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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
180.601 – Environmental Health 5 Summer, SI 3rd
300.610 – Public Health Policy 4 Summer No
550.608 – Problem Solving in Public Health 4 SI, FI, WI No

Public Health Practice (complete before beginning practicum)

Course Credits On-site Online
180.601 – Environmental Health 5 Summer, SI 3rd
300.615 – The Tools of Public Health Practice & Decision Making 1 No Summer, 3rd

Public Health Biology (choose at least one)

Course Credits On-site Online
180.601 – Environmental Health 5 Summer, SI 3rd
Appropriate for all students. Provides a broad introduction to public health biology:
183.631 – Fundamentals of Human Physiology 4 SI, 2nd 4th
260.636 – Evolution of Infectious Disease 3 1st No
550.630 – Public Health Biology 3 1st Summer, 4th
For students possessing considerable breadth of biological competence, subject to concurrence of the advisor:
120.603 – Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza 3 2nd No
120.620 – Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology 3 1st 2nd
120.621 – Molecular Endocrinology 4 3rd No
120.627 – Stem Cells & the Biology of Aging & Disease 3 2nd No
182.640 – Food- and Water-Borne Diseases 3 3rd No
187.610 – Public Health Toxicology 4 SI, 1st 2nd
222.641 – Principles of Human Nutrition 4 1st No
223.689 – Biological Basis of Vaccine Development 3 4th No
260.606 – Major Global Infectious Diseases: Prospects for Control 2 WI No
260.631 – Immunology, Infection & Disease 3 2nd No
260.635 – Biology of Parasitism 4 3rd No
260.650 – Vector Biology & Vector-Borne Diseases 3 3rd No
260.656 – Malariology 4 3rd 4th
340.612 – Epidemiologic Basis for Tuberculosis Control 2 SI, 1st 3rd
340.646 – Epidemiology & Public Health Impact of HIV/AIDS 4 1st 2nd
340.654 – Epidemiology & Natural History of Human Viral Infections 6 No 1st
340.744 – Advanced Topics on Control & Prevention of HIV/AIDS 4 2nd 3rd
380.761 – STIs in Public Health Practice 4 3rd 4th

Social & Behavioral Sciences (choose at least one)