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 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. 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 IETLS: 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 17 credits in core courses, 14 credits in program-specific courses, 4 credits in selective coursework, 8 credits of electives, and 2-credits for the culminating experience.

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
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6417Cross-Cultural Approaches for Global Health Practice
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6450Global Health Diplomacy
Two courses (4 credits), one from each of the two sets below. Alternative courses may be taken with prior permission of the advisor.
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
or PUBH 6355 Comparative Health Policy
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance 1
or PUBH 6399 Topics in Health Policy
or PUBH 6466 Health Financing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
(Note: PUBH 6399 counts toward this requirement only when taken in the topic Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare.)
8 credits in elective courses. These may be taken from the following list or they may be additional selective courses.
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster and Policy) 2
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Policy of Science, Technology and Development) 2
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (International Trade and Investment Policy) 2
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I 3
or IAFF 6503 Professional Skills II
ORSC 6224Persuasion and Negotiation
PMGT 6404Principled Political Leadership
PPPA 6056Regulatory Comment Clinic
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (National and Global Public Health Systems) 2
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Synthesizing Evidence) 2
PUBH 6575Communication Skills for Public Health Professionals
Culminating experience
PUBH 6418Global Health Culminating Experience I
PUBH 6419Global Health Culminating Experience II

1For PUBH 6399, only the topic Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare counts toward program requirements.

2For IAFF 6138, IAFF 6158, IAFF 6198, and PUBH 6499, only the specific topics listed count toward program requirements.

3See program guide for  IAFF 6502 and IAFF 6503 topics that qualify as preapproved electives.


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.