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Admissions Information

Applications for the June 2021 start in the Schoolwide DrPH Program open in August 2020. Applications are processed through the online portal Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).


Deadline to submit application in SOPHAS and to take the GRE or GMAT: December 1                                      

Deadline to apply for Bloomberg Fellowship: December 1                                                

Supporting document deadline (transcripts & WES evaluations if relevant; letters of recommendation): December 15

Review of applications: December through February; interviews are conducted on an ad hoc basis--not receiving a request for an interview is not indicative of an admissions decision and vice versa.

Communication of offers: Early March


**PLEASE NOTE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reviewing our 2020 Summer Institute programming and will finalize plans shortly. All Admitted Students will receive updates via email.**

At a minimum, incoming schoolwide DrPH students should plan to spend approximately one week in June in Baltimore to take one Summer Institute course and to attend Orientation. Additional Summer Institute courses of interest are offered starting throughout the month of June. The DrPH Program Office will circulate a schedule of these courses during the onboarding process, should students wish to take additional Summer Institute courses.

DrPH Bloomberg Fellowship recipients may have additional orientation requirements in Baltimore; please coordinate these dates with the Bloomberg Fellowship Office.


In addition to standard School application materials, DrPH applicants should also possess:

* The DrPH Program will accept a health-related master's degree as qualification for applying to the DrPH Program; however, students who have not completed an MPH may need to take additional coursework concurrent with the 57 didactic credits required for the DrPH (see the core course section of this website). For examples of other master's degrees with which students have entered the program, see our FAQ.

All of the factors listed above will be carefully considered in the admissions process, with special emphasis on applicants’ practice experience and promise as a public health leader.

Students should identify only one program concentration (and track where relevant) when applying for the DrPH in SOPHAS. If the customized program is preferred, a separate question in the SOPHAS admissions form asks applicants to describe briefly a) their proposed area of study; b) their academic goals; and c) 8-10 courses they could take at JHSPH.

Visit the Admissions Office to learn more about the online application process.

GRE/GMAT Waiver Request

The DrPH Program no longer offers waivers for the GRE/GMAT. Previous waivers are only valid for the admissions cycle in which they were granted. Official scores from an exam taken within the last 5 years must be received through the SOPHAS application; no expired scores will be accepted.

Official GRE/GMAT Scores

All applicants, regardless of their academic or professional background, must submit OFFICIAL GRE or GMAT scores from an exam taken within the last 5 years. The DrPH Admissions Committee evaluates DrPH applications holistically; however, the GRE/GMAT score is an important component of the application review process.

The DrPH Admissions Committee does not accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE or GMAT scores.

Information regarding GRE expiration dates and requesting official GRE scores is available on the ETS GRE website; the SOPHAS code for the Bloomberg School of Public Health is 3738. It takes a minimum of 5-10 business days, and often longer, to process requests to send GRE scores. Thus, if the date on which your scores are no longer reportable is approaching, you will need to request your scores early to allow time for processing. PLEASE NOTE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ETS has instituted new exam procedures. Please see the updates on the ETS GRE website for details.

Information regarding GMAT expiration dates and requesting official GMAT scores is available on the GMAT website; the SOPHAS code for the Bloomberg School of Public Health is KGB-3R-06. It takes a minimum of 7-10 calendar days, and often longer, to process requests to send GMAT scores. Please allow additional time if you are a non-US test taker.

State-specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.