FAQs for the School-wide DrPH Program beginning June 2017
What is the difference between the PhD and the DrPH?
The PhD program prepares students for careers as advanced researchers and academicians. The DrPH program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions, and is more practice oriented.
Is the part-time DrPH available online?
Yes, the school-wide DrPH program is offered primarily online, supplemented by required in person course work in summer and winter institutes. The institutes will meet on-site in Baltimore during the first and second year of the program, otherwise DrPH courses for the core and all four concentrations will run in online format. Summer institutes are expected to last approximately one weeks each June, and consist of orientation (first year), networking between faculty and students, and 2 required DrPH core courses. Winter institutes will be similar in nature, running for 5 days in January.
Can one complete the program on a full-time basis?
We anticipate that the very large majority of students entering the DrPH program will be part-time students, but in certain exceptional cases it may be possible to admit a student on a full-time basis, if this is necessary to meet funding requirements. Please contact the DrPH Program Office if you are interested in pursuing the DrPH program as a full-time student.
When are classes offered?
All classes can be taken on-line or on-site through summer and winter institutes. Summer institutes typically take place in June, and Winter institutes in January. Other than required institute courses held in Baltimore, the DrPH program core and concentration courses can be completed online.
What is the number of credits required to complete the part-time DrPH Program?
Depending on what prior master/s degrees the applicant holds, the number of credits will vary. At the time of admission, prior to matriculation, the DrPH program will review your transcripts and determine what courses are needed. A minimum of 64 term credits must be taken in order to complete the school-wide DrPH program.
How long does it take to complete the part-time DrPH Program?
The program can be completed in a minimum of four years. We anticipate that most students will complete the program in a period of 4-6 years. Students must complete the coursework on a part-time basis and sit for preliminary oral exams within five years of matriculation and have up to nine years, if needed, to complete the full program requirements.
Is funding available for the part-time DrPH Program?
At this time, there are a limited number of fellowships for the School-wide DrPH Program available through the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Interested students must apply for both the DrPH program and the Fellowship (two separate applications) by December 1, 2018 in order to be considered for funding beginning in 2019. For further details regarding eligibility and application process please visit the Bloomberg Fellows application page.
Are GRE or GMAT scores required?
Yes, all applicants, regardless of their academic or professional background, must submit official scores less than 5 years old. We cannot accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE or GMAT scores. Exceptions or waivers of GRE or GMAT scores will only be granted in rare cases when applicants meet the DrPH Program's criteria specified on our Admissions page. Given the typical student profile, advanced degrees and duration of professional experience do not qualify applicants for waiver of test scores.
Clarification regarding GRE expiration dates, from the ETS GRE website:
For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2017, are reportable through July 2, 2022.
For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which you tested (July 1– June 30). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2015, are reportable through June 30, 2020. GRE scores earned prior to July 2012 are no longer reportable.
GRE scores earned in July 2012 are reportable until June 30, 2018.
NOTE: It takes approximately five business days to process requests to send GRE scores. If you plan to send scores and the date at which your scores are no longer reportable is approaching, allow enough time for processing or your scores may not be sent.
The requirement for admission to the program includes an MPH degree or equivalent. What programs are considered equivalent to an MPH?
Applicants who have completed an applied master's degree in a topic relevant to public health (such as health service administration, environmental health, an MBA with a health services focus, or similar) will be considered eligible to apply for the program. In our 2018-19 cohort, 73% of incoming students had an MPH. Other degrees included master's in health administration, economics, epidemiology, biomedical engineering, health information systems, health, urban planning, and nursing; other degrees included the MBA, MPP, and MSPH.
Matriculated students who do not have an MPH may need to take additional courses to make up for any gaps in their learning. A list of required MPH core courses is available on our website; please see the prerequisite page for more details.Please note that these courses can be taken during the coursework phase of the DrPH program, but core course credits do not apply towards the didactic credit requirement for the DrPH.
The DrPH Program will not evaluate transcripts for fulfillment of core courses in advance of matriculation; however, applicants are encouraged to compare their prior graduate coursework with the required MPH core courses listed on the DrPH website. Course decriptions of the MPH core courses required for the DrPH program are available on the MPH program website here.
Does the program require a dissertation?
Yes, Johns Hopkins believes that dissertations are a critical component of doctoral degree studies – and employers whom we have spoken to agree with us! Dissertations enable students to gain experience addressing high-level and complex public health problems, and also expose students to the whole cycle of identifying problems, collecting and analyzing data and developing public health solutions. We are committed to making DrPH dissertations practice-oriented, and to supporting students to identify and develop their dissertation proposals from the very beginning of the program.
If I am an alum of JHSPH who has already submitted a credential evaluation for an international degree, do I need to resubmit?
No - if we already have an official credential evaluation of an international degree from WES or another agency on file from a previous application to the School of Public Health, you do not need to resubmit an evaluation. Please let us know if this applies for your application, so that we can verify that the credential evaluation is on file and add it to your new application. Please keep in mind that the existing evaluation would only be valid for JHSPH applications. if you are applying to programs at multiple schools, other academic institutions would require their own copy of the evaluation.
How can I find out what research topics BSPH faculty are working on, if I want to reference them in my SOPHAS application?
There are a few resources that may be helpful if you would like to search for faculty by department or interests
- BSPH faculty directory When you view a faculty member’s profile, many will have a link to their SciVal profile and/or specific research interests noted in a tab in the middle of their page.
- You can also search SciVal information directly.
- Centers and Institutes may have faculty affiliated with particular interests.
- You can find additional information regarding faculty and centers and research under each of the individual department websites as well.
State-specific Information for Online Students
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