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FAQs for Accepted Students

What sets the Dornsife School of Public Health apart from other schools?

As the only fully accredited school of public health in the greater Philadelphia region, the Dornsife School of Public Health was founded on the principle of health as a human right and the importance of social justice to health. The Dornsife School of Public Health has deep roots in the City of Philadelphia, and has a firm commitment to improving health in cities, particularly amongst vulnerable and marginalized populations. Dornsife students have access to our longstanding partnerships with the city’s Department of Public Health, numerous community organizations and non-profits and healthcare providers through practicum opportunities, internships and networking activities. While all accredited MPH programs require a practical experience, Dornsife students will go above and beyond with the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE). The practicum consists of a 120 hour community placement (domestic or global) in addition to monthly community service and professional development activities. During the ILE, students will spend approximately 10 hours per week on a project related to their career interests and goals.

The Dornsife School of Public Health has recently redesigned its MPH curriculum to allow for students to gain more specialization in the area of their interest. Additionally, the new curriculum recognizes the unique, interdisciplinary of nature of public health by offering core coursework and graduate minors that are integrated across the disciplines. The 56 quarter credit MPH allows students to complete their degree in 5 quarters and graduate with the MPH in March of their second year. Drexel’s quarter system in which students complete courses over 10-week terms allows for a more fast-paced and comprehensive curriculum. The new MPH curriculum maintains the Dornsife School of Public Health’s commitment to practice-based learning, and MPH students will be required to complete both a practicum project during the first year and the culminating Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) in the second year which is tied to their area of interest and career goals. For more information on the new curriculum, please click here.

By what date do I need to make my decision to attend Drexel University?

The recommended date to secure your seat in the incoming class is listed on your acceptance letter and on the online Discover Drexel portal. We understand that this decision is an important one, and if you require additional time to weigh your options, please email sphadmissions@drexel.edu.

How do I confirm my seat in the incoming class?

You will confirm your seat online at http://discover.drexel.edu. You will enter your student ID and PIN which are both listed at the bottom of your acceptance letter. The non-refundable matriculation fee for Fall 2017 is $300.

How do I apply for need-based financial aid?

Drexel Central has information to help you walk through the financial aid process, starting with your completion of the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please visit the Drexel Central website for more information.

Are there visit opportunities for accepted students?

Yes, we offer a series of Accepted Students Days, Class Visits and Virtual Information Sessions which will allow you to interact with our faculty, staff, current students and alumni. Please visit click here to view a list of upcoming dates and events.

When do classes begin for the Fall term?

For the 2017-18 academic year, classes will begin on Monday, September 25th. All incoming students will be required to attend orientation for the Dornsife School of Public Health scheduled for September 18th through 20th. View the university's full academic calendar here.

Where are classes held?

The majority of classes are held in Nesbitt Hall, home to the Dornsife School of Public Health. Nesbitt Hall, is conveniently located in the geographic heart of the University City Campus with close proximity to most academic buildings, the library, technology center and recreational facilities.

How large is the incoming class?

We expect to have a first year MPH class of approximately 100 students. You will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow classmates and faculty through orientation, small group activities, speaker engagements, meetings and School-sponsored programs.

What classes will I take the first year?

First year MPH students will complete the sequential integrated core classes over their first two quarters in the program. The core courses are Public Health Foundations and Systems 1 and 2 and Public Health Research Methods 1 and 2. These core classes are multidisciplinary and team taught by faculty from each department. Students will also begin to complete courses in their major, and will have the opportunity to declare a minor to complement their training in their primary discipline.

What is the weekly schedule for the first year?

The first year schedule for the core classes are as follows. Date and times for major-specific and minor courses will vary by discipline. In the spring term, students will complete major, minor or elective coursework.

Fall 2017

Course Number

Course Name

Day(s)

Time

PBHL 510

Public Health Foundations and Systems I

Monday and Wednesday

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm

PBHL 512

Public Health Research Methods I

Monday and Wednesday

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Discipline-specific course

Varies by department

Varies by department

Varies by department

Students will also be required to attend a lab meeting for both PBHL 510 and 512. Labs are offered as follows for the Fall term:

Course Number

Lab A

Lab B

Lab C

Lab D

PBHL 510

Thursday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Thursday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Friday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Friday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

PBHL 512

Thursday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Thursday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Friday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Friday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Winter 2018

Course Number

Course Name

Day(s)

Time

PBHL 511

Public Health Foundations and Systems II

Monday and Wednesday

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm

PBHL 513

Public Health Research Methods II

Monday and Wednesday

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Discipline-specific course

Varies by department

Varies by department

Varies by department

Students will also be required to attend a lab meeting for both PBHL 511 and 513. Labs are offered as follows for the Winter term:

Course Number

Lab A

Lab B

Lab C

Lab D

PBHL 511

Thursday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Thursday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Friday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Friday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

PBHL 513

Thursday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Thursday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Friday

10:00 am – 11:50 am

Friday

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm


Are classes lecture-based?

The core classes will be taught lecture style with the entire MPH class, and also include a small-group lab section that meets once per week. Other courses such as your discipline-specific classes and minor courses will be smaller and taught seminar-style.

How do I register for courses?

Registration for the 2017-2018 fall quarter will begin the week of July 31, 2017.  Please review the Registration Overview page of Drexel Central’s website for instructions for how to register for courses through the DrexelOne system.  The 2017-2018 course catalog will be available after July 1, 2017.

Will I have an academic advisor?

Yes. The list of graduate advisors by program and major are as follows:

Program (s)

Graduate Advisor

Email Address

Phone Number

BS/MPH and MD/MPH

Stephanie Johnson

snj22@drexel.edu

267.359.6065

Biostatistics (MS), Epidemiology (MPH, MS and PhD)

Mary Genevieve Carty

mgc24@drexel.edu

2667.359.6205

Community Health and Prevention (MPH, DrPH)

Patience Ajoff-Foster

pna24@drexel.edu

267.359.6036

Environmental and Occupational Health (MPH)

Kristi LeBlanc

kk842@drexel.edu

267.359.6181

Executive MPH

Jamel Long

jl884@drexel.edu

267.359.6229

Health Management and Policy (MPH, DrPH),
PhD, Health Services Research and Policy,
JD/MPH

Allison Keene

ah849@drexel.edu

267.359.6032


In addition to your graduate advisor (listed above), you will be assigned to a faculty mentor after entering the program. Faculty mentors will be assigned by the academic department.

Do you offer opportunities to work at the School as either a research or teaching assistant?

Yes, full-time MPH students often work part-time as research assistants for faculty members and for the different SPH research centers. As a second-year student, you will be eligible to become a teaching assistant for first-year courses. These TA appointments are made based upon academics. Approximately 15-20% of students each year are hired as research or teaching assistants

Any paid or unpaid opportunity available to students will be posted on the public health career system, also known as Symplicity. You can set up an account and search for positions at https://publichealth-drexel-csm.symplicity.com. We recommend checking Symplicity frequently as jobs are posted and updated often. You can also visit http://drexel.edu/hr/atDrexel/studentEmployment/ for other student employment opportunities available at Drexel.

Do students work while enrolled in the MPH program?

Some students do have part-time jobs while enrolled. We do not recommend working any more than 20 hours per week. Students work as research assistants here at the Dornsife School of Public Health, in other University departments or outside of the School. Second year MPH students are also eligible to be teaching assistants for first year courses. Available positions are listed online. Although these positions are listed as work-study, get in touch with the position contact to determine if the department can hire regardless of work-study eligibility.

Does the university provide health insurance?

Yes, a variety of options are available through Aetna. Please visit the Student Affairs website for Drexel University’s health insurance and immunization policies.

How do I get in touch with my future classmates?

The best way to network with your fellow classmates is to attend one of our Accepted Students Days, or to join your class's Facebook group. You can also like the Dornsife School of Public Health on Facebook.

What type of computer should I have?

Most Dornsife SPH students have laptops, and all of our campuses provide free wireless access throughout. Students will have access to technology available through the Dornsife School of Public Health as well as computer space in the Korman Center and Hagerty Library. As a Drexel graduate student you will also have access to free software downloads and installations. MPH students majoring in Epidemiology and MS students should note that statistical analysis software is more PC-friendly.

Where do most students live?

Numerous housing options are available in University City. Off-campus housing options are available online. Philadelphia offers affordable living in a wealth of neighborhoods should you choose to live off-campus. American Campus Communities manages the Summit and Chestnut Square housing facilities which offer a variety of housing accommodations for Drexel undergraduate upperclassmen and graduate students. Both the Summit and Chestnut Square are within walking distance to the School of Public Health. If you would like to live in university housing, Stiles Hall, located 1.5 blocks from the Center City campus, offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for graduate and professional school students. Drexel University also provides a free shuttle from Main Campus to Center City and from Queen Lane to Center City. We highly recommend living within close proximity to public transportation as parking in the area can be challenging.

More questions? Contact Colleen Baillie at cpb32@drexel.edu.