Master of Health Science (MHS)
The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree program is designed for students interested in graduate-level preparation for careers in medicine, public health, and related health sciences. Our MHS students pursue advanced graduate work, a career in medicine, or positions in industry or public health.
The MHS program is completed in one academic year (late August through mid May). The program’s flexible curriculum allows opportunity to take courses throughout the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which has been rated #1 for 21 consecutive years by the U.S. News & World Report. With the School's unique academic calendar with four eight-weeks terms, students have ample opportunity to take a rich variety of courses.
The MHS in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology includes courses within a core curriculum focused around biochemistry, molecular biology, reproductive biology, and the biology of disease and public health, and the remainder of the courses being electives. Students typically take four or five courses per eight-week term, which provides tremendous flexibility in the program. A student’s coursework is based on a core set of basic science course requirements and electives that are highly individualized depending on a student’s background and career aspirations. Students have extensive opportunities to have one-on-one interaction with faculty members, for advising, obtaining career guidance, and thesis preparation.
BMB MHS students take these core courses
- Introduction to Molecular Biology, 1st term (120.602)
- Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology, 1st term (120.620)
- Genome Integrity and Cancer, 4th term (120.624)
BMB MHS students take at least five of these supplemental courses
- Biochemistry – An Introductory Course I, 1st term (120.601)
- Biochemistry – An Introductory Course II, 1st term (120.602)
- Nucleic Acid Chemistry, 3rd term (120.613)
- Principles of Cell Biology, 3rd term (120.626)
- Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza, 2nd term (120.603)
- Molecular Biology of Cellular Stress and Quality Control (120.606)
- Stem Cells and the Biology of Aging and Disease (120.627)
- Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Reproduction (120.622)
- Genomics for Public Health (120.608)
School-wide Required Courses
- Public Health Perspectives on Research (550.865)
Students may obtain waiver if they have completed an MPH, professional MHS or MSPH degree at a domestic institution within the last ten years
- A minimum of three credits of basic Epidemiology, typically Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health (340.721) or Practical Epidemiology for Basic Scientists (340.688).
Students may obtain a waiver if they have taken 280.350, Fundamentals of Epidemiology, in the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies, or if they have taken graduate-level epidemiology at an accredited school of public health
Potential students should submit the Bloomberg School's online application, which should include the following documents:
- Official transcripts
- Official GRE or MCAT scores (required)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
It is recommended that prospective master's students apply by April 15 for study beginning the following September.
The Admissions Committee will continue to accept applications through June 1 if the class maximum has not been met. Review of all MHS applications begins in early March.
MHS and ScM students can be supported by student loans and work-study programs. Additional information on financial aid for MHS and ScM students is available from the Office of Student Affairs within the Bloomberg School.