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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.

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.

Learn more about the BS in Public Health

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Academically qualified students can earn both a Bachelor of Science 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 or Global Studies

Learn more about the Accelerated BS / MPH

Undergraduate Minors

Public Health Minor

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. Learn more about the Public Health Minor.

Global Public Health Minor

This minor is designed for students from all majors with an interest in social justice, human rights, international development and global public health. Learn more about the Global Public Health Minor.

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