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DrPH in Health Management and Policy

About the DrPH in Health Management and Policy

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), in the Health Management and Policy Program, is designed for mid-level professionals who already have a Masters of Public Health or equivalent degree and seek the skills to assume greater leadership roles in either public or private sector settings at the local, national and international levels. The program equips students with a mixture of the advanced skills needed to pursue careers in health care, public health, or related areas in the United States and abroad.

Students will be able to integrate evidence-based public health science into practice. Doctor of Public Health graduates are expected to contribute to the improved effectiveness of public health, health care, and health policy, particularly within the context of health as a human right and knowledge of the impact of the social determinants of health on overall population health.

The core areas of study include health care organization and systems, research and evaluation, health economics and finance, and leadership and strategic management. In addition, with the guidance of their faculty advisers, students will choose a cognate or related area of study outside of the Department of Health Management and Policy as a core area of study.

Faculty and Research

Doctoral students will work with a diverse group of faculty who specialize in health care management, health leadership, and focus their research and practice using the social determinants frameworks and population health management strategies.

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For more information

Marla Gold, MD
Dean Emerita
DrPH Program Director

Admissions Requirements

  • A master's of public health degree (MPH) or a master's degree in a related field.*
  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience in a health-related field (health care or public health), ideally 5 years.
  • A grade point average of 3.2 or better.

*Applicants with a master's degree in another field should explain their relevant training, research experience, or educational background comparable to the MPH. Doctor of Public Health in Health Management and Policy applicants admitted without a MPH may be required to take additional coursework at the graduate level that does not apply toward the credits required for the DrPH.

Application Requirements

In addition to the SOPHAS required documentation of official United States or Canadian transcripts and a CV or resume, please provide the following additional documentation with your application.

  • A written statement of career goals and doctoral program interests including a description of a potential dissertation topic and identification of a potential advisor(s) within the department based on faculty website profiles.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant's promise as a graduate student.
  • Official transcripts from each U.S. and English-speaking Canadian college-level institution attended, undergraduate and graduate.
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada (if applicable)
  • Standardized test scores.
    • The GRE is not required if the applicant holds an MPH or related masters degree or another terminal doctoral degree in a health-related field. However, applicants who have taken the GRE or other aptitude test within the past five years may elect to submit their scores. This may be especially helpful for applicants whose academic records do not reflect their current academic potential and accomplishments.
  • English proficiency test scores for those applicants who attended post-secondary institutions where the primary language of instruction is not English.
    • TOEFL: Have ETS send scores to SOPHAS using code 5688
    • IELTS: Have scores submitted directly to Drexel University
  • Academic writing sample
  • An in-person or telephone interview is required for all finalists.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 48 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree as prescribed by the program's curriculum;
  • Completing a practical experience
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours (beyond the coursework) for completion of the dissertation
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3;
  • Passing the doctoral comprehensive examination upon completing of course work;
  • Passing the candidacy oral examination, i.e., dissertation proposal;
  • Completing and successfully defending a practice-oriented dissertation.

Students/candidates in the DrPH program shall have 7 calendar years from the date of initial registration to complete the require coursework and successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

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Sample Plan of Study


Allison H. Keene, MS
Senior Program Manager
Health Management and Policy

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention