Combined Degrees, Academic Programs & Special Interest Areas
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The Bloomberg School and the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School offer a combined Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration degree.
The required coursework of this 21-month full-time program of study enables students to integrate the philosophies, functions and competencies of the seemingly disparate fields of public health and business.
Students in the MPH/MBA program will acquire knowledge and skills in the principles of population-based health as well as finance and management, which will enable them to be effective managers and leaders in health-related agencies and organizations.
Graduates will be able to assess the public health needs of a defined population; develop, analyze and implement targeted health policies and programs; lead the process of change within one's own organization and community; manage health care organizations to achieve identified goals; and communicate messages to targeted audiences. See a sample of the kinds of positions our diverse alumni currently hold.
Applications for the combined degree program must be obtained from and submitted to the Bloomberg School and will be reviewed by the admissions committees of both the Bloomberg School and the Carey Business School.
The Bloomberg School offers combined degree programs in law and public health that prepare students in the overlapping fields of law, public health, policy and ethics.
Eligible candidates must apply and be accepted into the full-time MPH program at the Bloomberg School and also separately apply and be accepted into the full-time program at Georgetown University Law Center, which was our original partner; or into another accredited U.S. law school for the Juris Doctor degree.
Students in the JD/MPH program will earn a Juris Doctor degree from their accredited law school and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins.
This combined degree program is offered in a full-time format only and takes a total of four years to complete. Students will complete one or two years of the JD degree program at an accredited U.S. law school, which is a minimum of two full-time semesters. Then starting in July they will spend 11 months completing the MPH program requirements. They will then return to their law school to complete the remaining year(s) of their JD program.
To be eligible for the JD/MPH program, the applicant must provide written approval from the student's law school to take a leave of absence for one year to attend the Bloomberg School. JD/MPH applicants need not have fulfilled the usual MPH requirement of either an advanced degree or two years of health-related work experience at the time of admission to the Bloomberg School. All other MPH admission prerequisites such as, college-level math and biological science coursework must be completed. In addition to completing the core MPH requirements, JD/MPH students are required to take two other courses: Public Health and the Law (306.650, 3rd term) and one course (among several options) devoted to ethics and public health.
The MPH degree is awarded upon the student's successful completion of the JD degree. See our list of frequently asked questions regarding the JD/MPH combined program.
For further information on the program, contact Professor Stephen Teret (410-955-3995) or Professor Jon Vernick (410-955-7982) at 624 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (SON) and the Bloomberg School (SPH) offer two combined Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nursing degree options: the Master of Science in Nursing-Public Health Nursing/Master of Public Health (MSN-PHN/MPH) and the Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner/Master of Public Health (MSN-NP/MPH). Both programs are designed specifically for nurses seeking to link their clinical and managerial interests with public health to improve delivery of nursing services in various settings. Two-thirds of the program consists of core courses in nursing and public health; the remaining courses allow students to pursue individualized interests. The MSN-PHN/MPH is an 18-month program of full-time study and the MSN-NP/MPH is a 26-month program of full-time study. Part-time study is also available. The SON serves as the student's "home" school and provides all administrative functions including admissions, financial aid, and registration processing.
All MSN/MPH students are required to complete a total of 60 units from the SPH. These units are comprised of the SPH core requirements and several electives and a set of joint nursing courses which count towards the total SPH units. MSN-NP/MPH students are required to complete 43 SPH units and 17 units of joint nursing coursework in the SON. MSN-PHN/MPH students must complete 40 SPH units and 20 units in joint nursing coursework. The capstone requirement is completed as part of the required joint nursing coursework.
Application materials for this program must be obtained from and submitted to the SON, and will be reviewed by the admissions committees of both the SON and the SPH. The final admission decision is made by the Steering Committee for the combined program. For more information and an application, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 525 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 (410-955-7548).
The Bloomberg School and the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) offer a dual MPH/MSW program that provides students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be effective practitioners and leaders in health-related agencies and settings.
Students obtain a population-based perspective and expertise in the quantitative sciences that, when combined with training in social work, prepare them to be effective members of the social work community with the ability to plan, implement and evaluate service programs.
The University of Maryland grants students between six and nine academic credits for their public health work, and the Bloomberg School allows students up to 20 credits of special studies to pursue expertise in a combined public health and social work practicum. Students normally complete one year of the MSW program at UMSSW; and starting in July they spend eleven months completing the MPH program requirements, before returning to UMSSW to complete the MSW program. The MPH degree is awarded upon completion of the MSW degree.
Interested applicants must apply to each school separately and simultaneously, taking care to indicate the appropriate beginning year for the MPH program on the school's application form.
Official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent separately to each school, and recommendations must be provided separately using the appropriate forms. Further information about the MSW program at the University of Maryland may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions at (410) 706-8044.
Medical Students Pursuing the MPH
Medical students desiring a graduate degree in public health typically enroll in the MPH program between their third and fourth years of medical school. Medical students must apply to the program and request a leave of absence from their medical school. The years of medical training will fulfill the two years of health experience required for admissions to the Bloomberg School MPH program.
For information on the Johns Hopkins medical program, you can visit the School of Medicine's website.
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree is a school wide advanced professional degree program designed for the student who has a Master of Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree and who intends to pursue a leadership career as a public health professional.
The General Preventive Medicine Residency (GPMR) is an ACGME accredited residency that prepares physicians for the specialty of medical practice that focuses on the health of individuals, communities and defined populations. The GPMR is a two-year program in which the first year is primarily didactic and the MPH degree is earned, and the second year is a practicum year during which residents rotate through agencies and organizations to gain preventive medicine competencies and to fulfill rotation requirements.
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency (OEMR) is a two-year program designed to prepare physicians for a career in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine. The OEMR includes an academic year in which the MPH degree is obtained followed by a practicum year of rotations at key training sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Special Interest Areas
The Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research (CSTOR) allows students interested in surgical outcomes to pursue independent or capstone projects in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Projects and datasets are available to enable students to explore questions in most surgical subspecialties. Interested students should contact Dr. Adil Haider or Dr. Eric Schneider.
Public Health Ophthalmology (PHO) is a special interest area designed for those interested in research towards blindness prevention. Faculty at the Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology and the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine collaborate to produce special seminars and courses for students. Admitted applicants to the MPH Program who are interested in this special interest, should send a letter of interest to Drs. David Friedman or Sheila West.