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You’ve heard us say, “know your program.”

Probably you’ve also heard us suggest exploring our school, its programs, research, faculty and facilities to ensure we’re the best fit with your public health goals.

How do you do this?

There are many resources – most of which, we’ve profiled before.

But now we have one more. The Bloomberg School has developed a digital “YearLook” celebrating the Bloomberg School’s noteworthy successes in research, education and practice from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

YearLook screenshot

The YearLook attempts to reflect the breadth and depth of the School’s mission, across public health disciplines and on many levels, from cell to society.

It shows that we really do believe and aspire to our tagline of Protecting Health, Saving Lives – Millions at a Time.

spoonful of alphabet soupWe offer six master’s degrees here at the Bloomberg School. Their abbreviations are similar, but the programs themselves can be very different.

We’ve talked before in this blog about navigating the alphabet soup of public health master’s programs. To learn more, join us for a virtual information session entitled, “MHA, MHS, MPH, MPP, MSPH & ScM...What's the Difference?” Wednesday, October 8 at noon Eastern.

See you then!

As you may have noticed, our mantra this application cycle is
Know Your Program!

To some, that sounds silly. Maybe even juvenile. Of course you know your program!

But here’s the thing--not everyone does.

We offer more degrees from more departments than any other school of public health. It’s wonderful! There are so many opportunities! But it’s also a little confusing.

A handful of people apply to the wrong program every year. In the past we were often able to help them, but things are different this year.

Our Master of Public Health now uses a separate application from our eight other public health degrees. And while the MPH is an amazing program, not everyone is eligible nor is it always the best fit. If you apply to the MPH by mistake, we won’t be able to fix it on the backend.

So, please ask questions. Review our website. Read the Prospectus. Come to Open House. Follow this blog.


Young woman with computerJoin us next Friday for the first in our fall series of virtual information sessions:

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

Noon, Friday, September 26, 2014

During this session, admissions representatives will discuss our many academic programs and which of those programs use which application. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and our staff will do their best to answer. The session will be recorded and later posted to our website.

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

See you online!

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.