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Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

The Dornsife School of Public Health Master of Public Health curriculum (redesigned in 2017), provides students with the unique set of skills needed to make a difference, take on new public health challenges, and succeed professionally. The program is grounded in the School’s expertise in urban health, but prepares students to improve health in all types of communities around the country and the world. The new curriculum incorporates several key elements:

  • The opportunity to graduate in only 5 quarters, allowing a head start in the job market
  • Solid training in state of the art core competencies that students need to be effective.
  • Classes that allow integration and interdisciplinarity from the very beginning.
  • The flexibility to incorporate specialization in several areas of public health.
  • Extensive opportunities for community-based, practice and research engagement.


Full-time MPH students select a major at the time of application.

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Minors are open to all Drexel graduate students in all schools and colleges. The minors are designed to complement student’s training by providing basic knowledge in topics outside their primary discipline. In addition to the list below, additional minors are being developed.

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The School of Public Health seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies as well as those with potential for leadership. The school has set a high priority on establishing a student body that is representative of the nation's population. We strive to recruit and to admit applicants from underrepresented minority groups who can contribute to the richness of our student population and to that of the nation's public health professionals.

Admission and application requirements

Degree Requirements

The full-time program is structured on a quarter basis, with 56 total credit hours required for completion of the degree over five quarters.

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Core Courses

All students will begin their studies in Public Health Foundations and Systems and Public Health Research Methods, two new multidisciplinary core courses which will be team-taught by faculty from each department. 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.

Sample Plan of Study

Discipline-Specific Courses

Students will take a minimum of five discipline-specific course in their major field of study over the five-quarter MPH program.

MPH Practical Experience

All MPH degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate capacity to apply these concepts through a practical experience relevant to their area of specialization. “Practice” refers to implementing (doing) public health, rather than understanding (studying, researching) public health.

The practical experience is an applied, field-based requirement that gives students experience in the practice of public health (no credits) – requiring depth (120-240 hours in a field placement) and breadth (1 experience per month) – including participation in short-term volunteer opportunities and participation in on- or off-campus learning opportunities. The practical experience requirement can begin during the third quarter of year one and be completed during the summer or the second year of study.

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Integrative Learning Experience

The integrative learning experience (ILE) is the culminating requirement for MPH students. Each department/major has their own specific requirements for the ILE, which requires students to take 4-6 credits in the final 2 quarters of the program and to produce a high quality written product that demonstrates mastery of core public health and discipline-specific competencies. The integrative learning experience can be coordinated with the field-based practical experience requirement.

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image of percent of Masters students receive scholarships

Paying for Your Public Health Degree

Historically, more than 68% of students in the full-time masters programs receive some type of scholarship funding.

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

Dornsife School of Public Health Admissions