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Date: Apr 2013

Today, our thoughts are with all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

If, like us, you’re wondering what you can do to help, here are some resources to guide your efforts.

  • The American Red Cross says it has enough blood on Boston shelves, but that’s not always the case in other locations. Learn how and where to donate.
  • If you were in Boston yesterday and saw something that might help investigators, call 1-800-494-TIPS.
  • The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders. Consider donating to their efforts.
  • Hug your loved ones and remind yourself there is more good in this world than bad.

BroomSpring weather is finally here and with it comes the urge to do a little tidying up.

First, on our chore list is a couple reminders for our readers.

Reminder:  Comment Policy

We welcome your comments and opinions (that is, after all, why we started this blog), but reserve the right to remove content that contains advertisements or commercial messages, are off-topic, or use offensive or inappropriate language. Comments that are defamatory, infringe the rights of others, or violate the law or University policy may also be removed.

This blog is administered by the Bloomberg School’s Admissions Services. If you have concerns about content, or have questions or comments, please direct them to admiss@jhsph.edu.

Reminder #2:   Submit Your Admissions Decision!

If you received an offer of admission, you need to accept or decline our offer by the end of today, April 15.

If you are accepted on or after April 15, please reply no later than three weeks from the date your offer is received.

Reminder #3: When We’ll Be Where

We travel quite a bit to talk to prospective students with questions about our school. You can see when and where we’ll be on our recruitment calendar. This list is ever changing and we encourage you to check it now and then.

See you just as soon as the Spring cleaning is done!

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!

Dr. Burke welcomes admitted students to Visitors Day.Last Friday, we held our final Visitors Day for Admitted Students.

Did you miss it?

If so and you’re an admitted student craving information about life at our school, check out our online information sessions!

Upcoming sessions include:

April 10 – TOMORROW! – noon – Master’s Student Panel

Incoming MHA, MHS, MSPH, MPP, and ScM students are given the chance to ask current master’s students about their experiences here at the Bloomberg School.

May 3 – 8 a.m. – MPH Live Talk

Admitted international applicants who have accepted their offer of admission to the full-time MPH program are encouraged to attend this live talk with the MPH program office.

May 3 – noon – Housing and Life in Baltimore

Join our housing and admissions offices to talk Charm City – neighborhoods, resources, transportation and more.

For more information, including recordings of past information sessions and how to join a session in the future, visit our Admitted Student website (login required – contact us if you need access).

Alarm clockIt’s a lovely day here in Baltimore. The sun is out, it’s opening day for the Orioles and we have 185 admitted students visiting us!

It’s as good a time as any to remind you of a few upcoming deadlines.

April 15

If you received an offer of admission, you need to accept or decline that offer by April 15.

(If you’re accepted on or after April 15, please reply no later than three weeks from the date your offer is received.)

April 30, 2013

International Health – Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Economics
(extended from March 1)

May 1, 2013

Population, Family and Reproductive Health – master’s programs

June 1, 2013

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – master’s programs

Environmental Health Sciences – 

Environmental Health Sciences – 

Mental Health – Master of Health Science (MHS)
(extended from March 1)

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – Master of Health Science (MHS) - domestic applicants

Happy Spring!