man in labEarlier this week, I gave a brief overview of our SEVEN master’s degrees. It’s only fair that the doctoral degrees get their turn.

The Bloomberg School currently offers the following doctoral degrees: the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Science (ScD) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)

The PhD is a department-based degree for individuals anticipating an academic career in research and/or teaching. PhD students learn the research methods for collection, analysis and interpretation of data that will help improve the health of populations.  Each of the Bloomberg School’s ten academic departments offers the PhD.  Some PhD programs have a part-time option, but most are full-time. It depends on the department, degree track and specific circumstances. Research areas range from molecular biology to maternal health to biostatistics and human nutrition.

DOCTOR OF SCIENCE (ScD)

The ScD is available in some departments as an alternative to the PhD.  The ScD is for individuals of exceptional ability who seek to establish the methods and skills needed for a career in research, often in an academic setting.  At this time, only the Department of Epidemiology seeks applications for the ScD.

DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH (DrPH)

A new Schoolwide DrPH is under development and will be open for application later in the year. In the meantime, the departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management are accepting applications to their departmental DrPH programs.

WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

I recommend researching the various departments and degree options available at the Bloomberg School.  Once you’ve narrowed your interests, you can contact the academic coordinator for your department of interest.  The contact information for the coordinators is available on each department's website or I can help you locate the appropriate contact. A list of departments may be found at

Doctoral applicants are not required to have a faculty mentor in place before applying, however, I would strongly encourage you to browse our faculty and their research interests to ensure our school and resources would be a good match to your interests. You may search the directory by name or by keyword.

APPLYING

Doctoral applicants apply using the Bloomberg School Application.

Best wishes to you and your application!