Executive Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) 42.0 semester credits

About the Program

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Masters of Public Health (MPH) program offers a convenient class schedule in which students can earn their degree in 21 months. Whether working in public health, a related health care setting or seeking a career change, the Executive MPH program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools to advance to leadership roles in public health. The program is fast-paced, intensive and demanding, but builds on each individual's former education, work experience and skills. The Executive MPH degree program is offered at Drexel's Philadelphia campus, as well as the University's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento. The Executive MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Executive MPH curriculum combines both on-campus coursework and online modalities. Classes meet on-campus one Friday and one Saturday per month, and utilize web-based technologies to interact with faculty and students during the weeks when not in class. Classes are taught by full-time School of Public Health faculty with active and diverse research interests as well as adjunct faculty with leadership roles as practicing public health professionals.

Like the full-time MPH program, the Executive MPH program covers the major disciplines of public health including community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health management and policy. A significant portion of the curriculum incorporates a problem based learning (PBL) model in which the student becomes a self-directed learner as well as a collaborator in learning with their peers, assisted by the faculty facilitator. The PBL model develops the students' skill sets to design and effectively address the increasingly dynamic and evolving discipline of public health, and prepares each individual to be an effective life-long learner.

Additional Information

For more information, about this program, contact:

Colleen Baillie
Director of Enrollment
MPH Program
cpb32@drexel.edu

William Hickey, PhD
Executive MPH Program Director
wh34@drexel.edu

For more information on the Executive MPH at the Drexel University Sacramento campus, please contact:

Marcella Gonsalves, MPH
Director, Sacramento Executive MPH Program
mdg58@drexel.edu

Or visit the School of Public Health's Executive Master of Public Health Degree page.

Admission Requirements

The 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.

While most of the students in the Executive MPH program are from the Philadelphia area, the format of the program does not limit students from outside of the Philadelphia region from attending.

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.
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional work experience is required.

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):
    o Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    o Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    o Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
    o Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English

The Application Process also requires:

  • Completion of the School's 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
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can assess the applicant's ability to handle a rigorous graduate curriculum (i.e., faculty, supervisor, etc.)
  • Resume or CV.

Forms, details about requirements, and information about application deadlines are all available on the Executive MPH page of Drexel's Graduate Admissions website.

Degree Requirements

The Executive Program is designed for working professionals, whether in public health or considering a career change to public health. The program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools to advance to leadership roles in public health.

The Executive MPH program requires a minimum of 42.0 credits. All degree requirements must be completed within sevem years of the date of matriculation. A minimum of five consecutive academic semesters is required for the degree. Enrollment must be continuous unless academic leaves are granted. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Required Courses
PBHL 520ESBIOSTATISTICS4.0
PBHL 530ESEpidemiology4.0
PBHL 540ESBehavioral Assessment4.0
PBHL 550ESCommunity Based Prevention Practices4.0
PBHL 570ESBlock XI- Integrated Public Health Case Analysis,Integrated Public Health Case Analysis4.0
PBHL 600ESHealth Management and Leadership4.0
PBHL 612ESProgram Planning & Evaluation4.0
PBHL 640ESEnvironmental & Occupational Health4.0
PBHL 650ESHealth Policy & Advocacy 4.0
Master's Project Courses
PBHL 560ESMPH Comm Based MP Part A1.0
PBHL 630ESMPH Comm Based MP Part B1.0
PBHL 635ESMPH Comm Based MP Part C2.0
Elective Courses
Students must take two of the four courses listed below:2.0
Public Health History and Ethics
Practicing Public Health
Special Topics in PH
Research Methods: An Introduction
Total Credits42.0


Students interested in the Executive Public Health program in Sacramento students should visit the Public Health, Executive MPH page on the Center for Graduate Studies, Sacramento web site.

School of Public Health Faculty

Amy Auchincloss, PhD (University of Michigan) Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Assistant 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 (Drexel School of Public Health) Department of Community Health and Prevention; Office of Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Public Health Education. Assistant Teaching Professor. Maternal and child health, community health, human rights.
Darryl R. Brown, PhD (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Department of Health Management and Policy. Assistant Professor. Health care research and planning; patient outcomes and applied health economic methods.
James W. Buehler, MD (University of California, San Francisco) Department of Health Management and Policy. Professor. Public health systems and services research, methods and uses of population health monitoring, health care and public health interactions, public health impact of health information automation.
Igor Burstyn, PhD (Utrecht University) Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Professor. Occupational and environmental epidemiology, industrial hygiene.
Carla Campbell, MD, MS (Kentucky College of Medicine; Mount Sinai School of Medicine) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Professor. Community and environmental medicine, pediatrics, lead poisoning.
Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH (University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Assistant Professor. Social determinants of community-level health disparities, underserved and vulnerable populations, build environment, community-based participatory research, community health assessments, community capacity and social capital, program planning and evaluation, multilevel and longitudinal studies, mixed methods, chronic disease and obesity prevention.
Esther Chernak, MD, MPH, FACP (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) Department of of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Research Professor. Public health emergency preparedness, infectious diseases, public health practice, global health.
Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH (University of Pennsylvania) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Professor. Human rights and health; race, ethnicity and poverty; nutrition and chronic disease; ethnography and participatory research; complementary and alternative medicine.
Curtis E. Cummings, MD, MPH (Jefferson Medical College) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Associate Teaching Professor. Occupational medicine, radiology, chemical and radiation toxicity, Medical Corps, US Navy (Ret.).
Anneclaire De Roos, MPH, PhD (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Environmental and occupational determinants of disease, including cancer, autoimmune disease and other chronic conditions; thyroid and immune function; air pollution, persistent pollutants, pesticides; risk assessment.
Nancy Epstein, MPH, MAHL (University of North Carolina, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Healthcare for under-served 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. Assistant Professor. Epidemiology studies of hepatitis B infection and its complications; prevention of liver cancer in East Asian populations in the Delaware Valley.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Boston University; Columbia University School of Law; Harvard University School of Public Health) Director of JD/Master of Public Health Program. 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 Pittsburgh) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Professor. Health policy, Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIP, health care access for the uninsured, health system transformation.
Marla Gold, MD (University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School) Department of Health Management and Policy. 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.
William J. Hickey, PhD (Northwestern University) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Teaching Professor. Organization behavior, health care administration.
Warren Hilton, MA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Dean for Student and External Affairs. Assistant Teaching Professor. Leadership development, organizational management, health disparities training.
Mary E. Hovinga, PhD, MPH (University of Michigan) Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Surveillance and etiology of mental retardation, environmental epidemiology, and the human health effects of heavy metals, PCBs and DDT.
Ann Klassen, PhD (Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health) Department of Community Health and Prevention, Chair; Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Social and geographical determinants of chronic disease disparities, cancer prevention and control, behavioral science.
Jennifer Kolker, MPH (University of Michigan) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Teaching Professor. Planning and policy development for health and welfare, early childhood education, epidemiological data collection and analysis, disease controls.
Stephen E. Lankenau, PhD (University of Maryland) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Substance misuse, overdose prevention, high-risk youth, and mixed methods.
Brian K. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Professor. Neuroepidemiology, autism, dementia, environmental risk factors, gene-environmental interaction, propensity score methods, machine learning, stress.
Nora L. Lee, PhD (Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Assistant Research Professor. Perinatal epidemiology; low birth weight; preterm birth; macrosomia; maternal and child health; second-hand smoke; environmental exposures; autism spectrum disorders; China.
Longjian Liu, MD, MSC, PhD (University of Hong Kong) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Nutrition, aging, cross-cultural and racial/ethnic variation and health.
Raymond K. Lum, MPhil, MS (University of Pennsylvania) Department of Health Management and Policy. Associate Teaching Professor. Organizational learning theory, change management, systems thinking, innovation diffusion, technology transition, e-health.
Shannon Marquez, MEng, PhD (University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health) Associate Vice Provost for Global Health and International Development, Director of Global Public Health Initiatives. Associate Professor. Agricultural safety, health disparities, environmental health, international health.
Philip M. Massey, PhD, MPH (UCLA Fielding School of Public Health) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Assistant Professor. Health communication, health literacy, global health, adolescent health, and mixed methods.
Yvonne Michael, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Associate Professor. Epidemiology of aging, social epidemiology, women's health, community-based participatory research.
Jana M. Mossey, PhD, MPH, MSN (University of North Carolina) 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) Deparment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Professor. Development of methods for monitoring autism spectrum disorders prevalence; participation in the National CADDRE Study of Autism and Child Development.
Hernando Perez, PhD, MPH, CIH, CSP (Purdue University) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Assistant Teaching Professor. Children's environmental health, housing and health, environmental and occupational exposure assessment.
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.
John A. Rich, MD, MPH (Duke University Medical School) 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.
Alexis M. Roth, PhD (Indiana University) Deparment of Community Health and Prevention. Assistant Professor. 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) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Demographic variables, defining and measuring sexual orientations, sampling sexual minorities for public health research.
Paul Shattuck, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Department of Health Management and Policy; Leader of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's Research Program Area on Life Course Outcomes. Associate Professor. Understanding services and related outcomes among youth with autism spectrum disorders as they leave high school and transition to young adulthood.
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.
Suruchi Sood, PhD (University of New Mexico) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Global health; health communication; program monitoring and evaluation and participatory methods.
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.
Lisa Ulmer, ScD, MSW (Johns Hopkins University) Department of Community Health and Prevention. Professor. Designing and testing preventive interventions in under-served populations, including early childhood interventions, school-based interventions, environmental interventions to prevent youth access to tobacco, and interventions to prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer; prevention science and prevention research methods; analyzing and visualizing big data for decision-making.
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. Machine learning; Statistics; Statistical analysis; Time series analysis; Longitudinal data analysis; Obesity; Mutlivariate analysis.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Alan T. Murray, PhD (University of California at Santa Barbara) Co-Director, Center for Spatia l Analytics and GeoComputation. Professor. Geographic information science; Spatial optimization and public health.
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