FAQs for the Schoolwide DrPH Program
What is the difference between the PhD and the DrPH?
The PhD program prepares students for careers as advanced researchers and academicians, while the DrPH program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions in a variety of public health settings--both international and domestic, and is more practice oriented. That said, students finishing with a DrPH can pursue a career as an academician.
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--about a week in June and January respectively. The institutes take place on-site in Baltimore and students should plan to attend during their first and second years in the program. Ootherwise, DrPH foundational and concentration courses are offered in an online format. Additional course options may be available onsite and students also are welcome to attend courses on campus if they wish.
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 and typically only allow students to matriculate full-time if they have external funding sources that require full-time enrollment. Please contact the DrPH Program Office if you anticipate requiring full-time enrollment; this also should be noted in the SOPHAS application.
When are classes offered?
The Bloomberg School of Public Health has four regular terms, summer term (not required), and summer and winter institutes. Courses during the four regular terms are typically online, while institute courses are offered intensively during June and January.
What is the number of credits required to complete the part-time DrPH Program?
The DrPH program requires 57 didactic credits and a minimum of 7 proposal/thesis research credits. Depending on students' backgrounds, additional core coursework or waiver exams in epidemiology and biostatistics may be required; these credits would not count toward the didactic credit requirement of the DrPH.
Students' master's transcripts will be evaluated after matriculation to determine if any additional course work or waiver exams will be required. Waiver exams are offered free of charge and some preparation materials are provided.
If students have previously taken a required DrPH course, they would seek waiver for the required course and, if approved, would take an equivalent number of elective credits of their choosing. Materials and instructions for submitting a waiver are provided during the onboarding process; waiver reviews are not conducted prior to matriculation.
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, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative provides 8-10 highly competive fellowships to incoming DrPH students focusing in one of the Initiative's five focus areas; this fellowship is open only to students working in domestic organizations.
Interested students must apply for both the DrPH program and the Fellowship (two separate applications) by December 1st in order to be considered for funding when they matriculate.
For further details regarding eligibility and application process please visit the Bloomberg Fellows application page.
Please note that only about 12% of fellowship applicants receive an award. It is important that students consider additional funding means prior to application for the DrPH Program.
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.
Clarifications regarding GRE expiration dates are available on the ETS GRE website, as is information regarding the take-at-home exam option. 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.
NOTE: We encourage students to take exams at least two months prior to the application deadline (Dec 1st); scores from exams taken after December 1st will not be accepted for the current application cycle.
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 one of our recent cohorts, 73% of incoming students had an MPH. Other degrees included a 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. Corresponding waiver exams also are offered free of charge.
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.
Does the program require a dissertation?
Yes, Johns Hopkins believes that dissertations are a critical component of doctoral degree studies – and employers with 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 as they 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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