Master of Public Health (MPH)
A Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health is integrated and interdisciplinary from day one. Explore in-person and online options. No GRE required.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program 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 United States and around the world.
Dornsife's Master of Public Health program offers a flexible curriculum and opportunities for students to specialize in a wide range of areas of public health, learn through extensive real-world practice experiences, and research engagement.
On Campus Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programs
Online Masters in Public Health Programs
Choose Your Plan of Study
Dornsife offers different MPH plans of study, including 12-month, 18-month, 21-month, and 33-month timelines.
What is a Masters of Public Health?
The Dornsife School of Public Health Master of Public Health gives students the skills needed to build exciting, rewarding careers. The program is grounded in the School’s expertise in urban health and how to use that knowledge to improve health in all types of communities.
Why Pursue a Masters of Public Health at Drexel Dornsife?
Dornsife's MPH program prepares students to make an impact and tackle tough public health challenges in the United States and around the world.
You will learn what it takes to address real-world problems and learn how to work on an interdisciplinary team. You will develop the skills required for a public health career in the 21st century.
Our MPH curriculum incorporates several key elements:
- A network of 70-plus corporate, non-profit, and public sector partners offering students community-based practice experiences across Philadelphia.
- A broad range of opportunities to conduct research working with award-winning faculty.
- Solid training in the Council on Public Health core competencies for each major.
- An extensive selection of minors to allow students to explore several areas of public health while working towards a Masters in Public Health.
A Masters of Public Health can open up a variety of career paths and enhance your career.
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Public Health Minors
Minors in public health from Dornsife 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 public health topics outside their primary discipline. In addition to the list below, additional minors are being developed.
Explore minors below:
To learn more about available minors, visit Drexel Dornsife’s Graduate Minors page.
Masters of Public Health Admissions
The Dornsife 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 within the Masters of Public Health program 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.
MPH Admission Requirements
To be considered for the Masters of Public Health program, students should have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution. Graduates of any major may apply, however, a previous course in statistics is highly recommended. A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred.
Applicants for MPH admissions will need to submit the following:
- Online application
- Official transcripts from every college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation)
- English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
- Three letters of recommendation (two for online programs)
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives
Applications for the Masters of Public Health program do not require the GRE.
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With a curriculum that encourages problem solving and research, the Master’s of Public Health program equips students with the skills to find solutions to complex health issues.
Within our rigorous learning environment, MPH students will focus on a variety of core skills and concepts. Among other skills, you will learn to:
- Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
- Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
- Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
- Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
- Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
- Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
- Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
- Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
- Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
MPH Core Courses
All students will begin their studies in Public Health Foundations and Systems and Public Health Research Methods, two multidisciplinary core courses within the MPH program that 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
Students will take a minimum of five discipline-specific course in their major field of study over the full-time, five-quarter Master of Public Health degree program.
MPH Practical Experience
All Masters of Public Health degree students develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate capacity to apply these concepts through a practical experience relevant to their area of specialization throughout the degree program. “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 120-240 hours in a field placement. The applied practical experience (APE) 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 within the MPH program has their own specific requirements for the ILE, which requires students to take 3-6 credits in the final year the program and to produce a high-quality written product that demonstrates mastery of core public health and discipline-specific competencies. The ILE can be an internship, capstone course, or data analysis project. Depending on the MPH concentration, the ILE can be coordinated with the public health field-based practical experience requirement (APE).
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Masters of Public Health Degree Program 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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MPH Career Options
There are many career options for those with an MPH degree, including positions in public service (local, city and state government), non-governmental organizations (local and international), and healthcare settings.
A Master’s of Public Health degree can prepare students for unique career paths, including:
- Clinical Researcher
- Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
- Health Educator
- Health Services Manager
- Infection Prevention Associate
- Policy Analyst
- Program Manager
- Public Health Advisor
- Research Associate
- Urban Planner
The coronavirus pandemic has created a new appreciation for the critical role of public health professionals and public health infrastructure. The future of the public health field will include increasing opportunities to build a successful and meaningful public health career.
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