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Date: Nov 2012

Alarm ClocksOur second major application deadline for Fall 2013 is a month away!

December 15, 2012 is the application deadline for:

Your online application and all supporting materials should arrive to our office before the deadline.

Question about application requirements?
Visit How to Apply, review our FAQs, or email us admiss@jhsph.edu.

We require all supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) to be submitted officially.

What on earth does this mean?

It means they must arrive in an envelope sealed and signed (often with a stamp) by the issuing institution.

Personal copies, even if they are your original documentation, are considered unofficial.

Materials sent as email attachments are also considered unofficial and in some cases, are not even opened.

What happens if you submit materials that are unofficial?

Your application will not be sent for review until it’s complete. Several of our departments will not consider your application complete unless all materials are official.

Do we ever accept electronic documents?

Some universities use secure electronic delivery systems to submit transcripts. This is perfectly acceptable. You may provide them with the following email: admiss@jhsph.edu.

We receive most test scores using a similar secure process initiated by the testing agency.

We actually prefer your recommendation providers submit electronically. They do this by following the instructions sent them when you enter their name and email in your online application. If they would rather submit offline, it’s fine. You can indicate that preference in your application and we’ll wait for your paper recommendation. It just has to be official!

In case you’re still not sure about this official thing, below are some examples.

Example of official document

Example of official document

Official Example #3

Official Example #4

[edited September 24, 2013 to update email address]

Leslie on the patio.If you attended one of our recruiting events, you may have met this smiling face.

Let me officially introduce you to:

Leslie Vink

Director of Recruitment, Communication & Events

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I lived in Canton (in the city) for over six years and transitioned to the ‘burbs a year and a half ago –  I love both places!  For me, the best part about Baltimore is that it has big city resources/opportunities, while at the same time offering a small-town, community feel.  It’s not too big, not too small – just perfect for me and my family! Plus, it’s centrally located so it’s easy to get to NYC, Philly and DC – or to the beach or to the mountains. 
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    I’m a self-proclaimed foodie and LOVE to eat out (partly because I’m not that great of a cook, but that’s another story). Baltimore really has anything and everything you’d want to try – and it’s hard to keep up since so many new great restaurants continue to move into town!  My two favorite weeks of the year are !
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    I can only pick one?!?  Well, Mama’s on the Half Shell in Canton has to be at the top of my list.  Crazy yummy crab dip, fresh squeezed orange crushes – and Sunday brunch is to die for (you must try the Grand Marnier French Toast – holy amazing!  Side note:  Blue Moon Cafe in Fells Point also has amazing breakfasts).  I’m also going to sneak in close second picks, which would be Woodberry Kitchen near Hampton and Tapas Teatro by Penn Station.  YUM-O! 
  4. What do you like best about your job? 
    Public health is probably one of the most (if not the most) dynamic fields out there.  As a recruiter, I get to meet the most amazing prospects from around the globe, who come from truly incredible backgrounds and really want to make an impact within their communities.  It gives me great pleasure to connect such amazing people with our School so they can obtain the tools needed to go and change the world. 
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins? (specifically, in Admissions Services)
    It will be eight years in April with JHU, and just passed my six year mark this past August with JHSPH Admissions! 
  6. Favorite color?
    Brown. (I know that sounds ugly and depressing, but I always pick browns to wear, paint my walls, my nails….it has become a staple in my life, so I think it deserves the title.)
  7. Favorite sports team? 
    PENN STATE!!!!!!!!!!!  My beloved alma mater – I cheer on anything Penn State related, but especially our football team.  It’s certainly been a tough year, but we still are…Penn State!
  8. Hobbies/activities
    I love a good book – just read “Room” by Emma Donoghue and it was a page turner! I also enjoy a good run, visiting with family and friends, and volunteering at local organizations. 
  9. What did you have for lunch today?
    Progresso Chicken Noodle Soup from a can.   (I said SELF-PROCLAIMED foodie…)
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    My iPhone. My husband says I’m addicted and I’m afraid it’s true.  I can check my email, look at my pictures, play Words With Friends, and maybe even a little online shopping.  I know it wouldn’t last me past the first day, but it’d be worth it.

Alarm clocksThe first of our application deadlines is less than a month away!

December 1, 2012 is the application deadline for the full-time MPH beginning July 2013. This includes the MPH combined programs: the MPH/MBA, JD/MPH, MSN/MPH, and the MPH/MSW.

December 1, 2012 is also the deadline for the following departmental degree programs beginning Fall 2013:

The online application and all supporting materials should arrive to our office before the deadline. Don’t wait until the last minute to hit submit! Send those materials as soon as possible!

Do you know your program’s application deadline?

A current student discusses JHSPH programs with a prospective student.If you’ve seen our recruiting calendar, you know we travel all over the country to meet people like you – our prospective students!

One of the largest events we attend is the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting.

This isn’t your average grad fair. It’s a meeting of over 13,000 public health professionals. There are scientific sessions, learning institutes, networking opportunities, and an enormous public health expo.

This last is where you’ll find our staff. We man the Bloomberg School booth. Stop by and you may meet current students, alumni, faculty, or a dean.

This year’s APHA meeting was in San Francisco, October 27-31.

Next year, the APHA Annual Meeting will be in Boston, November 2-6.  Mark your calendar and visit our recruitment calendar next summer for details! We’ll see you there!