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The Howard University Master of Public Health (MPH) program is an 18 month program offered through the Howard University Graduate School. The highly interdisciplinary program provides unique opportunities to work across disciplines and equips our students with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for a host of career options in the public health sector. Graduates of the MPH program will be able to successfully navigate the intersections of research, practice, teaching, administration, and policy development, in order to address the current and evolving issues within public health.


The goal of the program is to prepare the next generation of public health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and competencies for leadership, nationally and globally, in public health education, practice, and research with particular emphasis on the elimination of health disparities.


  • Prepare individuals in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease in communities and globally with an emphasis on the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Apply analytical reasoning and research methods to address social, behavioral and environmental determinants of public health.
  • Use advance epidemiological methods and biostatistics to examine associations between social, behavioral and environmental factors and disease.
  • Use public health research findings for policy development.


  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in an area relevant to public health, such as biomedical or social sciences, and have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Taken at least two courses in each of the following areas: mathematics (e.g. algebra, calculus, or statistics); biomedical science (e.g., anatomy, biology, or zoology) and social science (psychology or sociology).
  • Taken the GRE examination within the last five years and submit scores to the MPH Program office (no later than May 15th of each year).

MPH Faculty

MPH Course Requirements

MPH Past Student Capstone Projects


Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the Howard University Graduate School is based on an applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation, scores on the graduate record exam (GRE) and other factors that reflect a student's academic potential and motivation for successful graduate study.

The application for Fall 2023 is now open. The deadline for receipt of all application material is May 15, 2023. We do NOT have spring admissions. We accept students for fall admission only. You are encouraged to begin the application process early. The application review begins in April and some of the items, such as transcripts and letters of reference may require additional time.


Step 1: Complete Online Application

  • Complete the online graduate application by creating an account through the following link: 

  • Review the admission requirement for the program including deadlines and additional materials that must be submitted with your application. It is important that your complete application be submitted by the program deadline.

Step 2: Supporting Documents

  • Autobiographical Sketch - An essay of no more than 1,000 words, which states why you wish to pursue a career in public health. The essay must address questions such as: - What type of work are you currently involved in? - How does a MPH degree relate to your current position? - How will obtaining your MPH enhance you in your current position and/or future career endeavors?- Describe any life events that may have led to your interest in pursuing a MPH.
  • Resume/Curriculum vita

Step 3: Identify and Contact Reference for Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are requested electronically and the recommenders can reply directly into the system. One of the three letters of recommendation MUST be from an academic professor.

Step 4: Submit all official transcripts

  • Applicants are asked to submit their transcript(s) issued by each institution attended (in English). Official transcripts should be expedited electronically through the National Student clearing house:  or  If your institution does not participate then transcripts should be mailed to:

Public Health Program

Howard University Graduate School

4th & College streets, NW

Washington, DC 20059

  • Unofficial transcripts can be used temporarily for uploading during the application process, but official documents will be requested if admitted into a program.
  • All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES only. Please visit for additional information.

Step 5: Submit Test Scores

  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required for applicants. GRE scores cannot be waived nor does the program offer vouchers. Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Office of Graduate Admissions.   The code for Howard University is 5297. 

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Step 6: Pay the Application Fee

  • You will be assessed a non-refundable application processing fee. You are responsible for paying this fee whether or not you are offered admission or choose to enroll. You must pay your application fee online. Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and the payment is authorized. The GradCAS system charges a $24.00 additional processing fee.


Pamela Carter-Nolan, Ph.D., MPH


Rahel Tibebu

Administrative Coordinator

Program Details

  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Caution to Prospective Students

The Board of Trustees of Howard University on September 24, 1983, adopted the following policy statement regarding applications for admission: "Applicants seeking admission to Howard University are required to submit accurate and complete credentials and accurate and complete information requested by the University. Applicants who fail to do so shall be denied admission. Enrolled students who as applicants failed to submit accurate and complete credentials or accurate and complete information on their application for admission shall be subject to dismissal when the same is made known, regardless of classification."

All credentials must be sent to:

Howard University Graduate School 
The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
2400 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059