Frequently Asked Questions
- Who will advise me?
- How do I apply to the MHS program?
- What will I need to submit my application?
- How long does it take to complete the program?
- What are the requirements for graduation?
- What are the details of the program curriculum?
All new students enrolled in the MHS program are assigned an adviser by the program director before their arrival based on matching interests and expertise. Advisers are departmental faculty members who are currently part of the MHS in Environmental Health program and are well-versed in the core and focus area course options and program requirements. The adviser serves as the first point of contact for students in addressing programmatic and other academic questions and obtaining advice. For example, this will include help each term in selecting and giving final approval on course selections, fulfillment of program and School course requirements and guidance in choosing the topic of the essay and in preparing an essay that fulfills this program requirement.
It is anticipated that a close relationship will develop between students and their adviser over the course of the year through interactions that occur on a regular, weekly basis. You, your adviser and the program director work together to achieve your success in the program.
Applicants to the program must submit a completed application as described on the School’s Admissions Services website. Indicate your focus area of interest in your personal statement. You are invited to discuss these options with the MHS program director prior to making your decision.
The program begins in the fall term. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis starting in January/February for enrollment in the following academic year. Applicants may contact the Department's academic program administrator for more information.
The following make up the completed application package:
- Completed online application. This will include your personal statement which will describe your academic and career goals and explain how it is envisioned that the MHS in EH program will advance you toward those goals.
- Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
- GRE scores (MCAT acceptable, but not preferred).
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students: minimum acceptable score is 100 on the Internet-based version or 600 on the paper-based version.
- Three letters of recommendation from references who can provide insight into you as a student and the likelihood of your success in graduate school.
- Interviews are not required, but may be requested by you or by the program director.
Typically, students in the MHS in Environmental Health program complete their degree on a full-time basis within four academic terms (nine months). Due to the sequencing of courses in the curriculum, students begin the program in the first term of the academic year.
The 8-week term structure at the Bloomberg School of Public Health permits students to take full advantage of the range of course content available within the MHS program. This allows development of a strong environmental health foundation in their selected focus area during the academic year.
The program requires successful completion of a minimum of 64 credits. In addition, each student must write an essay based on an in-depth literature investigation of an environmental health issue of current concern. The essay is intended to serve as an integrating experience for the students and must focus on an environmental health problem that is pertinent to the educational goals of the student and approved by the adviser. A synopsis of this work is presented at a year-end symposium of students, program faculty and guests. No written or oral comprehensive examination is required for this degree.
Students must maintain minimum academic standards to remain in the MHS program. For details of course grade, GPA and other academic requirements, refer to the current year's student handbook.
In addition to a core of School- and program-required courses, students choose a focus area of study that best matches their educational goals. You can read a detailed and comprehensive description of all curricular offerings in the program by navigating to the Master of Health Science page. You can also view the courses of the current year's curriculum in a schedule format by referring to the current student handbook.