Admissions Deadlines: Fall - March 15
Spring - October 1
Summer - December 15
Standardized Test Scores: GRE general test (institutional code 5246)
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.
Statement of Purpose: 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.
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: ~ 202-994-2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 9 credits in public health core courses, 6 credits in statistics core courses, 2 credits in program-specific courses, 13 credits in elective courses, and 3 credits consulting and thesis.


The courses listed below (or equivalents) are prerequisites for admission consideration, and must appear on the student's transcript.

BISC 1111Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
BISC 1112Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II

Additional course requirements

Applicants who have not already completed one of the courses listed below (or equivalents to these GW courses) are considered for admission, but are eligible for conditional admission only. In such cases, students are expected to satisfactorily complete one of the courses within two semesters from matriculation in the program.

PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
or STAT 2183 Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages

Program requirements 

Public health core courses
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology 1
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies 1
PUBH 6252Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods 1
Statistics core courses
One of the following two-course, 6-credit sets:
PUBH 6868
PUBH 6260
Quantitative Methods
and Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis
or PUBH 6865 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
STAT 4157
STAT 4158
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
and Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II 2
STAT 6201
STAT 6202
Mathematical Statistics I
and Mathematical Statistics II
Program-specific courses
At least one course (2 credits) selected 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
13 credits in any graduate-level PUBH courses. Other courses may be substituted with prior approval of the advisor's approval. 3
Consulting and thesis
PUBH 6869Principles of Biostatistical Consulting
PUBH 6999Master of Science in Epidemiology Thesis

1 Basis for master's general comprehensive examination.

2 In lieu of STAT 4157 and STAT 4158, students interested in applying to the PhD program in epidemiology may take STAT 6201 Mathematical Statistics I and STAT 6202 Mathematical Statistics II with the advisor's approval.

3 Undergraduate-level courses may be approved for graduate credit provided additional work is assigned.