We’re overdue for a new installment in our blog series, “What You’re Asking!”
Let me remind you how the series works. Each month, I scope out emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer a couple of the most popular questions here on this blog.
This month, instead of pulling the most asked questions from our email account, I’m going to answer here the top questions asked at the SOPHAS Virtual Fair last week.
Could you answer my question regarding curriculum/student profile/research opportunities for the MHS in Epidemiology/MSPH in International Health/PhD in Mental Health/Schoolwide MPH/my specific program of interest?
As you may know – or guess from the sample question above – the Bloomberg School offers a number of public health degrees. Nine, to be exact. And while we in admissions pride ourselves with our Bloomberg School knowledge, it just isn’t possible to know everything.
For that reason, once you’ve narrowed your interests to a program or two, we encourage you to contact the appropriate academic coordinator. These individuals can help answer specific questions as well as connect prospective students with faculty, current students and other program specific resources. Each department has at least one coordinator and their contact information is typically listed on the department’s website or you may email us for help.
Can I have my TOEFL scores waived?
Admission Services will only waive the English language proficiency test requirement (TOEFL or IELTS) if a student has completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR if a student is from a country listed on our quick reference list.
It’s possible your program of interest would be willing to waive the English language proficiency test, but there are no guarantees. You’re welcome to contact them directly to inquire further.
Please let us know if you need help locating a contact.
Is experience required for your degree programs?
While public health experience can almost always help an application, only a few of our programs absolutely require it.
For example, our Schoolwide Master of Public Health requires two years of post-baccalaureate, full-time, health-related work experience of all applicants who have not earned a public health related doctoral degree.
The Bloomberg School offers five other public health master’s degrees. For the most part, these departmental degrees (the MHA, MHS, MPP, MSPH, and ScM) do not require work experience. They offer an alternative for students desiring more focused skills and/or for less experienced students.