The MHS Online program in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health is designed for part-time working professionals who desire skills to enable them to conduct research and evaluation in maternal and child health (MCH). The program provides students with a fundamental understanding of statistical methods and their application; epidemiology; research methods in a selected methodological area (epidemiologic methods, behavior sciences, or health services research and evaluation); leadership; expertise in MCH; and the application of life course perspectives on health.
The program is intended for students with one to two years of public health experience prior to entry. The specialized skills and knowledge gained during the program are essential for the workforce to promote the health of MCH populations.
The department is home to a Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice. Faculty are recognized experts in MCH in the areas of maternal, perinatal, child, and adolescent health. Faculty are also experts in population studies and women’s, sexual and reproductive health.
PFRH has several centers and large initiatives linked to MCH that offer research and evaluation opportunities for students:
Center for Adolescent Health
Center for Early Life Origins of Disease
Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
Early Childhood Services Research Programme
Women’s, Infants, and Children’s Programme
Our online coursework in MCH is highly rated, including MCH Legislation and Policies; Demographic Methods for Public Health; and Life Course Perspectives on Health along with other courses in specific areas of MCH such as Growth and Nutrition in MCH and Infant Mortality.
Students complete the program in 1-3 years, with 64 credits (4 full terms, equivalents of coursework) including an MHS essay and presentation; five courses in MCH; and school-wide and departmental requirements.
A certificate in MCH is available at the completion of the program.
This program modality is pending Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Approval for the modality of the curriculum structure. The pending approval will not affect admitted applicants’ ability to enrol in the program.
Graduates combine prior experience and educational training to pursue careers in policy, research, and advocacy in government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.
Graduates of the MHS Online program in PFRH, go on to careers in organizations such as the Census Bureau, government ministries, non-governmental health organizations, state, and local MCH agencies, managed health care organizations, research institutions, health care delivery organizations, advocacy groups, and academic institutions.
MHS Online- Alumni Employment
American Society of Human Genetics
Clinical Outcomes Solutions
Gates Institute, PFRH, JHSPH
Global Health Fellowship Programme- Zambia
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Healthy Schools Campaign, Chicago, IL
Ivymount Autism Programme, Rockville, MD
JHMI Department of Pediatrics
JHSPH - Department of Health Behavior and Society
JHU Center for Communication Programs
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
National Center for Health Statistics/CDC/MD
NGO- Magic Beans (Lima, Peru)
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Pennsylvania State Un., PA
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Central Coast Region, Salinas, CA
Population Reference Bureau
Psychological Science UC
Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of
Learning and Memory (CNLM) School of Social Ecology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
U.S. Census Bureau
University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Disparities Research
Western Regional Office, Food and Nutrition Service
USDA, San Francisco, CA
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.
Please review the steps below carefully and contact the Department's Education Office if you have any additional questions about the application process.
Step 1 - Background requirements
Applicants to the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health degree programs should have a background that includes at least:
A bachelor's level degree from an accredited university;
A general level biology or biological science course;
An upper-level mathematics course (calculus and statistics recommended);
A social science course;
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and/or graduate is required;
Work experience is encouraged but not required for the Department's MSPH or doctoral degree programs.
For MHS Online applicants:
One-two years (preferably two years) of public health or related experience.
Step 2 - Choose your Degree
Step 3 – Know your application requirements
Applicants will need to submit all of the following required materials by the application due date designated for each degree program:
Completed online application (including a two-page personal statement, resume/cv, and application fee)
Three letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all universities attended
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (an official copy of scores is required for all applicants)Please note: The Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health will be waiving the GRE scores for the 2021-2022 admissions application cycle for our MHS Online applications.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if applicable)
Standardized Test Information
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants to the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 150+ in the Verbal section; 150+ in the Quantitative section; and 4.5+ in the Analytical section. In some instances, the Department will accept MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission to the School. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although the Department does not have official cutoff scores for the TOEFL, applicants should aim to achieve a score of 100+ on the Internet-based TOEFL and 600+ on the Paper-Based TOEFL.
Step 4 – Know your deadline
All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
The Department requires that you submit your online application (through SOPHAS) and all supporting materials by the application deadline.
For the MHS Online degree program, the application deadline is October 15, 2021, for a January 2022 start, and June 1, 2021, for a Fall 2021 start.
Step 5 – Apply online
All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS.