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Child with pinwheelNational Public Health Week (NPHW) is an initiative of the American Public Health Association with the goal of educating the public, policymakers and practitioners on public health issues in the United States.

Each day has a different theme. Today is “Be Healthy From the Start” and the focus is on child and maternal health.

Visit the NPHW website to see how you can get involved (Take action! Join a twitter chat! Attend an event!).

And visit our Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health website to see a small sample of what the Bloomberg School is doing to help families and individuals be healthy from the start.

Last Friday was our first of two Admitted Student Visitors Days.

As you can see, it was a great event!

Four photos from Admitted Student Visitors Day

1 – Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stephen Gange, welcomes admitted students and introduces them to the School.

2 – Admitted students have a chance to ask a panel of current students questions about their experiences at School and in Baltimore.

3 – Admissions staff conducts campus tours.

4 – Admitted students mingle with deans, faculty, current students and staff at a reception.

If you’re an admitted student and you missed last week’s event, there is still time to register for the April 4th event (login and password required)!  If you’re unable to make the trip to Baltimore, the major event sessions were recorded.  These recordings will be posted to the Admitted Student Website in the near future (login and password required).

Have other questions? See our Admitted Student Virtual Information Sessions (login and password required) or contact us (NO login or password required)!

Question MarkWe’re a month overdue for an edition in our series: “What You’re Asking.” Let me rectify that right now.

Once again, here’s how it works:
I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

1.  I have an advanced degree. Am I still required to submit GRE scores as part of my application?

In general, all applicants are required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application. All of our programs will accept the GRE. Some (not all) will accept other test scores, such as those from the GMAT, MCAT or LSAT. See our application requirements chart to learn which scores are appropriate for your program of interest.

Our Schoolwide MPH is the only of our many public health degree programs to waive the standardized test score for those individuals having earned an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate. However, in doing so, these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if the rest of their admissions materials do not clearly demonstrate their quantitative and analytical skills. This is especially true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the United States. Additionally, applicants who request to have their applications reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

The process for submitting test scores can vary depending on your program. Please read our application instructions carefully. MPH applicants should pay special attention to the instructions specific to them.

2.  I’m a prospective student and would like to talk to a current student with my same interests. Can you connect me?

There are a number of ways for prospective students to connect with current students.

The first is through our Student Webpages.  You’ll notice there are two tabs: "Ambassadors" and "All Students." You may contact any of the students through the website, but “ Ambassadors” have volunteered to be a special help to new and prospective students.

If you have a specific program of interest, you might also contact the appropriate academic coordinator. These individuals may be found with the administrative contacts for each department. Academic coordinators are the best resource regarding a specific program's curriculum, faculty and current students. Contact us if you need help locating the appropriate coordinator.

If you’re an admitted student, you might also attend one of our virtual student panels or Visitors Day. Information on these events may be found on our Admitted Student Website (login and password required – contact us if you need assistance).

I hope this helps!  As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at

State of MarylandA few years ago, we used the slogan “The World is Our Campus” on our Academic Prospectus and other printed materials. With ongoing research in over 130 countries, that statement is certainly true.

But while the world is our campus, Baltimore, Maryland is our home. And today is a very special day in our home state.

On this day in 1634, 150 settlers landed on St. Clement’s Island to establish the colony of Maryland.

Three hundred and eighty years later, Maryland is the land of the Chesapeake Bay, blue crabs, Black-eyed Susans and Johns Hopkins University.

Happy Birthday, Maryland!

Apple in handsNational Public Health Week (NPHW) starts two weeks from today!

NPHW is an initiative of the American Public Health Association and runs from April 7-13. Its goal is to spotlight public health issues in the United States in an effort to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners.

The NPHW website provides ideas for individuals and organizations to get involved.

How will you observe National Public Health Week?