Public Health

Major: Public Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 64.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111; 21-1091; 21-1094

About the Program

The Master of Public Health program is intended for individuals interested in careers as community educators; population health planners; policy analysts, evaluators, researchers; and managers of health service delivery organizations and systems, managed-care programs, and other population-based organizations.

The program is interdisciplinary and requires students to complete a community-based master's project. It prepares students to enter an array of fields related to public health or a range of doctoral programs.

Drexel University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides practical skills and experience, with a unique focus on relevant community issues, challenges, and priorities.

The 64.0 quarter-credit program is interdisciplinary and requires students to complete a comprehensive, community-based master’s project. The program prepares students to enter an array of fields related to public health or a range of doctoral programs.

Program Highlights

The first year of the program covers the five core disciplines offered within the context of culture and community. These include environmental and occupational health; health care systems organization, management, and policy; social and behavioral sciences for population health; epidemiology; biostatistics. During the second year of the program, students select one of five following concentrations from the school’s four academic departments:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Community Health and Prevention
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Management and Policy

Throughout the program, group case discussion sessions, case-related activities and didactic sessions are integrated into the experience. These include:

  • Skill development labs and workshops (year two);
  • Public health grand rounds (for all faculty, students, and community partners) provide access to scholars and their cutting-edge research and initiatives in public health.

Curriculum

The MPH full-time educational program is structured on a quarter-term basis, with a total 64.0 credit hours required. This is generally taken as a two-year program; all coursework must be completed within seven years of the date of matriculation for the full-time program.

The second-year curriculum is composed of four courses in the chosen area of concentration (Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Community Health and Prevention; Environmental and Occupational Health; Health Management and Policy), three elective courses, and the Community-Based Master’s Project (CBMP), the culminating experience required of full-time Dornsife MPH students.

Students spend approximately 12 hours each week working on a community-oriented, health-related project, often working as an integral part of a community-based organization. This can be in the areas of government, healthcare and social services, among others. In preparation for developing their final paper, students are required to identify an issue or problem of significance to the target community or agency, synthesize the literature, develop an approach or methodology to address the issue, and either implement and test the validity of a proposed approach or set out a detailed prescription for addressing the problem. Students may also work with faculty in specific research areas.

Joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health Degree (MD/MPH)

Students wishing to complete a course of study earning the joint MD/MPH degree can complete such a program in 5 years. They must apply for the joint program and be accepted by both the Drexel University School of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Students in this program have enriched public health content in their first two years of medical school and spend their third year of study full time in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Students are able to enter clinical rotations and residency selection having obtained the MPH degree.

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, contact:

Stephanie Johnson
snj22@drexel.edu
267.359.6065

Admission Requirements

The Dornsife School of Public Health 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 that is representative of the nation's population. We strive to recruit and to admit applicants from underrepresented minority groups who can contribute to the richness of our student population and to that of the nation's public health professionals.

Admissions Process

  • The Admissions Committee carefully reviews applications and gives personal essays and letters of recommendation particular attention.
  • The selection process weighs prior academic and personal accomplishments, emphasizing demonstrated leadership.
  • Diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, commitment to public heath, and working with individuals are highly valued.
  • Prior work experience in a field related to public health is highly recommended.

Applicants should have:

  • Satisfactorily completed an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country
  • A course in Statistics is highly recommended
  • Six undergraduate or graduate credits in the social or behavioral sciences and three in the biological sciences are preferred, but not required
  • Satisfactory results from one of the following taken within the past five years (the GRE or GMAT is preferred):
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English

Please note: Drexel University's School code for submitting GRE scores is 2194.

The Application Process also requires:

  • Completion of the Schools of Public Health Common Application.
  • A personal essay describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to you, and how it will use your strengths and commitment
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV

Applicants to the joint MD/MPH program must be accepted to both the Drexel College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Degree Requirements

The full-time educational program is structured on a quarter term basis, with a total credit hour requirement of 64.0 quarter credit hours. This is generally taken as a two-year program; all course work must be completed within four years of the date of matriculation for the full-time program.

Required core courses25.0
Introduction to Public Health
Principles of Biostatistics
Principles of Epidemiology
Prevention Principles and Practices
Management, Leadership, Assurance and Health Services
Environmental Health
Public Policy and Advocacy
Required community-based Master's project courses12.0
Community Based Master's Project I
Community Based Master's Project II
Community Based Master's Project III
Required Courses by Concentration12.0
Near the end of their first year, students select a concentration area and complete four courses for a total of 12.0 credits.
Biostatistics
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Intermediate Biostatistics II
Statistical Inference I
Intermediate Epidemiology
Community Health and Prevention
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Theory and Practice of Community Health and Prevention
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Outcomes Assessment of Community Health and Prevention
Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Environmental and Occupational Policy
Epidemiology
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Intermediate Epidemiology
Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology
Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
Health Management and Policy
Students in this concentration must choose two courses from each of the following two categories of courses:
Macro Theory and Practice
Issues in United States Health Policy
Race, Ethnicity and Health
Legal Aspects of Public Health
Micro Theory and Practice
Management of Healthcare Outcomes
Advanced Healthcare Financial Management
Change Management in Public Health
Electives15.0
Students are required to successfully complete five electives (15.0 credits). These courses may be within the School of Public Health, or from other academic units within the University. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor in selecting their electives. It is the responsibility of the student to determine course restrictions and the registration process for campus electives taken at the Main Campus. The following is a sample of some of the School of Public Health electives offered by department:
Biostatistics Electives
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Survival Data Analysis
Design & Analysis of Clinical Trials
Data Management
Statistical Inference II
Advanced Statistical Computing
Community Health and Prevention Electives
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Health Policy Development and Analysis
Environmental and Occupational Health Electives
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Exposure Assessment
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Occupational and Environmental Cancers
Occupational and Environmental Diseases
Epidemiology Electives
Autism as a Public Health Challenge
Epidemiology of Cancer
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Perinatal Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention
Making Sense of Data
Pharmacoepidemiology
Health Management and Policy Electives
Grant Writing for the Arts and Humanities
Public Health Practice
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Vaccines and Public Health Policy
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Public Health Leadership
Health and Human Rights
Economic Evaluation Methods for Community Health and Prevention
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Health Economics I
The Politics of Food & Gender
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Total Credits64.0

School of Public Health Faculty

Amy Auchincloss, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Associate Professor. 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) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Research Professor. Modeling time-to-event data with single and multiple outcomes, mixed effect models and regression diagnostics.
Sandra Bloom, MD (Temple University School of Medicine) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Professor. Psychological trauma and organizational stress.
Jennifer Breaux, DrPh, MPH, CHES (Drexel School of Public Health). Assistant Teaching Professor. Maternal and child health, community health, human rights.
Darryl Brown, PhD (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Director, Doctor of Public Health Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. Health care research and planning; patient outcomes and applied health economic methods.
Igor Burstyn, PhD (Utrecht University) Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Professor. Occupational and environmental epidemiology, industrial hygiene, endocrine dysruptors, environmental exposures, biomarkers, air quality, gene-environmental interaction, maternal and child health.
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH (University of California at Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. 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. Associate Research Professor. 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. Nutrition; housing and health; chronic diseases; human rights; community health; ethnography and participatory research; complementary and alternative medicine.
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP (Drexel University College of Medicine). Assistant Professor. 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. Environmental and occupational epidemiology; exposure assessment; pesticides; persistent organic pollutants; air pollution; noise; urban ecosystems; autoimmune disease; immune function; endocrine disruption.
Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Johns Hopkins University) Dean, Dornsife School of Public Health. Distinguished Professor. Social determinants of health; race and ethnic disparities; psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease; air pollution epidemiology; health in Latin America.
Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL (University of North Carolina) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Healthcare for underserved communities, health education and coalition building, health and disability policy, oral health, faith and health.
Alison A. Evans, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Epidemiology studies of hepatitis B infection and its complications; prevention of liver cancer in East Asian populations in the Delaware Valley.
Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD (Yale University; The 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 (Boston University; Columbia University School of Law; Harvard University School of Public Health) Joint Appointment between Dornsife School of Public Health and Earle Mack School of Law. Professor. 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, School of Philosophy) Department of Community Health and Prevention; Vice Provost for Strategic Development & Initiatives. Professor. Higher education strategy planning, faculty development and equity, bioethics.
Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD (Mount Sinai School Medicine City University of New York) Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Professor. Environmental and occupational health, agricultural safety and health, pneumoconiosis, occupational toxicology, environmental pollution.
Dennis Gallagher, MA, MPA (University of Notre Dame; University of Pittsburgh) Director of Health Policy. Associate Teaching Professor. Health department structure and financing; health policy and law; Medicare/Medicaid; public health infrastructure.
Marla Gold, MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School) Dean Emerita. Professor. 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) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Statistics, experimental design/research methods and statistical analysis, clinical trials.
Ghassan Hamra, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Assistant Professor. Environmental and occupational epidemiology; Bayesian statistics; exposure assessment.
William J. Hickey, PhD (Northwestern University) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Teaching Professor. Organization behavior, health care administration.
Mary E. Hovinga, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Cancer; infectious diseases; cognitive disabilities; epidemiology; DDT; lead poisoning; neurological disorders; PCBs; environmental and built environment.
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Professor. HIV/AIDS; food safety; excess burden intervention; GIS-based and spatial analysis.
Jennifer Kolker, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean for Public Health Practice. Associate Professor. 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.
Brent Langellier, PhD, MA (University of California). Assistant Professor. Health and health care disparities; Latino health; quantitative methods.
Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD (University of Maryland) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Professor. HIV/AIDS; overdose prevention; prescription drug misuse; medical marijuana; injection drug use; high risk youth; homeless
Felice Le-Scherban, PhD, MPH (University of California, Berkely; University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. 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) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Exposure assessment; environmental determinants and epidemiology of autism spectrum disorders; perinatal epidemiology; child and material health; gene-environmental interaction.
Nora L. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Research Professor. Perinatal epidemiology; environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders; maternal and child health; marcosomia; racial and ethnic health disparities; second-hand smoke; preterm birth.
Longjian Liu, MD, PhD, MSC, FAHA (Shanxi Medical University; The University of Hong Kong) Interim Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Professor. Longitudinal data analysis; cancer; nutrition and diet; international health in cardiovascular disease epidemiology; Asian health; health disparities; statistics; cognitive disabilities; diabetes; molecular epidemiology; aging; asthma.
Raymond K. Lum, MPhil, MS (University of Pennsylvania) Director of E-Learning. Associate Teaching Professor. Asian health; change management; e-health; health disparities; innovation diffusion; organization learning theory.
Shannon Marquez, MEng, PhD (University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health) Director of Global Public Health Initiatives. Associate Professor. Agricultural safety; health disparities, environmental health; international health.
Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain). Associate Professor. HIV prevention; tobacco control; obesity prevention; access to health services.
Philip Massey, PhD, MPH (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Health communication and its role in health promotion and education, both domestically and globally; the application of behavioral economics to the field of health communication; leveraging new technologies for interactive health messaging.
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 struck.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Associate Professor. 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) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor. Epidemiological methods; research design and methods including observational and clinical trials research; psychosocial aspects of health; epidemiology of aging; depression and chronic pain; sub-threshold and minor depression; pain in the elderly.
Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute; Interim Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Environmental determinants of autism spectrum disorders; gene-environment interaction; neurological disorders.
Alex Ortega, PhD (University of Michigan) Chair, 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. Conflicts of interest in medicine; pharmaceutical and medical device policy; physician behavior; health economics; empirical ethics.
Marcia Polansky, MS, ScD, MSW (Harvard University) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Biostatistics; experimental design/research methods and statistical analysis, clinical trials; asthma epidemiology and interventions; attachment theory and mothers with drug and alcohol addictions.
Jonathan Purtle, DRPH, MPH, MSC (Drexel University). Associate Professor. 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) Interim Dean, Dornsife School of Public Health; Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy. Professor. Inner-city health problems, urban violence, male health and racial disparities.
Lucy Robinson, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Professor. Statistics; statistical analysis; spatial statistics/epidemiology; application of statistics to behavioral, biological and medical sciences; environmental health; neurological disorders.
John Rossi, VMD, M.Bioethics (University of Pennsylvania) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Assistant Professor. Bioethics and public health ethics, including moral theory, research ethics, ethics of risk & health communication, pediatric ethics, animal ethics.
Randall L. Sell, ScD (Harvard University) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Demographic variables, defining and measuring sexual orientations, sampling sexual minorities for public health research.
David Barton Smith, PhD (The University of Michigan School of Public Health) Department of Health Management and Policy. Research Professor. Racial disparities in healthcare, long term care policy, health services research and program evaluation.
Thersa Sweet, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Epidemiologic studies involving HIV risk in sexual minorities.
Loni Philip Tabb, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Assistant Professor. Methods for categorical, missing and hierarchical data, spatial epidemiology/statistics.
Jennifer A. Taylor, PhD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Professor. Injury prevention and control, quality improvement, and occupational safety.
Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH (Johns Hopkins University) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Medical Home; children and youth with special health care needs; care coordination; cultural competency and access to care.
Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) Department of Health Management and Policy. Assistant Professor. Community-based approaches to eliminating health disparities, health care access and utilization among insured and uninsured minority groups, obesity, women's health and the influence of culture on health behaviors particularly for chronic conditions.
Augusta M. Villanueva, PhD (University of Texas at Austin) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Role of race, culture, and ethnicity on health status/outcomes; community-based participatory research; immigrant communities; academic service-learning.
Seth Welles, PhD, ScD (Boston University) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor. 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, and 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.
Yunwen Yang, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Professor. Statistics; bayesian methods; application of statistics to behavioral, biological and medical sciences; mixed methods.
Michael Yudell, MPH, MPhil, PhD (Columbia University, City University of New York) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; and addiction.
Issa Zakeri, PhD (University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Professor. Biostatistics.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
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).
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