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What is an Executive MPH Degree?

The Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) is designed for working professionals who are committed to advancing their careers in the public health field without taking time away from their role.

This graduate program builds on each student's former education, work experience and skills, whether they are already working in public health or seeking a career change.

Why Pursue an EMPH Degree at Drexel Dornsife?

At Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, Executive MPH students are exposed to a wide range of unique benefits that assist with career advancement:

  • Collaborative Cohort Model: Students progress through the core courses together, establishing new friendships, sharing experiences from their past and current education and employment, and creating robust professional networkings that enhance their future public health careers. Students come from a range of sectors and employers, creating a diverse learning environment.
  • Hand-on Experience: After the first year, students enhance their classroom learning with an Applied Practical Experience. Students integrate their classroom learning with a hands-on public health experience that fits with their professional and academic responsibilities.
  • Mentoring: Students have a graduate program advisor and are assigned a faculty mentor when they begin the program. In addition to faculty advising, Drexel has a bank of professional advisors who practice public health in a variety of settings.
  • Professional Development: The program provides opportunities for networking, guest speakers, and professional development seminars.

The EMPH program will prepare students to:

  • Promote health equity in accordance with the principles of social, distributive & deliberative justice.
  • Develop knowledge and skills needed for public health and health sector leadership focused on planning, organization, and diversity.
  • Build professional public health practice abilities by enhancing organizational and management skills targeting population health improvement.
  • Translate public health science into public policy and action.

To learn more about the Executive Master’s in Public Health program, request more information to speak with an academic advisor today.

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Executive MPH students come from a range of sectors and employers, both within and outside of the public health field. These include health agencies, health systems, community organizations, and medicine.

Admissions Requirements for the EMPH Program

To be considered for the Executive MPH graduate program, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution
  • GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of professional work experience

Executive MPH Application Requirements

For an application to be marked complete and undergo review, applicants must submit the following forms of documentation:

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Additional requirements for international students

GRE scores are not required as an application requirement for the Executive MPH program.

Note that the software used in many of the courses requires you to have access to a PC. Apple doesn’t currently support the software needed to complete this coursework.

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Executive MPH Program Curriculum

The 21-month Executive MPH program curriculum combines online coursework with on-campus residencies, all while covering disciplines of public health with a focus on public health practice.

The Executive MPH program curriculum covers the major disciplines of public health, including community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health management and policy.

Students will follow a rigorous course of study that will build their skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Foundations and Systems in Public Health
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Public Policy
  • Community Assessment

Executive MPH Course Requirements

Year Fall (Late Sept-Dec) Winter (Jan-March) Spring (April-June) Summer (Late June-Early Sept)

Foundations and Systems in Public Health I (online) 

Epidemiology (online)

EMPH Seminar (on campus)

Foundations and Systems in Public Health II (online)

Biostatistics (online)

EMPH Seminar (on campus)

Community Assessment (online) 

Elective Course (online or on campus)

EMPH Seminar (online or on campus)

Applied Practical Experience/Service Learning Course (online) 

Public Health Policy (online)

Qualitative Research Methods (online) 

Elective Course (online or on campus)


Elective Course (online or on campus)

Elective Course (online or on campus)

EMPH Capstone (on campus)

Elective Course (online or on campus)

Elective Course (online or on campus)

EMPH Capstone (on campus) 

Elective Course (online or on campus)

Elective Course (online or on campus) 

EMPH Capstone (on campus)


Elective Options

Students take a set of electives based on their area of interest. Popular electives include:

  • Introduction to Urban Health
  • Overview of Issues in Global Health
  • Overview of Maternal and Child Health
  • LGBT Health Disparities
  • Infection Prevention and Control in Health
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies

Hands-On Experiential Learning

In the second year, students enhance their classroom learning with an Applied Practical Experience, giving students an opportunity to integrate their classroom learning with a hands-on public health experience. We work closely with students to identify an experience that fits with their professional and academic responsibilities.

In the second year, students choose electives from a wide range of online, evening, or daytime courses which allows students to curate public health interests in flexible ways.

Capstone Courses

Students work together in the second year in their capstone course, integrating their prior coursework and professional experience in analyzing current public health problems and developing effective solutions.

In order to receive an Executive MPH, students must complete a minimum of 56 quarter credit hours. Courses are designed to run across the first two quarters and total 16 credits. This format ensures that course development is shaped by content/disciplinary experts and includes depth and breadth.

To learn more about the Executive MPH curriculum and courses, please visit the Drexel University Online website:

Executive MPH Curriculum and Courses

Executive MPH Career Options

Many of our Executive MPH graduates continue with their current employer on an enhanced career trajectory, while others use the MPH to make a complete career change.

Graduates work in local, state and federal health agencies, health systems, health and social services, community organizations, education, clinical research, medicine, and pharmaceutical companies.

An Executive Master’s in Public Health can lead to a variety of unique career opportunities. Recent graduates of the program have reported working with employers including:

Non-Profit and Government Organizations

  • American Red Cross
  • New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Public Health Management Corporation

Hospital/Healthcare, Research and For-Profit Organizations

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals/ Janssen Scientific Affairs
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System

Executive MPH graduates at Dornsife gain the experience, confidence, and skills that can launch their leadership role in the public health field.

EMPH Salary Scale

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many public health jobs are expected to grow faster than average in the coming years.

Learn more about public health job outlook and average salaries on the Public Health Industry Degree Guide on the Drexel University Online website.

Enhance your skill set and advance your career in the public health industry with an Executive MPH from Drexel Dornsife.

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Jennifer Kolker, MPH
Director, EMPH Program
Associate Dean for Practice and External Relations

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