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Health Services Generalist

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Designed to meet the needs of the professional public health provider, the graduate certificate is grounded in one of the traditional areas of public health practice. Yet, it remains flexible in order to incorporate work in emerging and innovative areas such as public health communications, global health, emergency responsiveness and others.

The HEA Master’s Program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge for successful work in entry- and mid- career professional positions in institutions of higher education, post-secondary education and other related organizations. Students participate in active coursework, field-experiences/internships, and other professional opportunities so that they may become engaged and thoughtful practitioners in higher education and student affairs. To prepare students for professional requirements, the master’s program provides two clusters of concentrations in student affairs and general administration (on-campus roles) and in higher education policy and finance.

Students in the master's program in higher education administration acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen field. They undertake coursework, internships and other professional opportunities.

Concentrations are available in College Teaching and Academic Leadership; General Administration; Higher Education Finance; International Education; Higher Education Policy; and Student Affairs Administration.

The HEA Doctoral Program is designed to prepare leaders within the field of higher education. Students complete coursework to develop the knowledge, skills and background useful for serving in advanced and senior level academic, administrative and research roles in 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education, national and international associations, government agencies, and other post-secondary educational settings.

The program provides a high-quality, fast-paced scholarly experience in which students can integrate theory and research seamlessly with practice.

The education specialist program serves mid-career professionals seeking focused investigations into specialized higher education areas. Generally, admission into the education specialist (Ed.S.) program is narrowly limited to meet unique needs. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to the master’s or doctoral


Admission Requirements


Fall – March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)

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. 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, 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 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 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.
  • PTE Academic: 68.

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 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday