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DrPH in Health Management and Policy

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Management and Policy Program is designed to equip students with the mix of advanced skills needed to pursue careers in health care, public health, or related areas in the United States and abroad and to become effective leaders at successive levels within health organizations during the course of their careers. The core areas of study include the following: health care organization and systems, research and evaluation, health economics and finance, and leadership and strategic management. In addition, with the guidance of their faculty advisors, students will choose a cognate or related area of study outside of the Department of Health Management and Policy as a core area of study.

Students will benefit from engagement with the Department of Health Management and Policy’s interdisciplinary faculty, the Dornsife School of Public Health’s emphasis on public health practice, the School’s location in Philadelphia - the 5th largest city in the United States where dynamic networks of academic, health care, government, non-profit, and community-based organizations share a commitment to addressing health and social problems.


Students will be admitted on a competitive basis, and those with a demonstrated ability to integrate public health competencies and skills into public health practice will be preferred.

For the next cohort, starting in Fall 2018, the application period will run from September 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018. Full-time or part-time student options are available.

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Application Deadline

  • January 15 for fall entry.


  • Prior MPH or equivalent degree.
  • Completed MPH degree or other related master’s degree
  • A minimum of two years (preferably 5 or more years) of full-time work experience in a health-related field (e.g., public health or health care) are required.
  • Potential for high level of performance in the DrPH Program and subsequent contributions to health leadership and management

Application Requirements

  •  Completed application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Official results from the GRE taken within the last 5 years (code to submit to SOPHAS is 7890)
  • Results from the IELTS or TOEFL exam (non-native English speakers only)
  • World Education Service evaluation of all foreign transcripts (international applications only)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student. One of the three letters must be from your current work supervisor.
  • Documented evidence of applied research or a writing sample
  • Written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest that aligns with a faculty member in the department of Health Management and Policy
  • Resume
  • An in-person or telephone interview is required of all finalists

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 48 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree as prescribed by the program's curriculum;
  • Completing a 9 credit practical experience
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours (beyond the coursework) for completion of the dissertation
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3;
  • Passing the doctoral comprehensive examination upon completing of course work;
  • Passing the candidacy oral examination, i.e., dissertation proposal;
  • Completing and successfully defending a practice-oriented dissertation.

Students/candidates in the DrPH program shall have 7 calendar years from the date of initial registration to complete the require coursework and successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

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Faculty and Research

Doctoral students will work with a diverse group of faculty who specialize in health care management, health leadership, and focus their research and practice using the social determinants frameworks and population health management strategies.

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