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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Applications for a June start in the Schoolwide DrPH Program open in August . Applications are processed through the online portal Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS) and the application deadline is December 1st. New students start the program in June with an onsite summer institute in Baltimore.

Application Deadlines and Admissions Timeline

Deadline to submit application in SOPHAS: December 1

Deadline to apply for Bloomberg Fellowship: December 1

Supporting document deadline (transcripts & WES evaluations if relevant; letters of recommendation; official English language proficiency scores, if applicable): December 15

Review of applications: December through February; interviews are conducted on an ad hoc basis--not receiving a request for an interview is not indicative of an admissions decision and vice versa.

Communication of offers: Early March

Program Timeline

Typically, incoming DrPH students should plan to spend approximately one week in June in Baltimore to take one Summer Institute course and to participate in Orientation activities. Additional Summer Institute courses of interest are offered throughout the month of June. The DrPH Program Office will circulate a schedule of these courses during the onboarding process, should students wish to take additional Summer Institute courses.

DrPH Bloomberg Fellowship recipients may have additional orientation requirements in Baltimore; please coordinate these dates with the Bloomberg Fellowship Office.


How to Apply

In addition to standard School application materials, DrPH applicants should also possess:

  • MPH or equivalent degree*
  • Work experience: a minimum of 3 years of professional, full-time public health experience in the applicant's area of interest by the Dec. 1st application deadline

* The DrPH Program will accept a health-related master's degree as qualification for applying to the DrPH Program; however, students who have not completed an MPH may need to take additional coursework concurrent with the 57 didactic credits required for the DrPH (see the core course section of this website). For examples of other master's degrees with which students have entered the program, see our FAQ.

All application materials will be carefully considered in the admissions process, with special emphasis on applicants’ practice experience and promise as a public health leader.

Students should identify only one program concentration (and track where relevant) when applying for the DrPH in SOPHAS. If the Custom Track is preferred, a separate question in the SOPHAS admissions form asks applicants to describe briefly a) their proposed area of study; b) their academic goals; and c) 6-8 courses they could take at the Bloomberg School.

Visit the Admissions Office to learn more about the online application process.


Official GRE/GMAT Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Student Sponsorship

The DrPH program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Students who require visa sponsorship may only participate in this program online from outside of the U.S.  Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may participate in this program online or onsite in Baltimore.