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Undergraduate Public Health Programs

What Is 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.

Why Major in Public Health?

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.

Why Pursue An Undergraduate Public Health Degree or Minor at Drexel Dornsife?

When you complete an undergraduate degree or minor at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, you'll be able to:

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.

Bachelor's Degrees in Public Health

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 BS in Health Data Analytics curriculum prepares students to work in data-intensive health applications and health science research.

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.

Learn more: BS in Public Health

Learn more: BS in Health Data Analytics

Learn more: BA in Global Public Health

Accelerated 4 + 1 Program

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 4+1 degree program in one of two ways:

Learn more: Accelerated Bachelors / MPH

Undergraduate Public Health Minors

Public Health: 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: Provides a framework for understanding the complexity of issues and challenges present in environmental health issues from a public health perspective.

Epidemiology: Provides a foundational knowledge of epidemiology, which is the study and control of disease or injury patterns in human populations.

Global Public Health: Designed for students from all majors with an interest in social justice, human rights, international development and global public health.

Health Data Analytics: Develops the tools necessary for graduates to serve as essential team members in data-driven research and industry settings.

Health and Social Justice: 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

"I’m majoring in Public Health, so human rights and the social determinants of health are baked into everything we’re taught.

I learned a lot [during my Co-op] about our systems and how to improve them.

This knowledge and experience is sure to stick with me through the various jobs I’ll hold in harm reduction and social justice work."

-- Drexel Dornsife '23 grad

If you are interested in learning more about Drexel Dornsife's undergraduate public health degree programs, request more information to speak with a member of our admissions team.

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Student Recognized as 2023 Cooperative Education Award Winner

A Dornsife public health major was recognized as one of this year's Co-op Education Award winners and featured in a new Drexel video about the value of Co-op.

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