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School of public health

School of Public Health


School of public health

School of Public Health

  • What is Public Health?

  • An interdisciplinary effort that addresses the physical, mental and environmental health concerns of communities and populations.

  • Its focus is on prevention of injury and disease in populations rather than centering on a single individual.

  • Sources: Association of Schools of Public Health,

  • Institute of Medicine


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School of Public Health

What can I do with a graduate degree in Public Health?

Health Management and Policy

Public Administration Analyst, Institute for Health Policy Studies

Hospital/Clinic Administrator

Group Health Co-op Project Mgr.

Community Health and Prevention

Cancer Center Health Educator

HIV/AIDS Asst. Program Director

Evaluation Specialist, Governor’s Office for Children

Environmental and Occupational Health

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Director

Pollution Control Director

EPA Researcher

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Database Manager, CDC

Epidemiology Program Coordinator, Merck

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist


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School of Public Health

Public Health Career Outlook

  • Current workforce shortage

  • ~ 500,000 public health workers

  • Average age 46.6

  • 20-50% eligible for retirement now

Source – Association of Schools of Public Health www.asph.org


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School of Public Health

Career Outlook, cont.

  • Went from 220 workers / 100,000 Americans in 1980 to 158 / 100,000 currently

  • Demand for talent will increase by as much as 25% by 2010

  • 20% state vacancy rate

  • 14% Annual state turnover rate

Source – Association of Schools of Public Health www.asph.org


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School of Public Health

Employment Statistics (2007-2008 graduates)

  • 23% hospital or other health care setting

  • 15% university or college setting, working as faculty or staff

  • 15% federal, state, or local government

  • 9% continue their academic training

  • Only 3% of graduates moved into a non-health-related field

Source – Association of Schools of Public Health www.asph.org


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School of Public Health

Graduates’ Employment Status

Source – Association of Schools of Public Health www.asph.org


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School of Public Health

Post Graduate Employment

Source – Association of Schools of Public Health www.asph.org


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School of Public Health

Benefits of School vs. Program of Public Health

  • Offers more concentrations and specializations

  • Additional degree offerings

  • Doctoral programs

  • More career flexibility


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School of Public Health

Benefits of accreditation

  • Promotes societal health and safety through rigorous educational preparation

  • Meets acceptable standards established by the profession

  • Increases career options and mobility

  • Determines eligibility for federal funding and student financial aid

    Visit Council on Education of Public Health (www.ceph.org) for more information


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The mission of the Drexel University School of Public Health is to promote the health of communities through an integrated program of education, research, service and practice.

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Mission


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School of Public Health

Diverse Faculty and Research Interests

…a sampling:

  • Dean Marla J. Gold, MD

    HIV/AIDS Medicine

  • Craig Newschaffer, PhD, Epi/Bio Dept. Chair

    Autism, developmental disabilities epidemiology

  • Arthur L. Frank, MD, EOH Dept. Chair

    Occupational health: asbestosis, silicosis

  • Lisa Ulmer, MSW, ScD, CHP Dept. Chair

    Prevention of youth access to tobacco

  • John Rich, MD, HMP Dept. Chair

    Urban violence, men’s health, racial disparities


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School of Public Health

4 Departments and 5 Centers operate within the School

  • Centers and Projects

  • Center for Academic Public Health Practice

  • Center for Health Equality

  • Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication

  • Center for Non-violence and Social Justice

  • National Resource Center for Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities

  • Philadelphia GROW Project

  • Witnesses to Hunger

  • Departments

  • Community Health and Prevention

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Health Management and Policy


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School of Public Health

Departments

  • Community Health and Prevention

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Health Management and Policy


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What makes Drexel’s public health programs unique?

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  • Fully accredited school

  • Problem-based learning with case studies and practical hands-on experience

  • Collaborative work with community groups and agencies on pressing health issues

  • Integration of studies in the five core areas of public health

  • Students engage in comprehensive community-based projects


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School of Public Health

SPH offers six degree programs and an e-learning program

  • MPH

  • Executive MPH

  • MS - Biostatistics

  • DrPH – Community Health

  • DrPH – Health Policy

  • and Social Justice (Fall ’09)

  • PhD - Epidemiology

  • Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics


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School of Public Health

  • Full–time MPH Program

  • Two-year program

  • 64 quarter credit hours

  • Prepares students for an array of public health careers and doctoral programs

  • MPH offered in: biostatistics;

  • epidemiology; community health

  • and prevention; environmental

  • and occupational health;

  • health management and policy


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School of Public Health

Year I:

  • Introduction to Public Health

  • Two courses in each of the following:

  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology

  • Community Health and Prevention

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Health Management and Policy


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School of Public Health

Year II:

  • Four required courses within student’s concentration area

  • Two electives approved by department (electives can be taken either within the school or within other departments of the university)

  • Community-Based Master’s Project


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School of Public Health

  • Immersion in the Community through Community-Based Learning

  • 5-week, 120-hour practicum witha community partner at end of Year 1

  • 8-month Community-Based Master’sProject throughout Year 2

By graduation, a full-time MPH student spends almost 600 hours with a community partner.


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School of Public Health

  • Community-Based Master’s Project

    • 12 hours per week throughout the year

    • Meets community needs as identified by partnering organization

    • Meets academic learning objectives

    • Consistent with student’s interest

    • Attainable within academic year

    • Skill Development Seminars and Workshops


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School of Public Health

  • Executive MPH Program

  • 21-month program

  • Fast-paced, intensive program for working professionals

  • Develops public health leaders

  • Classes meet one Friday and Saturday per month (3rd weekend)

  • Web-based curriculum

  • Eleven curriculum blocks


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MS – Biostatistics

Two year program

48 credit hours

Data analysis project with

paper and defense

Basic public health coursework

with advanced study in biostatistics

and epidemiology

Strong computational background

required

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School of public health

School of Public Health

  • DrPH – Community Health and Prevention

  • 60 quarter credit hours beyond the required Master’s

  • Three to five years to completion

  • Basic graduate coursework in methods, design, and health and human rights

  • Advance community health coursework

  • Comps, candidacy exam, proposal, dissertation, and dissertation defense required


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DrPH – Health Policy and Social Justice

60 credits beyond required master’s level degree

Four to five years to completion

Basic graduate coursework in methods, design, and health and human rights

Advanced policy and social justice coursework

Comps, candidacy exam, proposal, dissertation, and dissertation defense required

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PhD – Epidemiology

69 credits beyond required MPH

or graduate level epidemiology degree

Three to five years to completion

Basic graduate coursework in methods,

design, and health and human rights

Advanced epidemiology coursework

Comps, candidacy exam, proposal,

dissertation, and dissertation defense required

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School of Public Health

Admissions Process – Full-time MPH Program

  • Completed application from the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) available at www.sophas.org

    • Transcripts

    • World Education Service evaluation (for international applicants)

    • Three (3) reference letters

    • Personal statement

    • Resume

    • IELTS/TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only)

  • GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT scores should be sent to Drexel’s Office of Graduate Admissions (GRE code 2194)

  • Course in statistics highly recommended


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School of Public Health

Admissions Process – Executive MPH, MS Biostatistics, DrPH and PhD

  • Completed application available at www.drexel.edu/em/grad

  • $75 application fee (waived if you apply online or submit application at a campus visit)

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended

  • World Education Service evaluation (for international applicants)

  • Three (3) reference letters

  • Essay

  • Resume

  • IELTS/TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only)

  • GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT scores should be sent to Drexel’s Office of Graduate Admissions (GRE code 2194)


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School of Public Health

Program Specific Requirements

Executive MPH

  • Rolling admissions for Fall entry

  • Minimum 3 years of work experience required

  • Essay describing a current public health issue and how you became interested in this field

    MS Biostatistics

  • June 30th application deadline for Fall entry

  • Baccalaureate degree in a quantitative or scientific field preferred

  • At least two semesters of calculus


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School of Public Health

Doctoral Program Requirements

DrPH - Community Health and Prevention/ Health Policy and Social Justice

  • Early Admission deadline for Fall – January 15th

  • Regular Admission deadline for Fall – April 15th

  • MPH or related degree

  • Evidence of applied research

  • Area of dissertation interest

  • In-person or telephone interview

    PhD in Epidemiology

  • Early Admission deadline for Fall – January 15th

  • Regular Admission deadline for Fall – April 15th

  • M.P.H., master’s degree in epidemiology or a related field

  • Area of dissertation interest

  • In-person or telephone interview


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School of Public Health

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2009-10 academic year, tuition rates are as follows:

  • Full Time (2-year) MPH program: $845 per credit

  • Executive MPH program: $1,050 per credit

  • MS in Biostatistics: $845 per credit

  • MD/MPH program: $845 per credit

  • Doctoral Programs (DrPH and PhD): $865 per credit

    • Most doctoral students receive full tuition funding

  • Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics: $845 per credit

    Merit based scholarships (Full-time MPH and MS in Biostat)

  • $8,000 - $15,000 per year

    Student Loans

  • Stafford, Perkins, Grad Plus

    Financial Aid Office will cover a students’ full financial need including tuition and fees, living expenses, books and other miscellaneous costs


For more information

For more information

Association of Schools of Public Health

1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 910

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 296-1099

fax: (202) 296-1252

e-mail: [email protected]

website: www.asph.org


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School of Public Health


Questions

Questions?

Drexel University – School of Public Health

Bellet Building

1505 Race Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

215-762-4110

[email protected]

[email protected]


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