Admission 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. Waived for applicants who hold a graduate degree (i.e., MA, MS, JD).

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. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In no more than 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.

International applicants only:

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

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • 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: 45 credits, including 10 credits in foundational core courses, 23 credits in program-specific courses, 8 credits in elective courses, and 4 credits in field/laboratory experience and final project.

Foundation courses
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6275Essential Public Health Laboratory Skills
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
Program-specific courses
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6276Public Health Microbiology
PUBH 6278Public Health Virology
PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6861Public Health Genomics
MICR 8210Infection and Immunity
8 credit in courses selected from the following and/or other courses approved in advance by the advisor.
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6127Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6199Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health (Microbiomes and Microbial Ecology in Public Health) *
PUBH 6233Epidemiologic Principles and Practice of Disease Eradication
PUBH 6234Epidemiologic Methods in Neglected Tropical Disease Control
PUBH 6238Molecular Epidemiology
PUBH 6239Epidemiology of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6252Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care and Treatment
PUBH 6255Organizational Responses to the Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Epidemics
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6271Disaster Epidemiology
PUBH 6272Epidemiology of Infectious Agents Associated with Human Cancer
PUBH 6282Introduction to R Programming for Epidemiology
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections) *
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (HIV Prevention Epi and Methods) *
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (Cancer Immunotherapy) *
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (Public Health Lab Response to EID) *
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (Next Gen Sequencing Laboratory Skills ) *
PUBH 6455Global Vaccinology
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
MICR 6292Tropical Infectious Diseases
MICR 8230Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Field/laboratory experience and final project
PUBH 6016Field/Laboratory Experience
PUBH 6280Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases Final Project

*For PUBH 6199 and PUBH 6299, only the specified topics count toward program requirements.