

Further showing the University’s international reputation in the fashion industry, Jefferson fashion programs have been named among the top 25 programs in the world, according to the influential fashion website Fashionista. This ranking came on the heels of the Fashionista report that placed Jefferson fashion programs among the top 10 in the United States.

Also last fall, Business of Fashion ranked Jefferson fashion programs, including undergraduate and graduate fashion design and textile design, fashion merchandising and management and global fashion enterprise, among the top programs in the world.

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SKMC Graduate Says ‘Imposter Syndrome’ Can Help Make Better Doctors: Philadelphia Inquirer

Sidney Kimmel Medical College graduate Michael Natter, MD, says the right dose of “imposter syndrome” can help keep doctors grounded and ultimately  make them better doctors, he wrote in a commentary in The Philadelphia Inquirer July 5.

Natter credits this insight to his SKMC mentor, Steven Herrine, MD, vice dean for academic affairs and undergraduate medical education.

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