Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master's Degree, Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Our graduate program prepares students to conduct epidemiological research, undertake evaluation studies and monitor population health status in academic, governmental, private sector and community health settings.

Opportunities exist for our students to collaborate with experts from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Center for Health Statistics, Food and Drug Administration and many other federal research agencies.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.

Masters Degrees

The M.P.H. in epidemiology is a 45-credit degree granted by the Milken Institute School of Public Health. The curriculum prepares students to design and conduct epidemiologic studies, manage health data and make leadership decisions in public health and clinical epidemiology. The M.S. in epidemiology is a 33-credit program that is designed specifically for students interested in mastering in-depth research methods and training in the quantitative techniques necessary to conduct epidemiologic studies.

Doctoral Degree

The Ph.D. in epidemiology is a 72-credit degree that prepares students for a career in epidemiologic research in an academic, government, or industry setting.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:


  • December 1 (Ph.D.)
  • March 15 (M.S. and M.P.H) (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)


  • October 1 (M.P.H., M.S.)


  • December 15 (M.P.H., M.S.)

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:

M.P.H. - GRE** general test (institutional code 5268), LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT.  **Not required for Fall 2021 MPH application, however, students may submit their scores if they feel it would be beneficial.**

M.S. and Ph.D. - Students must submit a GRE general test (institutional code 5268).

Recommendations required:

M.S. - Two (2) recommendations
M.P.H. - Two (2) recommendations
Ph.D. - Three (3) 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:

For all programs:  In an essay of approximately 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 and health services.

International Applicants:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.

Please note that the following minimum English language test scores are required for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • 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 Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday