HPM Policy on English Proficiency Requirement and Waivers
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health requires all applicants from countries where English is not the official language to submit scores of an English language proficiency test. The Department of Health Policy and Management follows and supports this requirement.
International applicants from countries where English is the official language are exempt from the English language test requirement. To determine if you qualify for an exemption, refer to the table found on the Office of Admissions website.
International applicants who have completed four complete years of study (post-high school) leading to a formal degree from an accredited U.S. institution are also exempt from the requirement.
To meet the English Proficiency Requirement, the Department will accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS.)
In very rare circumstances, the Department of Health Policy and Management will waive the English proficiency test. In order to request a waiver, please follow the instructions below.
Request for English Proficiency Requirement Waiver
Step 1: If you have not done so already, please create a SOPHAS account.
Step 2: In SOPHAS, select your JHSPH designation (i.e. degree program).
Step 3: In SOPHAS, allow your information to be viewable.
Step 4: Submit the following waiver request documentation to the HPM Office of Academic Affairs via email.
- Domestic transcripts or transcripts from English speaking countries OR an official letter from the school/program confirming that instruction was in English.
- Standardized test scores (GRE). For the MHS in health finance and management and MHA programs only, GMAT scores will be considered.
- A formal, written statement from the applicant providing the rationale for why the waiver request should be considered.
Once a completed waiver request is received, a decision will be communicated within 7 business (working) days via email. Note that approved waivers are for specific programs within the department; a waiver approved for one program is not transferable to another program within the Department or school. Applicants who are not granted a waiver and/or do not submit test scores by the stated application deadline will not be reviewed for admission.
Requests for waivers for applicants to the School-wide DrPH program are reviewed and approved through the DrPH program office. For further information, contact the DrPH program manager, Brenda Hedrick.