Health Management and Policy DrPH

Major: Health Management and Policy
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 69.0 (DrPH)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a doctoral program in Health Management and Policy, leading to the doctor of public health (DrPH) degree. The DrPH in Health Management and Policy equips students with the skills needed to pursue practice-based careers in health management and policy in health care, public health, or related domains in the United States and to become effective leaders at successive levels during the course of their careers.

The program is grounded in the scientific disciplines that provide the evidence base for effective health services, programs, and policies. Coursework will provide a foundation in the social, political, and historical forces that shape health care and public health systems in this country and an understanding of evolving efforts to improve health care access and value, optimize uses of health care data and information, and redefine the interface between health care and public health systems. Through coursework, the practicum experience, and the applied DrPH dissertation project, participants will explore the determinants of health and health disparities, as well as leadership, management, and policy strategies for reducing disparities by improving individual and population health.

Students will benefit from engagement with the Department of Health Management and Policy’s interdisciplinary faculty, the Dornsife School of Public Health’s emphasis on urban health and social justice, and the School’s location in Philadelphia—the 5th largest city in the United States where dynamic networks of academic, government, non-profit, and community-based organizations share a commitment to addressing health problems.

Competencies

  • Explain qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and policy analysis research and evaluation methods to address health issues at multiple (individual, group, organization, community and population) levels
  • Design a qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, policy analysis or evaluation project to address a public health issue
  • Explain the use and limitations of surveillance systems and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs and to address a population’s health
  • Propose strategies for health improvement and elimination of health inequities by organizing stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, community leaders and other partners
  • Communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies
  • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
  • Create a strategic plan
  • Facilitate shared decision making through negotiation and consensus-building methods
  • Create organizational change strategies
  • Propose strategies to promote inclusion and equity within public health programs, policies and systems
  • Assess one’s own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities including cultural proficiency
  • Propose human, fiscal and other resources to achieve a strategic goal
  • Cultivate new resources and revenue streams to achieve a strategic goal
  • Design a system-level intervention to address a public health issue
  • Integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs
  • Integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks and varied stakeholder interests in policy development and analysis
  • Propose interprofessional team approaches to improving public health
  • Assess an audience’s knowledge and learning needs
  • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational or community settings
  • Use best practice modalities in pedagogical practices

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact:

Allison Keene, MS
Program Manager

Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
Nesbitt Hall 332
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
ah849@drexel.edu
267.359.6032

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

Admission Requirements

  • A master's of public health degree (MPH) or a master's degree in a related field*
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience in health-related field (health care or public health), ideally 5 years.
  • A grade point average of 3.2 or better

*Applicants with a master's degree in another field should explain their relevant training, research experience, or educational background comparable to the MPH. DrPH in Health Management and Policy applicants admitted without an MPH may be required to take additional coursework at the graduate level that does not apply toward the credits required for the DrPPH.

Application Requirements

In addition to the SOPHAS required documentation of official US/Canadian transcripts and CV/Resume, please provide the following additional documentation with your application.

  • A written statement of career goals and doctoral program interests including a description of a potential dissertation topic and identification of a potential advisor(s) within the department based on faculty website profiles.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant's promise as a graduate student.
  • Official transcripts from each US and English speaking Canadian college-level institution attended, undergraduate and graduate
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the US and English-speaking Canada (if applicable)
  • Standardized test scores
    • The GRE is not required if the applicant holds an MPH or related masters degree or another terminal doctoral degree in a health-related field. However, applicants who have taken the GRE or other aptitude test within the past five  years may elect to submit their scores. This may be especially helpful for applicants whose academic records do not reflect their current academic potential and accomplishments
  • English proficiency test scores for those applicants who attend post-secondary institutions where the primary language of instruction is not English
    • TOEFL: have ETS send scores to SOPHAS using code 5688
    • IELTS: have scores submitted directly to Drexel University
  • Academic writing sample
  • An in-person or telephone interview is required for all finalists

Degree Requirements

U.S Health Care & Public Health Systems & Social Contexts: Policy and Practice
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
or HMP 550 Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Research, Evaluation & Evidence-Based Methods in Health Care & Public Health
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop (1.5 credits per quarter for two quarters)3.0
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
Health Economics & Finance
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
Leadership & Strategic Management
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
Cognate6.0
Students will fulfill a cognate area of specialized study by taking two Drexel University courses outside the HMP Department
Practical Experience
HMP 850Practical Experience9.0
Professional Development
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable (1.5 credits per quarter for two quarters)3.0
Dissertation (minimum of 9 credits)9.0
DrPH Dissertation Guidance
Total Credits69.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
Fall
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Spring
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
Cognate Elective #13.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Winter
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
Cognate Elective #23.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits10.5
Spring
HMP 850Practical Experience9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Third Year
HMP 998*DrPH Dissertation Guidance9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 69.0
First Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 500Health Management and Policy I3.0
HMP 810Health Services Research3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
HMP 501Health Management and Policy II3.0
HMP 511Legal Aspects of Public Health3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
HMP 512The Business of Healthcare: Advanced Healthcare Financial Management3.0
HMP 514Policy Analysis for Population Health3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 852Health Economics I3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits4.5
Winter
CHP 805Outcomes and Impact Evaluation3.0
HMP 812Qualitative Methods for Health Policy Research and Practice3.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits7.5
Spring
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
HMP 815Cost Benefit Analysis for Health Services3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Third Year (Part-Time)
Fall
HMP 802Health and Human Rights3.0
HMP 814Research and Practice Workshop1.5
 Term Credits4.5
Winter
HMP 515Health Organizational Leadership3.0
Cognate #13.0
HMP 816Professional Development Roundtable1.5
 Term Credits7.5
Spring
HMP 850Practical Experience3.0
Cognate #23.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
HMP 850Practical Experience6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Fourth Year (Part-Time)
HMP 998*DrPH Dissertation Guidance9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 69.0
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