Executive Master of Public Health MPH

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

About the Program

The Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) is designed for working professionals and offers a convenient class schedule in which students can earn their degree in 21 months. Whether working in public health, a related health or social service setting, or seeking a career change, the EMPH 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 EMPH covers the major disciplines of public health, including community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health management and policy, with a focus on public health practice. In addition to required public health core courses, EMPH students take additional required courses in policy, community assessment, urban health, and cohort-specific seminars. Students also choose from a range of electives based on their academic and professional interests. Students work together in the second year in their capstone course and complete an Applied Practice Experience which enables them to integrate real-world experience with classroom learning. 

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

Major Competencies

  • Describe the importance of social capital and natural helpers when designing community-engaged public health strategies
  • Analyze organizational challenges facing public health practice organizations
  • Demonstrate critical, reflective thinking and writing skills that are needed to advance value-based public policies
  • Weigh the roles of policymakers, citizens, and interest groups in shaping public health policy
  • Translate and disseminate public health science for use by public health practitioners and policy makers

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Additional information can be found on the Drexel University Online website, including admissions criteria and how to apply.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis3.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
Major Courses
CHP 671Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness3.0
EOH 550Introduction to Urban Health3.0
HMP 660Public Policy and Advocacy3.0
HMP 667Professional Seminar for the Executive MPH Program *4.5
Applied Practical Experience
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
Integrative Learning Experience
HMP 752EMPH Capstone I2.5
HMP 753EMPH Capstone II2.5
HMP 754EMPH Capstone III2.5
Electives **18.0
Total Credits56.0

HMP 667 is a 1.5-credit course taken 3 times for a total of 4.5-credits.


Students choose from any BST, CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP, or PBHL course from the 500-999 level. Students can take additional 500-level or above electives across the university as long as they meet prerequisite and restriction requirements. Students can contact their faculty mentor to discuss elective options. Students can use elective credits to further focus their academic work by completing a graduate minor.

Sample Plan of Study

Part-time Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EOH 5503.0EPI 5703.0CHP 6713.0BST 5713.0
HMP 6671.5HMP 6671.5HMP 5053.0HMP 6603.0
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0HMP 6671.5PBHL 5000.0
 8.5 8.5 7.5 6
Second Year
HMP 7522.5HMP 7532.5HMP 7542.5 
 8.5 8.5 8.5 
Total Credits 56
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