Master of Health Science (MHS)
The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree program is designed for students interested in graduate-level preparation for careers in medicine, biomedical research, public health, and related health sciences. Our MHS students pursue advanced graduate work, a career in medicine, or positions in industry or public health.
The MHS program is completed in one academic year (late August through mid May). The program’s flexible curriculum allows opportunity to take courses throughout the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which has been rated #1 for 21 consecutive years by the U.S. News & World Report. With the School's unique academic calendar with four eight-weeks terms, students have ample opportunity to take a rich variety of courses.
The MHS in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology includes courses within a core curriculum focused around biochemistry, molecular biology, reproductive biology, and the biology of disease and public health, and the remainder of the courses being electives. Students typically take four or five courses per eight-week term, which provides tremendous flexibility in the program. A student’s coursework is based on a core set of basic science course requirements and electives that are highly individualized depending on a student’s background and career aspirations. Students have extensive opportunities to have one-on-one interaction with faculty and staff, for advising, career guidance, and thesis preparation. The department also has its own part-time pre-health advisor who leads workshops through the academic year to prepare students for applying to medical school or other professional schools in healthcare. Other valuable resources include the JHSPH Career Services Office and the Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE).
BMB MHS students take these core courses
- Introduction to Molecular Biology, 1st term (120.602)
- Fundamentals of Reproductive Biology, 1st term (120.620)
- Cancer Biology, 4th term (120.624)
BMB MHS students take at least five of these upper-level courses
- Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza, 2nd term (120.603)
- Genome Integrity, 4th term (120.605)
- Cellular Stress in Physiology and Disease, 4th term (120.606)
- Genetics and Gene Therapy, 3rd term (120.608)
- Nucleic Acid Chemistry, 3rd term (120.613)
- Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Reproduction, 4th term (120.622)
- Principles of Cell Biology, 3rd term (120.626)
- Stem Cells and the Biology of Aging and Disease, 3rd term (120.627)
Supplemental biochemistry courses - Our core biochemistry courses are optional, but many MHS students opt to take these, depending on their background and career goals.
- Biochemistry – An Introductory Course I, 1st term (120.601)
- Biochemistry – An Introductory Course II, 1st term (120.602)
School-wide Required Courses
- Public Health Perspectives on Research (550.865)
Students may obtain waiver if they have completed an MPH, professional MHS or MSPH degree at a domestic institution within the last ten years
- A minimum of three credits of basic Epidemiology, typically Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health (340.721) or Practical Epidemiology for Basic Scientists (340.688).
Students may obtain a waiver if they have taken 280.350, Fundamentals of Epidemiology, in the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies, or if they have taken graduate-level epidemiology at an accredited school of public health
MHS Application Deadlines
- Priority: April 15
- Final: June 1
MHS and ScM students can be supported by student loans and work-study programs. Additional information on financial aid for MHS and ScM students is available from the Office of Student Affairs within the Bloomberg School.