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Community-Oriented Primary Care

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The M.P.H. in Community-Oriented Primary Care provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a COPC program, a framework to analyze and evaluate community-based intervention, and opportunities to practice community oriented primary care, especially within vulnerable communities.

Join other students whose “real life” culminating experiences have included early childhood literacy programs, hospice care, childhood obesity, medication coverage for the elderly, use of geographic information systems to improve access to care, and community health promoter training in Mexico.

The 18-credit graduate certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program. Or, it can be combined with any school masters degree to uniquely position graduates for careers that require both breadth and depth of public health knowledge.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.

Admission Requirements

Deadlines:

Fall – April 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.); January 15 (International applicants)

Spring - October 1

Summer – January 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. M.A., M.S., J.D.) 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 or the program was completed. 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. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 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 and health services.

International applicants only:

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: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for questions:
 asksphhs@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
http://publichealth.gwu.edu/admissions
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday