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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Public Health

What is Global Health?

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Public Health program at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health is an innovative four-year undergraduate degree program with an interdisciplinary approach to global public health.

Why Pursue a Global Health Undergraduate Degree at Drexel Dornsife?

At Drexel Dornsife, learning is through global experiences, data analysis, and innovative problem solving. This is accomplished through a unique education combining:

  • Global Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Policy Analysis

While at Dornsife, students can get involved with student organizations like as the Undergraduate Student Government Organization and the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and take advantage of Drexel's wide-ranging clubs and activities.

Students are encouraged to explore global experiences for added breadth and depth.

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This program is offered in collaboration with Drexel's College of Arts and Sciences and its Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages.

Admissions to Dornsife’s Global Health Program

Applicants to Drexel University are expected to have completed the high school curriculum that will best prepare them for freshman-year studies at the college level.

In general, applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Undergraduate admission application
  • Application fee
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Financial aid information

Standardized test scores are optional for most applicants.

Learn more about Drexel University’s Undergraduate Admissions criteria and complete your application at the links below.

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Degree Requirements

Students are required to take 180 credits, including required courses in general university education, language, social sciences, global health, and public health. Students can choose from a number of elective courses in social sciences and public health, as well as a number of free electives and a public health capstone experience, to complete their degree.

Popular Courses:

  • Introduction to Health & Human Rights
  • The World's Water
  • Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
  • Disease Outbreak Investigations
  • Public Health Data Analysis
  • Women, Children, Health and Society
  • The Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being
  • Public Health Leadership

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Practical Experience

The Drexel Co-op is a key component in the global public health curriculum and provides students with professional employment experiences. Students graduate prepared to make real-world contributions to population health or pursue a professional or other graduate degree.

Global Learning

Dornsife students have access to tailored global public health field experiences, including learning and research opportunities with partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Professional Network

Students build a network of professional connections while at Drexel, through Co-op, academic, research and extracurricular activities. Dornsife students go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees – in medicine, public health, law, and more – or join the workforce at hospitals, non-profits and other health-related organizations.

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Global Health Career Opportunities

A variety of careers are applicable to the global health degree, including positions in public service (local, city and state government), non-governmental organizations (local and international) and healthcare settings.

A degree in global health can open up unique career opportunities in a variety of industries, including:

  • Public health analyst
  • Health educator
  • Health coordinator
  • Education specialist
  • Health promotion assistant
  • Behavioral health workers
  • Site prevention specialist
  • Site community health worker

Careers in global health are not only rewarding, but are promising careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a predicted growth rate of 16% for health educators and community health workers.

Drexel Dornsife provides a world-class education that provides students with the skill set to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. 96 percent of Drexel graduates are working or enrolled in professional education, while 92% of those working were satisfied with their position. Out of those employed, 48% received job offers from their co-op employer.

96 percent of Drexel graduates are working or enrolled in graduate or professional education

Graduate School

Majoring in global public health also prepares students for medical school and schools of health-related professions.

Our graduates can also pursue advanced degrees in non-clinical disciplines, including MPH, MS, JD, and PhD degree programs.

Learn more about public health graduate degree opportunities at Drexel Dornsife.


Erin Durkin, MS
Senior Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Education

Jennifer Breaux, DrPH, MPH
Director of Undergraduate Education