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Are you an incoming student?

Young woman registering for IOLDo you plan to take a combination of online and on-campus courses?

If so, I have a very important message for you.

All Bloomberg School students must take Introduction to Online Learning (IOL) before enrolling in an online course. IOL is a free, non-credit, online mini course and it’s offered once a month for most of the year.

For additional details including course description, objectives and assignments, review the online IOL syllabus.

Please note: IOL is not required for those taking courses through Coursera.

application files with final documentsIn a few very specific circumstances, applicants are admitted without submitting final official documents.

Maybe they were in the process of finishing their degree and submitted “in-progress” transcripts. Perhaps their department granted an exception and reviewed their file with unofficial test scores. Whatever the reason, before beginning a degree program, applicants must submit final, official documents.

This isn’t just our rule, it’s a federal one.

All students must submit final documents, but if you receive federal aid, this rule has additional meaning. Federal law requires students to submit complete application records prior to receiving federal loan disbursements. If your application file is incomplete as determined by Bloomberg School admissions standards at the time of a disbursement, a hold will be placed on your financial aid disbursement until the School receives all required documents.

How do you know if your application is complete?

  1. Students admitted to the 2014-2015 academic year should log in to their online application.
  2. Look under "Other Supporting Documents."
  3. If you see “Not Received” it means you need to submit a final transcript, official transcript or official credentials evaluation.

Questions? Visit the Admitted Student website (login and password required) or contact Admissions Services.

Welcome studentsIt seems like convocation was just last week and already the halls are busy with students attending Summer Institutes or beginning their online/part-time MPH.

And would you believe?

Orientation for full-time MPH students is less than a month away!

Are you coming? Are you ready?

Orientation is mandatory for incoming students. The June 30-July 1 event is for full-time MPH students only (there’s a separate orientation in August for all other incoming degree students).

We’ve developed a checklist to help you prepare. This and other details regarding Orientation may be found on the Admitted Student Website (login and password required).

As always, you can email us with any questions.

Hope to see you soon!

vaccineIncoming students understandably have lots of questions.

Some questions are easy to answer, some are more complex.

A very common question is regarding immunization records. Some schools – particularly undergraduate institutions with on-campus housing – require incoming students to provide proof of immunization.

As a graduate school without traditional on-campus housing (see our extensive housing resources), we DO NOT require students to submit immunization records.

So, are immunization records required? NO!

That’s one of the easy questions.

Do you have another? Feel free to email us at

question markIt’s time for another edition in our monthly series: “What You’re Asking.”

For you new readers, here’s how it works:
I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

In this month’s tally, there were no stand-out questions. It's a strange time of year when we’re fielding a wide variety of questions from individuals just beginning to consider a graduate program in public health, current applicants, and newly admitted students.

I’ve picked the most popular question from each of these groups for this month’s post.                                                                                                    

I’m considering a graduate degree in public health and want to know more about your MPH.

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) is a Schoolwide degree. It approaches public health from a multidisciplinary prospective and students have the option of customizing the program to fit their interests and goals. Our MPH is offered in both full- and part-time formats.

It’s important to note, the Bloomberg School MPH is geared toward individuals already working in the field and does require two years of post-baccalaureate, health-related, full-time work experience.

If you do not have this experience, do not despair! The MPH is one of nine public health degrees offered at the School. There are five other master’s degrees which do not require work experience. These degrees are geared toward less experienced individuals, those making a career change or students seeking a more focused program.

Which program is right for you? That a question only you can answer. We strongly encourage you to do your research, examine each program’s requirements, curriculum and faculty. Your degree should provide you with the tools to reach your public health goals.

I’m working on an application to one of your master’s programs with a summer deadline. How do I know if you received my transcripts?

Each year, we receive over 3,000 formally submitted applications (plus the accompanying transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores). Many more applications remain unsubmitted and are never finished. Because of this volume, we do not process materials for unsubmitted applications or for those applications with unpaid application fees.

Materials that arrive before the application is submitted are date stamped and placed in a holding file.

Once the application is submitted and application fee paid, we create an official application file, begin processing supporting materials, and enter those materials into the online record.

A few days after you’ve submitted, log back into your online application and you will see we’ve been hard at work.

One note: matching supporting materials to the online application is a manual process.  It can take up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major application deadline – for your supporting materials to appear as received in your online file.

I’m a newly admitted student and would like information regarding my enrollment deposit/deferrals/housing/transportation?

It sounds like you need to visit the Admitted Student Website! The site has a login and password (contact us if you need this information) and provides all of the above information and more!

Any other questions?

Feel free to call, leave a comment below or email us.