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Customized Program of Study

Meet our students
& alumni

Chuka Anude
I have always wanted to be a hand and a voice; a hand to help hurting people and a voice for the voiceless. This led me to medicine and now to public health... Read More
Priya Mehra
For me the Bloomberg School is a place for greater self-discovery. My background in public health... Read More
Tom Edling
I have a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, DVM from Colorado State University, and a... Read More
Jennifer Cohn
I am currently an instructor in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania... Read More
Somnazu Nwanze
I am a medical doctor, who graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria. My latest assignment was with the Nigerian Youth Corps... Read More
Olga Joos
Born in Florida, but raised in both Europe and the U.S., I have a strong love for traveling which now compliments my interest in public health... Read More
Gregory Tung
The online MPH is a versatile degree that has been key in my professional development. I entered the program while working full-time as a hospital administrator... Read More
Jung-Im Shin
Who would have thought that I would end up at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health? Certainly not me... Read More
Luca Passerini
I am an Italian Medical Doctor with a passion for global health and social entrepreneurship, focusing on poverty-related diseases, child health and humanitarian action... Read More
Marie Curry
I began the part-time MPH program with the goal of using my research and analytical skills to further policies that improve health... Read More
Daniel Ehlman
I earned my MPH concentrating my coursework in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a capstone project analyzing malaria data from Tanzania... Read More
I hope to help create a world where we all can grow older more gracefully.
-Daniel Schainholz

Educational Objectives

The customized approach to the MPH degree is designed for students who seek a broad perspective on the science and practice of the population-based approach to health and disease. It provides students the flexibility to tailor programs to meet their individual professional and personal goals. Students who choose the customized approach may already have specific area(s) of expertise, they may in addition prefer the option of access to a wide range of course content throughout the academic year. They also may have academic objectives that do not fit precisely into the more structured concentration areas.

Course of Study

The only required courses are those included in the core MPH curriculum. In addition to working with their advisor, students seeking guidance in choosing elective courses related to specific content areas may wish to consult the course recommendations listed in the MPH concentrations and certificate programs. As is true for all students, the course of study outlined in the student's goals analysis must be approved by the student's formal academic advisor.

Advisor Assignment

Each MPH student will be assigned an appropriate faculty advisor by the MPH program faculty, taking into consideration each student's experiences, interests and goals. Every effort is made to ensure a good match between student and faculty interests. Customized students have the opportunity to express a preference for any School of Public Health faculty, Department, or Center with which they wish to affiliate.

Capstone Experience

The MPH capstone project is a requirement for all MPH students for graduation. It is an opportunity to work on public health projects that are focused on a student's individualized interests. The goal is to synthesize, integrate and apply in a variety of public health formats the knowledge, skills and competencies that have been acquired during the period of study. Completion of this project includes a written report and oral presentation. The capstone project is guided and supervised by either the student's faculty academic advisor or a capstone advisor with relevant expertise. The requirements for the capstone are registration for 2 credits in the term in which the capstone project is completed. The MPH Capstone Course number is (XXX.800), with xxx being the code associated with the primary Department of the capstone advisor. If the project involves more than two credits of academic effort, the student should register for additional research special studies credits (XXX.840).

Customized Meetings

Customized students will meet monthly as a group, usually on a Monday or Tuesdasy at noon, the exact calendar dates to be determined. These meetings provide an academic and professional "home" for the customized students and an opportunity to interact with other students and faculty with a broad range of interests. The format of these meetings will vary and range from seminars, to student research-in-progress meetings, to open discussions of student issues. The somewhat formal seminars will include presentations by faculty members representing various Departments in the School covering new areas of investigation in their fields. These are followed by informal discussion and questions. The research-in-progress format provides the opportunity for students to network with each other, report on their progress and obtain constructive advice from colleagues and faculty.

All customized students are invited to these meetings. Although attendance is not required, students are encouraged to bond and support each other throughout the year.

Customized Faculty Directors

Susan Tonascia, ScM, Senior Scientist, Epidemiology, 410-955-3785,

Edyth Schoenrich, MD, MPH, Professor, Health Policy & Management, 410-955-1291,