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 jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu 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.