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  • Online Master of Public Health in Global Health

    Global Health Focused Online Master’s Degree

    Drexel University has always been a place for industry innovators. The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health’s online global health focused Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program is one such example. Taught by faculty with expertise and experience in global health, you’ll learn about evidence-based approaches to public health, health systems, planning, and management to promote global health, policy in public health, leadership, communication, interprofessional practice, and systems thinking. In addition, you’ll study local, national, and global implications of these practices that you can apply right away in your career.

    MPH: Global Health Online Program Features

    • 56 quarter credits
    • Average completion time is 2-3 years
    • Flexible plan of study that allows you to customize your education to your global health 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 Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Maternal and Child Health 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

    What Will I Learn in the Drexel Online MPH: Global Health?

    Advancing in public health requires a global mindset. That’s where Drexel Dornsife’s online Master’s in Public Health with a global health concentration comes in. You’ll learn how to become a leader, a scholar, and a researcher with the ability to address current and emerging local, national, and global public health issues facing the world today. In addition to a customizable plan-of-study, you can expect to be prepared to do the following:

    • Think critically and creatively to address current and future global health challenges, including those related to infectious diseases, chronic illness, and environmental toxins
    • Design, evaluate, and implement effective, evidence-based health programs and initiatives using quantitative and qualitative methods, while involving communities and key stakeholders
    • Analyze global and national health systems, examining and assessing the equitable distribution of resources and the prioritization of healthcare across populations
    • Understand the roles and responsibilities of diverse professionals working in global health and the challenges of partnership and importance of country ownership
    • Act ethically, promoting the right to health and integrating scientific knowledge and global evidence to advance health policies and interventions that address social determinants of health, with an emphasis on underserved and marginalized populations

    MPH Experiential Learning Opportunities

    Practice, practice, practice. It’s what makes a good public health professional great. A requirement of Drexel’s online MPH is the practical experience, which offers applied, field-based knowledge in a placement or internship setting.

    Practical Experience
    Drexel Dornsife believes in providing real-world practical knowledge and skills as a part of your education. This requires creating opportunities to build in-depth understanding and a diverse breadth of knowledge that you can immediately apply in your career. In the online MPH, “depth” refers to the 120-240 hours of field placement you receive from either your current employer or an outside location. These hours can be completed near your home, which means you never have to come to campus. Drexel Dornsife will even assist you in finding these opportunities in public health organizations and beyond.

    Likewise, "breadth" offers you monthly virtual workshops, short-term volunteer opportunities, and on- or off-campus learning opportunities.

    Integrative Learning Experience
    As an MPH student nearing program completion, you’ll be required to participate in the integrative learning experience (ILE). With a goal of illustrating mastery of core public health and focus-area-specific competencies, the ILE includes taking three credits in the final two quarters and writing a high-quality research paper.

    Through the program, you can pursue depth and breadth as well as integrative learning experiences in global settings, working with Drexel’s partners around the globe or seeking out opportunities in the U.S. with diverse communities in urban or rural settings.

    How Long Does it Take to Earn a Global Health Master's in Public Health?

    Structured on a quarter-term basis, Drexel Dornsife’s online MPH requires 56 total credit hours for completion. In practical terms, that means a full-time online student can expect to complete the program in one to two years. Part-time online students can expect to complete the program in three years. Drexel offers several options so you can select the flexible path that works best for you:

    • 12 Months (Application Opens Fall 2020 for Summer 2021 Start)
      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.

    As opposed to a typical 15-to-18-week semester, a quarter is comprised of 10-week courses that allow for greater flexibility and variety. This means you can take more classes, meet and network with more professors, and expose yourself to a greater variety of subjects. With less downtime than a semester-based system, students in a quarter system remain stimulated and focused on their program and coursework. Upon graduating, you will be better prepared for the next step in your career.

    Completion time can be significantly shorter if you have already completed Drexel Dornsife’s online Public Health Certificate, as you may transfer those credits into the online MPH program.

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses
    BST 571 Introduction to Biostatistics 3.0
    EPI 570 Introduction to Epidemiology 3.0
    HMP 505 Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis 2.0
    PBHL 510 Public Health Foundations and Systems I 4.0
    PBHL 511 Public Health Foundations and Systems II 4.0
    Major Courses
    CHP 607 Public Health Ethics 3.0
    CHP 660 Global Health Ethics 1.5
    CHP 661 Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy 1.5
    CHP 673 Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs 3.0
    EOH 560 Overview of Issues in Global Health 3.0
    HMP 603 Health Systems Policy Analysis 3.0
    Integrated Learning Experience
    CHP 752 Global Health Integrative Learning Experience: Capstone Course I 1.5
    CHP 753 Global Health Integrative Learning Experience: Capstone Course II 1.5
    Practical Experience
    PBHL 500 Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health 0.0
    Electives 22.0
    BST 555
    Introduction to Statistical Computing
    CHP 517
    Overview of Maternal and Child Health
    CHP 518
    Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
    CHP 681
    Research with Rare, Stigmatized and Hidden Populations
    CHP 682
    LGBT Health Disparities
    CHP 683
    Intersectional Perspectives
    CHP 691
    Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities
    EPI 556
    Perinatal Epidemiology
    EPI 572
    Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
    HMP 555
    Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
    Total Credits 56.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution
    • GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
      • Those with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply, and should highlight the following in their personal statement: relevant work experience, professional certifications, and/or continuing education that demonstrates academic excellence
    • Standardized Test Scores are NOT required
      • However, you may choose to submit scores to strengthen your application

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Essay of approximately 500 words discussing your interest in public health, current career goals, and why you are interested in Drexel University.
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    The software used in many of our courses requires you to have access to a PC. Apple doesn’t currently support the software needed to complete this coursework. Please visit Drexel’s computer buying guide for more information.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $935 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1246 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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