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Executive Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

About the Executive MPH Degree

The Executive MPH at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health—Philadelphia's top school of public health—prepares students to make an impact by addressing tough public health challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Master of Public Health (MPH) program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools required for the practice of 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.

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 online coursework with on-campus residencies that meet on 6 Fridays during the academic year (October, November, January, February, April, and May).

Classes are taught by full-time Dornsife School faculty with active and diverse research interests, enhanced by guest lectures and engagement from partners in leadership roles as practicing public health professionals.

In addition to public health coursework, there are formal and informal opportunities for networking, guest speakers, and professional development seminars throughout the program.

Cohort Model

Students advance through the program as a cohort, progressing through the core courses together, establishing new friendships, sharing experiences from their past and current education and employment, and creating networking opportunities that enhance their future public health careers.

Hands-On Experience

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.


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 - individuals practicing public health in a variety of settings who advise and mentor students.

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.

Our diverse cohorts leads to enriching in-class and extracurricular experiences in innumerable ways.

The application process requires submission of all official transcripts, two reference letters, your resume/CV, and a personal statement. 

GRE scores are not required.

The Admissions Committee holistically reviews applicants to the Executive MPH 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 covers all disciplines of public health with a focus on public health practice.

All students will begin their studies in Foundations and Systems in Public Health, a multidisciplinary core course which is team-taught by faculty from each department and a three-course sequence in Public Health Research Methods. The 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 the breadth and depth of relevant skills that all MPH graduates will need regardless of their chosen discipline.

Executive MPH students take additional required courses in policy and community assessment and cohort-specific seminars.

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.

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. They also get hands-on experience with an Applied Practical Experience that fits with a student's current responsibilities and future career goals.

Executive MPH Program Schedule

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)


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

Career Outcomes

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.

Examples of recent employers are listed below.

Non-Profit and Government Organizations

  • Action AIDS
  • 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
  • Critical Path Services, LLC
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals/ Janssen Scientific Affairs
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System

Learn more about public health industry jobs on the Drexel Online website.


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

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