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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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

BMB MHS students take at least five of these supplemental courses

School-wide Required Courses

Students may obtain waiver if they have completed an MPH, professional MHS or MSPH degree at a domestic institution within the last ten years

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:

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.

Financial Aid

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.