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Online MPH in Epidemiology

About the Online MPH in Epidemiology

Students in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology train to become expert researchers and public health workers capable of investigating complex urban and community health challenges, and developing effective strategies to prevent them.

You will build a foundation in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health, which you’ll use to examine real-world problems.

The program will prepare you to:

  • Develop skills needed to understand the determinants of disease and improve health using the appropriate descriptive and analytic approaches (epidemiology).
  • Gain knowledge of the development and application of theory and methods in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data used in public health and other biomedical sciences.

Read more about the Online MPH in Epidemiology on the Drexel University Online website.


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.

Applications do not require the GRE.

Admission and application requirements

Core Courses

All students will begin their studies in Public Health Foundations and a three-course sequence on Public Health Methods. These courses meet the core competencies outlined by CEPH that all MPH students must achieve. The foundations sequence is designed to run over two quarters and will introduce you to the theory and practice of public health. In the Methods sequence, students will take one course on epidemiology, one course on biostatistics, and once course on qualitative methods.

Discipline-Specific Required Courses

  • BST 555 Introduction to Statistical Computing - 3 credits
  • EPI 560 Intermediate Epidemiology - 3 credits
  • BST 560 Intermediate Biostatistics - 3 credits

Earn a minimum of 56 quarter credits to complete this degree program.

Read more about the online MPH in Epidemiology curriculum on the Drexel University Online website.

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.

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Integrative Learning Experience

The integrative learning experience (ILE) is the culminating requirement for MPH students. It requires students to take 3 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 global health specific competencies. The integrative learning experience is conducted as a Capstone Course where students engage in an Assessment, Evaluation or Research Project that emphasizes practical applications of concepts and skill development.

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Ariel Slotter
Program Coordinator
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Executive Director, Enrollment Management