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Deadline Alert!One of our biggest deadlines is a little less than a month away. Does it apply to you?

If so, send those materials now!

December 15, 2014

Applications to the following programs, processed through the Bloomberg School Application:

Applications to the following Schoolwide MPH cohorts, processed through SOPHAS:

December 1, 2014

Applications to the following programs, processed through the Bloomberg School Application:

REMEMBER: Know your program, its application, requirements and deadlines! And contact us with your questions!

Best wishes to you and your application!

woman in computer labIf  you’ve been following us this fall, you know our School uses two application systems. Your program dictates which application to use.

Regardless of program and application, there is a fee associated with applying to our School. This fee must be paid for your application to be considered complete.

For the Bloomberg School Application (departmental master’s and all doctoral degrees) the fee is $45 USD.

For SOPHAS (public health common application used only for our Schoolwide MPH), the application fee is $120 USD for application to one school and an additional $45 USD for each additional school.

Application fee waivers are available only in very specific circumstances and only with the appropriate documentation.

We’ve set this out in detail on our website, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (there is no fee for asking questions)!

question markWe’re overdue for a new installment in our blog series, “What You’re Asking!”

Let me remind you how the series works. Each month, I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer a couple of the most popular questions here on this blog.

This month, instead of pulling the most asked questions from our email account, I’m going to answer here the top questions asked at the SOPHAS Virtual Fair last week.

Could you answer my question regarding curriculum/student profile/research opportunities for the MHS in Epidemiology/MSPH in International Health/PhD in Mental Health/Schoolwide MPH/my specific program of interest?

As you may know – or guess from the sample question above – the Bloomberg School offers a number of public health degrees. Nine, to be exact. And while we in admissions pride ourselves with our Bloomberg School knowledge, it just isn’t possible to know everything.

For that reason, once you’ve narrowed your interests to a program or two, we encourage you to contact the appropriate academic coordinator. These individuals can help answer specific questions as well as connect prospective students with faculty, current students and other program specific resources. Each department has at least one coordinator and their contact information is typically listed on the department’s website or you may email us for help.

Can I have my TOEFL scores waived?

Admission Services will only waive the English language proficiency test requirement (TOEFL or IELTS) if a student has completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR if a student is from a country listed on our quick reference list.

It’s possible your program of interest would be willing to waive the English language proficiency test, but there are no guarantees. You’re welcome to contact them directly to inquire further.

Please let us know if you need help locating a contact.

Is experience required for your degree programs?

While public health experience can almost always help an application, only a few of our programs absolutely require it.

For example, our Schoolwide Master of Public Health requires two years of post-baccalaureate, full-time, health-related work experience of all applicants who have not earned a public health related doctoral degree.

The Bloomberg School offers five other public health master’s degrees. For the most part, these departmental degrees (the MHA, MHS, MPP, MSPH, and ScM) do not require work experience. They offer an alternative for students desiring more focused skills and/or for less experienced students.

Young man working in labLast month, our posts were all about our informational events. This month, we’ll focus on application tips. But first, I wanted to mention a truly wonderful opportunity for undergraduates interested in public health.

Each summer, the Bloomberg School hosts a cohort of undergraduates for ten weeks while they attend seminars and conduct graduate-level biomedical or public health research under a faculty mentor.

This Diversity Summer Internship Program welcomes applicants from all over the United States, including underrepresented and economically disadvantaged areas. Housing and a stipend are provided.

The application for summer 2015 is now open and will close on Feb 1, 2015.

Additional details are available through the Office of Student Life.

Perhaps we’ll see you this summer!

Deadline Alert!The first of our many deadlines is less than a month away!

December 1, 2014

Is the application deadline for

All of these programs are processed through admissions using the Bloomberg School Application.

REMEMBER: your online application and supporting materials should arrive to our office before the deadline. Don’t wait until the last minute – submit your application and send those materials now!