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Financing Your Public Health Education

We make every effort to ensure that current students and applicants receive as much financial assistance as possible through merit-based scholarships, grants and student loans.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance for MPH and MS Students

Dean's Scholarships

MPH and MS students are considered for scholarships at the time of application based upon academic merit, financial need and fit with Dornsife School of Public Health. If accepted to the Dornsife School, students are notified of scholarship eligibility in their acceptance packet. Approximately 50% of entering students each year receive some type of scholarship.

Dornsife School of Public Health Endowed Scholarships

All accepted MPH applicants are considered for the following endowed scholarships. Applicants are encouraged to also indicate their interest and fit with a specific scholarship in their personal statement.

The Dana and David Dornsife Endowed Scholarships

The Dornsife Scholarships are awarded to incoming students of exceptional promise. Preference is given to students with strong interest or experience in urban health and health disparities as well as to students from under-represented groups (based on race/ethnicity or economic disadvantage). International students are also eligible.

Each student receives a $17,000 tuition award each year and a $8000 a year assistantship ($1000 a month for 8 months) to work as a research assistant with a faculty member for 15 hours a week. Continuation of scholarship and research assistantship in the second year is conditional on progress.

About Dana and David Dornsife

The Marla J. Gold Endowed Scholarship for MD/MPH Students

The Marla J. Gold, MD Endowed Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance in the form of tuition awards for the MPH portion of the program to students pursuing the joint MD/MPH degree at Drexel University. The Gold Scholarship is awarded to an MD/MPH student with experience and special interests in leadership as it relates to public health and medicine.

About Marla J. Gold

The Arthur L. Frank Endowed Scholarship in Environmental and Occupational Health

The Arthur L. Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance in the form of tuition awards for students who share the life-long commitment of Dr. Arthur L. Frank to advance occupational and environmental health and to improve the health and safety of all workers and their natural and man-made environments.

About Arthur L. Frank

Joseph Tringali Memorial Scholarship in Maternal and Child Health

The Joseph C. Tringali Memorial Scholarship offers financial assistance in the form of tuition awards to students committed to the improvement of maternal and child health. The scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates a firm commitment to embarking on a career in public health that will address the challenges facing disadvantaged children and mothers and improve their opportunities for healthy and productive lives.

About Joseph C. Tringali

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Once enrolled in the program, many full-time MPH or MS students work on a part-time basis as research assistants for faculty members or for research centers at Dornsife School of Public Health and throughout the University. Second-year MPH students are eligible to be teaching assistants for first-year MPH courses. These positions are paid on an hourly basis, and given to students in good academic standing. Other opportunities throughout Drexel University may also be available.

City Year Partnership

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Drexel University is pleased to partner with City Year to offer a 25% annual scholarship for both the full-time and Executive Master's in Public Health (MPH) programs. This scholarship is renewable throughout the length of the academic program (not to exceed four years). City Year alumni must serve at least one year with the program to be eligible, and City Year staff members must be employed for at least two years. Note: program deferrals are not available in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Drexel–City Year Partnership Information

Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Doctoral Students

Most doctoral students receive some form of tuition assistance or other type of financial support. The Dornsife School is committed to supporting doctoral students during their program. 

Urban Health Collaborative Doctoral Fellowships

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative Doctoral Fellows program supports doctoral students at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The mission of the UHC is to improve health in cities by increasing scientific knowledge and public awareness of health and health variation within cities, and by promoting urban policies and partnerships that promote health and reduce health inequalities. UHC aims to (1) describe health variation in cities and conduct research on the drivers of population health and health inequalities in cities, (2) identify and evaluate policies to improve health in cities; (3) engage with communities and policy makers to disseminate information, promote public awareness, and catalyze action to build healthy cities.

The UHC Doctoral Fellows program will support up to four incoming doctoral students with a research focus on understanding and improving health in cities during the 2016-2017 academic year. Fellows will be supported to conduct urban health research under the mentorship of a faculty research sponsor, will receive tuition remission, and and will receive additional support for supplies and travel. Fellows will also participate in ongoing UHC research and training activities. Awards are renewable for a second year with consideration for a third.

Incoming students to any of the three doctoral programs offered at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DrPH in Community Health and Prevention, DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice, PhD in Epidemiology) are eligible. Interested candidates should apply through the usual channels for admission and state interest in being considered for the UHC Doctoral Fellows program in the application personal essay. Information about the Dornsife School of Public Health, including admissions information, can be found here:

Visit the Urban Health Collaborative website or contact Katie Livengood at with questions. Contact Dornsife School of Public Health Admissions office at 267.359.6092 or with any questions about doctoral program application requirements or deadlines.

Teaching and Research Assistantships for Doctoral Students

Doctoral students are eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships. These assistantships typically require 20 hours of work a week on a research project or in teaching activities. Students receiving research or teaching assistantships are eligible for tuition remission from the University (and therefore do not pay tuition). All doctoral students are considered for assistantships when they are reviewed for admission.

Tuition for 2015-16 Academic Year

Please click here for current tuition rates and fees.

Financial Aid

Drexel Central is the university’s one-stop office for student billing, financial aid and registration. Drexel Central provides students with information about the different types of financial aid available, such as scholarships, grants and loans, as well as other financing options students can choose from. For more information, please contact Drexel Central at or call 215.895.1600. For more information on fellowships, please visit the Drexel Fellowships Office website at

External Scholarships

Master's and Doctoral students may also apply for scholarships available through various companies and public health-related agencies. For more information, please click here.