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Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Ethics

What is a Master's in Public Health Ethics?

Drexel Dornsife's Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Ethics is a graduate degree program that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, understand and analyze ethical issues in public health; to disseminate new knowledge through the scholarly literature; and to work towards real-world solutions to ethical issues.

Students receive in-depth training in ethical theory and decision-making and the ethical dimensions of public health research, practice and policy. Students also receive training in public health systems and research methods.

Why Pursue a MS in Public Health Ethics at Drexel Dornsife?

Unique opportunities of the MS Degree in Public Health Ethics program at Drexel Dornsife include:

  • Working closely with renowned faculty on specific areas of interest.
  • Investigating and mastering topics that inform public health aspects of medicine, nursing, law, and other fields.
  • Focusing on socio-political determinants of health and how they relate to philosophical theories of justice.

The MS in Public Health Ethics program prepares students to serve as thought leaders in the field of public health and for job positions requiring expertise in health ethics. It can also serve as a stepping-stone for students wishing to pursue doctoral-level education in ethics.

Upon completion of the MS in Public Health Ethics programs, students will develop knowledge and skills, including:

  • An expertise in health ethics
  • The ability to identify, understand and analyze ethical issues in public health
  • Disseminate new knowledge through the scholarly literature to find real-world solutions to ethical issues
  • Understand ethical theory and decision-making and the ethical dimensions of public health research, practice and policy

Develop a valuable skill-set and enhance your career with a Master of Science in Public Health Ethics.

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Admissions Requirements for the MS in Public Health Ethics Program

The Dornsife School of Public Health seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies who have the potential to serve as thought leaders in the field of public health.

Applicants to the MS in Public Health Ethics program must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country.

An applicant's diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, and commitment to public health are highly valued. Prior coursework in ethics is not required, but will be viewed favorably.

MS in Public Health Ethics Application Requirements

To have an application be considered, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • 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
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues and their ethical dimensions, why a degree in public health ethics appeals to you, and your strengths as a candidate)

Applications for the Masters of Public Health Ethics program do not require the GRE.

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Master’s in Public Health Ethics Curriculum

The MS in Public Health Ethics curriculum is rooted in hands-on research experience and the evaluation of ethical theory to encourage students to analyze ethical issues in the public health industry and develop solutions to complex issues.

Students will focus on core areas of study, including:

  • Ethical Theory and Ethical Dimensions
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Health Disparities
  • Public Health Systems
  • Research Methods

Students will be required to take core courses throughout the MS in Public Health Ethics program. See below for a sample plan of study that includes all required courses.

Term Courses
 1

Proseminar in Public Health Ethics

Cases in Public Health Ethics

Ethics Journal Club

Methods for Public Health Research I

 2

Ethics Journal Club

Public Health Ethics

Global Health Ethics

Methods for Public Health Research II

Elective Course

 3

History of Public Health

Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic

Elective Course

 4

Introduction to Research Ethics

Master's Thesis

Electives might include both courses that are directly ethics-related and also courses that are indirectly related to ethics.

The Master’s in Public Health Ethics program can be completed in 4 quarters (12 months).

Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis project represents the culminating experience for students in the MS in Public Health Ethics program.

Under faculty guidance, students will select a topic in public health ethics, comprehensively research the topic, and develop and present a positional argument relating to the topic or a systematic review. The final deliverable for the thesis will typically be a scholarly-quality paper of around 25-50 pages length, double-spaced, as well as an oral presentation of the written thesis work.

In some circumstances, and with prior faculty approval, the thesis project might include a practice-based component.

Degree Requirements for the Master’s in Public Health Ethics Program

Completion of the MS in Public Health Ethics will require:

  • 45 credit hours
  • Completed coursework and practice in public health systems and research methods
  • Completion of the master's thesis

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Careers in Public Health Ethics

A Master’s of Science in Public Health Ethics degree is excellent preparation for careers opportunities in:

  • Health Care Compliance
  • Ethical and Regulatory Pharmaceutical and Biotechnical Industries
  • Institutional Review Boards
  • Community Health

Graduates with a degree in Public Health Ethics can work as:

  • Consultants in Clinical Settings, Law Firms, and Research Facilities
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Public Policy Advisors or Analysts
  • Community Spokespeople or Educators
  • Researchers

With a degree in MS in Public Health Ethics, your will be at the center of the relationship between science and society, and many of today's current controversies. Emerging issues such as scientific integrity, human-subjects research, and new technology hold opportunities for those with expertise in public health ethics to have successful and rewarding careers.

Average Salary with a Master’s Degree in Public Health Ethics

While salary can range across industries, the median annual wage for health educators was $55,220 and the median annual wage for genetic counselors was $81,880, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data in May 2019.

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Contact


Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention
267.359.6084
myudell@drexel.edu

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention
267.359.6092
daw348@drexel.edu