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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program prepares students to become innovative public health leaders by blending classroom learning with real-world experiences in the core public health disciplines. Students learn to improve the health of populations through science, practice and community partnerships.

What Makes the Dornsife Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health Program Unique?

  • The resources of a large university with the individualized attention and connectedness of a close undergraduate cohort
  • A School located and deeply-engaged in the city of Philadelphia, where students can build lifelong relationships with highly motivated, diverse peers
  • A curriculum grounded in health as a human right and a commitment to health equality
  • Award-winning faculty conducting research in urban health in communities across the United States and the world
  • Real-world immersion and hands-on practice experiences as key program components
  • A community of staff and faculty invested in teaching and student success

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.

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Degree Requirements

Students are required to take 181 credits, including required courses in general university education, physical and life sciences, social sciences 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:

  • Disease Outbreak Investigation
  • Drugs and Society
  • Global Health
  • Violence and Trauma
  • Women, Children, Health and Society

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Practical Experience

The Drexel Co-op is a key component in the 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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What can you do with a public health degree?

Some settings in which public health professionals work include the following:

  • Government & public health agencies
  • Hospital administration
  • Pharmaceutical corporations
  • Health care analysis
  • Clinical research labs
  • Nonprofit health agencies
  • Occupational safety health administration
  • Health care advocacy organizations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics most recently predicted a 16% growth rate for health educators and community health workers ( 2019).

From the One-Year-Out Alumni Survey, in the graduating class of 2017:

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

Graduate School

Majoring in public health also enables students to take the prerequisite courses needed for clinical graduate programs, such as medical school, while also gaining a better understanding of population health.

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


Erin Durkin, MS
Senior Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Education

Jennifer Breaux, DrPH, MPH
Director of Undergraduate Education