Frequently Asked Questions
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to general questions about the Department of Health Policy and Management and the program offerings.
What masters' program are offered in Health Policy and Management?
- The Department of Health Policy and Management offers 4 masters programs. The Master of Health Science (MHS) in health economics is an academic program; the Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in health policy and the Master of Health Administration (MHA) are professional programs.
What doctoral programs are offered in Health Policy and Management?
- The Department of Health Policy and Management offers 2 doctoral programs. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in: Bioethics and Policy; Health Economics and Policy; Health and Public Policy; and Health Services Research and Policy. The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) concentration in Health Policy and Management has four tracks: Healthcare Management and Leadership; Health Informatics; Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes; and Health Policy and Practice.
What are the criteria for admission?
- Each program offered in the department has specific admissions requirements. Please refer to each program for specific details.
Is a masters degree required for the PhD program?
- While a prior masters degree is not required for admission to the PhD program in Health Policy and Management, most of our successful applicants do have one.
Is a masters degree required for the DrPH program?
- Applicants to the DrPH program are required to have a masters degree in an area related to the track of interest.
How much post-baccalaureate work experience is required for masters applicants?
- Many applicants to the masters programs in Health Policy and Management are matriculating directly out of a bachelors program and as such, do not have much formal work experience. However, the successful applicants are those who have internship and volunteer experiences prior to applying.
How much post-baccalaureate work experience is required for doctoral applicants?
- Successful applicants to the PhD program in Health Policy and Management all come with post-baccalaureate work experience ranging from three to ten years. Very rarely are applicants directly out of an undergraduate program admitted to the PhD program in the department.
- Applicants to the DrPH program are required to have 3 years of public health work experience prior to admission.
What are the average standardized test scores for applicants admitted to Health Policy and Management masters programs?
- All 4 masters programs require submission of either the GRE or GMAT* from all applicants. Standardized test scores will not be waived regardless of an applicant's academic or professional background. The masters programs are looking for scores on the general test above the 60th percentile on each section of the general test. *Note, only the MHA program will accept GMAT scores.
What are the average standardized test scores for applicants admitted to the Health Policy and Management doctoral programs?
- Both the PhD and DrPH programs require submission of either the GRE or GMAT* from all applicants. Standardized test scores will not be waived regardless of an applicant's academic or professional background. The doctoral programs are looking for scores on the general test above the 70th percentile on each section of the general test. *Note, only the DrPH program will accept GMAT scores.
What is the application deadline?
- DrPH and PhD deadline -December 1
- MPP, MHA and MSPH deadline - February 1
- MHS deadline - March 1
Is an interview required?
Interviews are strongly recommended for the professional masters programs.
- MPP -Assistant Director Carey Borkoski, PhD
- MSPH -Assistant Director Christine King, MEd
- MHA - Assistant Director Teresa Schwartz, MS
What funding is available for Health Policy and Management masters' programs?
- MHS in Health Economics - Unfortunately, there is no funding available for this program
- MPP - Scholarships are awarded to graduate students who demonstrate intellectual promise in the field of policy studies through past academic performance, GRE test scores, and previous relevant work experience. Applicants are automatically considered for these awards when the program receives a complete application. There are no additional forms to complete. The scholarship awards range in size and typically will not cover the entire costs of attending the program. If accepted and offered a scholarship, the details of the award will be included in the offer letter.
- MSPH in Health Policy -While there is no funding available during the first year, during the 2nd year field placement, students are eligible for a 75% masters tuition scholarship. In addition, many of the placements for this program are salaried.
- MHA - While there is no funding available during the first year, during the 2nd year administrative residency, students are eligible for a 75% masters tuition scholarship. In addition, most residency positions for this program are salaried.
How long does it take to complete the program?
- MHS in Health Economics -1 academic year (September -May)
- MSPH in Health Policy -2 academic years (1 year of full-time coursework and 9-11 month field placement)
- MPP - 2 academic years (2 years of full-time coursework)
- MHA -2 academic years (1 year of full-time coursework and 11 month administrative residency)
- PhD -up to 7 years permitted to complete the program
- DrPH -up to 9 years permitted to complete the program for part-time students
Once enrolled, can students switch program areas?
- No. All of the programs offered in Health Policy and Management are unique, any student who wishes to change programs once they have matriculated must submit a new application and be considered by the admissions committee of the new program. Admission to the new program is not guarenteed.
What are the course requirements for the program?
- Each program's curriculum for the current academic year is posted on the program webpage.
What types of certificates are available in Health Policy and Management?
- The Department of Health Policy and Management is home to many certificate programs. Some of the certificate are only available to students currently enrolled in a Johns Hopkins degree program while others are open to those outside the Johns Hopkins community who are seeking additional training in the area. Please refer to our Certificates Website for further information.
Can any Health Policy and Management degree programs or certificates be completed online?
- There are no degree programs offered in Health Policy and Management that can be completed entirely on-line. However, 2 certificate programs are available entirely on-line, the Certificate in Health Informatics and the Certificate in Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research.
Does the department offer any dual degree programs?