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The OPAL Scholarship

All students will be awarded $460 per credit.*

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Applications for all 2021 OPAL programs are open as of August 15, 2020.

The MAS application deadline is June 1, 2021.  All supporting documents are due by June 15, 2021. 

Please note that applications are open through July 1, 2021 for all OPAL Certificates, including the Certificate in Global Tobacco Control, but consideration for additional IGTC scholarship funding for the Global Tobacco Control program has an application deadline of January 15, 2021. For additional details, please refer to the program page linked in the table below. 

Degree applications are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). Certificate applications are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS) Express.

OPAL programs are open for one application cycle each year - all programs begin in the fall. 

 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for all Master of Applied Science Degree Programs

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
    • Official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended, regardless of number of credits earned or if the grades appear on your home institution's transcript, must be submitted directly to SOPHAS.
    • International academic records must undergo a course-by-course credential evaluation via WES. Once complete, the evaluation should be sent directly to SOPHAS.
  • Complete SOPHAS application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives

 

Program-specific Requirements for Degrees

MAS Program

Professional Experience

Prerequisites or Special Requirements

Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health - Program is not accepting applications for AY21-22

2+ years post-bacc health-related experience in or focusing on low and middle income countries or underserved populations

none

Global Health Planning and Management - Program is not accepting applications for AY21-22

2+ years post-bacc health-related experience in or focusing on low and middle income countries or underserved populations

none
Humanitarian Health - Program is not accepting applications for AY21-22 You may wish to consider applying to the online MPH with concentration in Humanitarian Health

2+ years public health and/or humanitarian experience, experience in development or humanitarian contexts in low or middle-income countries preferred

none

Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

3+ years health-related experience

none

Population Health Management

3+ years health-related experience

  • Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability
Spatial Analysis for Public Health

none required

  • Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability

 

Requirements for all Certificate Programs

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
    • Transcripts from all college-level institutions attended, regardless of number of credits earned or if the grades appear on your home institution's transcript, must be submitted directly to JHSPH Admissions Office. Applications can be reviewed with unofficial transcripts, but official copies must be submitted if admitted to a program.
    • International academic records must undergo a course-by-course credential evaluation via WES. Once complete, the evaluation should be sent directly to JHSPH Admissions by WES.
  • Complete SOPHAS Express application
  • One letter of recommendation*
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives*

 

Program-specific Requirements for Certificates

Certificate Program

Professional Experience

Prerequisites or Special Requirements

Global Health Practice

2+ years post-bacc health-related experience in or focusing on low and middle income countries or underserved populations

none

Global Tobacco Control

none required

  • *4 short essays are required in place of the statement of purpose
  • *3 Letters of Recommendation 
  • Evidence of prior training in statistics or biostatistics
  • Never received financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer
  • Applicants interested in the IGTC scholarship must apply by January 15, 2020.

Population Health Management

3+ years health-related experience

  • Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability

Spatial Analysis for Public Health

 

none required

 

  • Prior quantitative coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability and prior training in biostatistics and epidemiology

 

International Students

Most applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores of an English language proficiency test. Applicants to the Certificate in Global Tobacco Control may be required to have a personal interview, in lieu of submitting test scores.

To fulfill this requirement, we will accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

TOEFL

The TOEFL code for SOPHAS is 5688.

 

Required Minimum Scores

  • iBT: 100

 

IELTS

All applicants submit IELTS scores directly to the Bloomberg School's Admission Services. A copy of your score report may be emailed to JHSPH.Applied-Learning@jhu.edu.

Required Minimum Score

  • 7

TOEFL/IELTS Exceptions

Admissions will waive this requirement for degree applicants only if:

  • a student has completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • a student is from a country listed on our quick reference list

How to Apply

Before you start the application process, please review the entrance requirements and deadlines above. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if you attended several academic institutions and need multiple transcripts, or if you attended an international institution and need to provide a course by course credential evaluation, and be sure to allow sufficient processing time. Our team of admissions representatives is here to help you each step of the way. If you have questions, please reach out to us so we can assist you in navigating this exciting journey. You can also call us at 844-379-1319.

If you are ready to begin your application, please proceed to SOPHAS for MAS programs and SOPHAS Express for Certificate programs.

Financial Aid and Tuition 

Tuition is assessed per term by the Office of Student Accounts & Business Services. OPAL programs have a competitive price point.

  • 2020-21 tuition is $1,197 per credit*
  • The OPAL Scholarship - All students enrolled in an OPAL MAS or Certificate program will be awarded this scholarship, in the amount of $460 per credit*. This scholarship is designated for tuition costs only and is disbursed incrementally for each credit taken towards required coursework.Your admission application also serves as your OPAL Scholarship application; therefore, no additional forms are required.

  • The Certificate in Global Tobacco Control has additional scholarship funding available for eligible students in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control; please refer to their website for additional information regarding scholarship eligibility, and relevant deadlines for submission of applications.

*Tuition rates for the following academic year are reassessed and approved each spring.

Beyond scholarships, the Financial Aid Office provides assistance with federal and private loans.

State-specific Information for Online Students

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