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Masters of Public Health Concentrations

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health offers four majors for our on-campus Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, allowing students to develop specialized skills and acquire deeper knowledge in their chosen concentration.

Dornsife’s on-campus MPH majors include Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Health Management and Policy, which are summarized below.

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Dornsife focuses on cross-discipline teamwork between the four programs to tackle societies’ greatest public health challenges. All MPH students gain foundational public health competencies by completing the core curriculum at the beginning of the program, ensuring students will be exposed to the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that all MPH graduates need regardless of their chosen discipline.

Dornsife’s on-campus MPH programs are full-time and offer students the option to pursue their degree on a 12-month, 18-month, or 21-month timeline.

Community Health and Prevention

Students in the Master of Public Health in Community Health and Prevention (CHP) program learn about the major drivers of community health.

Students study key public health issues and learn to:

  • Identify individual, social, and structural factors that impact community health.
  • Develop and evaluate public health programs in partnership with communities.
  • Collect, organize, and interpret data and prepare data briefs for diverse audiences.

Courses are grounded in the principles of human rights, social justice, health equity, and community participation.

Students gain practical experience through their Applied Practical Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). The ILE for MPH students in the CHP concentration is a 6-credit internship, data analysis, or research project completed near the end of their program.

View sample plans of study for the on-campus 12-month, 18-month, and 21-month MPH degree with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention program in the Drexel Catalog.

Learn more about Drexel Dornsife’s Department of Community Health and Prevention.


Environmental and Occupational Health

Students in the Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) program learn to assess and understand the health consequences of environmental and occupational exposures.

EOH topics include water and air quality, occupational health, industrial hygiene, consumer protection, and injury prevention, as well as global issues such as infectious disease and climate change.

Students apply environmental and occupational health principles to promote health and equity among populations in community and workplace settings and learn to:

  • Research environmental hazards and their impact on individual and population health.
  • Analyze EOH policies and the role of economics and ethics.
  • Develop an understanding of occupational and environmental epidemiology.
  • Apply environmental and occupational health principles to promote health, equity, and environmental justice in community and workplace settings.

Students gain practical experience through their Applied Practical Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). The ILE for MPH students in the EOH concentration is a 3-credit internship, data analysis, or research project completed near the end of their program.

View sample plans of study for the on-campus 12-month, 18-month, and 21-month MPH degree with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health in the Drexel Catalog.

Learn more about Drexel Dornsife’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.


Epidemiology

Students in the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (Epi) apply quantitative approaches to characterize, monitor, and understand the health of populations.

Students with an MPH concentration in epidemiology gain experience in the designing of epidemiologic studies and learn to:

  • Formulate a testable hypothesis to a defined problem and effectively summarize results.
  • Create and manage datasets for epidemiologic analyses from health-related data sources.
  • Critically evaluate findings from published research studies for their validity of the analysis and interpretation.

Epidemiology faculty teach topics including social inequalities in health, neighborhood differences in health, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, the epidemiology of health across life stages, nutrition, physical activity and obesity, and clinical research.

Students gain practical experience through their Applied Practical Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). The ILE for MPH students in the Epi concentration is a 6-credit data analysis project completed near the end of their program.

View sample plans of study for the on-campus 12-month, 18-month, and 21-month MPH degree with a concentration in Epidemiology in the Drexel Catalog.

Learn more about Drexel Dornsife’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.


Health Management and Policy

Students in the Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy (HMP) program develop skills to assume roles in management and policy-making with the goal of improving health care and public health.

Students study urban health programs, human rights policies, and the integration of policy and management. An engaging curriculum ensures that students develop a broad set of skills and tools to respond to societal problems that includes:

  • Financial and organizational management
  • Advocacy and political action
  • Research, evaluation, and public policy analysis

Students gain practical experience through their Applied Practical Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE). The ILE for MPH students in the HMP concentration is a 4-credit internship, data analysis, or research project completed near the end of their program.

View sample plans of study for the on-campus 12-month, 18-month, and 21-month MPH degree with a concentration in Health Management and Policy in the Drexel Catalog.

Learn more about Drexel Dornsife’s Department of Health Management and Policy.


All four programs offer an integrated curriculum shaped by authentic public health challenges and allow further specialization through a broad range of elective courses and public health minors.

Note that students in the on-campus MPH programs complete their first quarter of coursework completely online, and the remaining quarters are on-campus.

In addition to Dornsife’s on-campus MPH programs, the school offers three fully online MPH concentrations in Epidemiology, Global Health, Urban Health and a hybrid online/on-campus Executive MPH. The fully online programs offer full-time and part-time options. The Executive MPH allows for flexible online learning environments geared toward working professionals while providing the benefits of in-person networking, collaboration, and practical experience. To learn more about online MPH programs visit Drexel Online.

MPH Admissions Requirements

In general, applicants to on-campus MPH degrees submit the following:

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