Fall – March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration); January 15 (International applicants)

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 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:

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


Students choose one of the following concentrations:
   Option A: Epidemiology
   Option B: Program Design and Evaluation

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including, depending on the concentration: 15 to 17 credits in core courses, 19 to 22 credits in program-specific courses, 6 to 7 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience. 

EXNS 2111Exercise Physiology I4
Core courses
PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience0
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health3
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology3
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health2
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation (students following Option B [below] do not take PUBH 6009)0,2
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health3
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy2
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I1
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II1
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience0
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience1-3
Departmental courses
EXNS 6202Advanced Exercise Physiology I (Departmental Courses)0-3
EXNS 6203Advanced Exercise Physiology II0-3
EXNS 6208Physical Activity: Physiology and Epidemiology2
PUBH 6620Designing Healthy Communities2
Program-specific: All courses in either Option A or Option B
Option A: Epidemiology (9 credits)
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies3
PUBH 6252Epidemiologic Methods II: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods3
PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis0,3
Option B: Program design and evaluation (12 credits)
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs3
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation3
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing3
EXNS 6204Biostatistical Methods and Research Design3
For Option A, 7 credits; for Option B, 6 credits. Taken in any gradual-level GW course.

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.