Learn to fight for health as a human right – locally and globally – with Drexel Dornsife’s online Master’s in Public Health (MPH) programs. Taught by Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, which was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #1 in the Philadelphia region and in the top 15% in the nation.
Drexel’s online MPH is designed for experienced professionals and recent graduates alike. The program focuses on health and human rights, urban health, global health, executive training, and translating policy into practice. You will learn to confront urgent public health and global health challenges with innovative solutions grounded in the latest evidence and community-based partnerships. Boasting a cutting-edge curriculum and expert Drexel faculty, Drexel’s online MPH provides both classroom instruction and field-based practice to give you the skills to excel in whatever aspect of public health interests you.
As a graduate of Drexel’s online MPH, you will be able to think locally and globally about current and emerging public health issues and recognize that diseases know no borders and that public health requires an understanding of social, political, environmental, and biological determinants of health. With classes in health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, human rights, monitoring and evaluation, and health behavior, you will have the unique opportunity to focus on your area of interest. The Drexel online and hybrid MPH programs are flexible and individualized programs that prepare you for your future career in a dynamic and growing field.
Master's in Public Health Online Program Features
Four MPH programs: Epidemiology MPH, Executive MPH, Global Health MPH, or Urban Health MPH
Flexible plan of study that allows you to customize your education to your career goals
Taught by highly respected and global health-focused faculty from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, which was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #1 in the Philadelphia region and in the top 15% in the nation
Opportunities to add secondary focus areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, and LGBT Health
Drexel is the first institution in Philadelphia to be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
No GRE required
Ability to transfer in credits from Drexel’s online public health certificates
Choose Your Plan of Study
12 Months This plan allows you to complete the program in the shortest amount of time. It’s recommended that you not work while pursuing this plan. Expect to spend: 60-80 hours of coursework each week
This option begins in the summer term. When applying, please make sure to select the 12 month option and summer term option under the term you plan to enroll question.
18 Months This plan allows you to complete the program by March of your second year. You may be eligible for a research assistantship. You will also have the time to do an internship over the summer should you choose. Expect to spend: 40-60 hours of coursework each week
21 Months This plan allows you to complete the program in less than 2 years, but still work if you choose. You may be eligible for a research assistantship. You will have the time to do an internship over the summer should you choose. Expect to spend: 30-50 hours of coursework each week
33 Months This plan allows you to finish the program in less than 3 years while still working full-time. You may be eligible for a Research Assistantship. You will also have time to do an internship over the summer if you so choose. Expect to spend: 18-20 hours a week.
Flexible Plan of Study We understand that sometimes you need to go at your own pace. Working closely with your program manager, you can create a customized plan of study that works best for you. On the application, please select the 33-month option. Then set up time to meet with your program manager prior to registering for your first class to discuss your options further.
What is a Master's in Public Health Program?
A Master’s in Public Health is a graduate degree for those interested in tackling pressing public health issues, including analyzing the distribution of diseases, their causes, and how to design and evaluate interventions to improve population health. MPH programs typically incorporate learning outcomes that lead to in-depth knowledge and practical skills in areas such as epidemiology, community and global health, health education, and data analysis. Drexel Dornsife’s MPH program is a perfect fit for working professionals with experience in public health, recent graduates, and ambitious career-changers seeking new challenges and career advancement.
MPH Program Options
Drexel Dornsife provides several online and hybrid options when pursing your Master’s in Public Health degree.
Are the Online MPH Programs Asynchronous? Online MPH classes are conducted asynchronously, which means you are not required to be online at a specific time for course instruction. However, many of our classes include group work. In these instances, you will be asked to find time to meet online with other students to complete the small group projects.
Is a Career in Public Health Right for Me?
Whether you’re looking to advance within your current role in the public health sector or aspire to change careers to a field with exciting demand and a tangible feeling of making an impact in your community, both near and far, public health might be right for you. Learn more about the public health industry.
What Can You Do with a Master's in Public Health?
Motivated public health professionals will always be in-demand. In fact, there has been an ongoing shortage of public health professionals globally.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2020 and 2030, increases are expected in jobs related to public health professionals in the following positions (the average growth rate for all occupations is 7%):
Health Educators and Community Health Workers 17% increase in jobs (21,100 new jobs)
Medical and Health Services Managers 32% increase in jobs (139,600 new jobs)
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 12% increase in jobs (156,700 new jobs)
What Types of Jobs Can You Get with a Master's in Public Health Degree?
MPH graduates are in demand in a wide range of fields, including local, urban, and global public health organizations. Learn more about public health jobs.
How Much Salary Can You Make with a Master's in Public Health Degree?
While salary estimates vary for Master’s-educated professionals in the public health industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most updated figures range from $34,000 to $90,900. Learn more about public health salaries.
Can I transfer credits into Drexel’s MPH programs?
If you're considering transferring to Drexel’s online MPH programs, you may be eligible to transfer up to 15 graduate-level quarter credits. Learn more about Drexel Dornsife’s transfer requirements and guidelines.
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