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Executive MPH Degree

About the Executive MPH Degree

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools required for leadership roles in public health.

The 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. Drexel Dornsife's Executive MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Structure

The 21-month executive program curriculum combines both on-campus coursework and online modalities.

Classes are taught by full-time Dornsife School of Public Health faculty with active and diverse research interests as well as adjunct faculty with leadership roles as practicing public health professionals.

Cohort Model

Students advance through the program as a cohort, progressing through the core courses together, creating study groups, friendships, and networking opportunities with their peers. EMPH students build relationships with each other that last far beyond graduation.

Executive MPH students come from a range of sectors and employers, both within and outside of the public health field. These include local, state and federal health agencies, health systems, health and social services, community organizations, education, clinical research, medicine, and pharmaceutical companies. A diverse cohort leads to enriching in-class and extracurricular experiences in innumerable ways

The Admissions Committee holistically reviews applicants to the EMPH program with a particular focus on an applicant’s professional background and career goals as expressed in the resume/CV and personal statement.

Review admission and application requirements

The Executive MPH program is structured on a quarter system with 56 total credit hours required to complete the program.

All students begin with Dornsife's Public Health Foundations and Systems course, a multidisciplinary core course, and a set of public health research methods courses. Students also take a set of required courses in leadership, policy, and public health practice, and a set of electives based on their area of interest.

In addition, all students complete an Applied Practical Experience as part of their MPH training. Students spend the second year of the program in a year-long capstone course that integrates their classroom and work experience as the culmination of their degree.

Sample Program

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer

Public Health Foundations and Systems I 


Professional Seminar I 

Public Health Foundations and Systems II 


Professional Seminar II 

Elective Course 

Elective Course 

Qualitative Research Methods 

Public Health Policy 

Elective Course 

Applied Practical Experience 


Elective Course 

Elective Course 

Capstone-Integrative Learning Experience 

Public Health Leadership

Elective Course 

Capstone-Integrative Learning Experience 

Elective Course 

Elective Course 

Capstone-Integrative Learning Experience 




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

Jamel Long, MSEd
Director of Academic Affairs