Admissions Deadlines: Fall - March 15
Spring – October 1
Summer – December 15
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).
Applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE. Applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. MA, MS, JD) are exempt.
Recommendations required: Two (2) 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 no more than 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.
International Applicants: Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.
PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
- 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: ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 13 credits in required courses and 5 credits in elective courses.

PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
5 credits in health policy elective courses.

Graduation Requirements

  • Graduate credit requirement: 18 graduate credits are required.
  • The program director/advisor must pre-approve all course selections and course sequencing by developing a “program of study” prior to the student’s initial registration. Graduate certificate students meet with their advisor each semester before registration. All changes in this program of study must be pre-approved by the program director/advisor.
  • Successful completion of the required online CITI human subject research training modules.
  • Successful completion of 8 Professional Enhancement hours.
  • Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average or above is required.
  • Time limit requirement: The certificate must be completed within two years.
  • Transfer credit policy: The program director/advisor may approve up to 4 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree to be transferred to the graduate certificate. The course(s) must be relevant to the graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned in the last three years with a grade of 3.0 or above. 
  • Transfer to Degree Program Policy: Students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program from the Public Health Graduate Certificate. Students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer. Students interested in applying to an MPH degree program should meet with departmental advisors regarding program-specific admission requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed within the past three years.