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Everybody has their own Public Health Story. You know, the one where we discovered Public Health and had our “That’s what I want really want to do!” epiphany. And then we each have our own little niche in Public Health, or our area that we are passionate about. Sometimes that niche is a well-known problem, while others are not as well-known and lack much needed attention.

It is for this reason that Global Health Now, along with NPR’s Goats and Soda blog and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) sponsor the annual Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. In 2015, the winner was the chronic inflammatory disease mycetoma while 2016 featured the paralytic disease konzo.

If you came across a global disease that lacks the attention it needs to serve the affected people in your Public Health Story, whether it’s through your own research or your travels, I encourage you to submit the 150-word nomination. The deadline is November 30, 2016.

Let’s keep improving Global Health by sharing those untold Public Health stories.

Reminder to all 2017 applicants, take your standardized test early! It can take three to four weeks for test scores to arrive, even if you send them the day that you take the test.

Also keep in mind that the GRE is most universally accepted, but some programs allow other types of test scores. For that reason, don’t forget to check our Standardized Test Score Chart to see if your program will accept or require another type of test.

And remember, use the GRE code 3738 when sending your test scores to SOPHAS so that the Bloomberg School of Public Health will see your scores!

JHSPH BoothHappy Halloween! The annual American Public Health Association (APHA) conference is underway. Once again it is falling over Halloween, so you know what that means, right? We have some sweet treats at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Booth (#114 and 116)! So stop by to talk to our faculty and staff and learn more about our programs.

The ASPPH This is Public Health Graduate School Fair is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 1.

If you aren’t attending the conference, but are in the Denver area, there is a Free Student Visit Day on November 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Also, you can see when our faculty are presenting by going to www.jhsph.edu/apha.

The Paper Moon

When a friend of mine suggested we meet for brunch over the weekend, I wasn’t expecting to drive up to a diner with an elephant on the roof and decorated mannequins on the property. I previously looked up the menu online and thought the space themed named food was cute, after all the diner’s name is The Paper Moon. However, what I found was not space themed at all.

Inside the Paper MoonWalking inside, the eclectic decorating continued with a vestibule filled with PEZ dispensers of all kinds and the restaurant adorned with vintage toys, dolls, more mannequins and other random objects covering every surface from floor to ceiling. Needless to say, I was rather unsure what to think and started to wonder about the quality of food and where exactly my friend insisted I eat as a Baltimorean.

Egg OmletI shouldn’t have worried. It was delicious! The brioche French toast was the best I’ve ever had and my friend’s spinach ricotta omelet was light and fluffy. The service was friendly and speedy, but they didn’t mind us taking our time and visiting.

Located in Charles’ Village (a popular neighborhood for students), The Paper Moon is close to the Homewood Campus and I highly recommend it to anybody, whether a Baltimore native or newbie. For those living closer to the East Baltimore/Medical Campus the diner is easily assessable via the University’s shuttle to the Homewood campus. The Paper Moon is the definition of unique and should be on everybody’s “Discovering Baltimore” list.

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