Undergraduate Public Health Programs
Why Major in Public Health?
Public health is a broad discipline that includes science, community engagement, and policy aimed at protecting and improving the health and well-being of communities.
While some healthcare professionals focus on treating individuals after they become sick or are injured, public health professionals are concerned with the health of entire populations. They work to prevent and solve public health challenges through education, policy development, advocacy, service, and research.
The field of public health is continuously evolving in response to the needs of communities and populations around the world. The mission of public health is to prevent illness and injury, and to do so across large numbers of people at a time. By improving the conditions and behaviors that affect health, we can help all people attain it.
What You’ll Learn
Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health provides undergraduate students with a foundation in public health principles, as well as an understanding of community health and prevention, health management and policy, environmental and occupational health, and epidemiology.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the fundamentals of public health.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Public Health curriculum is an interdisciplinary approach to global public health and includes classes in global studies and modern languages.
Each student completes a co-operative work requirement that gives them an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in the real world, while building relationships with potential employers and expanding their professional networks.
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Academically qualified students can earn both a Bachelors degree in Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in five years, graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs.
Depending on the academic program, eligible students can be admitted to the accelerated degree program in one of two ways:
- First-year admission
- Current Drexel students majoring in Public Health
Learn more about our Accelerated Bachelors / MPH
This minor complements all majors, including pre-med, pre-law, science or business majors, and is tailored to students interested in helping to improve the health of communities.
Environmental Public Health
This minor provides students with the framework for understanding the complexity of issues and challenges present in environmental health issues from a public health perspective.
This minor provides undergraduates with foundational knowledge of epidemiology, which is the study and control of disease or injury patterns in human populations.
Global Public Health
This minor is designed for students from all majors with an interest in social justice, human rights, international development and global public health.
Health and Social Justice
This minor examines how social justice and human rights are impacted by the social determinants of health and vice versa.
Learn more about our undergraduate minors in Public Health