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Date: May 2013

Reading Room atriumDo you know where this is?

I’ll give you a hint, it’s the atrium above my favorite room in the Wolfe Street building.

Or rather, one of two favorite rooms.

The North and South Reading Rooms

In 2004, the School of Public Health opened a 200,000-square-foot  expansion of the Wolfe Street Building. This new wing included amenities we now take for granted: a coffee shop, the fitness center, the auditorium, new offices and laboratories.

Also included in the expansion were two identical reading rooms, each 2,700 square feet with four-story atriums allowing natural light to illuminate those below.

The reading rooms are a quiet place to review class notes, catch up on your reading or – ahem - edit your latest blog post.

Perhaps I’ll see you there!

Reading Room

Johns Hopkins

May 19, 1795 – December 24, 1873

Johns Hopkins

A student bikes past the old Johns Hopkins HospitalIt’s national Bike to Work Day!

Are you planning a two-wheel commute today? Lots of folks are. And it’s not just today. It seems more and more people are commuting by bike every day.

Prospective students often ask if Baltimore is bike-friendly.  I’m afraid I can’t speak from experience. I live a fair distance outside the city and haven’t tried it. But a number of our current students ride their bikes to campus and use the sheltered bike racks located in the deans’ garage under the Wolfe Street Building (accessible from Washington Street).

An unofficial poll of these students confirms that Baltimore is better than many cities at making room for our two-wheeled friends. And there are plans for making it even better!

But don’t take my word for it. Check out these resources.

Happy Cycling!

Welcome matOur most recent posts were directed toward admitted students beginning their Bloomberg School education in the 2013-2014 Academic Year.  But even as we in Admissions prepare to roll out the red carpet for incoming students, we are also preparing to guide another batch through the 2014-2015 application.

I can’t believe I just typed “2014-2015,” but it is indeed just around the corner. In fact, the application for degree programs beginning summer or fall of 2014 will open September 1, 2013.

That’s just four months away!

What can you do now?

  1. Review “How to Apply,” the application requirements and deadlines and our FAQ.
  2. Subscribe to this blog and stay informed about changes to the application, application process and any upcoming deadlines.
  3. Arrange to take the GRE or other appropriate standardized test.
  4. Begin the credentialing process if you have international academic records.
  5. Schedule an English Language Proficiency Exam if you’re required to take one.
  6. Come visit and take one of our scheduled campus tours.

And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Question markWelcome to another edition of our monthly series, “What You’re Asking.”

Just to recap, here’s how it works: I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I choose the most common questions to answer in a blog post.

This month, there was a stand-out question I’ve decided to address in detail.

Are GRE scores required when applying to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program?

Before I answer that, it's important to talk about:

What’s in a degree name? Would an MPH by any other name smell as sweet?

Many times, in the midst of answering an inquiry, we realize the prospective student is confused about the name of the degree they're inquiring about.

The Bloomberg School offers a Schoolwide MPH, plus eight degrees from ten academic departments. The alphabet soup of master’s degrees (MPH, MHA, MHS, MSPH, MPP, ScM) can be confusing and different degrees mean different things at different schools. So, we have a few recommendations. Do your research. Compare curriculum. Look at faculty research. Talk to the program coordinator. Make sure you have a program that fits your interests and career goals.

Now we can talk GRE.

ALL our degree programs require applicants to submit standardized test scores as part of the application process. The GRE is the most universally accepted, but some of our programs are willing to accept a few other common standardized test scores (GMAT or MCAT for example). Application requirements vary by department, degree and even degree track. So first, know your program. Second, know your program’s requirements!

The MPH program will accept the GRE, GMAT, MCAT or LSAT to fulfill the standardized test score requirement. The MPH program is the only one of our programs willing to review applications without standardized test scores IF you have an advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) beyond the baccalaureate.

It’s important to note, if you submit an MPH application without test scores, you may put yourself at a significant disadvantage if the rest of your admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true if your advanced degree is a medical degree earned outside of the U.S. You should also know, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

I hope this answers your GRE questions, but if it hasn't, please email us and we'll be happy to talk more!