The professional MSPH program in Population, Family and Reproductive Health is intended for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in issues related to the Department's areas of interest. Details regarding the areas of interest can be found in the student handbook. The department's current areas of interest include:
Maternal, Fetal, and Perinatal Health
Population and Health
Women's, Sexual and Reproductive Health
The two-year curriculum allows students to integrate coursework in the life course, population, program management, quantitative methods, and core areas with practical knowledge and skills. Additional courses may include program design and evaluation, advocacy, policy, and qualitative methods among others. The two-year curriculum is intended for students with less than 2 years of public health work experience.
MSPH students participate in a four- to six- month supervised field placement in domestic and/or international settings during the first half of the second year. The field placement provides the opportunity to integrate formal classroom teaching with practical experience in the student's chosen field. There is no part-time option available for the two-year MSPH program. For detailed information, please refer to the handbook (See Important Links).
Components of the MSPH program include a set of core departmental courses that provide a common theoretical foundation for the work of the entire department. These courses cover biological/developmental, demographic, and social science foundations. MSPH students in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health also complete a core set of courses determined by the area of study they have selected. All professional MSPH students within the department complete an MSPH Essay and Presentation. The Essay and Presentation are culminating experiences for which students apply newly honed skills and put their academic and experiences in perspective within the broader context of public health.
Graduates of the MSPH 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.
Graduates of the MSPH 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.
MSPH - Alumni Employment
American Institute for Cancer Research
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Boulder County Public Health
Concern Worldwide and JHSPH
de Beaumont Foundation ASPPH Philanthropy
Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Evidence-Based Policy Manager
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
Health District of Northern Larimer County
Health Resources and Services Administration
JHSPH- PFRH- Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for
Population and Reproductive Health
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.
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 MSPH, and BA/MSPH 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.
The MSPH program has limited funding opportunities; funding decisions for the MSPH program are made as applications are received.
The admissions application deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year for the MSPH degree program is June 1, 2021, for a Fall 2021 start.
Step 5 – Apply online
All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS.