Skip Navigation


Admissions Blog

It’s the time of year that applications and materials are arriving consistently. Here in Admission Services we take pride in working with you individually. We’re happy to answer your questions and there is one question that has been coming up a lot in the last few days.

We require all college transcripts when applying to our programs. If you are currently taking classes, we do need to see a current transcript from that institution even if you don’t have grades for the current semester. When you request your transcript be sent to us, the classes you’re currently taking will be notated as “In Progress.” That is perfectly fine and what we need to see.

As always, we’re here to help. Simply comment on a post, e-mail us at, or call between 8am and 12pm at 410-955-3543 and we’ll answer your questions.

Donna ShalalaWe are celebrating our Centennial this year! As part of the celebration, each department is assigned a month to highlight their field of study. For November, it’s the Department of Epidemiology (EPI).

To fully celebrate the many focusses and accomplishments in the EPI department, today there are a series of events planned. In addition to a poster session with first, second, and third place prizes, there will be a scavenger hunt for faculty members. However, the highlight of the afternoon is the Conversation with Donna Shalala called “Policy in the Face of Uncertainty: The Critical Role of Epidemiology.” A strong figure in the field of Public Health, Shalala was the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton from 1993-2001 and currently leads the Clinton Foundation. Among her many awards are the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor given in the U.S.).

That's me.Hello all! Many of you know the previous blogger has moved on to more opportunities. I am your new blogger and a newbie to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Baltimore. For those of you who would be moving to Baltimore for the first time, look for my Baltimore Adventure series posts in the future.

As potential students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, you’ve come across a question or medical problem in the world that has captivated your focus. But me, I’m captivated by stories. Whether it’s the “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, the Harry Potter series, or “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes, I love the art of storytelling. But my love of storytelling isn’t limited to books. I like hearing people’s life stories as well, or even a vignette in their life story. And that is what I’m here to do, to take the stories of current students in the ten different degree programs here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and share them with you.

It’s my first week here in Admission Services, and I am more and more amazed and impressed by the truly good work our students, researchers and faculty are doing. The vision here, “Protecting health, saving lives—millions at a time,” is inspiring, but true. I’m reading about students and faculty linking controversial fracking with premature birth, childhood antibiotic consumption with BMI, and discovering how the fungus Candida albicans becomes a deadly infection in the bloodstream. These are people with the knowledge and skills that I as the M.F.A. in Creative Writing lack, but always admired. To be their colleague by spreading their work to help you determine if Johns Hopkins is the right place for you to impact the field of Public Health is the next best thing to making a scientific discovery in helping the human population—or at least it is in my book.

For now, my friends, don’t forget about our upcoming opportunities to meet Admission Services on the road or our virtual fair next week. In the meantime, I’ll be working to learn about other research and opportunities available for our Masters and Doctoral students.

recruitingThe recruiting season is winding down, but there are still a handful of events left.

Come chat with us in Chicago, Santa Barbara, Seattle, or Phoenix. We’ll also be online for the SOPHAS Virtual Fair.

Check out our recruitment calendar to see where we’ll be when.

Hope to see you soon!

Student with computerDo you have questions about our application process?

Sign in to the last of our fall Virtual Information Sessions – “The Ins and Outs of Applying to the Bloomberg School” – this Wednesday, October 28 at 12 noon (Eastern).

Instructions for participating in the chat may be found on our website.

Hope to “see” you there!