Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University

Why you should consider this program

Join a world-wide community of faculty, students and staff who are invested in solving public health problems ranging from Baltimore to Bangladesh. The Master of Public Health (MPH) program has been consistently ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report since 1994 and provides a setting for learning and collaborating with accessible faculty and classmates from over 80 countries. The coursework is inter-disciplinary and provides flexibility in focus areas, including 12 different concentration areas and multiple certificates.

The mission of the MPH program is to prepare students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current local and global health problems with multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches. The School of Public Health has a strong commitment to Baltimore and many students partner with community-based organizations; complete practicum projects with local organizations and city and state health departments; and lend their talents and energies to community endeavors. RPCVs are eligible for a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Scholarship and join a rich network of fellow students and alumni who are dedicated to working with the underserved on issues including adolescent health, overdose and addiction, the environment, obesity and food systems, and violence.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 69,720 $ 15,000 $ 54,720
Out of state $ 69,720 $ 15,000 $ 54,720
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

** All Coverdell Fellows are considered for additional institutional funding.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows may apply for research assistant positions or work-study positions (if eligible).

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 26,205

Application fee waived?



Fellows participate in at least 100 hours of service throughout the year. A Fellow either is placed in an internship with a community-based organization through SOURCE (The Student Outreach Resource Center, the community engagement and service-learning center for the Bloomberg School, the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University) or identifies another service activity in Baltimore or Washington during the year. Examples of internships from previous years include partnering with:

  • The AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS), a permanent supportive housing agency in Baltimore, to help launch a "Moving On" program for identifying and assessing tenants ability to transition to independent living.
  • The Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) to conduct a needs assessment and make recommendations for optimizing mental health service provision to students in the BCP charter school network.
  • Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals at no cost for people with HIV/AIDS and other conditions to conduct a survey assessing the impact of meals on the health outcomes and healthcare costs of its clients. 
  • Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. (HCH) to conduct an organizational assessment of trauma-informed care at HCH and identify solutions for avoiding re-traumatization.

Jobs for program alumni

Based on a survey of recent alumni, 80% have accepted domestic jobs that include federal, state and city government, hospitals or other healthcare providers, non-profits, consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations. The top job titles are program officer, researcher, research associate, data analyst, consultant and intern. Examples include:

  • Nurse with Baltimore City Health Department - develop a multimedia education program for people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those with limited literacy about their diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
  • Research Analyst at the Office of Minority Health, National Center for Health Statistics _ contribute to programs and the publication "Eliminating Health Disparities: Strengthening Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Language in the U.S."
  • Health Service Unit Director with Indian Health Service - provide health services with goal of elevating the health status of the American Indian population to the highest level.
  • Policy Fellow working with State Senator in the State of Minnesota House of Delegates - write and present a policy requiring landlords to increase transparency regarding prior radon testing, results, and mediation before renters sign a lease.
  • Health Technologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - evaluate health technology and products, such as an mHealth app, that could help prevent patient readmissions and accelerate the change in health care.

Other details

Program length

Full-time program: 11 months

Application requirements

2 years of post-baccalaureate health-related experience; GRE scores; college transcripts; previous college-level math course, biology, and health-related sciences courses; personal statement; letters of recommendation.

Admissions process

A check box for Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) is available on the SOPHAS application so that all eligible applicants are easily identified for review by the MPH Admissions Committee. After being informed of admission to the MPH program, admitted students will be reviewed and 8-10 will be selected for the Fellows program. In addition, all admitted students are considered for additional merit-based scholarship awards.

An MPH applicant at JHSPH also may be admitted to one of the following full-time combined degree programs: MPH/MSN, MPH/MSW, MPH/MBA, MPH/JD, and MPH/MD. All RPCVs applying for the MPH in these combined programs will be eligible to be selected as Fellows.

Program begins

Late June/early July for full-time MPH program

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program

Full-time MPH students may also take online courses as over 190 JHSPH courses are offered on-line. In addition, some JHSPH courses are hybrid where lectures are viewed online and in-person class time is spent in discussion and group work.


Marie Diener-West, PhD, Chair, Master of Public Health Program; Professor of Biostatistics

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, W1015
Baltimore, Maryland 21205-2179