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Public Health Practice

At Drexel, We Offer Public Health Practical Experiences

At Drexel Dornsife we are committed to public health practice, maintaining strong connections with community, government, and health care organizations in the region and across the globe.

In particular, we are dedicated to improving the conditions in which people live right here in the Philadelphia region. This philosophy translates into doing real, collaborative work with external partners that produces tangible results and is integrated into the School's academic, research, and service activities.

Student Practical Experiences

We offer a range of practical learning experiences that advance our students' public health researcher skills during their time at Dornsife.


Applied Practical Experiences

Students in the MPH program complete a 120-hour practicum at an organization of their choice, in addition to monthly service activities, gaining important real-world experience.

Learn more about Applied Practical Experiences


Integrative Learning Experience

MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) throughout their second year. A student's ILE can be an internship or a data analysis project (working closely with their faculty mentor) or a capstone course (working with their course instructor).

Learn more about Integrative Learning Experiences


Global Field Practice Experience

A Global Field Practice Experience offers MPH students the opportunity to apply theory and principles of professional practice in global health and international development, that can potentially culminate in a Integrated Learning Experience project proposal.

Learn more about Global Field Practice Experiences


Full-Time MPH Preceptor Guidelines

Our preceptors come from all sectors of public health, providing exposure to a variety of skills and tasks relevant to students’ future careers.

Download the Preceptor Guidelines (PDF)

Public Health Workforce Development

The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) is part of the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. The Center translates knowledge into practice by creating a bridge between academia and the public health workforce.

CPHP responds to the needs of the public health community through:

  • Training and technical assistance
  • Needs assessments
  • Guidance on accreditation

The CPHP brings Dornsife's resources to practicing public health professionals and engages public health organizations, healthcare organizations, and academia in meaningful and sustained partnerships to address health in cities and improve the health of our communities.

The CPHP is the home of the federally-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center, a collaborative project with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to increase the technical skills of the public health and health care workforce.

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Reflecting on a Title V Maternal and Child Health Internship

Three MPH students share their experiences as a Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Intern and what compels them to this field.

More stories of Dornsife students putting public health into practice