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Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Apply to be a Bloomberg Fellow

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The Bloomberg Fellows Program is a groundbreaking initiative to provide world-class training in public health to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

Thank you for your interest in the Bloomberg Fellowship program. The application period is now closed. For information on the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and important dates, please visit our home page.

Bloomberg Fellows will each receive a Master in Public Health Degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.  This academic program provides superb training in basic epidemiology and biostatistics, policy, environmental health and other key fields of public health. The full-time program is an 11-month program in Baltimore that starts at the end of June and ends in mid-May. The part-time program is largely completed through interactive online classes, with shorter periods of time spent on-campus and at the School's institutes, and typically takes two to three years to complete.

While studying at the Bloomberg School, the Fellows will have access to hundreds of expert faculty and hundreds of courses. They will concentrate their studies in one of the initiative's five focus areas: addiction and overdose;  environmental challenges; obesity and the food system;  risks to adolescent health; and violence.

Collaborating organizations are a critical part of the Bloomberg Fellows program.  Each Bloomberg Fellow applies along with a collaborating organization, establishing a relationship from the start between the Fellow, the organization, and the School.  During the academic program, the Fellow will work with the organization on the problem of interest. Following graduation, Bloomberg Fellows work for at least one year for their organizations, putting their new skills to use. These individuals and organizations will then join a growing network of scholarship, education, and practice devoted to using the tools of public health to address the problems of the 21st century.

Over time, the networks of Bloomberg Fellows and their collaborating organizations will grow in size and importance, bringing together a broad range of expertise to make progress on critical challenges facing the United States.

 


 

For accepted Bloomberg Fellows:

Conditions of Grant Award. In order to be entitled to receive your grant award:

  • Your Collaborating Organization must sign  a Collaborating Organization Support Letter; and
  • You must accept the grant award and its terms by completing and signing the Tuition Grant Agreement.

Terms of Grant Award. In exchange for the Grant Award, you agree:

  • To successfully complete the Masters of Public Health degree program; and
  • To work as a full time employee with your collaborating organization (or another collaborating organization approved by JHU) in your focus area of study for a period of one year following your completion of the requirements of the Master of Public Health program.  Your employment must commence within one year of your completing your degree requirements.
  • If you fail to satisfy either of the above terms, you will be required to repay the full amount of your grant award within ninety (90) days of such failure.   You may choose to enter into a loan arrangement (for a term not to exceed fifteen (15) years with interest at an annual rate of 1%) with JHU to repay the Grant, or you may choose repay the Grant in full from other sources.

Questions/Inquiries.

  • Please direct any questions or inquiries to:
  • The forms of the Collaborating Organization Support Letter and the Tuition Grant Agreement will be made available upon request to applicants for the Bloomberg Fellows program.

 


 

Bloomberg Fellows Program FAQs

What is included in the scholarship for Bloomberg Fellows?

The scholarship covers all tuition and fees, and a stipend of approximately $10,000 to defray a portion of living expenses and travel.

Are there special opportunities available to Bloomberg Fellows during the program?

Yes, there will be special enrichment opportunities for Fellows while at the school, including seminars, speakers, and other activities.

 

What will be the key requirements for Bloomberg Fellows during and after the academic year?

In general, the key requirements in the Agreement to Serve will include (1) pursuing the MPH degree in good faith; (2) participating in good faith in the chosen focus area or concentration during the MPH program; (3) engaging with the collaborating organization during the period of study; and (4) working for at least one year with the collaborating organization in the chosen area of interest beginning within 12 months following graduation.  The terms and conditions of the Bloomberg Fellows Program will be issued in January, before Fellowship selections are announced.  

 

Who pays the student during the year of service – the scholarship or the collaborating organization?

The collaborating organization pays the student during the year of service.

 

What happens if the position with the collaborating organization is no longer available after the Bloomberg Fellows graduates?

The collaborating organization will sign a letter of commitment with the School to reduce the possibility that the position will no longer be available.  Failure to offer this position as promised may affect the ability of the organization to have future staff participate in the Bloomberg Fellows program.  If, however, circumstances change and the position is not available, the School will work with the Fellow to find an alternative placement in the subject area that would satisfy the requirement.

Do applicants for the Bloomberg Fellows Program need to separately fill out the online SOPHAS application for the MPH program?

Yes. It is required that all applicants to the MPH program, including potential Bloomberg Fellows, complete the SOPHAS application, meet all academic requirements for admission, and be admitted by the MPH Admissions Committee.

 

May part-time MPH applicants qualify to be Bloomberg Fellows?

Yes. Both part-time and full-time MPH applicants are eligible. Please note if you are interested in the part-time MPH Program, only those beginning in June are eligible for the Bloomberg Fellows Program.

What kind of organizations can qualify to be collaborating organizations?

Public or private organizations that qualify to be collaborating organizations must work on issues related to one of the five focus areas: (i) addiction and overdose; (ii) environmental challenges; (iii) obesity and the food system; (iv) risks to adolescent health; and (v) violence. These may be but do not have to be traditional public health organizations, such as health departments. For example, an organization that works on neighborhood development may have interest in training for a staff member in the area of obesity. Similarly, organizations that seek to reduce levels of community violence may have interest in training for a staff member in the area of violence prevention. The organization’s work in the chosen focus area must be based in the United States, and the applicant’s work with this organization must be based in the United States.

What are the responsibilities of collaborating organizations?

The prospective collaborating organization fills out its part of the application for the applicant, pledges to hire the applicant following graduation for at least one year, and participates in activities with the School during the time the applicable Fellow is studying at the School. After graduation, the organization remains part of the Bloomberg Fellows network and can participate in a range of activities.

Why does the collaborating organization have to fill out part of the application?

The Bloomberg Fellows program establishes a connection between the School, the Fellow, and the organization.  The organization will be invited to participate in projects, conferences, and other activities. We ask the collaborating organization to fill out part of the application to be sure the organization is engaged and interested in this opportunity, and to confirm the support of the organization for the applicant. 

In addition, prior to admission, the collaborating organization will need to sign a letter of commitment to help assure there is a position for the Bloomberg Fellow after graduation for at least one year.  Text of this letter will be available in January before Fellows are selected.

 

Does an applicant have to be an employee of the collaborating organization at the time of the application?

Most applicants will be employees of the collaborating organization at the time of the application. However, applicants who have established an affiliation with the organization but who are not employees may also apply.  Examples might be an applicant who previously worked for the organization or an applicant who has partnered with the organization on major projects.

 

When is the deadline for the application?

Applicants must apply both with the SOPHAS application for the MPH program and with the Bloomberg Fellows Program application.

SOPHAS Application for the MPH Program

The priority application deadline for the required SOPHAS application for the MPH program is December 1, 2016.  Complete applications received by this date will receive priority consideration.  After the priority application deadline, the MPH program will continue to accept applications until the final deadline for all applications and supplementary materials of January 31, 2017.

 The Bloomberg Fellows Program

The priority application deadline for the Bloomberg Fellows Program application is December 21, 2016.  Complete applications (including both the student and organization portions) received by this date will receive priority consideration.  After the priority deadline, the Bloomberg Fellows Program will continue to accept applications until the final deadline of January 31, 2017.

 

When will applicants be notified about their applications?

Applicants will hear about their admission to the MPH program on a rolling basis. Decisions about the Bloomberg Fellows program will be made in March.

 

What are the terms of the grant award if I am accepted?

For accepted Bloomberg Fellows:

Conditions of Grant Award. In order to be entitled to receive your grant award:

  • Your Collaborating Organization must sign  a Collaborating Organization Support Letter; and
  • You must accept the grant award and its terms by completing and signing the Tuition Grant Agreement.

Terms of Grant Award. In exchange for the Grant Award, you agree:

  • To successfully complete the Masters of Public Health degree program; and
  • To work as a full time employee with your collaborating organization (or another collaborating organization approved by JHU) in your focus area of study for a period of one year following your completion of the requirements of the Master of Public Health program.  Your employment must commence within one year of your completing your degree requirements.
  • If you fail to satisfy either of the above terms, you will be required to repay the full amount of your grant award within one hundred eighty (180) days of such failure. You may choose to enter into a loan arrangement (for a term not to exceed fifteen (15) years with interest at an annual rate of 1%) with JHU to repay the Grant, or you may choose repay the Grant in full from other sources.

Questions/Inquiries.

 

If an applicant applies for the MPH program and the Bloomberg Fellows program, and is accepted to the MPH program but not the Bloomberg Fellows program, what happens?

In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to accept the MPH admission and matriculate as an MPH student, but will be responsible for tuition and expenses just like other students. The applicant will be considered for other scholarships as part of the typical application process and review. 

 

Over what time period will the Bloomberg Fellows Program scale up to full implementation?

The Bloomberg Fellows Program will adding more Fellows to each class through the FY 21-22 academic year.

Will the Bloomberg Fellows Program change over time?

Because this is a new initiative, we do expect to make modifications to the program over time. We will provide important updates through this website and, to the extent possible, directly to prospective Bloomberg Fellows and collaborating organizations.

 

If I have other questions, how can I ask them?

Please email BloombergFellowsMPH@jhu.edu with additional questions.