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Accelerated Degree in Global Studies and Public Health (BA + MPH)

Earn Your Advanced Degree Sooner

The accelerated degree program in Global Studies and Public Health prepares students for careers in the international sphere with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Global Studies and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, an in-demand advanced option with unlimited applications. Students apply in their third year to the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and begin working on their MPH as they complete their BA, getting their master's degree a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. They also may complete an undergraduate co-op and gain valuable work experience as they go.

Global Studies majors can prepare for careers in the international sphere with an accelerated Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH); an in-demand professional degree with a wide variety of applications.

Undergraduate students apply for the global health master’s program to Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health as freshmen or after completing between 90 and 120 credits of the undergraduate degree. Students accepted into the program begin working on their master's in public health as they complete their bachelor's, gaining their global health-focused master's in public health degree 18 months earlier than if they had pursued the two degrees separately. Students in the accelerated degree also have the chance to complete an independent study and undergraduate co-op, gaining valuable work experience in the process.


Accelerated degree students are well prepared for careers at the intersection of public health and international cultures. The accelerated master’s in public health major prepares students for exciting international careers with an emphasis on foreign language fluency. Students may pursue a wide variety of courses in:

  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Biological Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • And many other fields

An MPH opens doors to careers across diverse fields such as epidemiology, education, research, health care, public policy and more. Students interested in international relations and global public health gain skills that make them attractive to international development agencies like the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.N. and many international charitable organizations. Students can also use their language and cultural skills in a wide variety of international relations careers, both domestically and abroad. A degree in public health enables graduates to make a real contribution to society, improving the lives and well-being of people around the world.


Students in the Global Studies major are encouraged to study abroad, adding to their international perspective as they perfect their foreign language skills. There are also many opportunities to participate in a co-op abroad: a chance to live overseas for six months while gaining valuable work experience. Study abroad opportunities exist in many countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America and across Asia; co-op abroad employers can also be found in almost any part of the world.



The accelerated public health global studies program is a full-time, in-person program that may be completed one year sooner than traditional programs. Students apply in one of two ways:

  • As prospective freshmen Drexel students
  • As current Drexel undergraduae students who have completed between 90 and 120 credits

The global health MPH curriculum includes courses in biology, chemistry, ethics, political science, anthropology, history, environmental science and science-related English, among other subjects. Students have the option to complete a global health MPH independent study program (co-op) with this program. Applicants must maintain a minimum of a 3.25 GPA and complete prerequisite courses with no lower than a C grade.


Ready to begin your journey as a Drexel Dragon? Apply to our accelerated MPH and Global Studies BA degree program at Drexel, or visit campus to learn more.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!