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.
For more information, about this program, contact:
Director of Enrollment
William Hickey, PhD
Executive MPH Program Director
For more information on the Executive MPH at the Drexel University Sacramento campus, please contact:
Marcella Gonsalves, MPH
Director, Sacramento Executive MPH Program
Or visit the School of Public Health's Executive Master of Public Health Degree page.
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.
- 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 U.S. 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 (for example, 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.
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.
The sequential blocks of courses are as follows:
Introduction to Public Health
Introduction to Public Health introduces the mission, roles, issues, and context of public
health, community health, and health systems. Topics include the history and mission of
public health as well as a comprehensive exploration of the definition of public health
including the essential services and core functions of public health. In addition, the
relationships between public health, social justice, and human rights are examined.
Block I introduces and explores the five disciplines of public health: Epidemiology and
Biostatistics, Community Health and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational
Health, and Health Management and Policy.
Introduces and applies the biostatistics tools and analytical base required for
population-based and community health assessment and evaluation. The focus is on
providing a broad and basic understanding of biostatistics, with more advanced
methods included as appropriate.
Introduces and applies the principles of epidemiology and study design needed to
support population-based and community-health assessment and evaluation. Basic
and more advanced methods are covered as appropriate, with applications to public
health and community contexts.
Behavioral Assessment is an interdisciplinary block that focuses on how individuals and
groups approach issues of health behavior, health communication, and health
promotion. The goal is to acquire basic knowledge of social and behavioral science
theories, models, and research methods. Developmental theories and concepts are
also introduced as an important component to understanding and analyzing behavior
change models and program design. The concept of social determinants of health and
the human rights framework will be introduced to analyze and develop public health
interventions and policies.
Examines concepts and theories regarding planned change, including models of
community organization for health promotion. Presents critical appraisal of community-wide
health communication campaigns.
Health Management and Leadership
Explores critical elements of the assurance role of public health, beginning from the
premise that effectiveness of program delivery and of the assurance role itself requires
an understanding of organizations, leadership, and change in economic, strategic &
systemic context. Applies management concepts and theories through an integrated
model of the management process. In the latter portion of the block it extends, applies,
and integrates previously developed concepts and theories with those of strategy,
planning, accounting, financial management, and information systems
Program Planning and Evaluation
The block content is built on the premise that the health-assurance role of public health
begins with program planning, development, implementation and evidence-based practice. Examines concepts and theories underlying program planning, development, and evaluation. Emphasizes program application in context of specific problems and community context.
Public Health Independent Study
Allows students to develop in-depth knowledge of concepts and theories, and competencies in an area of public health that is of special interest to the student through preparation of a major paper under the guidance of a faculty member.
Environmental and Occupational Health
Introduces concepts, theories, and programmatic applications within the fields of
environmental and occupational health.
Health Policy and Advocacy
Introduces the fundamentals of public health law and the concepts and theories of health policy development, adoption, and evaluation. Also introduces the advocacy process and its importance to development of sound public health policy. Emphasizes systemic integration and the integration of the assessment, assurance and policy development roles of public health in problem, population, and political context.
Capstone: Integrated Public Health Case Analysis
This course has been designed to fulfill the requirement that all Master of Public Health degree candidates have the opportunity, as described by the Council on Education for Public Health, “to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. This is accomplished through student engagement with multidisciplinary cases, including the preparation of an original case.
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.
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.
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.).
Nancy Epstein, MPH (University of North Carolina) Department of Community Health and Prevention
. Associate Teaching Professor. Healthcare for underserved communities, health education and coalition building, health and disability policy, oral health, faith and health.
Alison A. Evans, Sc D (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) Joint Appointment between Drexel 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 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)
. 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) Director of Global Public Health Initiatives, Interim Associate Dean
. Associate Professor. Agricultural safety, health disparities, environmental health, international health.
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) Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
. 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) Interim Dean, 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.
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.