Global Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Master's Degrees

The Department of Global Health offers the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Global Health Epidemiology and Diseas Control, Global Health Policy, and Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Joint Degrees

GW offers an M.A./M.P.H Dual Degree in collaboration with the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Doctoral Degree

The Dr.P.H. is the terminal degree in public health. It prepares future public health leaders to apply critical thinking and rigorous research methods to the complex problems facing the international public health practice. Course work comes together with knowledge acquired in the context of a thesis project and outstanding international placements. As a result, professionals develop innovative approaches and the ability to negotiate the complex interrelationship between health and political, economic and human development.

Admission Requirements



  • M.P.H  - March15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.); January 15 (International applicants)
  • Dr.P.H. - December 1
    The Dr.P.H. admits every other year (e.g., 2016, 2018)

  • October 1 (M.P.H. only)

  • December 15 (M.P.H. only)

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).  
Masters applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE.
Masters applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. J.D., M.A., M.S., J.D.) are exempt.

Recommendations required:

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. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

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. 

Dr.P.H. applicants - In addition to the above, please describe your current skills and future goals related to research, leadership, and problem solving

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services. 

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. The Milken Institite School of Public Health also provides detailed information for international applicants.

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: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based.
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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