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Congratulations class of 2016!Brochures

Yesterday was the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centennial Class Convocation. The whole school gathered at the arena downtown to celebrate the students receiving their masters’ and doctoral degrees. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Centennial Convocation Speaker and the doctor who conducted her own lead testing on the water in Flint after noticing a trend in patients suffering symptoms of lead poisoning, spoke to students, inspiring them to continue on with their work in Public Health.

This year, the graduate break down by degree was:Students

·  117 PhD
·  23 are receiving DRPH
·  25 MHA
·  164 MHS
· 361 MPH
·  24 MPP
·  146 MSPH
·  38 SCM
·  and 6 MSN/MPH

This smaller ceremony is where we have the opportunity to celebrate our graduates on all the work they’ve done since becoming a JHSPH student. Today is the University-wide Commencement Ceremony, where all of Johns Hopkins University will come together.Students

From all of us here in Student Affairs, we wish our graduates the best! Congratulations!

It’s time for a friendly reminder that June 1 is quickly approaching. Those of you applying to the following programs should make sure to get all your application materials into use in the next two weeks.

Masters’ Programs in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Masters’ Programs in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences
BA/MHS in the Department of Epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University students only)
Masters’ Programs in the Department of Mental Health
MHS Domestic Applicants in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Students of Public Health often find themselves in the midst of ethical questions. Whether they are doing research in the lab or creating policies, all advancements also come up against ethical questions involving society, individuals, and/or the population being affected. The Bloomberg School of Public Health partners with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to offer the Master of Bioethics (MBE), to help train Stewards of Public Health to face those very situations.Deering

Whether you’re still working on your application, or are just now finding the program, I’m happy to I inform you that the deadline for the MBE has been extended until July 15. However, don’t wait all summer to submit materials, apply now!

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For those of you keeping track of the different departments that have been featured throughout the Centennial School year, I am happy to share with you our final department. With May comes the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

They started their celebration a bit early with a Child Health Symposium on Thursday, April 28. The Keynote Speaker was Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor-in-Chief, JAMA. Then on Friday they hosted the Sexual and Reproductive Health Symposium. This symposium featured personal stories, tested self-knowledge, viral videos and an original musical performance.

The final major event the department is hosting is the Maternal and Child Health Symposium and Harper Lecture. The Harper Lecturer is Catherine Y. Spong, MD, Acting Director of NICHD. The day will end with awards for the poster competition and, of course, refreshments.

The department ends their celebration of the last 100 years in Population, Family and Reproductive Health by looking forward. On Thursday, May 12, they will be hosting a lecture on “Projections of World Population to 2050.”

We had an interesting winter here in Baltimore with the record snow fall, but I think I can officially say the spring weather has arrived. April definitely began like a lion, but it left like a lamb with beautiful 70-80 degree weather. Spring also means that the local festivals and events are beginning.

At the beginning of April, despite some cool evenLight Cityings, Baltimore hosted the inaugural Light City, “A festival of light, music and innovation.” Designed along the inner harbor, people gathered to see light displays that incorporated storytelling, motion and sound. The weeklong festival was declared a success and planning is already in motion for the 2017 Light City to be expanded to 10 days. To the right is a picture my co-worker’s husband took.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the Baltimore Book Festival. After all, anything involving books is pretty awesome, but a three day festival in the fall? Baltimore can count on me being there!

Being new to the city, this coming summer I’ll be writing several posts about discovering Baltimore. I hope you join me as I explore the many different festivals and events that make up the community fondly known as Charm City. And since I won’t be able to attend every single event, here is a great listing that allows you to filter the events.