Rising Public Health Expert: Palak Raval-Nelson’s Impressive Journey and Contributions to Environmental Health and Policy

Department of Public Health Leadership

Palak Raval-Nelson is a highly accomplished public health professional with over 26 years of experience as a civil servant. She has been working in the field since 1996, starting out as a public health sanitarian and advancing through various roles such as supervisor, manager, administrator, and director of Environmental Health Services. In her current position as Deputy Health Commissioner for the Department of Public Health, Raval-Nelson oversees Environmental Health Services, Air Management Services, Public Health Laboratory, and the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

In addition to her work at 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, as well as vulnerable populations and the environment. Raval-Nelson has presented papers at NEHA, PPHA, and APHA conferences and has publications in the National Journal of Environmental Health. She authored her first book, Breast Cancer Politics: An Evaluation of the Current Funding Policies in 2008 and graduated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

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

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