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Health Policy and Management

MHS Application Requirements

Students enter the MHS in Health Economics & Outcomes Research program from a variety of backgrounds, no specific undergraduate major is required.

All applicants should have a strong quantitative background with an undergraduate level course in calculus; some previous economics background is preferred.  While work experience is encouraged, it is not required.

Applications to the MHS in Health Economics & Outcomes Research program are considered by a faculty admissions committee which reviews a range of criteria and considers the overall balance of each applicant's qualifications.

A strong undergraduate academic record is expected and the personal statement, a central element to the application, is an opportunity for the applicant to explain their commitment to the field. Applicants should also include a resume.

Virtual Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Please join the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health's Admissions Office and the Department of Health Policy and Management for a number of upcoming virtual information sessions that will tell you more about the School, its programs, the MHS specifically, and what life is like in Baltimore. You can sign up using the links below.

Virtual Open Houses on October 9th and November 6th.

HPM Virtual Information Sessions on September 29th, November 19th, and December 19th.

GRE Requirements

In an effort to assist potential applicants who may have difficulty taking standardized tests because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health Policy and Management has elected to change our policy on standardized test scores for applicants to the 2021/2022 academic year. For all full-time Masters and Doctoral programs administered by the Department, GRE scores will be optional, but highly recommended.  If you already have valid GRE scores we encourage you to include them as part of your application; however, your application will still be reviewed without them. If you have any questions about your application please contact us at

GRE scores may be submitted to the Bloomberg School of Public Health using the SOPHAS code 3738

English Language Proficiency Tests

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores of an English Language proficiency test.

To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from either

HPM English Language Waiver Policy

Depending on the test, minimum scores needed for consideration are as follows:

Please note: if you're required to take an English language proficiency test, make sure you do so well before the priority January 15 application deadline. These test scores, as with all application requirements are due by the application deadline.

Additional guidance for international students seeking to submit an application to the MHA program can be found on the Admissions website here.