• Online Master's in Public Health Program (MPH)

  • 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 is #19 in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings of the nation’s Best Graduate Schools and #1 in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.

    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. In fact, the American Schools of Public Health (ASPH) estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020.

    Master's in Public Health Online Program Features

    • Two MPH programs: 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 is ranked #19 in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings of the nation’s Best Graduate Schools and # 1 in Philadelphia and the surrounding region
    • 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 (Application Opens Fall 2020)
      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
    • 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.

    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. The American Schools of Public Health (ASPH) estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020, and in recent years, there has been a shortage of public health professionals.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2016 and 2026, 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
      16% increase in jobs (19,200 new jobs)
    • Medical and Health Services Managers
      20% increase in jobs (72,100 new jobs)
    • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
      26% increase in jobs (New jobs data not available)

    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.

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