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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 and Fellowships

All MPH applicants are considered for the following endowed scholarships and fellowships. Applicants should indicate their interest and fit with a specific scholarship by submitting a supplemental one-page essay with their application. Applicants interested in being considered for the endowed scholarships are encouraged to apply no later than January 15.

Dornsife Public Health Fellows

The Dornsife Public Health Fellows are 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 half tuition award each academic term and an $8,000 per 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 the scholarship and research assistantship in the second year is conditional on progress.

2016 Dornsife Public Health Fellows

About Dana and David Dornsife

Dornsife International Fellows

The Dornsife International Fellows award is designed for outstanding international applicants whose career and research interests align with the Dornsife School of Public Health's focus on global, urban health. Both MPH and MS applicants are eligible.

Each student receives a half tuition award each academic term and an $8,000 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 the scholarship and research assistantship in the second year is conditional on progress.

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

Make a Gift to the Marla J. Gold Endowed Scholarship Fund

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 majoring in Environmental and Occupational health who share the life-long commitment of Dr. Arthur L. Frank to advance and improve the health and safety of all workers and their natural and man-made environments.

About Arthur L. Frank

Make a Gift to the Arthur L. Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund

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

Dornsife Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund

Our mission to improve population health and eliminate health disparities all over the world begins with the ability to attract and support exceptional master's and doctoral students who might not otherwise attend Drexel University or even have access higher education at all. Gifts from our alumni and friends to the Dornsife Alumni & Friends Scholarship Fund will enable us to educate generations of the best and brightest public health specialists, who will in turn advance our common research, education, and service missions.

Make a Gift to the Dornsife Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund

Urban Health Collaborative Master's Fellowships

The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) will supports a limited number of master's students interested in urban health research each academic year. UHC master's fellows will receive an $8,000 stipend ($1,000 monthly) to work 15 hours per week with a faculty mentor/sponsor. Prospective UHC master's fellows will be considered for these positions based upon their exceptional academic promise and their interest in urban health as evidenced in their application for admission. UHC master's fellows are also eligible to receive the Dornsife School of Public Health's Dean's Scholarships. UHC master's fellows can continue their positions into the second year provided they remain in good academic standing and submit a letter of support from their faculty mentor/sponsor.

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 through fellowship, teaching and research assistantship opportunities, and stipend support from the Dornsife Alumni and Friends fund.

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 2017-2018 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 the doctoral programs offered at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DrPH in Community Health and Prevention and 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:

Admissions Requirements 

Visit the Urban Health Collaborative website or contact Amy Confair, MPH at arc333@drexel.edu with questions. Contact Dornsife School of Public Health Admissions office at 267.359.6047 or sphadmissions@drexel.edu with any questions about doctoral program application requirements or deadlines.

Download the UHC Doctoral Fellowship Program brochure (PDF).

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 2017-18 Academic Year

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 ask.drexel.edu or call 215.895.1600. For more information on fellowships, please visit the Drexel Fellowships Office website.

Drexel Fellowships Office

External Scholarships

Master's and Doctoral students may also apply for scholarships available through various companies and public health-related agencies.

External Scholarships and Resources