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Economics and Public Health Combined Major

The STEM-designated economics and public health combined major is a collaboration between the School of Economics and the Dornsife School of Public Health. It provides students with a highly sought-after understanding of our health and well-being through the study of traditional factors, such as the environment and access to healthcare, while also integrating broader concerns, such as human rights and social justice.

The combined major’s interdisciplinary curriculum draws from economics, the physical sciences and the four areas of public health: epidemiology, community health and prevention, environmental and occupational health, and health management and policy. In addition, the program offers one year of free electives to provide students with the flexibility to pursue other areas of interest.

Learn more about the degree course requirements
View a sample plan of study in the Drexel Catalog

Health is a major part of what economists seek to maximize, and the economy plays a huge role in determinants of population health, including the environment, access to medical care, housing, diet and more.
Mark Stehr, PhD, Director, School of Economics

Career Outcomes: Economics and Public Health Combined Major

Graduates of the combined major in economics and public health will be especially well-prepared to enter the workforce in health services organizations, environmental science, health insurers, nonprofits and government entities. They will also be equipped for graduate study in public health, health sciences, public policy, economics or other social sciences.

Past co-op placements of economics majors that align with this new combined major include:

  • Publicis Health Media
  • InstaMed
  • Biological E. Limited
  • Cigna

Learn more about career opportunities in economics

Combined Economics Majors

In addition to the degrees listed below, Drexel’s School of Economics has joined the Department of Politics and the Department of English and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Drexel Co-op and Experience

Drexel LeBow Student on Co-op

Over 100 years of industry partnership has taught us the value of an immersive education. We focus on ensuring students have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom to gain deep expertise, broad perspectives and the essential soft skills needed to succeed in business and in life.

Drexel Co-op

Founded in 1919, Drexel’s cooperative education program was one of the first of its kind, and it continues to be among the largest and most renowned. The Drexel Co-op program allows students to test-drive careers and gain a network and experience before graduation. Students choose from more than 1,700 employers in 35 states and 45 international locations, or they conduct an independent search. Students can participate in either a four-year/one co-op program plan or a five-year/three co-op program plan.

Learn more about Drexel Co-op at LeBow

Learn by Experience

In addition to the Co-op program, experiential learning opportunities abound at LeBow, including consulting courses, case competitions, international residencies, research projects, industry thought leader events, alumni mentorship and more. Through projects made possible by the Dana and David Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning and Drexel Solutions Institute, our students apply their learning on real and simulated challenges, working with organizations domestically and internationally from Unilever, the Philadelphia 76ers, Boeing and PwC to nonprofit and governmental partners.

Learn more about the Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning

Student Organizations

At Drexel LeBow, students have many opportunities to engage outside of the classroom through student-run organizations, connecting with a community that shares their major, their heritage or any of the other unique characteristics that unite our diverse student population. The opportunities to collaborate, network and engage are endless.

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Campus and Facilities

Gerri C. LeBow Hall from Pearlman Plaza Sunset

Our 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, which is located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, home to the city’s vibrant research and technology corridor. Being located in Philadelphia, and within a short distance of New York and Washington DC means Drexel LeBow students have access, not just to our 1700+ industry partners but also to a wealth of experience from leaders in the business, research and governmental fields.

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Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have about the application process, including which program is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Caitlin Brady

Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment

(215) 571-3570

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