Health Policy and Social Justice

Major: Health Policy and Social Justice
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 60.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9111

Note: The next DrPH cohort will begin in Fall 2018. The application window will run from August 1, 2017 – January 15, 2018

About the Program

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a doctoral program in Health Policy and Social Justice, leading to the doctor of public health (DrPH) degree. The Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy and Social Justice is designed to prepare students to play strong professional roles in developing and implementing policies that improve public health by focusing on those in the community who are most vulnerable.

The mission of the Dornsife School of Public Health is to promote health and quality of life through graduate education, population-based research, and community service in the prevention and control of disease, and injury and disability and the maintenance of health and quality of life. Effective public health practice is built on a foundation of effective programs and health policy and necessitates long-term partnerships with community, organizations and regulatory bodies.

Inequities based on social group memberships, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class, are well documented in the scientific literature. Equally alarming are disparities in access to health care and health outcomes based on race, ethnicity and other social indicators. Graduates of the DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice will generate new knowledge about social justice and will use this knowledge in the analysis, evaluation and modification of existing policy as well as the design and delivery of new policy affecting public health practice.

The DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice will prepare students to play strong professional roles in developing and implementing policies that improve public health by focusing on those who are most vulnerable. By studying important racial and ethnic, social class and gender differences within the larger social justice framework, students will emerge from the program with a sound theoretical and practical foundation for critical scholarship in health disparities, cultural competency and social justice. Furthermore, they will gain the tools to implement effective policies in both public and private health sectors.

Developing Core Competencies for Understanding and Solving Public Health Problems

The core competencies of the DrPH were developed in response to the proposed core competencies of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. These competencies include the ability to:

  1. Identify health system problems and health policy opportunities
  2. Analyze structural, economic and political forces that affect the health of populations
  3. Evaluate the social justice implications of policy formulation, analysis and implementation
  4. Inform and educate leaders and policy-makers about public health issues and opportunities
  5. Develop policies and plans that support the health of the public
  6. Apply sound health economics principals and methods to health policy analyses
  7. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, outcomes and quality of health services
  8. Research for new insights and innovative approaches to public health policy
  9. Apply social justice and human rights principles when addressing health system and health policy problems and opportunities
  10. Conduct policy and health services research to improve health and health services in diverse populations
  11. Develop public health policies and strategies based upon well-articulated problem statements and an understanding of the values of the communities involved
  12. Use appropriate methods of policy analysis, economic evaluation, measurement and statistical approaches to reach sound and defensible conclusions
  13. Disseminate findings, analyses and effective models to the lay public, leaders and policy makers across disciplines.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact:

Allison H. Keene, MS
Dornsife School of Public Health/DrPH Program
Drexel University
Nesbitt Hall 357
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

Applicants to the DrPH Program in Health Policy and Social Justice must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed MPH degree or other health-related master’s degree program.*
  • Potential for high level of performance in the DrPH Program and subsequent contributions to the field of Public Health Policy.

*Must be completed at least 1-year in advance of Fall enrollment for the DrPH Program.

Students will be admitted on a competitive basis, and those with a demonstrated ability to integrate public health competencies and skills into public health practice will be preferred. The admission portfolio will include:

  • undergraduate and graduate transcript;
  • three letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who can evaluate the applicant’s promise as a graduate student;
  • official Graduate Record Examination scores;
  • documented evidence of applied research or a writing sample;
  • and a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest that aligns with a faculty member in the division of Health Management and Policy.

For international students or applicants who earned a degree outside of the US, an international transcript evaluation is required. For more information regarding international applicant requirements, view the International Students Admissions Information page.

An in-person or telephone interview is required of all finalists.

Additional Information

For more information about Admissions, contact:

Allison H. Keene, MS
Dornsife School of Public Health/DrPH Program
Drexel University
Nesbitt Hall 357
3215 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19104

ah849@drexel.edu
267.359.6032

Forms, details about requirements, and information about application deadlines are all available on the DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice webpage.

Degree Requirements

Completion of the DrPH in Health Policy and Social Justice requires the following:

  • 60 quarter credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree (33 credits of required coursework; 12 credits of elective course; a 3 credit practicum; and 12 credits for the dissertation).
  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3;
  • completion of a practicum experience;
  • passage of the doctoral comprehensive/candidacy examination; and
  • completion of a dissertation that involves applied research, policy analysis, or management analysis.

All coursework is designed to develop the core competencies of health policy and social justice.

Electives

The 12 credits of elective coursework enable doctoral students to expand and enhance skills within specific areas of competency. New courses are developed and added regularly, based on interests of faculty and students. Students are not limited to the electives offered by the DrPH program. Each student is encouraged to choose electives that maximize the fit between the student’s educational objectives and opportunities throughout the University.

Required Courses (Doctoral Core)15.0
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Intermediate Epidemiology
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
Health and Human Rights
Research Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Department Required Courses18.0
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Health Economics I
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Health Services Research
Practicum3.0
Practicum in Health Policy & Social Justice
Dissertation (12 credits minimum)12.0
Dissertation Guidance
Electives 12.0
Total Credits60.0

In consultation with their advisors, students select elective courses appropriate for their educational goals. These courses may be from the Dornsife School of Public Health or may be offered by other schools and colleges at Drexel University.

Dornsife School of Public Health Faculty

Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants of health and the health effects of air pollution; contribution of resources in residential environments to health behaviors, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; the use of spatial analysis methods and agent-based mode
Zekarias Berhane, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Modeling time-to-event data with single and multiple outcomes, mixed effect models and regression diagnostics.
Sandra Bloom, MD (Temple University School of Medicine). Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Psychological trauma and organizational stress.
Jennifer Breaux, DrPh, MPH, CHES (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Maternal and child health, community health, human rights.
Darryl Brown, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health care research and planning; patient outcomes and applied health economic methods.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
James W. Buehler, MD (University of California, San Francisco). Clinical Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Public health preparedness, e-health, health policy, building public health infrastructure and capacity, chronic diseases, behavioral health, data privacy, emergency preparedness and public health practice.
Igor Burstyn, PhD (Utrecht University). Associate Professor. Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. Occupational and environmental epidemiology, industrial hygiene, endocrine disruptors, environmental exposures, biomarkers, air quality, gene-environmental interaction, maternal and child health, Bayesian statistics, statistical modeling, etiology of autism.
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH (University of California at Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. The social and contextual determinants of persistent health disparities and the application of social science and community-based participatory research methods to understanding and eliminating such disparities.
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) Director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication; Director of Joint Degree Programs. Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University College of Medicine; Public health emergency preparedness, infectious diseases, public health practice, global health.
Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH (University of Pennsylvania) Director, Center for Hunger-Free Communities. Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Nutrition, housing and health; chronic diseases; human rights, chronic diseases, community health, human rights and hunger.
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP (Drexel University) Joint Appointment between Dornsife School of Public Health and Drexel University College of Medicine. Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health policy; design of care systems; high risk youth; violence; healthcare services; injury prevention.
Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, drinking water quality, air pollution, urban environments, chemical risk assessment.
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Dean, Dornsife School of Public Health. Distinguished Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Social determinants of health; neighborhoods and health; psychosocial factors; air pollution, cardiovascular disease epidemiology; multilevel and systems methods; urban health and health in Latin America.
Mary Duden, MBA (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health care for the underserved and health disparities.
Jerome Dugan, PhD (Rice University) Primary appointment in Health Economics at the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions. Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Insurance markets and healthcare regulation.
Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Community organizing and community engagement strategies; religion and health; health policy and advocacy; organizational and group dynamics; health promotion; behavioral health; oral health; evaluation of community health programs.
Alison A. Evans, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology of infectious diseases and cancer; cohort studies; minority and immigrant health; chronic viral infections; hepatitis b; eliminantion of viral hepatitis; immunization; perinatal transmission.
Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Clinical Professor. Children's health and environmental exposures; health impacts of climate change; inequities in environmental exposure and disease; risks from transportation of hazardous materials; spatial distribution and clustering of disease.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Columbia University) Joint Appointment in the Drexel University Kline School of Law. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health law and public health; ethical issues in managed care, public policy and legal facets of health care reform and genetic screening.
Janet Fleetwood, PhD (University of Southern California) Vice Provost for Strategic Development & Initiatives. Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Bioethics, Strategic Planning, Social Justice & Equity.
Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD (City University of New York) Chair Emeritus. Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational health, agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, environmental pollution.
Dennis Gallagher, MA, MPA (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health department structure and financing; health policy and law; Medicare/Medicaid and public health infrastructure.
Pamela Geller, PhD (Kent State University). Associate Professor. Stressful life events and physical and mental health outcomes, particularly in the area of women's reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, medical education).
Marla Gold, MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School) Dean Emerita. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Design of HIV/AIDS care systems, treatment protocols, resource utilization, and epidemiology; CQI, managed care and systems of health care, health administration, behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment systems.
Edward J. Gracely, PhD (Temple University) Joint Appointment in Drexel University College of Medicine. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Statistics, experimental design/research methods and statistical analysis, clinical trials.
Ghassan Hamra, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Environmental and occupational epidemiology, Bayesian statistics, exposure assessment.
William J. Hickey, PhD (Northwestern University). Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and policy. Health care administration and organizational culture.
Mary E. Hovinga, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Cancer, cognitive disabilities; PCBs and DDT, lead exposure; neurological disorders, environmental hazards, epidemiologic study design.
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS, food safety, excess burden intervention, GIS-based and spatial analysis.
Jennifer Kolker, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean for Public Health Practice; Director of Executive MPH Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Maternal and child health; federally qualified health center program; urban health issues; health department structure and financing; health policy and law; legislative advocacy; Medicare/Medicaid; preterm birth; public health education and training; public health infrastructure; welfare economics; women's health.
Brent Langellier, PhD, MA (University of California, Los Angelos). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health and health care disparities, Latino health, complex systems, quantitative methods, GIS.
Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS, overdose prevention, prescription drug misuse, medical marijuana, injection drug use, high risk youth, homelessness.
Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Life course approaches to socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health among immigrants; causal links between education and health; analytic methods in social epidemiology.
Brian K. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants and epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders; perinatal epidemiology; child and material health; neuropsychiatric epidemiology, causal inference; machine learning.
Nora L. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Research Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Perinatal epidemiology; preterm birth; infant mortality; autism spectrum disorders; maternal and child health; racial and ethnic health disparities; secondhand smoke; tobacco control; environmental exposures.
Longjian Liu, MD, PhD, MSc, FAHA (The University of Hong Kong). Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Pharmacoepidemiology; cardiovascular disease and diabetes epidemiology; drug-lifestyle interaction; environmental and global health disparities; hospital electronic health records for cardiovascular and diabetes risk assessment and prediction.
Raymond K. Lum, MPhil, MS (University of Pennsylvania) Director of E-Learning. Associate Teaching Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Asian health; change management; e-health; health disparities; innovation diffusion; organization learning theory.
Shannon Marquez, MEng, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Director, Office of Global Health . Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Global health; water sanitation and hygiene; health disparities; environmental health.
Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV prevention; tobacco control; obesity prevention; access to health services; Latino immigrants and other disadvantaged populations; development and evaluation of community-based interventions.
Philip Massey, PhD, MPH (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Health communication, health literacy, mHealth, social media and health, adolescent health, global health, program evaluation, quantitative methods.
Leslie McClure, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor. Design, management and analysis of randomized clinical trials; issues of multiplicity in clinical trials; environmental risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke; geographic and racial disparities in cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Associate Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiology of aging, social epidemiology, women's health, community-based participatory research; health disparities.
Jana M. Mossey, PhD, MPH, MSN (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Epidemiological methods; research design and methods including observational and clinical trials research; psychosocial aspects of health; epidemiology of aging and pain, psychiatric epidemiology including major depression; sub-threshold and minor depression.
Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute; Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders; gene-environment interaction; neurological disorders.
Alex Ortega, PhD (University of Michigan) Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy; Director, Center for Population Health and Community Impact. Professor. Epidemiological methods in health services research; health needs of Latino children and families; health disparities intervention research; youth engagement in community interventions.
Genevieve Pham-Kanter, PhD (University of Chicago). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Conflicts of interest in medicine; pharmaceutical and medical device policy; physician behavior; health economics; empirical ethics.
Jonathan Purtle, DRPH, MPH, MSC (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Mental health policy and services research; policy dissemination and implementation research; traumatic stress in urban areas; trauma-informed system design; violence prevention; political institutions and health.
John A. Rich, MD, MPH (Duke University Medical School) Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health disparities; men's health; violence; urban health issues; primary care.
Lucy Robinson, PhD (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Statistics, modeling and analysis of neuroimaging and CT image data, network modeling, spatio-temporal data, computational statistics, and funcational data analysis.
John Rossi, VMD, MBE (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Bioethics and public health ethics, including moral theory, research ethics, ethics of risk & health communication, pediatric ethics, animal ethics.
Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. HIV/AIDS; sexually transmitted infections; individual, dyadic, and structural determinants of health; technology and health; mixed methods research; community-engagement and participatory research.
Randall L. Sell, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Demographic variables, defining and measuring sexual orientations, sampling sexual minorities for public health research.
Paul Shattuck, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Life Course Outcomes Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Design and evaluation of services for people with disabilities; autism.
David Barton Smith, PhD (University of Michigan). Research Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Healthcare; health disparities; history of public health; managed care.
Suruchi Sood, PhD (University of New Mexico). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Human rights and health; nutrition; poverty; health disparities; innovation diffusion; HIV/AIDS; violence; community-based participatory research; application of statistics to behavioral, biological and medical sciences; adolescent health; maternal and child health; international health; program evaluation; women's health; mixed methods; qualitative methods.
Mark Stehr, PhD (University of California at Berkeley) Assistant Director School of Economics. Associate Professor. Health economics, health behaviors, public finance, public policy.
Thersa Sweet, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Molecular and infectious disease epidemiology, including virology, cancer biology, hospital infection control and prevention; epidemiologic studies involving HIV risk in sexual minorities.
Loni Philip Tabb, PhD (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Methods for categorical, missing and hierarchical data, spatial epidemiology/statistics.
Jennifer A. Taylor, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Injury prevention, patient safety, healthcare quality, organizational culture, occupational safety, data policy and surveillance, first responders, healthcare workforce.
Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Joint appointment in the Drexel University College of Medicine. Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Medical Home; children and youth with special health care needs; care coordination; cultural competency and access to care; maternal and child health policy, teaching, community partners.
Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD (Uniformed Services University). Assistant Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care; nutrition and chronic disease; community-based participatory research, community engagement dissemination and implementation research.
Augusta M. Villanueva, PhD (University of Texas at Austin). Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Role of race, culture, and ethnicity on health status/outcomes; community-based participatory research; immigrant communities; academic service-learning.
Seth Welles, PhD, ScD (Harvard University). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Impact of HIV phenotypic and genotypic antiretroviral drug resistance on HIV disease progression and transmission; psychosocial risk for HIV infection and STDs among sexual minority adults and adolescents; correction of misclassification of sexuality and its impact on HIV/STI risk; surveys of sexual minority adults at community festivals and at health-clinics to assess demographic and psychosocial determinants of sexual risk-taking and HIV/STD infections; LGBT health disparities including excess risk for HIV and STIs, CVD and cancer; early life physical and sexual trauma, violence, mental health conditions and substance abuse.
Michael Yudell, MPH, MPhil, PhD (Columbia University) Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; addiction.
Issa Zakeri, PhD (University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign). Professor. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Biostatistics, functional data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, multivariate analysis, statistical learning.
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