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Today is Day 1 of the MPH Orientation. All of us in Student Affairs and the MPH office are happily welcoming in the Class of 2017. For the MPH students, this day marks the beginning of eleven very busy, challenging and rewarding months that lay ahead.

We’re covering many topics today and tomorrow, from Baltimore life to Bloomberg life, MPH to Departments. We are busy preparing the students to begin their degree next week with the start of Summer Term.

To the incoming class of MPH students, congratulations and welcome!

It’s a traditiStaff at Franciscan Centeron in Admissions Services to set aside a day for community service. Over the years, the office has assisted Living Classroom Foundations, the Baltimore Zoo, Our Daily Bread, Blue Water Baltimore, Ronald McDonald House and more. This year, we served meals and organized clothing donations for the Franciscan Center for their lunch program.

Founded in 1968, The Franciscan Center aims to serve the needy with dignity and hope. With the hot lunch program, they feed 400-600 people daily. In addition, they have a pantry program and a clothing and toiletry program. They also have a center to provide internet access and teach computer skills as well as basic financial knowledge and resume building. There are many other services and programs offered, but the main goal of each program is for the center to assist those they help become self-sustaining.

When we finished serving lunch and organizing clothing, the entire group agreed this was one of their favorite sites to serve. Overall we felt that we’d made an impact in the hours we dedicated together.

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 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.