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Taryn and LaurenTo apply or not to apply? That is the question. Or is it? Personally, I think if you’re interested in one of our programs, you should apply. The real question is to apply, or to apply with a strong application? I hope you’re thinking with a strong application.

Your application should show your strengths and explain why you’re interested in applying to a particular program. But what if you aren’t sure exactly which program is right for you? Or you aren’t sure exactly what the Admissions Committees are looking for in an applicant? That’s where Taryn and Lauren can offer some help.

Next week, Taryn and Lauren will be hosting a Virtual Information session on Wednesday, October 26 at 12 p.m. EDT. Can’t make it? That’s okay. We record the sessions and you can watch them later. In fact, they just hosted one on our nine different masters’ degrees and you can view the recording.

And as always, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

As some of you may have noticed from changes on the webpage and the story on the main page, the department formally called Environmental Health Sciences is now a cross-divisional academic department that spans the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and is named the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE)!

While the department’s name and governance are changing to reflect its dual affiliations, all degree programs and faculty appointments will stay the same and remain within their schools of origin. For the time being all course offerings will remain the same, the intent is the change to EHE will lead to new academic and research opportunities for students, the creation of new faculty positions and the development of new courses, concentrations and degree programs focused on current and emerging topics related to environmental engineering and public health, as well as new funding opportunities.

We believe that this academic partnership, the only program of its kind in the country affiliated equally with both a school of public health and a school of engineering, not only positions Johns Hopkins University for national leadership in research and education at the intersection of environmental engineering and health, but it also honors our university’s legacy as a leader in environmental engineering, environmental health and all the activities that can improve the lives of individuals and communities.  

To view more information about this initiative, please visit the EHE website. We also encourage you to read about the EHE programs offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In the last year, we’ve added two masters’ programs and redesigned our DrPH. One of those new programs, the Master of Arts in Public Health Biology, is a fully online degree that can help students and professionals who are looking for a stronger foundation in the biological sciences as they relate to Public Health.

A great way to learn more about this new degree is to join the Program Director, Dr. Barry Zirkin, for a webinar that he is offering today at 3:00 p.m. EST.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail the program at or Admissions Services at

Public Health is a massively growing field, but the reality is that it stretches into all industries. From architectural designs that improve the community’s health, to the doctor who treats her patient, and the farmer who grows your food, areas of our field are far reaching. Add to that, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of the largest schools of Public Health with nine masters’ degrees, three doctoral degrees and ten academic departments. When our Admissions and Departmental staff meet students on the road, it can be difficult to share information with students who ask general questions.

For that reason, I want to provide you with great questions to ask us, as well as our colleagues at other schools of Public Health. Below is a list of questions that can lead to wonderful conversations and help you learn more about our School and programs.

  1. I’m interested in _________. Do you have something that would help prepare me for a career in ____?
  2. What should I include in my personal statement?
  3. Can you explain the class format at your school?
  4. How can I ensure that your school has the resources and faculty that will help me reach my career goals?
  5. For programs that require a field placement: Where can I complete my field placement? How do I obtain my field placement position?
  6. Are there opportunities for community involvement at your school?
  7. What is student life like at your school?

Don’t forget, you can always see where we are headed by checking our travel schedule!

As you most likely know, 2016 is the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centennial Year. To cap off our final celebrations, the school put together a list of 100 items that helped shape Public Health. Expecting to find 100 items that have improved public health I was surprised to find the “gun” and the “cigarette” included. Indeed, the 100 items influenced the field of Public Health, not necessarily improved the public’s health.

Of the 100 items selected, the following nine items directly relate to research performed at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bifurcated Needle
Car Seat
Hot Dog
Lab Rat
Smart Phone
Sunflower Oil
Vitamin A
Vitamin D Fortified Milk
WIC Voucher

As a personal favorite, and being from Kansas, I find it’s also important to share that the fly swatter made the list, and we have Kansas to thank for its invention. To see the other 90 items and why they made the 100 items list, read the full article on Global Health Now.