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Master of Public Health

Information For Admitted MPH Full-time Students

Audio Recordings of Online MPH Admitted Students Chat Sessions

For those of you who were not able to come to Baltimore for either of the Visitors Days, the MPH office held 2 online Admitted Student chat sessions to discuss the program and answer questions.  The audio recordings and slides are available at:
MPH Amitted Student Live Chat - March 29th session  
MPH Admitted Student Live Chat - April 1st session
MPH Live Chat for Admitted International Students - May 3rd

Key Dates

April 15, 2013 OR within 2 weeks of receiving admission letter:  Confirm acceptance of our offer for admission.  Complete the Admissions Reply Form and Deposit Form at the Admitted Students website.  To log in, use the username "Welcome2" and the password "JHSPH".

May 17, 2013: Complete Orientation Slide Show Questionnaire.
We will prepare a slide show of the new class that will be viewed at orientation as well as a student photo directory of the class. We would appeciate it if you would provide us with information about yourself on the slide show questionnaire.

Friday, June 28, 2013: Preliminary orientation for international students.  This is an optional, but highly recommended session that will focus on graduate student life in the U.S. as well as life in Baltimore.

July 1-2, 2013:  MPH orientation for full-time students.  All new full-time students are expected to attend.  The orientation session is scheduled on both days from approximately 8:30am-5:00pm and will be held in Sommer Hall at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street in Baltimore.

Things To Do Before Arriving in Baltimore

You can Visit the School by contacting the MPH program office and we will schedule a visit for you.

Check out the course catalog online at Course Search to learn more about the courses offered at the School.

Access the content of the School's most popular courses at no cost to you at OpenCourseWare.

Identify faculty with interests similar to your own by doing some key word searches in the School's online Faculty Directory.

Preparing for the Quantitative courses you will take as an MPH student:  It may have been years since you've taken a quantitative course, or maybe you just want to brush up on your skills. Either way, you'll want to prepare yourself for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses you'll be taking during the program.  One resource which is recommended by our faculty is a Study Guide to Epidemiology and Biostatistics, by J. Richard Hebel and Robert J. McCarter, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Burlington, MA, 2012 (Seventh Edition).

Also, please visit our OpenCourseWare site where course content is available for the courses entitled Statistical Reasoning as well as Fundamentals of Epidemiology.

Need an algebra refresher? Please see this online study site.

Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program in which some knowledge is required for some courses at the School of Public Health.  If you have never used Excel before or if it has been awhile since you last used it, you can familiarize yourself with basic Excel skills prior to your arrival.  Click here for basic instructions on using Excel.

Enroll and complete the Introduction to Online Learning course module (IOL):  This is a free, non-credit course that is a prerequisite for all online courses offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  The training module is offered in a self-paced format via the Internet and can be completed in approximately 1-4 hours.  This course must be completed before enrolling in an online course.

Over half of the full-time MPH students participate in at least one online course. The MPH office highly recommends that all new students complete Introduction to Online Learning in the event that you need or choose to take an online course during the academic year.

Purchase a laptop computer with a discount through Johns Hopkins:  Admitted students are eligible to purchase a laptop computer at a discounted rate prior to arrival or at any time during enrollment at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Hewlett Packard offers exclusive discounts to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students for personal purchases.
Apple Purchasing also offers discounts to Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students for personal purchases.

Our Information Technology team has provided some recommendations for purchasing new or upgrading laptops for meeting the School's technical criteria and ensuring a seamless access to our networks and resources.

Join the Facebook group for the incoming MPH 2013/2014 class: A Facebook group has been created for the incoming Johns Hopkins School of Public Health MPH Class of 2014 to provide a resource for the incoming students to connect with each other and the MPH Program. 

What to Expect this Summer

The Summer Term runs from Wednesday, July 3 through Friday, August 23.  See the complete 2013-2014 academic calendar for the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Summer Term Course Schedule:

340.601-Principles of Epidemiology: (5 credits) M,W,F: 8:30-9:30a.m.; Lab (labs twice a week) M,W,F: 10:00-11:50a.m.  Required Reading: Epidemiology (4th edition) by Leon Gordis, W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA, 2008.

180.601-Environmental Health: (5 credits) M,W,F: 1:30-3:20p.m.  Optional course discussion periods M,W,F 3:30-4:30pm.

300.603-The Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making (July 9-Aug. 8): (3 credits) T,TH: 9:00a.m-11:00a.m.

380.755-Population Dynamics and Public Health: (2 credits) T: 1:30-2:20p.m.; Lab (lab once a week): T 2:30-4:20p.m.; TH 3:00-4:50p.m.  First day of class Fri., July 5, 10:00-11:20a.m.

306.841.01-Introduction to Bioethics in Public Health Practice and Research: (1 credit)
9:00-11:00am: T August 13, T August 20 & TH August 22; Lab Th August 15 1-3pm

550.860.82-Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH: (0 credit) [Pass/Fail grading]

550.867-Introduction to MPH Studies: M-F 11:00am-12:30p.m.(various dates); M&W 3:30-5p.m. (various dates); Th 1:00-3:30pm (various dates).  Summer group advising sessions with faculty; discussion sessions with reading groups; enrichment seminars, information sessions, and Goals Analysis paper.  Required reading: Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky. Oxford University Press, New York, 2005.  (This book will be distributed during orientation at a 50% discount and your student account will automatically reflect this discounted cost.  Please do not purchase this book in advance, no advanced reading is required.)
Summer Group Advising Meetings:
Monday, July 1st: 12:00-2:00pm
Friday, July 19th: 12:00-1:30pm
Thursday, August 8th: 12:00-1:30pm

Students will typically be free by 4:30p.m. on Fridays.

Information regarding the MPH academic program can be found on the MPH Program website. Here you will find information about the degree requirements, concentrations, and student manuals.

International Students

A preliminary orientation for international students will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013.  This is an optional, but highly recommended session that will focus on graduate student life in the U.S. as well as life in Baltimore.

VISA information:
All admitted international students who plan to attend the Bloomberg School of Public Health are required to attend in F-1 or J-1 status (unless you are already in possession of an immigration status in which studying is permissible).  Please see the JHSPH Admitted Students webpage for information about obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 from the JHMI Office of International Services in order to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa stamp at a U.S. consulate abroad, and about financial documentation required for the I-20 or DS-2019. 

Financial Information

Full-time students will enroll in five terms of study (the summer term of 2013 and four terms that span September 2013-through May 2014).

For the 2013-2014 academic year, the tuition rates are as follows:
Five terms full-time--$57,240 (full-time = 12-22 credits)
Per term full-time--$11,448
Per credit--$954

Opportunities for financial aid:  The School's Financial Services Office's primary role is to help students apply for financial aid. The School also maintains a Student Funding Resource Office that may be useful as well.

Housing and Life in Baltimore

Check out a JHSPH Student Life video on Living in Baltimore.

The Housing Office is situated on the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus (JHMI) to assist students, housestaff, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing with their off-campus accommodations.  The JHMI Housing website can assist in finding affordable and safe housing in the Baltimore area as well as answer many other questions about Baltimore, student life, roommate finder, furniture for sale, carpools, hotels, daycare, transportation information, school systems in the city and surrounding counties, as well as other useful resources. You can contact the Housing Office at 410-955-3905 or if you need additional information or assistance.

The 929 Building is the closest housing accommodation to the East Baltimore Medical Campus where the Bloomberg School of Public Health is located.  It features a location within the Science and Technology Park that is convenient to classes, shopping, and dining and is designed to appeal to graduate students.  Studio apartments and one-and two-bedroom units are available. All include premium amenities such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops with access to state of the art technology, exercise facilities, Johns Hopkins' computer system, and a garden rooftop terrace. Other Amenities include: Community Wide WiFi and IPTV; Cable, Water, Electricity (w/cap); ZipCar; Conference Room; Professionally Staffed 24/7; Controlled Access Entry; Convenient Parking.  See the website for complete information and current leasing specials.  

Johns Hopkins has partnered with Off Campus Partners to create the Off-Campus Housing Listing Service & Website to better serve the East Baltimore Campus.  The website allows students to view listings on a user name/password protected site. The site provides tools to breakdown properties into neighborhoods, pricing, and much more. There is also a message board section to post requests for roommates as well as a section for furniture for sale. The service will also include educational components designed to help students become good citizens of the Baltimore community. 

Off-Campus Housing Listing Service Website.  To create a guest account and view the housing listings:
-Enter BlueJay2012 (case sensitive) in the Guest Password field
-Click "Continue Registration"
-Type your name, email address, and create a username and password
-Click "Register"

Off-Campus Housing can be found in many different locations.  As a reference:

House Hunting Tips

Members of the Student Assembly Quality of Life Committee put together the following list of helpful "House Hunting Tips". While Baltimore is full of amazing places and charm, it is important to remember that Baltimore is a city and safety should always be a top priority. Here are some things to keep in mind while searching for your new home:

1.   If possible, talk to current students for specific housing recommendations
2.   Visit the location in person before you sign the lease
3.   Identify nearby grocery stores, places to eat, etc.
4.   Find out what security measures are in place (front door security, door/window locks, alarms, etc.)
5.   View crime reports by specific location at
6.   Look into proximity to Hopkins Free Shuttle Service
7.   Find out about parking options
8.   Try to live on a busy street
9.   Ensure that proper security is in place when looking at ground floor housing

Other Resources from the JHMI Housing Office

Contact Information

If you have specific questions, feel free to contact Ms. Janet Carn, Academic Coordinator for full-time MPH students, 410-955-1291.

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