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Online MPH in Global Health

About the Online MPH in Global Health

Students in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health will learn how to analyze the influences affecting the health and well-being of diverse populations across different cultures and contexts.

You will develop skills in program planning, research, and communication, learning how to assess, monitor and evaluate global health programs, policies and outcomes and design evidence-based programs paying attention to ethics, social justice and human rights. These are key skills required for any robust career in public health.

You will work with our faculty and visiting global health scholars and partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations on an integrative learning and practical experience.

The online MPH is designed to train students and health professionals in the foundations of public health with an emphasis on global health. The program will prepare you to:

  • Apply ethical approaches and human rights principles in global health research and practice
  • Design public health interventions in diverse cross-cultural settings
  • Develop monitoring and evaluation strategies to assess progress to program goals

Read more about the Online MPH in Global Health 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 for the 2020-21 academic year will not require the GRE.

Admission and application requirements

Degree Requirements

Drexel's Catalog outlines the courses and provides course descriptions:

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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.

Sample Plan of Study

Discipline-Specific Required Courses

  • EOH 560 Overview of Issues in Global Health - 3 credits
  • HMP 603 Health Systems Policy Analysis - 3 credits
  • CHP 607 Public Health Ethics - 3 credits
  • CHP 660 Global Health Ethics - 1.5 credits
  • CHP 673 Outcomes Assessment of Community Health - 3 credits
  • CHP 661 Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy - 1.5 credits

Customize Your Degree

You may elect to take courses in the following focus areas or tailor your electives to your own areas of interest:

  • Maternal Child Health
  • LGBT Health

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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Sabrina DeVose
Academic Coordinator for Global Health Programs

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