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Master of Arts in Public Health Biology

A fully online, part-time degree offered by the No. 1 school of public health in the country

The Master of Arts in Public Health Biology is a fully online degree program offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It allows students to advance in current research or teaching positions, enhance credentials for a new position in academic institutions, industry or governmental research organizations, or gain a solid foundation for medical school, dental school or advanced graduate work.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

The program is designed to foster knowledge of, and appreciation for, modern biological principles and research methods applicable to the identification, treatment, and prevention of conditions of relevance to the health of the public. The new program is interdepartmental, involving the active participation of the School’s three biological sciences-based departments:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE), and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI). Required coursework is offered by these three departments, and also by the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. The program culminates in the writing of a literature-based scholarly thesis. Students will attain a solid understanding of the rationale, tools and approaches that are essential for addressing problems in public health.

Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed. Applications for the Fall 2020 program start will open mid-August 2019 in SOPHAS, with a priority deadline of April 15, 2020. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the priority deadline, until June 1, 2020. Documentation for applications is required to be provided no later than June 15, 2020.


A Live Virtual Open House was held for the program was held in May 2018. To view a recording of this session, please visit the webinar video page.

You can also view a recording of a prior webinar, held in February 2017, on the webinar video page.

Stay tuned to this page for additional events to be posted in early fall when applications open for the 2020 start.

State-specific Information for Online Students

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