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Bachelor of Science 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.

Goals and Objectives

By the conclusion of the major, all students will be able to:

  • Illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of public health in disease prevention and health promotion on both individuals and populations.
  • Recognize the interconnectedness between physical and natural sciences and how each address population-based health challenges.
  • Illustrate the fundamental relationship between health and human rights and the role of social justice and ethics.
  • Highlight the important role that epidemiology and surveillance play in shaping and protecting the health of populations.
  • Recognize the importance of historical context regarding public health milestones as they shape policies and programs.
  • Obtain a greater understanding of the role of culture and values and how they influence relationships between the social determinants of health and the built environment.
  • Identify and address population health challenges through the various public health concentrations.
  • Illustrate the overarching role that the social determinants of health have in promoting or hindering health.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the United States healthcare and healthcare delivery system.

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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Erin Durkin, MS
Senior Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Education

Jennifer Breaux, DrPH, MPH
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Education