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Thank you for your interest in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We are glad that you are exploring our programs for your graduate education. As the #1 school and program in the country, we can offer you a vast number of experiences, a wide variety of research, and great mentoring and training in epidemiology. However, we realize that applying to graduate school can be a little daunting. With that in mind, we developed the following questions and answers to help guide you, as a prospective applicant, through the process. If, after reviewing this page, you have additional questions, please contact Ms. Ebony Moore, academic coordinator, or Ms. Frances Burman, academic program manager, listed below.

Q: What master's programs are offered in the department?
A: Master of Health Science (MHS) and Master of Science (ScM)

Q: What doctoral programs are offered in the department?
A: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Q: What are the admission requirements?

  • Statement of objectives and research goals (limit two pages)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • GRE/MCAT scores (required of ALL applicants)* The Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will not require the Graduate Record Examination results for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Applicants who submit results will not be penalized, nor will applicants who do not submit results.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) (scores less than 100/7¬†will not be considered; please retake the test)
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one being academic, advisor preferred)

Q: Is a master's degree required for the doctoral program?
A: Yes

Q: What specific courses are recommended for success in the core courses?
A: College-level math through precalculus, biology and one additional science course

Q: How many years of post-baccalaureate work is required, if any?
A: A minimum of one year of full-time post-baccalaureate work is required for PhD. Full-time work experience is not required for masters' students.

Q: What is the average GPA for students admitted to the department?
A: An average GPA of 3.3

Q: What is the application deadline?

  • BA/MHS: July 1
  • MHS/ScM: January 15
  • PhD: December 1

Q:Is an interview required?
A: Yes, for qualified doctoral applicants

Q: What funding is available for the master's and doctoral programs?
A: Master's Tuition Support (MTS), training grants, programs, and endowments are available for qualifying students.

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?

  • BA/MHS: 6 years
  • MHS/ScM: 2 years
  • PhD: 4.5-5 years

Q: Once enrolled, can students switch research areas?
A: Yes

Q: What are the course requirements for a specific degree?
A: See the Degree Programs section for sample curricula

Q: What types of research opportunities are available for students?
A: Several research/teaching opportunities are available. Your faculty advisor can discuss options specific to your area(s) of interest.

Q: What types of certificates are available? (click here for a complete list)

  • Clinical Trials*
  • Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals*
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control
  • Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety*

    *may be completed with a combination of online and in-class courses (when available) or fully online

Q: Which degree programs and/or certificates may be completed online?
A: None

Q: Does the department offer any dual degree programs?
A: BA/MHS for JHU undergraduates only

Q: What careers do students pursue after graduation?
A: Graduates pursue careers in the fields of industry, education, and government

Contact for more information:

Frances S. Burman, Academic Program Manager (Doctoral)

Justin Switzer, Academic Program Manager (Masters)