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Core Courses

To meet core curriculum requirements for the MPH degree at the Bloomberg School, students must receive a letter grade of 'C' or better in at least one of the courses listed under each category below. Please visit the course catalog for course descriptions and specific times.


  • Summer, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th: Offered in the respective eight-week term
  • SI: Offered in the Summer Institute
  • WI: Offered in the Winter Intersession
  • FI: Offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona
  • SON: Offered by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • No: Not offered in this format

Academic Research and Ethics (550.860 required)

Course Credits On-site Online
550.860 – Academic Research and Ethics Pass/Fail No Yes

Biostatistics (choose one series)

Course Credits On-site Online
140.611-612 – Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I-II

Provides conceptual understanding of statistical ideas and methods; limited calculations.
6 SI, 1st, 2nd 1st, 2nd
140.621-623 – Statistical Methods in Public Health I-III

Covers statistical concepts and calculations for data analysis; develops statistical computing skills.
12 1st, 2nd, 3rd No
140.651-654 – Methods in Biostatistics I-IV

Presents statistical methods for advanced students. Requires knowledge of calculus/linear algebra.
16 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th No

Environmental Health (180.601 required)

Course Credits On-site Online
180.601 – Environmental Health 5 Summer, SI 3rd

Epidemiology (choose one)

Management Sciences (choose at least one)

Policy and Problem Solving (choose one)

Course Credits On-site Online
300.610 – Public Health Policy 4 Summer No
550.608 – Problem Solving in Public Health 4 SI, FI, WI No

Population Dynamics (380.755 required)

Course Credits On-site Online
380.755 – Population Dynamics and Public Health 2 Summer 1st

Public Health Practice (complete before beginning practicum)

Course Credits On-site Online
300.615 – The Tools of Public Health Practice & Decision Making 1 No Summer, 3rd

Public Health Biology (choose at least one)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (choose at least one)