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Jennifer Ibrahim

Jennifer Ibrahim, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 

Associate Professor

Associate Director, Public Health Law Research Program


1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor (004-09)
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Office: 215-204-9657  
Fax: 215-204-1854


Dr. Jennifer Ibrahim earned a B.S. degree from Boston College in 1997, an M.P.H. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Analysis and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002.

Ibrahim's area of research interest is in health policy development and implementation, particularly at the state and local level. Most recently, she has been investigating means to address tobacco use through cessation treatments and through tobacco control policies.  Dr. Ibrahim also serves as Associate Director of Public Health Law Research and is working to develop courses in health policy, including a theories class on the development of health policy.

Course Involvement

Syllabi for all courses taught at Temple

PH 2213 - Power, Politics and Payments in the US Health Care System
PH 5001 - Fundamentals of Public Health
PH 5102 - Theoretical Foundations of Health Behaviors
PH 5512 - Evaluation of Public Health Programs
PH 8003 - Political an Economic Aspects of Health
PH 8005 - Theories of Health Policy Making
Philadelphia City-Wide History of Public Health Course


Tolley NM and Ibrahim JK. 'What’s In a Name? Policy Implications of an Evolving Definition of Food Security. (Accepted at the Journal of Food Studies, June 2013.)

Michelle M. Mello, Wood J, Burris S, Wagenaar AC, Ibrahim JK, and Swanson J. Critical Opportunities for Public Health Law: A Call for Action. (Accepted at the American Journal of Public Health, March 2013)

Kaufman N, Allen S, and Ibrahim JK. 2013. Using Public Health Legal Counsel Effectively:Beliefs, Barriers and Opportunities for Training. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 41(S1):61-64.

Ibrahim JK, Burris S, and Hays S. 2012. Public Health Law Research: Exploring Law in Public Health Systems. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice,18(6): 499-505.

*Rexing C and Ibrahim JK. 2012. State Tobacco Control Plans: Who Falls Outside the Plans? American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(1):29-36.

Collins BN and Ibrahim JK. 2012. Pediatric Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Moving Toward Systematic Multi-Level Strategies to Improve Health. Global Heart, 7(2):161-65.

*Purayidathil FW and Ibrahim JK. 2012. A Summary of Health Outcomes: Multistate Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in the U.S., 1998–2007. Journal of Environmental Health, 75(4):8-13.

Burris S, Scutchfield DF, Mays G, and Ibrahim JK. 2012. Moving from Intersection to Integration: Public Health Law Research and Public Health Systems and Services Research. Milbank Quarterly, 90(2): 375-408.

Ibrahim JK, Anderson EA, Burris SB, and Wagenaar A. 2011. State Laws Restricting Driver Use of Mobile Communications Devices: “Distracted Driving” Provisions from 1990-2010. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 40(6): 659-65.

Zanis DA, Hollm R, Derr D, Ibrahim J, Collins B, Coviello D, Melochick JR. 2011. A randomized comparison of brief quit strategies targeting 18 to 24 year old non treatment seeking tobacco users: 3 month outcomes. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(2): 240-47.

Collins BN, Ibrahim JK, Hovell, M, Tolley NM, Jaffe K, Zanis D, Audrain-McGovern J. 2010. Residential Smoking Restrictions: Implications for Child Tobacco Exposure and Maternal Smoking in Underserved Families. Health, 2(11): 1264-1271.

Ibrahim JK. 2010. The Tobacco Tug of War: Advertising and Counter Advertising Tobacco Products to Youth. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, & Pulmonology, 23(2): 105-111.

Burris S, Wagenaar AC, Swanson JW, Ibrahim JK, Wood J, Mello MM. June 2010. Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health: Framework for Public Health Law Research. Milbank Quarterly, 88(2): 169-210.

*Klaiman TA and Ibrahim JK. March/April 2010. State Health Department Structure and Pandemic Planning. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 16(2):e1-e7.

*Klaiman TA, Ibrahim JK, Hausman A. (June 2009) Do State Written Pandemic Plans Include Federal Recommendations? A National Study. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 6(1): Article 44.

*Waterman F and Ibrahim JK. January/February 2009. Hepatitis A and Agricultural Practices: Should Public Health Prevention Start in the Field? Journal of Environmental Health, 71(6).

Pierce JP, León ME, Bettcher D, Chaloupka F, Couto E, Daynard R, Fernández E, Giannandrea F, Gilpin E, Haw S, Hyland A, Ibrahim J, Invernizzi G, Lund K, Peruga A, Przewozniak K, Samet J, Scollo M, Wilson N, Woodward A and Boffetta P. 2008. The Effectiveness of Smoke-free Policies – An IARC Review of Actions to reduce exposure to carcinogens in Secondhand Smoke. Lancet Oncology, 9(7): 614-615.

Zanis DA, Derr D, Hollm R, and Ibrahim J. 2008. Variability in Healthcare Professional Intervention with 18 to 24 year old Tobacco Users. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42(6): 634-36.

Ibrahim JK and Glantz SA. 2007. The Rise and Fall of Tobacco Control Media Campaigns, 1967- 2006. American Journal of Public Health, 87(8): 1383-1396.

Ibrahim JK and Glantz SA. 2006. Tobacco Industry Litigation Strategies to Oppose Tobacco Control Media Campaigns. Tobacco Control, (15):50-58.

Ibrahim JK, Tsoukalas TH, Glantz SA. 2004. Public Health Foundations and the Tobacco Industry: Lessons from Minnesota. Tobacco Control, (13):228-236.

McMenamin S, Halpin HA, Ibrahim J, Orleans CT. 2004. Physician and Enrollee Knowledge of Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Dependence Treatments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 26(2):99-104.

Ibrahim, JK. 2003. “Tobacco Cessation in Primary Care: Beyond Just Quitting.” (Editorial) Clinical Medicine and Research, 1(3): 175-176.

Halpin HA, Ibrahim J, Orleans CT, Rosenthal AC, Husten CG, Pechacek, T. 2003. “State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments --- United States, 1994—2001.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 30, 52(21): 496-500.

Grants & Contracts

Principal Investigator Building Access and Understanding of Law in Public Health Practice in Nebraska National Coordinating Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research. Time Period: September 2013 – August 2015

Mentor for Jr. Investigator Award to Fanta Purayidathil (PhD Candidate) A Comparison of Federal and State Notifiable Disease Listings and Association with Foodborne Disease Outbreak Reporting National Coordinating Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research. Time Period: March 2013 – February 2014

Principal Investigator Advancing Healthy People 2020 Through Health Policy: Learning Modules. Association for Prevention of Teaching and Research (APTR) Time Period: April 2013 – September 2013

Co-Principal Investigator (with Mr. Scott Burris) Public Health Law Research: National Program Office. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Time Period: June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014

Principal Investigator. Subaward from PHLR National Program Office – Public Health Officers and Legal Counsel Study. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Time Period: June 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012

Principal Investigator. Tobacco Policy and Control in Pennsylvania, 1998-2011. City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health. Centers for Disease Control – Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Time Period: June 1, 2011 – March 18, 2012, no-cost extension to August 31, 2012.

Mentor for Fanta W Purayidathil. First Summers Research Initiative. Temple University. Time Period: July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Jennifer Wood and Dr. Nina Gentile). Place-Based Interventions for Public Health: A cross Disciplinary Approach to the Study of Policing in Philadelphia. Temple University Office of the Provost Seed Grants. Time Period: July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Bradley Collins and Dr. Jeremy Jordan) Homelessness and Smoking Cessation: The Impact of Social Capital Office of the Senior Vice President for Research & Strategic Initiatives. Time Period: September 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.

Principal Investigator. Translating Science into Policy: A Survey of State Tobacco Control Plans. National Cancer Institute. Time Period: June 1, 2008 – May 31, 2010, extended to May 31, 2011.


Tobacco control policy and behavior modification

Public Health Law - impact of law and legal practices on public health infrastructure and service delivery

Health policy development and implementation