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Health Policy and Management

PhD Application Requirements

Applications to the PhD 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 or previous graduate-level academic record is expected. The personal statement is a central element to the application, as it is an opportunity to explain your commitment to the field of public health, as well as specific program or research interests. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae (c.v.) or 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 MHA specifically, and what life is like in Baltimore. Registration is required to attend. You can sign up using the links below.

Virtual Open Houses on November 6.

HPM Virtual Information Sessions on November 19, and December 19.

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

The SOPHAS code for the Bloomberg School of Public Health is 3738.

English Language Proficiency Tests

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

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

Click here to view HPM English Language Waiver Policy

Minimum scores needed for admission:

Please note: if you're required to take an English language proficiency test, make sure you do so well before the December 1 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.