Executive Master of Public Health

Major: Public Health
Degree Awarded: Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 56.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Masters of Public Health (EMPH) 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 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 Friday and Saturday, three times within a ten-week quarter 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. The EMPH program is designed as a generalist degree, however students have the opportunity to complete both self-directed elective courses and an integrated learning experience where they can gain practical pubic heath experience during the second year.

EMPH students are provided with mentoring and advising opportunities both by full-time School of Public Health faculty and public health practitioners.

Competencies

  • Promote health equity in accordance with the principles of social, distributive & deliberative justice.
  • Develop knowledge and skills needed for public health and health sector leadership focused on planning, organization, and diversity.
  • Analyze an urban health problem and design an intervention that promotes public health in a variety of settings.
  • Build professional public health practice abilities by enhancing organizational and management skills targeting population health improvement.
  • Translate public health science into public policy and action.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Jamel Long MS.Ed
Director of Academic Affairs & Program Manager for Executive MPH
jl884@drexel.edu

Jen Kolker, MPH
Executive MPH Program Director
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
jak682@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 2 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

GRE Waivers

The Dornsife School of Public Health offers a GRE waiver for applicants that meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Prior master's, first professional or terminal degree
    The applicant possesses a master's, first professional or other terminal degree (MD, PhD, DO, JD, etc.) from an accredited college or university.
  2. Demonstrated quantitative aptitude
    The applicant has obtained a B or better in undergraduate or graduate courses in one of the following: Pre-calculus, Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, or an equivalent such as completion of the School of Public Health’s Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  3. Professional and educational experiences demonstrating quantitative skills and aptitude.
    Eligibility of the waiver under options 1 or 2 will be verified upon receipt of the applicant’s official transcripts. Applicants interested in waving the GRE requirement under option 3 should submit a brief statement of request along with their resume/CV to sphadmissions@drexel.edu for consideration. Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks if the GRE waiver has been granted.

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 56.0 credits. All degree requirements must be completed within seven 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
BST 520Principles of Biostatistics4.0
CHP 520Community Health and Prevention I: Community Engagement & Assessment 4.0
CHP 521Community Health and Prevention II: Program Planning and Evaluation4.0
CHP 590Public Health History and Ethics2.0
EOH 550Introduction to Urban Health3.0
EOH 640Environmental and Occupational Health 4.0
EPI 530Principles of Epidemiology4.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
HMP 640Healthcare and Public Health Administration 4.0
HMP 660Public Policy and Advocacy4.0
PBHL 570Integrated Public Health Case Analysis4.0
PBHL 580Public Health Practice (EMPH)1.0
PBHL 667Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program I2.0
PBHL 668Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program II2.0
Public Health Electives9.0
Total Credits56.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CHP 520Community Health and Prevention I: Community Engagement & Assessment 4.0
EPI 530Principles of Epidemiology4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 2
BST 520Principles of Biostatistics4.0
CHP 521Community Health and Prevention II: Program Planning and Evaluation4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 3
EOH 640Environmental and Occupational Health 4.0
HMP 640Healthcare and Public Health Administration 4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 4
CHP 590Public Health History and Ethics2.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
HMP 660Public Policy and Advocacy4.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 5
EOH 550Introduction to Urban Health3.0
PBHL 667Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program I2.0
Public Health Elective3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 6
HMP 556Public Health Leadership3.0
PBHL 668Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program II2.0
Public Health Elective3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Term 7
PBHL 570Integrated Public Health Case Analysis4.0
PBHL 580Public Health Practice (EMPH)1.0
Public Health Elective3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Total Credit: 56.0
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