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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

BA/MSPH in Population, Family and Reproductive Health

BA/MSPH student photoThe Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, offers a major in Public Health Studies for undergraduates interested in careers in public health. The program focuses on the prevention of illness, disease, and health care inequalities, drawing on fundamental knowledge from biology and the social and behavioral sciences.

To build on the existing partnerships of BSPH with KSAS for dual bachelors/master’s degree programs, the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health proposes offering early graduate school admission to JHU juniors/seniors majoring in Public Health Studies. Admission will serve as entry to the two-year professional MSPH degree program in the Department.

The MSPH degree provides students with a broad foundation in public health as well as coursework concentrated in the five following areas of interest listed:

The program also includes real-world experience in the form of a field placement. The two-year MSPH degree program includes a full year of coursework, a minimum of 680 hours of a full-time field placement, and completion of an original essay and a public presentation of the essay content. The essay can take many forms, including that of a research report, literature review, policy analysis, or grant proposal. Students must begin their field placement during the summer term following the first year of coursework. Up to 16 credits of public health coursework completed inter-divisionally at JHSPH toward their BA may also apply toward their 128 credits required for an MSPH degree.

Applications for the MSPH dual degree programs are accepted any time until July 1st between a student’s junior and senior years. Students must be accepted prior to the start of their senior year classes. Applications are submitted through SOPHAS. Standardized test scores are not required for the application; however, students need to achieve a GPA of 3.3 or higher at the time of their application. Admission is contingent on students maintaining the same or higher GPA during their senior year. All students, regardless of their GPA, must provide a transcript for the first semester of junior-year coursework.

Once students complete the BA degree and meet all conditions to enter the MSPH degree program, admitted students will be automatically enrolled in JHSPH starting the fall after completing the BA. Students admitted into the dual degree program will receive co-advising from both Schools during their senior year as part of this unique experience.

For information on this degree, please email Kristen McCormick, Sr. Academic Program Coordinator.

For more information on the School's BA/MSPH programs and to apply, please visit the Combined Programs page.