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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.

As Philadelphia’s #1 School of Public Health, the CEPH-accredited Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health is a global leader in urban health education and research.

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.

Drexel’s signature experiential learning model will prepare you to succeed in a career that’s guaranteed to make an impact in a rapidly changing world.

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

At Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health, you’ll learn in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities. Here 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.

  • Choose to major in Epidemiology, Urban Health, Global Health, Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health, or Health Management and Policy.

  • Explore and engage in cutting-edge urban and global health research with award-winning faculty.

  • Work with a partner in our network of 70-plus corporate, non-profit, and public sector organizations in Philadelphia on a community-based practice experience.

  • Tailor your MPH experience even more with 14 minors.

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 financial needs.

The MPH program is grounded in the Drexel Dornsife’s expertise in urban health, and our graduates use that knowledge to improve health in all types of communities.

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

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90 percent of our Master's students are employed within a year of graduation, and 90 percent receive scholarships.

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

     Admissions to the Dornsife School of Public Health

To be considered for the Drexel Dornsife 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.

No GRE: Applications for the MPH program do not require the GRE.

Applications should include 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 bachelor's 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 address complex population health issues.

After completing foundational coursework, all students complete an Applied Practical Experience — a hands-on practicum 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 MPH program, students engage in an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) — a real-world research or practice challenge that gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from their program.

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?

The varied career options for those with an MPH degree include positions in public service (local, city and state government), non-governmental organizations (local and international), healthcare, and pharmaceutical 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

  • Infectious Disease Specialist

  • Policy Analyst

  • Program Manager

  • Research Associate

  • Urban Planner

The coronavirus pandemic 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 Chief of Staff of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Expand your opportunities in Public Health

NO GRE Required.