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Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree

The two-year full-time Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides a solid understanding of the fundamentals of public health by immersing students in the core disciplines of public health with an emphasis on practice, policy and community engagement.


  • Community Health and Prevention
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management and Policy


Admissions to the program are based on the following criteria:

  • The Admissions Committee carefully reviews applications and gives personal essays and letters of recommendation particular attention.
  • The selection process weighs prior academic and personal accomplishments, emphasizing demonstrated leadership.
  • Diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, commitment to public heath, and working with individuals are highly valued.
  • Prior work experience in a field related to public health is highly recommended.

Review admission and application requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Endowed Scholarship Deadline - January 15. Applicants interested in being considered for the Dornsife School of Public Health's endowed scholarships should apply no later than January 15. Please click here for more information on our endowed scholarships.
  • Priority Deadline - March 15. Applicants who apply by March 15 will be given priority consideration for merit-based scholarships.
  • Regular Decision Deadline - June 30. Applicants will be considered for scholarships should funds remain available.

The Admissions Committee will begin releasing application decisions in late-January for fall entry.


  • Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree program from an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country
  • A course in Statistics is highly recommended

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official results from the GRE* taken within the last 5 years (code to submit to SOPHAS is 7890)
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty
  • Essay discussing your interest in public health, your career goals, and why you are interested in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Typical length is 600-800 words. If you are interested in being considered for any of the Dornsife School of Public Health endowed scholarships, please address your interest and fit with one of these scholarships in your essay.
  •  Resume
  • IELTS or TOEFL results for non-native English speakers (taken within the last 2 years - code to submit to SOPHAS is 5688)
  • World Education Service evaluation of all foreign transcripts (international applications only)

*Drexel University will also consider any one of the following exams in lieu of the GRE:

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

All standardized test scores must be no older than 5 years.

Applicants will select a major on the SOPHAS application, however students will have the opportunity to change majors should they find that their interests are within another academic department. All MPH students complete the first year core, and officially enter their major during the spring term of the first year provided that all core coursework and concentration prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed.

Degree Requirements

The full-time program is structured on a quarter basis, with a total credit hour requirement of 64 credit hours.

Year One

  • After completion of coursework in each of the core concentrations, students begin completing coursework in their major during the spring term
  • The first year practicum provides 120-hours of practical experience with one of our 300-plus community partners

Year Two

  • Students complete major-specific courses and approved electives
  • Students undertake a community-based master's project that expands upon and synthesizes classroom learning, and prepares students for a professional career in public health

Review degree requirements and courses


Students will master the essential knowledge, skills, and approaches necessary for public health leaders including:

  • critical thinking
  • interdisciplinary problem solving
  • self-directed, lifelong learning