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What masters' programs are offered in the department?

Master of Health Science (MHS)

What doctoral programs are offered in the department?

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

What are the criteria for admissions?

Bachelor's degree, *GRE test scores regardless of advanced degree, TOEFL (if country is on list of required courses). International applicants should review the Admissions International Students section prior to applying.
*GRE test scores are optional for 2021.

The Department of Mental Health recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly impede prospective students’ ability to complete standardized testing requirements. To help address the unique challenges the pandemic has presented, the Department of Mental has opted to alter our policy requiring GRE scores for applicants to the 2021-2022 academic year.

For prospective students applying to all Mental Health academic programs for the 2021-2022 academic year, GRE scores will be optional, but highly recommended. We encourage applicants with existing GRE scores to include them as part of their applications. However, applications will still be reviewed without GRE scores.

Applicants may submit GRE scores to JHSPH using the SOPHAS code 3738.

For additional questions related to admissions requirements and applications, please contact Patty Scott: patty.scott@jhu.edu.

Is a master's degree required for the doctoral program?

No

How much post-baccalaureate work experience is required, if any?

It is preferred but not required.

What are average standardized test scores and GPA for students admitted to the department?

Successful applicants have *GRE test scores in the 65 percentile or higher.
*GRE test scores are optional for 2021.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for PhD applications is December 1.
The deadline for MHS applications is June 1.
GRE test scores are optional for 2021.

Is an interview required?

No, not unless further info is needed to ascertain the applicant's interest or knowledge level.

What are the tuition and fees?

Please visit the School's admission page for tuition and fees.

What funding is available for your masters' and doctoral programs?

No scholarships are available for Masters Students.

There are a limited number of training grant slots available for doctoral students. To be eligible and funded, a student must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US to be placed in a slot. The training grant slots cover tuition, student health clinic fee, individual health insurance and tuition for a limited time. Limited funding is available through Training Grants and Departmental and School-wide scholarships and awards. Funding is determined on a case by case basis. Doctoral students in the Department are encouraged to apply for outside funding sources to supplement their tuition.  All applications to the doctoral program are automatically considered for any open slots on the training grants.

International students typically find funding either from their home country or through organizations such as Fulbright.

All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for the first four years of the program: full tuition, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance and dental insurance.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Our students complete the doctoral program in an average of 4-5 years. The Master's program is completed in 9 months.

Once enrolled, can students switch (program areas/concentrations/research areas)?

Our department doesn't have concentrations, and students can change their research areas.

What are the course requirements for a specific degree?

The required courses for each degree are listed on the department's website. Both the master's degree and doctoral degrees are both research oriented. No clinical training is incorporated into the degree programs.

What types of research opportunities are available for students?

Faculty will have opportunities for part-time work on grant projects.

What types of certificates are available?

We offer two certificates: Certificate in Public Mental Health Research and Certificate in Mental Health Policy, Economics and Services. DMH degree seeking students are not eligible to pursue the Certificate in Public Mental Health Research as there is too much program overlap.

Which degree programs and/or certificates may be completed online?

The department currently does not offer any online degree program or certificates.

Does the department offer any dual degree programs?

No.

What careers do your students pursue after graduation?

Students who complete the doctoral program typically go on to professorships or post docs; MHS students either take project coordinator jobs, or work for the government or in private industry. Some master's students go on to medical school or to pursue doctoral degrees.

Do international students need to know any additional information?

International applicants should review the Admissions International Students section prior to applying.

How do I apply?

To be formally considered for admission, please visit www.jhsph.edu/admissions. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • the application
  • CV
  • statement of goals and experience (2-3 pages in length, either single or double spaced)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts from all of the schools attended
  • official GRE test scores (GRE test scores are accepted but optional for 2021)
  • official TOEFL test scores (based on student's country where degrees earned)