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The Online Doctor of Public Health from the George Washington University

The online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GWSPH) is an interdisciplinary leadership training program that prepares you to drive the global conversation and confront today’s biggest public health challenges.

About the program

  • Top-ranked public health school: The Milken Institute School of Public Health is ranked No. 12 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
  • CEPH-accredited: The Milken Institute School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
  • No GRE scores required: GW Milken Institute SPH believes your passion for global public health and years of experience as a practitioner matter more than your standardized test scores.

About the Milken Institute School of Public Health 

The Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital. Since 1997, the school has upheld one mission: To advance population health, well-being and social justice around the world. This mission continues through the online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program, which trains the next generation of public health practitioners, thought leaders and policy influencers.  

Curriculum

The 48-credit online DrPH program teaches leadership practice and theory through core courses, an in-person immersion, and practice experience. You will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate effective public health programs and policies, and you will graduate ready to resolve complex public health issues at the systematic level. 

As part of the online DrPH program, you will: 

  • Elevate your public health leadership and management skills

  • Connect with prominent public health leaders in D.C. and around the world

  • Receive mentorship and personal support from practice-based faculty

  • Collaborate with diverse peers during live online evening classes

Tuition and financial aid

The estimated tuition for the online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program as of the 2023-24 academic year is $90,720. A $300 deposit is required upon enrollment. Please note the cost of tuition does not include out-of-pocket expenses such as books, additional course materials, immersions, or other fees. While immersion fees include a majority of associated expenses, students are still responsible for travel costs, as well as some food and miscellaneous charges throughout the immersion experience. Students can expect a moderate tuition increase each year.

Applying for Federal Student Aid

  • Apply for financial aid while applying for admission

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ), using the George Washington University’s code, 001444.

  • If you start/continue/return in Fall 2024, Spring 2025, or Summer 2025, you will need to complete the 2024-2025 academic year FAFSA.

  • If you start/continue/return in Fall 2025, Spring 2026, or Summer 2026, you will need to complete the 2025-2026 academic year FAFSA.

  • If you start/continue/return in Fall 2026, Spring 2027, or Summer 2027, you will need to complete the 2026-2027 academic year FAFSA.

Please see the Online Public Health Financial Aid Checklist  for steps to apply for Federal Student Aid.

Admissions

The Milken Institute School of Public Health seeks motivated candidates with a clear vision of their academic and professional goals. You must have a master's degree, and at least four years of professional public health experience to apply to this program.

Applicants who have completed an MPH degree from a Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program are strongly preferred for admission to the DrPH Program. Applicants with a master's degree in another field should explain their relevant training, research experience, work experience and educational background comparable to the MPH. DrPH applicants admitted without an MPH may be required to take additional coursework at the graduate level that does not apply toward the minimum 48 credits required for the DrPH program. No GRE scores required.

Admission to this program is highly selective. Successful applicants have competitive academic credentials and four years or more of relevant health-related professional work experience post-graduate degree.

Application deadlines

Program start

Early priority deadline

Priority deadline

Final deadline

August 2024

Monday, September 18, 2023

Monday, November 6, 2023

Monday, February 12, 2024

Application requirements

To complete your online application, you will need to submit the following materials: 

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Financial Aid FAQs

The FAQs serve as a resource for students to gain answers to questions that are most commonly asked surrounding tuition, billing, financial aid, and military benefits. Many of the provided answers will guide you to the school website, Department of Education, and the Department of Veterans Affairs for more detailed information. The FAQs also provide contact information for the the school's bursar, registrar, financial aid office, and VA certifying official.

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Admissions

The Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) seeks motivated candidates with a clear vision of their academic and professional goals. You must have a master’s degree and at least four years of professional public health experience to apply to this program. GPA 3.0+ preferred. No GRE scores required.

Tuition and fees

The estimated tuition for the online Doctor of Public Health program as of the 2023–24 academic year is $88,080. A number of resources may be available to help you finance your doctoral degree.

Access D.C.’s prominent network

GW’s location — in the epicenter of health policy, programming and advocacy — will help you connect with high-level professionals and officials within organizations such as the CDC, WHO and many others.

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Access D.C.’s prominent network

GW’s location — in the epicenter of health policy, programming and advocacy — will help you connect with high-level professionals and officials within organizations such as the CDC, WHO and many others.

Request more info
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Tuition and fees

Billing and registrar

GW student portal

Financial aid at GW

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Military education benefits

Tax benefits for education

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