How to Apply to the Bloomberg School
How to Apply
Thanks for your interest in our programs. Based on your selected program, you will apply through one of two application services. Please pay close attention to your program's application requirements and deadline. All programs require the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree.
Applicants to Doctoral, Master's, and Residencies utilize SOPHAS.
All Certificate and Bachelor's/Master's (JHU undergraduates only) applicants apply through SOPHAS Express. Certificate requirements and procedures vary by department, program, and student status. Please carefully review the appropriate certificate program page for requirements.
International Applicants are welcome at the School and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
MPH applicants should carefully review the prerequisite requirements.
All supporting documents (letters of recommendation, transcripts and/or credential evaluations, letters or recommendation, and test scores) must be official. Official documents are sent directly from one organizational authority to another. Documents and letters of recommendation that have been in the possession of the applicant or another person are not official.
In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:
Transcripts from U.S. Institutions and English Speaking Canada
The Bloomberg School requires official academic records, transcripts, or mark sheets from ALL colleges, universities, graduate, or professional schools attended. Even if grades and credits from one institution appear on your home institution’s transcript, we require the transcript from the school where the credits originated. This includes post-graduate certificates and any educational history listed in the CV.
It is important that you do not send transcripts to SOPHAS until you list the institution sending the transcript in the “Colleges Attended” section. You will need to have your SOPHAS ID# included on the Transcript. Follow SOPHAS instructions on their Applicant Help Center.
Special instructions on how to handle study abroad transcripts can be found on the SOPHAS Study Abroad and Overseas US transcripts help page.
International Academic Records
If you are an international student or a U.S. student who is/has studied outside the U.S. or English Speaking Canada, except for studying abroad, your international academic records must undergo a credentials evaluation. More information may be found on our International Applicant page.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MCAT) requirements are determined by each academic program at the Bloomberg School. Please carefully review drop down lists to determine if your program test scores are required, optional, or not required/not reviewed.
English Language Proficiency
For International Applicants, an English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English, Pearson Test for English) is required. Please carefully review the schoolwide score minimums, test submission instructions, and exemptions from the English Language Proficiency requirement.
Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation may only be received through the SOPHAS application portal. Letters may come from professional or academic references, or a mix of both. SOPHAS does not allow individual submission of letters to programs. Therefore, admissions committees are aware the letters of recommendation are general and not specific to the program or school.
As part of the application, all applicants will upload a resume or curriculum vitae to SOPHAS or SOPHAS Express.
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
The Statement of Purpose and Objectives is the applicant's opportunity to share with the admission committee their passion for public health, their interest in the program and research projects, and any other relevant information not included in the rest of the application.
Application deadlines vary by department, degree program, and sometimes degree track. Know which one applies to you!
APPLY EARLY: SOPHAS requires four to six weeks to verify the application. Although we only require that the application be submitted by the deadline, we strongly encourage you to apply early enough for your application to also be completed with supporting documents (transcripts, test scores, credential evaluations, and letters of recommendation) by the deadline. Supporting documents are due two weeks after the deadline.
Applying to MPH combined-degree programs
MPH applicants should carefully review the prerequisite requirements. Applicants to MPH Dual Degree programs may have additional requirements, or special application instructions.
DNP Executive/MPH applicants apply through the School of Nursing, and will be reviewed by the admissions committees of both the School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School.
Veterinary students must apply to the MPH program through SOPHAS after at least two years of veterinary school and request a leave of absence from veterinary school. The years of veterinary training will fulfill the two years of health experience required for admission to the School’s MPH program.
Applicants to the JD/MPH must be enrolled in an accredited law school and apply during the first or second year of law school. The application to the MPH portion is processed through SOPHAS and applicants should indicate the appropriate year they will begin the MPH program. The standard MPH admissions prerequisite of previous health-professional training of two years of health-related experience is waived. All other prerequisites must be met.
Applicants must apply and be accepted into the full-time MPH program at the Bloomberg School and also separately apply and be accepted into the LL.M. program at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
MBA/MPH with China Europe International Business School
Applicants must apply to CEIBS and the Bloomberg School separately. The application to the MPH program is processed through SOPHAS and applicants should indicate the appropriate year they will begin the MPH program. The admissions committees of both schools review applications independently.
Medical students must apply to the MPH program through SOPHAS and request a leave of absence from medical school. Medical students typically enroll in the MPH program between their third and fourth years of medical school. Two years of U.S. medical training will fulfill the two years of health experience required for admission to the MPH program. International medical students must have previous health-related experience
MPH/MBA with the Carey Business School
Applications for the MPH/MBA are processed through SOPHAS. Applicants are required to submit the GMAT or GRE. All other requirements and deadlines are the same as the full-time MPH program. The admissions committees of both schools review applications independently.
Applicants must apply to each school (the Bloomberg School and the University of Maryland School of Social Work) separately and simultaneously. The application to the MPH portion is processed through SOPHAS and applicants should indicate the appropriate year they will begin the MPH program. The standard MPH admissions prerequisite of previous health-professional training of two years of health-related experience is waived. All other prerequisites must be met.
Bachelor's/Master's Degree Applicants
Undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University that are already interested in pursuing advanced degrees can get a head start through the Bachelor's/Master's combined degree programs at the Bloomberg School.
Undergraduate students should formally apply for early admission by July 1 following their junior year of undergraduate coursework. Some programs allow for applicants in the senior year to apply by October 1.
Admitted students must complete their Bachelor's degree before formally enrolling in the Bloomberg School.
JHU undergraduates should confirm all eligibility requirements on the program pages and submit the SOPHAS Express application, making sure to select the appropriate combined degree option for your degree designation. Please send an official transcript to the Admissions Services Office at:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe St., Ste. E1002
Baltimore, MD 21205
For Non-Degree Applicants
Applicants interested in attending a limited number of courses should use the non-degree applications below.
All certificate applicants apply using SOPHAS Express. Applicants should carefully review the available start terms for the certificate of interest and correlating application deadlines and the general certificate non-degree student admission requirements.
Transcripts can be sent electronically through Parchment, National Clearinghouse, and Credential Solutions. Credential Evaluations should be sent directly to JHSPH and can be sent electronically through WES, ECE, FIS, and Educational Perspectives. Official TOEFL scores should be sent to ETS code 5352. IELTS may be submitted by emailing a score report to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Duolingo English Test and Pearson Test for English - Academic should be sent by selecting JHSPH as the recipient within the appropriate test score reporting ordering system.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe St., Ste. E1002
Baltimore, MD 21205
Applying for a postdoctoral fellowship varies by department. Please review the postdoctoral training program webpage for general information. Once instructed to complete, postdoctoral fellowship applicants will need to submit the Postdoctoral Fellowship Application.
For a quick overview of the application and admissions process at the School, check out these helpful FAQs.