Economics and Public Health

Major: Economics and Public Health
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.0603
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-2041; 19-4061

About the Program

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health and well-being of populations of people. Critical to that well-being are many factors, including a clean environment, public safety, a healthy diet, adequate housing, and access to health care. Economics is the study of how people organize themselves to produce the goods and services they desire, including those necessary for a healthy life. Through the study of both economics and public health, students in this major gain a unique understanding of the factors underlying our health and well-being. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, drawing from the physical sciences, economics, and the four areas of public health: epidemiology, community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, and health management and policy.

The Economics faculty have created a curriculum that connects economics directly to the needs of society. Their expertise spans a variety of areas, including health economics, non-profits, and the methods of causal analysis that underpin sound public policy. Faculty in the Dornsife School of Public Health have integrated human rights and social justice into the curriculum and are dedicated to community impact through civic engagement. Students in this major thus have access to a broad set of faculty engaged in health and health policy.

Upon completion of the major, students will be prepared to enter the workforce with employers such as health services organizations, health insurers, non-profits, and governments. They will also be well equipped for graduate study in public health, health sciences, public policy, economics, or other social sciences.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
University Requirements
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
Common Competency Requirements
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
or COM 270 Business Communication
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Select of the the following math sequences8.0
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
and Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
Physical Sciences
Select one of the following biology sequences *8.0
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
and Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Cells and Biomolecules
Cells and Biomolecules Lab
Genetics and Evolution
Genetics and Evolution Lab
Select one of the following chemistry sequences8.0
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Public Health Core Requirements
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 302Introduction to the History of Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
PBHL 308The U.S. Public Health System3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
Economics Core Requirements
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ECON 301Microeconomics4.0
ECON 350 [WI] Applied Econometrics4.0
ECON 361Health Economics4.0
ECON 370Experiments and Causality in Economics4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Interdisciplinary Public Health Requirements
Select one course from each public health Department – CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP12.0
Select 6 additional public health credits6.0
Public Health Capstone Experience
PBHL 498Capstone Experience II3.0
PBHL 499Capstone Experience III3.0
Economics Electives
ECON 203 [WI] Survey of Economic Policy4.0
Select 16 credits from the courses below16.0
Game Theory and Applications
Economics of Small Business
Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems
Economics Seminar
Economic Ideas
Managerial Economics
International Macroeconomics
Public Finance
Labor Economics
Industrial Organization
Economic Development
Mathematical Economics
Resource and Environmental Economics
Money and Banking
Time Series Econometrics
Behavioral Economics
Topics in Behavioral Economics
Special Topics in ECON
Multinational Corporations
International Trade
International Money and Finance
Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business
Seminar in International Business
Sport Economics
Free Electives41.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 Year, 3 COOP

First Year
CIVC 1011.0ECON 2024.0COOP 101**1.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 102 or 1224.0MATH 239 or 1234.0 
MATH 101 or 1214.0Economics Elective*4.0PSY 1013.0 
PBHL 1013.0 Economics Elective***4.0 
UNIV B1011.0   
 16 15 15 0
Second Year
SOC 1013.0ECON 3614.0  
PBHL 3013.0STAT 2014.0  
BIO Course4.0BIO Course4.0  
 14 15 0 0
Third Year
PBHL 3023.0PBHL 3033.0  
ECON Elective4.0ECON Elective4.0  
CHEM Course4.0CHEM Course4.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
CHP Elective3.0EOH Elective3.0  
ECON Elective4.0ECON Elective4.0  
Free Elective4.0Free Elective4.0  
 14 14 0 0
Fifth Year
PBHL 3143.0PBHL 4983.0PBHL 4993.0 
UNIV B2011.0HMP Elective3.0PBHL Electives6.0 
EPI Elective3.0Free Electives10.0Free Electives7.0 
Free Electives8.0   
 15 16 16 
Total Credits 180

4 Year, One COOP

First Year
CIVC 1011.0ECON 2024.0COOP 101**1.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 1013.0MATH 102 or 1224.0MATH 239 or 1234.0 
MATH 1014.0Economics Elective*4.0PSY 1013.0 
PBHL 1013.0 Economics Elective***4.0 
UNIV B1011.0   
 16 15 15 0
Second Year
ECON 3014.0COM 230 or 2703.0ECON 3504.0ECON Electives8.0
SOC 1013.0ECON 3614.0PBHL 3023.0Free Electives8.0
PBHL 3013.0STAT 2014.0ECON Elective4.0 
BIO Course4.0BIO Course4.0CHEM Course4.0 
 14 15 15 16
Third Year
ECON Elective4.0PBHL 3043.0  
Free Elective4.0CHP Elective3.0  
CHEM Course4.0ECON Elective4.0  
 15 14 0 0
Fourth Year
PBHL 3083.0PBHL 4983.0PBHL 4993.0 
PBHL 3143.0EPI Elective3.0PBHL Electives6.0 
UNIV B2011.0HMP Elective3.0Free Electives7.0 
Free Elective3.0Free Electives7.0  
EOH Elective3.0   
 13 16 16 
Total Credits 180
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