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Since September, we’ve highlighted resources for prospective students considering our School. One resource we’ve neglected is the School’s award-winning magazine.

Johns Hopkins Public Health tells the stories behind public health – the people, places and science.  It’s published in the spring and fall, with occasional special issues covering topics like technology and malaria. The current edition is a special issue about death.

Don’t be misled and dismiss this topic as depressing. Consider our tagline: “Protecting Health, Saving Lives – Millions at a Time.” In order to protect and save, doesn’t it make sense to study what you’re saving from?

We think so.

The discussion of death is separated into three sections:

It’s a thought-provoking and sometimes beautiful read.

question markAs part of a monthly series, I once again kept a tally of questions directed to In this post, I’ll address the three most asked questions.

1.  I’m interested in a public health graduate degree. How do I learn more?

You’ve come to the right place!

The Bloomberg School offers nine public health graduate degrees from ten academic departments. These degrees include our Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) as well as a plethora of degrees in everything from reproductive cancer biology to social factors in health to genetic epidemiology and human nutrition. There are over fifty degree tracks!   

We in admissions are happy to help you with general questions and the application process, but we encourage you to thoroughly review our website, narrow your interests and then contact the academic coordinator for the program that truly calls to you.  If you have trouble locating a contact, just let us know and we’ll help you out.

2.  What is the status of my application? Has a decision been made?

The quickest way to learn the status of your application is to log back in to your online account. Some of our programs will post their decisions within the application for you to see. Others will let you know a decision has been made and contact you by mail.

It typically takes eight to ten weeks from the time your application was completed (not submitted) for the admissions review committee to reach an admissions decision. 

If you have any questions about your decision or need a specific timeframe, you should contact your program directly.

For more information, see “Waiting” and “Our Process-Part 3: Under Review.”

3.  My application says I need to submit final transcripts. I thought I sent everything?

This notation generally appears in the applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript showing your coursework to date.

While your “in progress” transcript is usually sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and grades you earned. Admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.

See the Admitted Student website or contact admissions if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!

William Welch plaqueDo you know where this is?

More importantly, do you know who this is?

It’s William Henry Welch, a founder of the Bloomberg School and leader in public health. He was called “Popsy” by his friends and students and “our greatest statesman in the field of public health” by President Hoover.

You can learn more about Dr. Welch and his many accomplishments under Heroes of Public Health.

The plaque is located just inside the Wolfe Street entrance to the School of Public Health.