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Spoonful of alphabet soupMPH, MHA, MHS, MSPH, MPP, ScM?

The alphabet soup of public health master’s degrees can be confusing. On top of all the abbreviations, degree requirements vary between schools. The requirements of an MPH at Harvard are different from those at the University of Maryland and are different again from those at Johns Hopkins.

You, the prospective student, have to do your research, but where to begin?

Right here.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

At the Bloomberg School, the MPH is a Schoolwide program preparing future public health leaders to address issues using a multidisciplinary approach. The degree may be completed in an accelerated full-time (11 months) or flexible online/part-time (up to three years) format.

Our MPH is designed for students with at least two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate, health-related work experience or an advanced degree in a field underlying public health. There are also pre-requisite course requirements. If you have not met the experience and coursework requirements, you are ineligible to apply to the MPH, but don’t despair! Keep reading!

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

The MHA is offered through the Department of Health Policy and Management. It prepares students to begin or advance leadership careers within health service organizations. It’s the business degree of public health. The MHA is one year of academic coursework and an 11-month field placement.

Master of Health Science (MHS)

The MHS is offered by each of the school’s academic departments. It prepares students for further graduate study or research careers through in-depth study and research in a particular public health discipline. The duration of the MHS varies by department, but is typically one year of academic coursework culminating in a thesis or project.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The MPP is offered by the Department of Health Policy and Management. It provides a broad look at public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. This is the one degree at the School not solely devoted to public health. The MPP combines academic coursework with an internship and typically takes two years to complete.

Master of Science (ScM)

The ScM is offered by seven academic departments and geared toward students interested in building research careers. The duration of the ScM varies, but is typically one year of academic coursework culminating in a thesis or project based on original research.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

The MSPH is a professional degree offered by five academic departments. This degree couples focused academic training with a field experience, providing students the opportunity to integrate what they learn in a classroom with real-world public health practice. The duration of the MSPH also varies by department, but is typically one year of academic coursework, plus a 4-9 month field placement.

Which is right for you?

That’s a question only you can answer. Do your research. Examine each program’s requirements, curriculum and faculty. In the end, whether you decide to study at Johns Hopkins or not, your chosen degree should provide you with the tools to reach your public health goals and dreams.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. . .

What are your favorite things about the Bloomberg School?

I asked our admissions team to take a picture of their favorite thing. Here is what they came up with!

Favorite things around the School

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • amazing people! (represented here by the staff of Student Affairs)
  • one of many electronic posters listing intriguing lectures and events – there’s always something going on!
  • coffee from the Daily Grind – aside from the caffeine, a trip to the coffee shop means snippets of conversation with students, faculty and staff
  • ninth floor terrace – good for reading, eating or stealing a moment of sunshine
  • upside down map provides a different perspective of a familiar image
  • view of Baltimore from a treadmill in the ninth floor gym

Young woman using computerTravel can be expensive on a student’s budget. We understand that.

So, for those prospective students who can’t make the trip to Baltimore, we offer a series of virtual information sessions beginning in September.

“The Ins and Outs of Applying to the Bloomberg School”

During this session, admissions representatives will discuss our many academic programs and how to apply. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and our staff will do our best to answer. This session is offered twice: once at noon on September 26 and again at noon on October 31.

“MHA, MHS, MPH, MPP, MSPH, & ScM – What’s the Difference?”

Our school offers the alphabet soup in public health master’s degrees. In this session, admissions representatives will cover them all, explaining the differences, application requirements and more. This session is offered at noon on October 8.

All sessions are recorded and posted to the website for your later reference.

For more on our virtual sessions – including how to attend or view a previously recorded session – visit our website.

See you online!

2015-2016 Academic ProspectusIt’s finally here!

On Monday, we received the end product of six month’s work:
the 2015-2016 Academic Prospectus!

This 70-page book provides an overview of our School – its history, departments and academic programs.

We distribute the Prospectus at recruitment events across the country. We provide them to public health advisers. And we send them to those who request it using our Prospectus Request Form.

For those who prefer things electronically, a pdf is also available on our website.

Happy reading!

questionIt’s time for another edition in our monthly series: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works: I scope out emails sent to jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer a couple of the most popular questions here on this blog.

Ready? Here we go!

I’m really interested in your PhD program in epidemiology/biostatistics/health policy/human nutrition/etc. How can I learn more?

Once you’ve identified a program of interest, there are a number of resources at your disposal.

  • Visit the department’s website
    Each of our ten academic departments offer the PhD and all have robust websites. Most provide detailed information on research areas, program goals, course requirements, and even potential funding resources.
  • Contact your department’s academic coordinator
    Academic coordinators know their department inside out. They’re able to answer many of your detailed program questions as well as connect you with additional resources within their program. The contact information for academic coordinators is typically listed on the website or you can email jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu for help.
  • Browse the department’s faculty
    You may search our faculty directory by name, department or keyword. You’re not required to have a faculty mentor in place at the time of application, but it’s always a good idea to make sure there are folks in your department whose research interests match yours.
  • Connect with current students
    Through the appropriate academic coordinator or the student websites, connect with fellow students or alumni. Your peers are a great resource – before, during and after your Hopkins experience.

When is the application deadline for the program in epidemiology/biostatistics/health policy/human nutrition/etc.?

We have a number of application deadlines and they vary by department, degree and sometimes by degree track. We will be posting the deadline chart for applications to the 2015-2016 academic year August 1 (the day after tomorrow!).