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Rosie Frasso, PhD, MSc, MSc, CPH

Rosie Frasso, PhD, MSc, MSc, CPH

Contact Dr. Frasso

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-8901
(215) 923-7583 fax


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MSc (Society, Human Development & Health), Harvard University
MSc (Maternal & Child Health), Harvard University
BA, Wellesley College
AS, Northeastern University


National Certification in Public Health (CPH)

University Appointments

Program Director, Public Health, Jefferson College of Population Health
Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Qualitative Research
Health Disparities
Housing Insecurity
Health Literacy
Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Projects


Introduction to Public Health
Capstone/ILE LEAP I and II
Qualitative Methods


Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso is a public health researcher and educator. Dr. Frasso earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as two master's degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve population health, healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations. Previously, Dr. Frasso served as the Director of Education for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her research, Dr. Frasso provides consultation and oversight on qualitative projects for clinicians, researchers and students as well as for clients including the VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing and consensus-deriving group approaches. Additionally, she has worked on several cross-disciplinary projects with educators, artists and economists who are committed to using qualitative methods to enhance community collaborations, to support communities as they advocate for change and to amplify the voices of vulnerable populations.  

Dr. Frasso is dedicated to training the next generation of public health professionals through teaching and mentorship. She has taught multiple courses including Introduction to Public Health, Qualitative Methods and Capstone/ILE.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Perceptions about supervised injection facilities among people who inject drugs in Philadelphia
  2. The association between pregnancy intention and breastfeeding
  3. Lessons from the field: The conduct of randomized controlled trials in Botswana
  4. Adverse events in veterans affairs inpatient psychiatric units: Staff perspectives on contributing and protective factors
  5. How nurse-led practices perceive implementation of the patient-centered medical home
  6. Cohort study of early literacy and childbearing over the reproductive lifecourse
  7. Cardboard Commentary: A qualitative analysis of the signs from america's Streets
  8. 'That's when I struggle' . . . Exploring challenges faced by care givers of children with tuberculosis in Botswana
  9. Shared Decision Making and Treatment Decisions for Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
  10. Factors influencing health care workers’ implementation of tuberculosis contact tracing in Kweneng, Botswana
  11. Food allergy management among restaurant workers in a large U.S. city
  12. "Chasing a Ghost": Factors that influence primary care physicians to follow up on incidental imaging findings
  13. Variation of blunt traumatic injury with age in older adults: Statewide analysis 2011-14
  14. A behavioral economics intervention to encourage epinephrine-carrying among food-allergic adults: A randomized controlled trial
  15. Understanding inequities in home health care outcomes: Staff views on agency and system factors
  16. America’s Other Drinking Habit
  17. Practical guidance and ethical considerations for studies using photo-elicitation interviews
  18. Generating hypotheses about care needs of high utilizers: Lessons from patient interviews
  19. Community-Generated recommendations regarding the urban nutrition and tobacco environments: A Photo-Elicitation study in Philadelphia
  20. Pre-teen literacy and subsequent teenage childbearing in a US population