How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.
Please review the steps below carefully and contact the Department's Education Office if you have any additional questions about the application process.
Please note: Certificate Programs– There are different application processes for students who are currently enrolled in degree programs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and those who are applying as non-students (including students who are enrolled at other divisions of the Johns Hopkins University).
Step 1 – Background Requirements
Applicants to the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health degree programs should have a background that includes at least:
- a bachelor's level degree from an accredited university;
- a general level biology or biological science course;
- an upper level mathematics course (calculus and statistics recommended);
- a social science course;
- a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and/or graduate is required.
- Work experience is encouraged but not required for the Department's MSPH or doctoral degree programs.
For MHS applicants:
- a doctoral degree (e.g. MD, PhD, JD),
- two or more years of public health or related experience .
- the MHS in Demography does not require students to have a doctoral degree.
Step 2 – Choose Your Degree
All applicants are required to submit applications through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).
Step 3 – Know Your Application Requirements
Applicants will need to submit all of the following required materials by the application due date designated for each degree program:
- Completed online application (including a two-page personal statement, resume/cv, and application fee)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all universities attended
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (an official copy of scores is required for all applicants)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if applicable)
Standardized Test Information
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants to the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 150+ in the Verbal section; 150+ in the Quantitative section; and a 4.5+ in the Analytical section. In some instances, the Department will accept MCAT sores in lieu of the GRE. Information regarding the GRE may be found one the ETS website.
Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission to the School. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores for the TOEFL, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 100+ on the Internet-based TOEFL and 600+ on the Paper-Based TOEFL. Information regarding the TOEFL may be found on the ETS website.
Step 4 – Know Your Deadline
All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
The Department requires that you submit your online application (through SOPHAS) and all supporting materials by the application deadline. The 2018-2019 application deadlines are:
Masters Programs Deadline – APRIL 15
The MSPH and MHS programs have limited funding opportunities; funding decisions for the MSPH and MHS programs are made in early April. Applications that are not received by this time will not be considered for funding.
Doctoral Program Deadline – DECEMBER 1
Step 5 – Apply Online
All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to general questions about the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and the program offerings.