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As more and more students are applying to our PhD programs with the December 1 deadline approaching, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions on students not being able to find a few particular PhD programs in the list of many programs in SOPHAS. Here are some specific instructions for the following three programs:

Students applying to the above three programs should choose the PhD in Biomedical Sciences in Public Health as the degree designation in SOPHAS. The Biomedical Sciences in Public Health is an application gateway for the three programs and allows students to apply to more than one degree without multiple application fees.

Once students have selected the PhD in Biomedical Sciences, applicants will select the degree(s) to which they are interested in applying in the “additional questions” section of the application. Admissions decisions will be made separately by each degree program. In the personal statement, applicants should clearly express why they are interested in applying to the selected program(s).

To find the program in the listings, please use one or more of the following searchable SOPHAS designations:

  • Institution: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Degree: PhD
  • Program Name: Biomedical Sciences in Public Health
  • Program Type: Biomedical Sciences

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!