Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: I will have the time to study full-time next year, but will not be able to relocate to campus in order to complete a typical full-time MPH program. May I take a full-time load of online course work and finish the program in one year from off-campus?
A: Yes, if you can matriculate in the Summer Institute and complete 16 credits in the Summer Institute & Winter Institute, in addition to 64 credits of online course work. Starting in the Fall or Winter Institutes typically does not work well for completing a one-year program due to the sequencing of the core curriculum.
Q: Will I receive a faculty academic advisor?
A: Yes, each student is assigned a faculty academic advisor at the time that they begin the program. The role of the faculty advisor is to discuss the advisee's academic program and progress including choice of courses in light of their educational and professional goals.
Q: What is the cost of the MPH program?
A: Tuition for a part-time course load (under 12 credits per academic term) is based on academic credit ($954/credit for AY 2013-14). Tuition for a 3-credit course is $2,862 for the current academic year.
Q: Can I transfer credits from another institution towards the MPH degree?
A: Unfortunately, the Bloomberg School does not accept transfer credits from other institutions.
Q: Can I contact a current student or alumnus?
A: Yes, our alumni and students are enthusiastic about connecting with prospective MPH students. Please send an email message to the MPH program office with some brief information about yourself, your professional experience, and your academic interests. We will put you in contact with an MPH alumnus or current student with similar interests.
Q: What is the capstone project?
A: The MPH Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to apply skills and competencies acquired to a public health problem relevant to their own professional goals, under the direction of a capstone faculty advisor. Completion of the capstone project requires a written paper of approximately 20 pages and an oral presentation. Online/Part-time students typically begin the capstone project when they are approximately 3/5 of the way through their program.
Q: What is the practice experience?
A: The MPH practicum is a practical public health mentored experience that provides students the opportunity to participate in hands-on work and interaction with public health professionals. There are numerous opportunities for obtaining a practice experience.
Q: What is the typical course load and time commitment for part-time study for online course work?
A: The median course load for our part-time students is 6 credits per term. That equates to about 15-20 hours per week of study during each 8-week term.
Q: How long does it take to complete the program, if studying parting part-time?
A: It takes about 2 to 3 years. The median time to completion is 2.5 years. The maximum time allowed to complete the program is 3 years.
Q: I am not sure if I will like the online course format. How can I learn more about how the online courses are delivered?
A: You may experience the online course interface firsthand by taking the Introduction to Online Learning module. You may even take a course before applying to the degree program.
Q: May I decline to participate in the on-campus experience, and do the program entirely online?
A: No, one can’t do the program entirely online. Doing at least 16 credits of on-campus course work is a degree requirement. That involves about 4 weeks on campus, sum total, during the 2 to 3 years that one is in the program.
Q: May I start the degree with online course work, and defer doing the initial on-campus experience until later in the degree program?
A: You may not matriculate into the degree program without doing the orientation and Problem Solving in Public Health course. However, you could take some online classes prior to matriculation as a non-degree student, and transfer those courses into the MPH degree when you do matriculate.
Q: I have taken courses as a non-degree student at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. May I apply those toward my MPH?
A: Yes, if the courses were taken within five years of your degree program matriculation.
Q: I am interested in the curriculum for one of the optional MPH Concentrations. Can I do a Concentration via a part-time/online approach?
A: The formal Concentrations require regular on-campus meetings, and so are not practical for most students who are pursuing the MPH through a part-time/online approach. However, it is possible to in most cases to develop a customized curriculum that is similar to the concentration curriculum. We recommend that you speak with an advisor to discuss curriculum options, before applying.
Q: I am a medical student. How would I go about pursuing the MPH part-time while in medical school?
A: Medical students are recommended to pursue the MPH on a full-time basis (July-May) while taking leave from medical school (either between MS2 and MS3 or between MS3 and MS4). Medical students who are planning to do a residency in the U.S. are not good candidates for the part-time approach to the MPH degree. If you cannot break from medical school for one year, we recommend that you wait until after clinical residency to start the MPH.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact the MPH Program office.