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DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Policy and Social Justice offers a methodologically rigorous doctoral training program in health policy that comprises both formal classroom training and guided research and policy analysis with faculty mentors. This program will prepare students to play strong professional roles in developing and implementing policies that improve public health by focusing on those who are most vulnerable.

By studying important racial and ethnic, social class and gender differences within the larger social justice framework, students will emerge from the program with a sound theoretical and practical foundation for critical scholarship in health disparities, cultural competency and social justice.


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 August 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.

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Application Deadline

  • January 15 for fall entry.


  • Completed MPH degree or other health-related master’s degree program
  • MPH or other related master's must be completed at least 1-year in advance of Fall enrollment for the DrPH Program
  • Potential for high level of performance in the DrPH Program and subsequent contributions to the field of Public Health Policy

Applicants to the DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice program should apply through the Drexel University Graduate Application.

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Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Official results from the GRE taken within the last 5 years
  • 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
  • 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 60 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3
  • Passing the doctoral comprehensive examination
  • completion of the practicum experience
  • Passing the candidacy oral examination
  • Completing a dissertation of publishable quality
  • Passing the final defense

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Faculty and Research

Doctoral students will work with a diverse group of faculty who specialize in using the concept of social justice and health as a human right to approach the study of health policy and health management.

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