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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Admissions

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.

**PLEASE NOTE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will review our 2022 Summer Institute programming and will finalize plans accordingly. All Admitted Students will receive updates via email.**

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.

Scores

Official GRE/GMAT Scores

The DrPH Program no longer requires the submission of GRE/GMAT scores and these will not be reviewed in the admissions process if submitted.

English Language Proficiency Scores & Waiver Criteria

Most International applicants must submit scores of an English language proficiency test, meet one of the exemption criteria on the Admissions website, or qualify for a waiver through the DrPH Program. Information regarding test options also are available on the Admissions website.

International applicants to the DrPH program who would typically be required to submit an English language proficiency test score score may be waived from the requirement if one or both of the following criteria are met:

  1. If an applicant is in the process of completing a master’s degree from a U.S. institution; or
  2. If an applicant provides a copy of expired (i.e., >2 years old) English language waiver scores that demonstrate satisfactory mastery of English language.

To apply for an English language proficiency test waiver:

1. Complete the electronic request form.

2. Email the following supporting documentation to JHSPH-DrPH@jhu.edu; your request will not be processed without your supporting documentation:

  • Current CV or resume; and
  • Unofficial bachelor and/or graduate degree transcripts indicating English proficiency (unofficial copies of transcripts are sufficient for this review, although official copies of all transcripts are required as part of the SOPHAS program application); and
  • Expired exam score reports (if relevant).

Waiver requests and all supporting documents must be received by the DrPH Program Office by November 1, 2021 11:59 PM ET. Submission of a waiver request does not guarantee approval of a waiver. If your waiver request is denied, you will be required to submit valid test scores to complete your SOPHAS application.

Please allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks for processing and plan accordingly.

State-Specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.