Public Health Ethics

Enrolling for Fall 2018

Major: Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Master of Science in Public Health Ethics will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, understand and analyze ethical issues in public health; to disseminate new knowledge through the scholarly literature; and to work towards real-world solutions to ethical issues. Students will receive in-depth training in ethical theory and decision-making and the ethical dimensions of public health research, practice and policy. Students will also receive training in public health systems and research methods. The program will prepare students to serve as thought-leaders in the field of public health and for job positions requiring expertise in health ethics. It will also serve as a stepping-stone for students wishing to pursue doctoral-level education in ethics.

Additional Information

For more information about the admissions process, please contact: 

Patience Ajoff-Foster, MS
Program Manager
pna24@drexel.edu
267-359-6036

Admission Requirements

The admissions criteria and process for the MS in Public Health Ethics will be broadly similar to those of the MPH degree and are as follows:

Application review

  • 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.
  • Diversity of background and outside interests, depth of self-appraisal, and commitment to public health are highly valued.
  • Prior coursework in ethics is not required, but will be viewed favorably.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country.

Application Requirements

  • A personal essay describing what you perceive to be pressing public health issues and their ethical dimensions, why a degree in public health ethics appeals to you, and your strengths as a candidate.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • 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: The Dornsife School of Public Health's code for submitting GRE scores is 2194. The SOPHAS GRE school code is 7890.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CHP 510Proseminar in Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 511Theories and Methods in Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 512Cases in Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 513Ethics Journal Club1.0
CHP 516History of Public Health3.0
CHP 607Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 609Introduction to Research Ethics3.0
HMP 550Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic3.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
Master's Thesis
CHP 699Master's Thesis6.0
Electives9.0
Electives might include both courses that are directly ethics-related and also courses that are indirectly related to ethics. A non-exhaustive list of possible ethics-related elective courses is given below.
Dornsife School of Public Health
Principles of Biostatistics
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Intermediate Biostatistics I
Animals and Public Health
Drug Use and Public Health
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
LGBT Health Disparities
Public Health and Disaster Preparedness
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics I
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics II
Intermediate Epidemiology
Evolution of United States Health Policy
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Historical and Contemporary Developments in Social Justice
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Health Systems Policy Analysis
Health and Human Rights
Proseminar in Global Health Ethics
Public Health in Developing Countries
Globalization, Development and Comparative Health Systems
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
Wicked Problems in Health Care
Foundation of Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Trials Mngmt
Current Topics in Clinical Trials
Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System
Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy
Comparative Health Systems
College of Arts and Sciences
Seminar in Communication Ethics
College of Computing and Informatics
Information Ethics
LeBow College of Business
Business Ethics
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CHP 510Proseminar in Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 512Cases in Public Health Ethics1.5
CHP 513Ethics Journal Club0.5
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 2
CHP 512Cases in Public Health Ethics1.5
CHP 513Ethics Journal Club0.5
CHP 516History of Public Health3.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 3
CHP 511Theories and Methods in Public Health Ethics3.0
CHP 607Public Health Ethics3.0
HMP 550Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 4
CHP 609Introduction to Research Ethics3.0
CHP 699Master's Thesis6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

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.
Bridget Sweeney Blakely, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Consultation; positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), response to intervention (Rtl), systems-level change and performance feedback.
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 Teaching Professor. Maternal and child health, Child and maternal 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. Asset mapping, Built environment, Chronic diseases, Community capacity building, Community health, Community health worker/promoters models, Community-based participatory research, Community resilience, Demography, Health disparities, Mixed methods, Neighborhood context, Obesity, School health, Social capital/social cohesion, Social determinants of health, Social epidemiology, Spatial data and analysis, Youth leadership development.
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 Research Professor. Emergency preparedness, infectious disease, public health practice, crisis and emergency risk communication, medicine and public 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. Health Disparities, Faith and Health.
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. Health policy, public health law, health administration and management, public health ethics.
Janet Fleetwood, PhD, MPH (University of Southern California) Vice Provost for Strategic Development & Initiatives. Professor. Philosophy, bioethics, public health ethics, research ethics, social justice, ethical theory.
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.
Ali Groves, PhD, MHS (University of North Carolina; Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Reproductive and Sexual Health, Maternal and Child Health, Global Health, Data Analysis Methods.
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.
Jana A. Hirsch, PhD (University of Michigan). Assistant Research Professor. Health and place or built environment; health disparities; mental and behavioral health; urban health; active aging; age-friendly neighborhoods
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.
Jessie Kemmick Pintor, PhD, MPH (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. Community-based participatory research; Immigrant health; Health disparities; Health services research; Health policy; Maternal & child health; Mixed methods; Immigration policy
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Professor. HIV/AIDS, Food safety, Excess burden intervention, GIS-based and spatial analysis, Mixed methods, Qualitative methods, Social sciences.
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.
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH (Cornell University; Columbia University; Johns Hopkins University). Research Professor. Solutions to obesity and diet-related diseases in black Americans, ‘Culture of health’ approaches in black communities, Assessment of food environments, Environmental influences on lifestyle changes, Targeted marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages, Food and nutrition policy, Evidence-based public health, Nutrition epidemiologic methods, Social determinants of health and health equity, Systems science applications in public 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. HIV/AIDS, Overdose prevention, Prescription drug misuse, Medical marijuana, Injection drug use, High risk youth, Homeless, Qualitative research.
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. HIV prevention, Tobacco control, Obesity prevention, Access to health services.
Philip Massey, PhD, MPH (University of California, Los Angeles). Assistant Professor. Digital Technologies in Public Health, Health Literacy, Health Communication, Global Health, Health Disparities, Health Promotion.
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.
Ryan McKenna, PhD (Stonybrook University). Assistant Professor. Health disparities; Health economics; Health policy; Data analysis and methods; Statistical modeling; Health services research; Mental health and behavioral health
Janell L. Mensinger, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Teaching Professor. Behavioral health promotion strategies, treating obesity, clinical research methods, statistics. Body perception, obesity and eating disorders.
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.
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) Director, M.S. in Public Health Ethics. Assistant Teaching Professor. Public health ethics, research ethics, ethical theory, animal and environmental ethics, risk assessment and communication, public health history.
Alexis Roth, PhD, MPH (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. mHealth, Substance use, Reproductive or sexual health, Community engaged research, Infectious diseases, Health disparities, Urban health, Mixed methods, Women's health, Social determinants of health.
Randall L. Sell, ScD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Health Disparities, Experimental design/research methods, Gender and health, LGBT issues, Program evaluation, Survey methods.
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. 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, Child and maternal 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. Health care for children and youth with special health care needs, Child and maternal health.
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. Poverty, Health care for the underserved, Health Disparities, High risk youth, Urban health issues, Racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, Community-based participatory research, Behavioral health, Community health, Immigrant communities, LGBT issues, Public health infrastructure, Qualitative research.
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, PhD, MPhil (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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