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Overview: In 2003, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended that “…all undergraduates should have access to education in public health.” Additionally, the report stated, “public health education is an essential part of the training of citizens.”
It is in this light, that the Drexel University School of Public Health (SPH) is dedicated to undergraduate public health education. With collaboration and scholarship between the SPH and the College of Arts and Sciences, our academic program highlights the breadth and depth of the field through a new minor in Public Health.
The Public Health undergraduate minor degree is designed to give students a broad overview of the field’s diversity. The undergraduate degree program compliments existing studies for students pursuing pre-med, pre-law, biology and business curricula and students interested in population-based applications of psychology, sociology and communications theory.
Courses: Reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the SPH, students are required to take courses originating from the various public health core disciplines, which include epidemiology, community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health and health management and policy.
The Public Health undergraduate minor includes four, core public health courses, as well as elective offerings in psychology, sociology, women's studies, environmental science, biology and more.
As per the Drexel University minor guidelines, students are able to apply to the Public Health minor once they have reached 30 credit hours of coursework. The students must also be matriculated and able to complete the minor at or before the time of graduation.
>> Complete list of course offerings and descriptions.
Faculty: Faculty from the School of Public Health teaching in the undergraduate program have a wide range of expertise and research in public health history, ethics, emergency preparedness, environmental impacts on health, public health infrastructure, maternal and child health, and human rights.
>> Complete list of School of Public Health faculty teaching in undergraduate program.
After Graduation: Upon completion of the minor degree program, students will be better equipped to complete graduate education in public health or other health sciences. Students will also acquire skills that could be applied to the workplace or other post baccalaureate educational settings.
Many undergraduate students interested in helping to improve the lives and health of communities continue on to earn graduate and doctoral degrees in public health. The School of Public Health at Drexel University is one of the nation's fastest growing schools of public health in the country. It is the only fully-accredited School of Public Health in Philadelphia, and a full member of the Association of Schools of Public Health.
>> View Graduate Public Health Degrees at Drexel University
Contact: For more information about the undergraduate program, please contact:
Dr. Jennifer Breaux
Director, Undergraduate Program