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The Drexel Dornsife MPH

Study at Philadelphia's #1 School of Public Health

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Urban Health. Global Impact. Career Opportunities.

As Philadelphia’s #1 School of Public Health, Drexel Dornsife is a global leader in urban health education and research. We’ll prepare you to succeed in a career that’s guaranteed to make an impact in a rapidly changing world.

Gain real-life professional experience from day one, while learning to take on tough public health challenges with our integrated, flexible Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum.

At Drexel Dornsife, you’ll learn in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities and you can:

  • Earn your MPH online or in the classroom.

  • Graduate in as little as 12 months to get a head start in the job market.

  • Specialize in one of four majors — Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, or Health Management and Policy — and tailor your MPH experience even more with 16 minors.

  • Practice public health locally and globally.

  • Explore and engage in cutting-edge research.

From an accelerated one-year timeline to an extended three-year timeline, Dornsife has an on-campus, online, or dual MPH option to fit your career goals and your financial needs.

Dornsife helped me realize my dream of becoming an expert in maternal and child health program evaluation, so that I can work to reduce the disparities and discrimination many children face.

— Farren Rodrigues, MPH '20

9 in 10

master's program students are employed within a year of graduation.

     Why Pursue a Master's of Public Health at Drexel Dornsife?

The Dornsife School of Public Health Master of Public Health gives students the skills needed to build exciting, rewarding careers. The program is grounded in the School’s expertise in urban health, and our graduates use that knowledge to improve health in all types of communities.

Dornsife's MPH program prepares students to make an impact and tackle tough public health challenges in the United States and around the world.

You learn what it takes to address real-world problems and how to work on an interdisciplinary team. You develop the skills required for a public health career in the 21st century.

Our MPH curriculum incorporates several key elements:

  • A network of 70-plus corporate, non-profit, and public sector partners offering students community-based practice experiences across Philadelphia.

  • A broad range of opportunities to conduct research working with award-winning faculty.

  • Solid training in the Council on Education for Public Health core competencies for each major.

  • An extensive selection of minors to complement the Master's in Public Health.

     Admissions to the Dornsife School of Public Health

Drexel Dornsife seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies as well as those with potential for leadership. The school has set a high priority on establishing a student body within the Masters of Public Health program that is representative of the nation's population.

To be considered for the Masters of Public Health program, students should have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution. Graduates of any major may apply, however, a previous course in statistics is highly recommended. A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred.

Applications for the MPH program do not require the GRE.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Online application

  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation)

  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable

  • Three letters of recommendation (two for online programs)

  • Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives

     Dornsife MPH Curriculum

The Drexel Dornsife MPH program offers a flexible curriculum for recent graduates, working professionals and career-changers seeking to make a difference.

With a curriculum that encourages problem solving and research, the MPH program equips students with the skills to find solutions to complex health issues.

After completing foundational coursework, all students complete an Applied Practical Experience — a supervised, hands-on public health experience within a public health practice setting, alongside one of our community partners in the form of an internship or a project.

Towards the end of their program, students engage in an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) which is the culminating project for the MPH and gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills from their program to a real-world public health research or practice challenge.

Whether it’s designing new initiatives to support maternal health, evaluating a program that addresses opioid addiction, or developing resources to help communities recover from a natural disaster, MPH students get hands-on experience that prepares them for their career in public health.

     What Can You Do With an MPH Degree?

There are many career options for those with an MPH degree, including positions in public service (local, city and state government), non-governmental organizations (local and international), and healthcare settings.

A Master’s of Public Health degree can prepare students for unique career paths, including:

  • Clinical Researcher

  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

  • Epidemiologist

  • Health Educator

  • Health Services Manager

  • Infection Prevention Associate

  • Policy Analyst

  • Program Manager

  • Public Health Advisor

  • Research Associate

  • Urban Planner

The coronavirus pandemic has created a new appreciation for the critical role of public health professionals and public health infrastructure. The future of public health includes increasing opportunities for a successful and meaningful public health career.

Navigating the politics of public health: Garrett Devenney, MPH '18

Garrett Devenney once planned to be a physician, but he changed his priorities after realizing that "crafting culturally-relevant policy can be truly transformational for community health.” Devenney was one of a select group of Dornsife students awarded the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, giving him the opportunity to work with leaders in public health policy from all over the nation.

Today he is working as a Health Legislative Aide to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, splitting time between Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC.

Expand your opportunities in Public Health

NO GRE Required.