Admissions Deadlines:

Fall: March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)

Spring: October 1

Summer:  December 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized Test Scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268), LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT.  Not required for Fall 2021 MPH application, although students may submit their scores if they feel it would be beneficial.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations
 

Prior Academic Records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution. Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of Purpose:

For all programs:  In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services.

International Applicants:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.

Please note that the following minimum English language test scores are required for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
GWSPHadmit@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-2160 (phone)
http://publichealth.gwu.edu/admissions
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 20 credits in program-specific requirements, 6 credits in general elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Required
Core courses
PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II (Includes Practicum)
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Departmental courses
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6252Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6260Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis
Program-specific epidemiology foundational courses
At least two courses (4 credits) from the following:
PUBH 6237Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6248Epidemiology of Aging
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
Program-specific electives
4 credits in Epidemiology/Biostatistics department courses or from following list:
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (Behavioral Epidemiology)
PUBH 6899Topics in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6127Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6455Global Vaccinology
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
EXNS 6208Physical Activity: Physiology and Epidemiology
Additional electives
6 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses.
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience (taken for 2 credits)

MPH graduation requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6000 MPH Applied Practice Experience.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE): Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023 Interprofessional Education Experience).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A minimum grade of B is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.