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What Is an MPH/MBA Dual Degree?

The Master of Public Health (MPH) / Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual degree is a three-year graduate program that provides the opportunity for students to hone their business skills while equipping them with the training necessary to make a difference in today's public health and healthcare worlds.

This rigorous, comprehensive degree program is designed to emphasize the broad perspective of business knowledge and concepts through innovative coursework, experiential learning and career coaching.

Grounded by a strong academic foundation in business, the program offers several opportunities to specialize and align students' specific area of interest.

Why Pursue an MBA/MPH Dual Degree at Drexel Dornsife?

The benefits of earning an MPH/MBA at Drexel include access to renowned faculty at Drexel's schools of public health and business, hands-on experiential learning opportunities, and a collaborative group learning environment.

Over the three-year plan of study, students will alternate MPH and MBA courses, allowing for integrated learning at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health and LeBow College of Business.

The MPH, with a major in Health Management and Policy, provides state-of-the-art core competencies in public health and the option to concentrate in either Management or Policy, as well as extensive opportunities for community, practice, and research engagement.

The Drexel LeBow MBA offers a customizable, cross-disciplinary plan of study that prepares students to solve complex business problems across industries.

The dual MBA/MPH degree will prepare students to:

  • Understand public health and health care systems in the U.S., including their relationship and interactions, as well as legal and policy issues.
  • Think critically and independently, using professional judgment, business concepts, and public health foundations to make decisions, optimize results, and create solutions.
  • Experience and understand the challenges that business leaders confront, analyze, and overcome on a regular basis.
  • Translate knowledge into action to solve today's public health challenges.

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Admissions Requirements for the MPH/MBA Dual Degree

The Dornsife School of Public Health and LeBow College of Business seek students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies as well as those with potential for leadership. The Dornsife School of Public Health has set a high priority on establishing a student body that is representative of the nation's population.

To be considered for the MPH and MBA Dual Degree program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirement:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution, ideally with a major in public health, economics, statistics, business, or other social science related fields.

MBA and MPH Application Requirements

Eligible applicants to the MPH/MBA program must complete the following items in order for their application to be considered:

  • Application to the Dornsife School of Public Health through SOPHAS. Select the MPH Health Management and Policy Program designation.
  • Official transcripts from every U.S. and English-speaking Canadian college-level institution attended (Academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation.)
  • Credential evaluation for academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada (via WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation), if applicable.
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose or Objectives (a written statement identifying interest in the MPH/MBA program and your career goals)
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores. Learn more about LeBow's GRE/GMAT policy.

If the applicant is accepted to the Dornsife School of Public Health, they will then be reviewed for admission to the MPH/MBA dual degree program.

To learn more about admissions and application requirements to the MPH/MBA Dual Degree program, visit the link below.

Admission and application requirements

The MBA/MPH Dual Degree program offers a rigorous curriculum that encourages problem-solving and research engagement in order to understand the root of issues and how to solve them across public health industries.

Students will develop a cross-disciplinary plan of study that will help build skills in the following areas:

  • Public Health Foundations and Systems
  • Methods for Public Health Research
  • Strategic Planning
  • Management Principles
  • Finance and Economics

The MPH/MBA dual degree program requires two and a half years of structured coursework, consisting of required core courses and electives in Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health and LeBow College of Business.

Core courses in the program include:

  • HMP 510 Evolution of United States Health Policy - 3 credits
  • HMP 511 Legal Aspects of Public Health - 3 credits
  • HMP 656 Organizational Finance Seminar: Case Studies in Health Care - 3 credits
  • MGMT 510 Business Problem Solving - 3 credits
  • MGMT 530 Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise - 3 credits
  • MKTG 510 Marketing Strategy - 3 credits

Students choose either a policy concentration or management concentration, allowing them to select a path that aligns with their professional goals.

Students also develop skills through a practical experience. The practical experience will give students both a breadth of experiences to expand their knowledge and exposure to public health broadly, and a depth of experience that is relevant to their areas of specialization.

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MPH/MBA Dual Degree Career Options

Having a foundation in public health and business management can help you to stand out in the job market, especially during a time when local, national, and global employers face current and emerging public health issues.

A dual MPH/MBA degree presents a variety of unique career opportunities, including:

  • Healthcare and Hospital Management
  • Health Economist
  • Policy Analyst (local, national or global)
  • Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Consultant

Drexel's MPH/MBA graduates enter the workforce with the analytical skills, decision tools, and practical experience that can lead to promising and successful career.

MPH/MBA Salary Scale

Salaries for MPH/MBA graduates can vary by position and industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a medical and health services manager was $104,280 in May 2020.

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Paying for Your Public Health Degree

Historically, more than 92 percent of full-time masters students receive some type of scholarship funding.

The Dornsife School of Public Health makes every effort to ensure that students receive as much financial assistance as possible through merit-based scholarships, grants and student loans.

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Mark Stehr, PhD
Director, MPH/MBA
Associate Professor
Health Management and Policy

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Executive Director, Enrollment Management

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