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What are the admission requirements?

All applications to the MPH program are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). You should review the application instructions before beginning the process.

Official scores from one of the following tests are required of all MPH applicants: GRE, MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT.

Applicants may elect to have their applications reviewed without standardized test scores if they have earned an advanced degree beyond a baccalaureate.  However, in doing so, applicants will put themselves at a significant disadvantage for admission into the program unless their admission materials clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills.  This is particularly true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside the United States.  Additionally, applicants who request to have their applicants reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

All matriculating MPH students will have successfully completed at least one college-level course in each of the following areas.

A minimum of two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate health-related work experience is required of all applicants who have not earned a doctoral degree. This requirement may be waived for applicants to the MPH combined degree programs (except for the combined MPH/MBA degree, which does require the two years of health-related work experience).

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

Unfortunately, the Bloomberg School does not accept credits for other academic institutions.

If admitted, can I defer my start date?

Once admitted to the MPH program, deferrals can be requested.  A letter or email should be addressed to the MPH Admissions Coordinator requesting a deferral of enrollment.  Deferrals are granted for one year beyond the initial date of admittance to the program.  Students who request a deferral must pay the non-refundable $600 enrollment deposit before a deferral will be granted.

Is it possible to complete the online/part-time MPH while working full-time?

Yes, most online/part-time students work full-time. This format was designed specifically to accommodate full-time or part-time work schedules.  Students can complete up to 80% of the program in an online format, but must earn at least 20% of their credits in a face-to-face format.  The inherent flexibility of the Bloomberg School’s online courses allows students to fit courses into their own schedules.

What is the difference between the online/part-time MPH and the MPH I would receive if I came to the campus to study?

Nothing. The degree you receive is the same whether you study full-time, part-time or via the Internet.  The strategies you use to master the competencies are different, but the skills you must master are the same.  The Bloomberg School MPH program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

What are the program costs?

Students in the full-time program pay a set fee per academic term. For tuition purposes, students registered for 12 or more credits are considered full-time.  For academic year 2013-2014 the fee per term is $11,448. 

Students in the online/part-time program pay per academic credit for the total 80 credit MPH program requirement ($954/credit for AY 2013-2014).  For tuition purposes, students registered for 11 or less credits are considered part-time. Students have up to 3 years to complete the degree and tuition is subject to change each academic year.  

Is financial aid available?

The Bloomberg School does have a Financial Aid Office whose primary role is to help domestic students apply for federal aid.

Are scholarships available?

All accepted applicants are reviewed for merit-based scholarships.  There are no additional forms that you need to submit in order to be considered.  The scholarships are highly competitive and only a small proportion of accepted students receive scholarship support.

Are there other opportunities for financial aid?

The Bloomberg School maintains a Student Funding Resource Office that lists additional opportunities for financial assistance.

Is there funding for part-time/online students?

Partial tuition scholarships are available for part-time/online students.  In addition, part-time/online students may contact the Student Funding Resource Office to find out more about grants, fellowships, and other external funding sources. 

How many credits is the program?

Bloomberg School MPH students are required to successfully complete 80 credits for graduation.

What are the residency requirements?

Full-time students are required to complete the program in one academic year (July-May).  This intensive schedule will require students to live in the Baltimore-metropolitan area to complete coursework on schedule. There are no residency (within the State of Maryland) requirements for completing the online/part-time MPH program.  However, 16 of the 80 credits must be earned in a face-to-face environment.  These face-to-face credits can be earned during our intensive institutes, a regular 8-week term of full-time study in Baltimore, or by taking a course anywhere that Bloomberg School faculty offer courses.

Can I be exempt from any courses?

If you have expertise in a particular area of study and would like to challenge a course requirement, you may waive the course and substitute a different class upon the advice and consent of program faculty. See the student program manual for more information.

When does the program start?

The Bloomberg School MPH program starts with an orientation session that all students are required to attend in order to officially matriculate into the program.  If a student is unable to begin the program at the designated time, deferring enrollment may be a possibility. Full-time students begin the program in early July. Online/part-time students begin in January or early June in Baltimore – or in November in Barcelona, Spain.

Can I take courses before being admitted into the MPH program?

Yes, it is possible for you to begin taking some courses as a non-degree student at the Bloomberg School prior to admission. Up to 16 credits may be applied toward the MPH degree, assuming that the courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation into the MPH program.

The Bloomberg School has partnered with Coursera to offer high-quality non-credit online mini courses. This global online learning opportunity is available to a wide student audience without tuition charge.  The courses include online lectures, readings, discussion groups, assignments, and exams.

The OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to some of the Bloomberg School's most popular courses. We know that only a small portion of interested health professionals from around the globe have the opportunity to come to Baltimore. OCW provides an opportunity for you to gain unique insights into public health as a profession at no cost to you.

Do I need to buy a laptop computer?

Students are encouraged to bring their laptops to campus.  With the increasing use of technology on campus and in courses, laptop computers are as essential as textbooks. A  survey of previous MPH students confirms the importance of having a laptop while on campus.  In addition, the Bloomberg School does have computer labs and printers available for student use.  Personal computers must meet the required specifications to participate in online coursesHewlett Packard offers exclusive discounts to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students for personal purchases.  Apple Purchasing also offers discounts to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students for personal purchases. Our Information Technology team has provided some recommendations for purchasing new or upgrading laptops for meeting the School's technical criteria and ensuring a seamless access to our networks and resources.

What areas of specialization are available within the MPH degree?

In addition to the 10 academic departments at the Bloomberg School that offer coursework, the MPH program offers concentrations and customizing that allow students the opportunity to supplement the core MPH curriculum with coursework in a specialty area.

What career opportunities are available to MPH graduates?

Some of our recent graduates have taken positions as:

 The Office of Career Services provides students with assistance in identifying potential employment opportunities, resume development and career planning.