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Master's Degree

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Offered By: Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Onsite | Full-Time | 1 year


About This Program

The MHS is a one-year academic program designed for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge in one of the department’s content areas and strengthening their research and analytic skills. The program is especially well suited to students who wish to improve their potential for career advancement. Students choose one of four methodological approaches: demography; behavioral and social sciences; epidemiology or health services research and evaluation. The one-year curriculum is intended for students with one to two years of public health experience (two years preferred) to inform their area of research inquiry prior to entry into the program.

Program Highlights

5 areas of interest

choose 1 as your focus

Research methods courses

choose 1 of 4 methodological approaches

Master's Essay

of publishable quality based on secondary data analysis

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Sample Careers

  • Senior Monitoring and Evaluations Advisor
  • Senior Technical Advisor
  • Associate Director of Clinical Outcome Assessments
  • Grants Management
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Public Health Consultant, Evaluator, Network Coordinator
  • Director, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue, explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory, and find many more details in the program's 2021-2022 Student Handbook.

Areas of Interest

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Work Experience

2 years of public health experience

Prior Coursework

A general-level biology or biological science course, an upper-level mathematics course (calculus and statistics recommended),
a social science course

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Tuition and Funding

Opportunities are available in the department for students to be Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help. 

Academic Program Administrator
Kristen McCormick

Academic Program Manager
Gilbert Morgan