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We will once again be taking part in the SOPHAS Virtual Fair that is coming up on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The Admissions Services Office will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (department representatives will also be join us – see schedule below) and the MPH office will take questions between 1-3 p.m. EST. We look forward to answering your questions!

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Katie Phipps

Environmental Health and Engineering

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Elice Garcia-Baca

Master of Bioethics

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Fran Burman


10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cristina Salazar or Karla McCarthy

International Health

Last week, a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health was published showing a direct correlation between the decrease in alcohol-involved fatal crashes and states with mandatory ignition interlock laws. While all 50 states have ignition interlock laws, only 26 have mandatory laws requiring DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock to drive legally. Since these laws didn’t come into effect until March 2016, this is the first study looking at the types of laws across all 50 states.

Researchers looked at 32 years of data on crashes and interlock law trends. From the data, they estimate the mandatory interlock laws prevented 1,250 fatal alcohol related crashes. For more information on the research, check out the JHSPH press release.

Now that fall semester grades are becoming available, a lot of applicants have been asking us to add updated transcripts to their application. If your application has not yet been sent for review, you are welcome to send an official transcript to SOPHAS. However, if your application has been sent for review, we cannot upload anything to your application.

As a friendly reminder, please be sure to check that you have uploaded the correct CV and personal statement. We are continuing to receive a lot of requests to upload a new CV or personal statement. While we can do this prior to your application going to review, we cannot guarantee the admission committee will review the correct CV or personal statement. Please take your time filling out the application and ensure your most up-to-date documents are the ones attached.

January 15 is another big day for deadlines. The only doctoral program with a January 15 deadline is in the Department of Biostatistics.

The following departments have a January 15 deadline for their masters’ programs:

Health, Behavior and Society
Health Policy and Management
International Health (please note that the deadline for the MPSH/RD program in International Health was December 1)


We will be celebrating the upcoming holidays and the end of the year, and our office will be closed on the following dates:

Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26
Friday, December 30
Monday, January 2

The office will reopen with regular hours in the new year on Tuesday, January 3, 2016.

From all of us in Admissions Services and Student Affairs, may you have peaceful and joyful winter holiday celebrations!