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Executive MPH Degree

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program is a 21-month program tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools to advance to leadership roles in public health. Whether already working in public health, a related health care setting or seeking a career change, the program is fast-paced, intensive and demanding, but builds on each individual’s former education, work experience and skills. The Executive MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Flexibility

The Executive MPH curriculum combines both on-campus coursework and online modalities. Classes meet on-campus one Friday and one Saturday per month, and utilize web-based technologies to interact with faculty and students during the weeks when not in class. Classes are taught by full-time Dornsife School of Public Health faculty with active and diverse research interests as well as adjunct faculty with leadership roles as practicing public health professionals. 

Elective Courses

Students complete two of the following 1-credit self-directed courses at any point throughout the program:

  • Public Health History and Ethics
  • Special Topics in Public Health 
  • Research Methods 
  • Practicing Public Health 
  • Independent Study

Each student completes an in-depth independent study project in a focus area of interest. At the end of the first year, students work with program administrators to match with a faculty member who will advise them on their project during the second year.

Capstone Course

In the final semester, students take a Capstone Course, which integrates the themes and concepts they have worked on throughout the program. 

Global Health Opportunities

The EMPH provides program flexibility for students to take advantage of Drexel’s offerings in Global Health, including the Global Health Field Experience.


Students have the opportunity to enhance their classroom learning by means of a practical public health experience (the "Practicum"). The Director of Student Placement works with students to identify and develop this practical experience. For students with current or prior experience in public health or health care organizations, the practical experience requirement can be waived. 

On-Campus Opportunities

As schedules permit, students in the Executive MPH program may participate in the numerous activities at the Dornsife School of Public Health.  Additional learning and social opportunities are developed in concert with the enrolled students, to match the interests and accommodate the constraints that working professionals face.


The Executive MPH Program covers the major disciplines of public health: Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Management and Policy. Students become self-directed learners and collaborators through the assistance of faculty facilitators.



Behavioral Assessment


Community Assessment

Public Policy and Advocacy

Environmental and Occupational Health


Health Management

Program Planning and Evaluation

Independent Study


GRE Waiver

The Dornsife School of Public Health is pleased to offer a GRE waiver for applicants to the Executive MPH that meet one of the following criteria:

1. Prior master's, first professional or terminal degree

The GRE is waived if the applicant possesses a master's, first professional or other terminal degree (MD, PhD, DO, JD, etc.) from an accredited college or university.

2. Demonstrated quantitative aptitude

The GRE is waived for applicants that have obtained a B or better in undergraduate or graduate courses in one of the following: Pre-calculus, Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, or an equivalent such as completion of the School of Public Health’s Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Professional and educational experiences demonstrating quantitative skills and aptitude.

Eligibility of the waiver under options 1 or 2 will be verified upon receipt of the applicant’s official transcripts. Applicants interested in waving the GRE requirement under option 3 should submit a brief statement of request along with their resume/CV to for consideration. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks if the GRE waiver has been granted.

For Further Information

If you would like further information about the Executive MPH program at Dornsife School of Public Health, or would like to discuss the program in relation to your professional and career interests, please contact:

Colleen Baillie
Director of Enrollment
P: 267.359.6047

Jennifer Kolker, MPH
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Director, Executive MPH Program
P: 267.359.6014