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Normally for our “What You’re Asking” series, I answer a handful of common questions emailed to  But this month, I’ve collected your questions from a different source – you in person!

This fall, I’m one of several representatives traveling to graduate fairs and information sessions across the country.

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Here’s what you’re asking at those fairs.

1. Is work experience required for your programs?

Experience can always help an applicant. It can help narrow your public health focus and provide a clear picture of what you hope to gain from a graduate program. Some of our programs prefer experienced applicants.

Only two of our nine degree programs absolutely require it:

  • Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) - requiring two years of post baccalaureate, full-time, health-related work experience. More information available through the MPH Program Office.
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) – requiring an MPH (or equivalent degree) and three years of work experience. More information available through the individual departments with an overview on the DrPH degree page.

2. When is your application deadline?

We have fourteen different deadlines. They vary by department, degree and even by degree track. Know your program and know which deadline applies.

3. What’s the most important part of the application?

Our reviewers look at your application as a total package. They review GRE scores, GPA, resume, as well as your personal statement and letters of recommendation. Take each piece seriously. Spend time preparing an application that accurately represents you, your accomplishments, and what you hope to accomplish through a degree in public health.

Keep those questions coming and perhaps I’ll see you on the road somewhere!

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

A quick recap:  I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a few of the most popular questions in a blog post.

Here we go. . .

When can I apply for the 2014-2015 Academic Year?

The application for Bloomberg School degree programs beginning summer or fall 2014 will open September 1, 2013. Updated application deadlines and requirements will be posted by August.

Can I talk with someone in admissions about the timeframe, courses I’ll be expected to take, and/or possible field work associated with my program of interest?

Our admissions staff are a friendly bunch. They’re happy to chat about the School, its programs and our application process.  You may reach them by email or by calling 410-955-3543 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon (we reserve the afternoons for the concentrated processing of applications). 

That said, when it comes to specific questions about a specific program, you would best be served by contacting the academic coordinator listed for your department or program. These folks may be found on the website or you can email us and we’ll help you locate an appropriate contact.

I attended an academic institution in France/Nigeria/India/a place physically located outside of the U.S. Do I really need to have my records evaluated by a credentials evaluation agency?

Yes. We’re in the process of updating the details and that information will be available in August. But in most cases, the answer is still yes.

We hope this helps! Thank you for your questions!

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 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!

Question markWelcome to the fourth installment of our monthly series: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works.  I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then choose three of the most common questions to answer in a blog post.

This month, the questions came from every direction. Some of you are submitting applications. Some are waiting for an admissions decision. Some have received a decision and are trying to decide what to do next.  And then there are some who have brought us full-circle and are investigating schools for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Here are your top three questions with my answers.

1. How do I apply to a degree program at the Bloomberg School?

One of our very first posts, describes this process in detail. You should also see “How to Apply” on the Admissions website. Our FAQs covers a lot of the nitty gritty and there’s a special page for international students outlining requirements specific to them.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

2. Can I apply for a program beginning fall 2013?

The majority of our application deadlines for fall 2013 have come and gone.  Most programs whose deadlines have past are no longer accepting applications.

There are a handful of programs with deadlines still to come and an even smaller handful of programs with extended deadlines.

Otherwise, the application for the 2014-2015 Academic Year will open September 1, 2013.

3. I majored in [English/rocket science/whatever-you’re-major-was], but am now passionate about public health. Will the Bloomberg School accept me?

We accept applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds: journalists, physicians, lawyers, mathematicians, social workers. It really depends on your program of interest, your experience and what you wish to accomplish.  

Generally, our departments like to see coursework in the sciences. Some have specific coursework requirements (we’re looking at you, MPH and MSPH/RD). Others not so much. Once you’ve narrowed your interests, you should contact the academic coordinator for your prospective department directly.

Best wishes and have a great weekend!

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!