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DrPH in Health Management and Policy

About the DrPH in Health Management and Policy

Drexel's Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Management and Policy Program is designed to equip students with the mix of advanced skills needed to pursue careers in health care, public health, or related areas in the United States and abroad and to become effective leaders at successive levels within health organizations during the course of their careers.

The core areas of study include the following: 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 advisors, 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.

Students benefit from engagement with the Department of Health Management and Policy's interdisciplinary faculty, the Dornsife School of Public Health's emphasis on public health practice, the School's location in Philadelphia - the fifth largest city in the United States where dynamic networks of academic, health care, government, non-profit, and community-based organizations share a commitment to addressing health and social problems.

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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Students will be admitted on a competitive basis, and those with a demonstrated ability to integrate public health competencies and skills into public health practice will be preferred.

For the next cohort, starting in Fall 2019, the application period will run from August 18, 2018 through January 15, 2019. Full-time or part-time student options are available.

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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 9 credit 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
Program Manager
Health Management and Policy

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