Community Health and Prevention (MPH)
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As a student in the Master of Public Health in Community Health and Prevention, you will learn about the major drivers of community health, obtain the skills you need to design, implement, and evaluate public health interventions, and learn how to improve health through meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders. Community Health and Prevention faculty focus on a range of topics including public health ethics, the individual, social and structural determinants of health, the use of theory to understand health behavior, and the implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and policies. Our students are trained in the application of mixed methods – the use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches in data collection and analysis to understand, promote and sustain community health. The student's classroom and practical experiences will foster the development of practical skills relevant to obtaining a career in public health upon graduation. Our graduates design, implement, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs and policies. They are leaders in health education, community organization, and advocacy efforts that promote the health of communities in domestic and global settings.
Please view our academic calendar for term start dates.
|Fall (Sept)||Winter (Jan)||Spring (March)||Summer (June)|
|Priority Deadline||March 15||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Regular Decision Deadline||August 1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Applicants who apply by March 15 will be given priority consideration for merit-based scholarships. Applications received after this date will be considered for merit-based aid if funds remain available. Applications are continually reviewed throughout the cycle.
All application materials must be sent to the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) for your application to be considered complete and eligible for admissions review.
Graduate Admission Application
Applicants should apply using SOPHAS. Applicants will designate a choice of major, but will have the opportunity to change prior to entering the major during the spring term of the first year.
For more information and to apply online, visit sophas.org. No supplemental application is required (SOPHAS GRE school code 7890).
Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts can be sent to:
PO Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471
International Transcript Evaluation (international applicants only)
World Education Service evaluation of all foreign transcripts (international applications only).
Standardized Test Scores
GRE test scores are not required. However, you may choose to submit scores to strengthen your application (SOPHAS GRE school code: 7890).
International applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) unless they meet the criteria for a waiver.
Essay discussing how you became interested in public health, your career goals if known at this time and why you are interested in Drexel University. Typical length is 600–800 words.
A résumé or CV is required, and should be uploaded as part of your admission application through the SOPHAS website.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from faculty.
Prior to enrolling in the program, applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Drexel University encourages students of all majors to apply to the MPH program; however, a course in statistics is highly recommended. Applicants will select a major on the SOPHAS application, although students will have the opportunity to change this selection prior to the spring term of their first year should their interests change.
Competitive applicants typically have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Letters of recommendation should come from faculty members; however, exceptions can be made if the applicant has been out of school for some time. The Admissions Committee holistically reviews each application, taking special note of an applicant's knowledge and motivation toward the public health profession through close evaluation of the applicant's essay and letters of recommendation.