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Over the next few months, the 2015-2016 application cycle will end.

Some of you (and some of us) are already looking to the next cycle. That application (for the 2016-2017 academic year) will likely open September 2015. In the meantime. . .

What should you do now?

  1. Contemplate your public health interests, passions and goals.
  2. Find the program that will best provide you the tools to reach those goals
  3. Learn your chosen program’s application requirements and deadlines
  4. Arrange to take the necessary standardized tests, allowing time to prepare and re-take if necessary
  5. If needed, arrange to take the necessary English language proficiency tests
  6. Stay in touch! Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media!

Question Mark - What You're AskingIn this (mostly) monthly series, I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer the most popular questions here on the blog.

The most common questions this month were very similar to those from last month. Because so many are still asking, the first question below is a repeat.

When will I learn my admissions decision?

The length of an admissions review varies based on your department, your program, the number of applications received, the time of year submitted, etc. Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee (sometimes more than one). These committees meet at different times and with varying levels of frequency. 

It typically takes eight to ten weeks for a committee to reach an admissions decision, but in a few cases, it can take longer. 

Why don’t I see my program of interest as a choice in the application?

First, make sure you’re using the correct application. Our School uses two and it’s dependent on your program.

Second, check the application deadline. If you don’t see your program of interest as an option and the deadline has passed, it’s likely that your program is no longer accepting applications.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year will open September 2015.

More Questions?

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Average test scoresPublic health is a quantitative discipline. But admission to a public health program is less about numbers and more about fit.

This is one reason we may hesitate when you ask about the average GRE score for accepted applicants.

Admissions statistics (e.g. average test scores, average GPAs, acceptance rates, etc.) vary greatly by department, program and sometimes even concentration or track. Public health draws individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. The number of applicants and number of available slots varies year to year. Test structures and evaluation procedures also change.

For all the reasons above, our office does not collect statistics for individual programs or for the School as a whole.

From our perspective, all components of the application (resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, etc.) are equally considered in the admission review. There are no minimums or cut-offs.

That’s not to say you should submit less than your best. Our programs are competitive (though how competitive also varies greatly!).

Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee(s).  You may wish to contact the appropriate academic coordinator for a better idea of what makes a competitive application to your specific program. Contact information for coordinators is typically listed on the program’s website or you may contact us for help.

Best wishes to you and your application!

Armload of filesBy now, you’ve heard us say, “do your research.” We’ve encouraged you to review the website and ask questions to discover the program that will help you meet your public health goals.

We understand how hard this can be. Public health is a broad discipline and many of its areas are overlapping. There might be more than one path to your goal.

For that reason, we do allow you to apply to more than one program per application cycle.

Applying to Multiple Programs
(neither of which is the Schoolwide MPH)

To apply to multiple programs offered through our academic departments, you must create separate Bloomberg School Applications (one for each program you're applying to) and pay the application fee for each (disregard the warning about creating duplicate accounts). If neither program is the Schoolwide MPH, you do not need to submit duplicate copies of supporting materials (e.g., transcripts, standardized test scores or letters of recommendation). However, you should submit separate personal statements explaining your varying interests.

Please answer "Yes" to the application question that reads, "Have you applied to JHSPH previously?" and enter the appropriate academic year.

Applying to Multiple Programs
(MPH, plus a JHSPH departmental program)

This scenario is a bit more complicated.

You will need to create an MPH application in SOPHAS and an application to your departmental program using the Bloomberg School Application. Submit one set of official materials to SOPHAS for the MPH application and another set to the Bloomberg School for your additional departmental program.

We know this second process is somewhat burdensome and we apologize. It's simply the nature of having two application systems.

It's also yet another reason to do your research and make sure the program you're applying to is the right one for you.

Best wishes to you and your application(s)!

woman in computer labIf  you’ve been following us this fall, you know our School uses two application systems. Your program dictates which application to use.

Regardless of program and application, there is a fee associated with applying to our School. This fee must be paid for your application to be considered complete.

For the Bloomberg School Application (departmental master’s and all doctoral degrees) the fee is $45 USD.

For SOPHAS (public health common application used only for our Schoolwide MPH), the application fee is $120 USD for application to one school and an additional $45 USD for each additional school.

Application fee waivers are available only in very specific circumstances and only with the appropriate documentation.

We’ve set this out in detail on our website, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (there is no fee for asking questions)!