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Depending on where you are in the admissions cycle, you may have noticed our How To Apply page changed last week. For all applicants applying for any start term beginning in 2017, we now use the SOPHAS and SOPHAS Express applications exclusively.

You will find updated instructions throughout our website, from transcript and test score instructions to deadlines and FAQs. Please note that some deadlines have changed a great deal from the 2016-2017 year and you should always carefully review both your department website as well as the deadline chart. I will tag all blogs relating to the 2017-2018 application cycle with “applications 2017.”

As a reminder, the Master of Bioethics (MBE) application for fall 2016 remains open until July 15 and the MPH Online/Part-time (November-Barcelona) 2016 and January 2017 start terms remain open until July 1. While the MPH already uses the SOPHAS application, the MBE uses the Bloomberg School Application.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu or call us between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-955-3543.

When I moved here 8 months ago, a big part of my decision of where to live had to do with the commute into the East Baltimore/Medical Campus.

Personally, I knew I wanted to live in the suburbs and chose north of the outer loop Charles Village(695) in the Timonium/Lutherville area. I love my choice and getting to campus is easy. I get on 83 South and my satellite parking lot is two blocks away from my exit. I then take a free shuttle from the parking lot to campus. Most mornings it takes me about 25 minutes to get to work by 7:30 a.m. However, if I’m running late or there is an accident, the commute can take up to an hour. (I’d like to note that I usually miss the majority of rush hour traffic and I don’t experience too many accidents.)

I’ve learned that the west side of Baltimore on 695 and 795 tend to have a lot of traffic during rush hour—at least that is what my radio station’s traffic reports imply. On the south and east side, 95 is another highway that gets backed up very quickly. However, if you want a suburb on the west side, Owings Mills is the start of the metro subway line and it runs straight to Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is across the street from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A lot of students choose to live near the Homewood Campus in Charles Village. JHU runs a free shuttle regularly between the Homewood and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute (two blocks from the main Bloomberg building). That shuttle also stops at the Peabody Institute, which is in Mt. Vernon, another popular place for students. If you are looking for more of a city experience, then Canton, Fell’s Point, Harbor East, and the Inner Harbor might be the place for you. These “city” neighborhoods are easily assessable by bike, public transit and Baltimore’s free bus, the Charm City Circulator.

For those of you who want to walk to campus every day, there are a few apartment options surrounding our campus. New apartment buildings have been added recently and there are several townhouse options in most directions from campus.

Hopefully this insight into how to get from future neighborhoods to campus will help you in deciding where to live in Baltimore. Some helpful websites for finding places to live are as follows:

The Berman Institute of Bioethics has many programs ranging from the Global Food Ethics and Policy to the Stem Cell Policy and Ethics Program. Recently, their Genomic Uses in Infectious Diseases and Epidemics (GUIDE) Project received an NIH grant, establishing GUIDE as a Center of Excellence. The $4 million grant provides funding for the next four years.

To read more about the NIH grant and the research it will fund, read the press release.

We’ve been preparing and talking about it, but it’s finally Johns Hopkins Bloomberg100 Cake School of Public Health’s birthday! Today is the centennial date!

Celebrate with us and have a piece of cake in honor of all the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Public Health Professionals’ accomplishments in the last 100 years.

A few weeks ago I blogged about Dr. Robert Black who was honored with the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Humanitarian Award by the NFID. However, he wasn’t the only Dr. Diane GriffinBloomberg School of Public Health Professor to be honored by the NFID for their contributions to Public Health. Dr. Diane Griffin, a distinguished professor and former chair of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI), received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement.

A virologist, Dr. Griffin was recognized for her work on measles and alphaviruses as well as her leadership and dedication to mentoring the future generation of infectious disease investigators. Last year’s award winner, Samuel L. Katz, who worked on the development of the Edmonston measles virus vaccine, described Griffin’s “explorations of the molecular process of the measles virus and the immune components produced by it” as “highly remarkable.”

In preparing for this blog, I spoke with a few students in the MMI department. All of them spoke highly of Griffin and her work. But what amazed me was that although all of them worked on her research, none of them worked on the same project. While known for her work on alphaviruses and measles, her work spreads much farther and she is mentoring the next generation of virologists, helping them to find the question they want to answer in their own research and careers. Truly a leader in virology, public health and the scientific community, Griffin is a down to earth professor and mentor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and truly deserving of the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement.