Question markWelcome to the fourth installment of our monthly series: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works.  I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then choose three of the most common questions to answer in a blog post.

This month, the questions came from every direction. Some of you are submitting applications. Some are waiting for an admissions decision. Some have received a decision and are trying to decide what to do next.  And then there are some who have brought us full-circle and are investigating schools for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Here are your top three questions with my answers.

1. How do I apply to a degree program at the Bloomberg School?

One of our very first posts, describes this process in detail. You should also see “How to Apply” on the Admissions website. Our FAQs covers a lot of the nitty gritty and there’s a special page for international students outlining requirements specific to them.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

2. Can I apply for a program beginning fall 2013?

The majority of our application deadlines for fall 2013 have come and gone.  Most programs whose deadlines have past are no longer accepting applications.

There are a handful of programs with deadlines still to come and an even smaller handful of programs with extended deadlines.

Otherwise, the application for the 2014-2015 Academic Year will open September 1, 2013.

3. I majored in [English/rocket science/whatever-you’re-major-was], but am now passionate about public health. Will the Bloomberg School accept me?

We accept applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds: journalists, physicians, lawyers, mathematicians, social workers. It really depends on your program of interest, your experience and what you wish to accomplish.  

Generally, our departments like to see coursework in the sciences. Some have specific coursework requirements (we’re looking at you, MPH and MSPH/RD). Others not so much. Once you’ve narrowed your interests, you should contact the academic coordinator for your prospective department directly.

Best wishes and have a great weekend!