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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the MPH and MSPH programs?

The MPH is a school-wide degree program designed to provide students with broad-based education in the areas of population health and disease, as well as training to work on a variety of public health issues. Applicants must have a minimum 2 years of full-time, post-baccalaureate, health-related work experience prior to matriculating.

The MSPH is a department-based degree program designed for students who don’t have any health-related experience and who are looking to begin a career in a specific area of public health. It provides a foundation in core public health disciplines, while allowing students to develop more specialized skills in a particular area of interest.

The degrees are equivalent in terms of their level of recognition and respect in the field of public health.

Why does the MPH program require 80 credits, compared to 40-50 credits at other institutions?

The Bloomberg School offers classes in a quarter system. Therefore, 80 quarter system credits are equivalent to approximately 53 semester system credits.

How do I know if I fulfill the health-related work experience requirement?

The health-related experience must span 2 years and consist of full-time, paid professional work. It must also be obtained after the applicant's undergraduate education is completed. A variety of backgrounds can fulfill this requirement, like health-related Peace Corp work, managing a research lab or covering health policy as a journalist. We encourage professionals from all fields to apply. Please visit Program Overview for information about professional backgrounds of admitted MPH students.

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 through online coursework, but must earn at least 20% of their credits in face-to-face coursework. The inherent flexibility of the Bloomberg School’s online and compressed institute courses allows students to fulfill the requirements.

Does an online/part-time student earn the same degree as a full-time student?

Yes. Regardless of format or concentration, all Bloomberg School students in the MPH program graduate with the same degree—a Master of Public Health. There is no reference to the online/part-time format or full-time format indicated on the diploma.

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

No. We do not accept credits from other academic institutions.

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

Yes. Up to 16 credits may be applied toward the MPH degree, assuming that the courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation. To learn how to enroll as a non-degree seeking student, please visit the Office of Student Accounts and Business Services.

Can I be exempt from any courses?

No. In some exceptional circumstances, students may petition for a waiver/modification of a core requirement if they can demonstrate and document that they have previously acquired the core competencies. If the request is granted, 80 credits are still required for graduation.

If admitted, can I defer my start date?

Once admitted to the MPH program, you can request a deferral by emailing the MPH Admissions Coordinator, Ms. Sheryl Flythe. Deferrals are granted for 1 year beyond the initial date of admission to the program. Students who request a deferral must pay the non-refundable $600 enrollment deposit before a deferral is granted.