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). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Interdepartmental Faculty

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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