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Tolbert NyenswahA few months ago, all Bloomberg School of Public Health Employees received an e-mail calling for nominations of outstanding students and recent alumni who are game changers in Public Health. Last week, Tolbert Nyenswah, MPH’12 was awarded the Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award and the accompanying $100,000 cash award.

As a teenager, Nyenswah and his family lived in a refugee camp after fleeing the civil war taking place in his former village in southeast Liberia. However, it wasn’t until after pursuing legal studies that he found his career in Public Health. Prior to coming to the Bloomberg School of Public Health for his MPH, Nyenswah worked in a leadership role with the National Malaria Control Program in Liberia that saw malaria prevalence reduce from 66% in 2005 to 28% in 2011.

After completing his MPH in 2012, Nyenswah became the Assistant Minister of Health and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Prevention which involved him in planning and organizing all of the national disease control programs. With the 2014 Ebola outbreak, he became instrumental in ending the worst Ebola epidemic ever known and for the incident management system that allowed public health workers to quickly detect and contain the outbreak. In 2015, Liberia recognized Nyenswah’s role and named him their first Deputy Minister of Health for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control.

Nyenswah will use the $100,000 for improving health systems in Liberia and across West Africa.

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Regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States or English speaking Canada, you must have your academic records evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc (WES). SOPHAS will not accept any foreign transcripts. More information may be found on the international applicant page and on the SOPHAS website.

All course evaluations should be sent to SOPHAS, not the Bloomberg School of Public Health. SOPHAS strongly encourages applicants to first create the SOPHAS application. Once you have your 10 digit SOPHAS ID, you are able to use the WES-SOPHAS application form.

In the last week, many students have e-mailed us regarding their test scores and the cutoffs or averages of admitted students. Unfortunately, Admissions Services cannot provide the answer.

Admissions statistics (e.g. average test scores, average GPAs, acceptance rates, etc.) vary greatly by department, program and sometimes even concentration or track. Public health draws individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. The number of applicants and number of available slots varies year to year. Test structures and evaluation procedures also change.

For all the reasons above, our office does not collect statistics for individual programs or for the School as a whole. However, since each department and program has its own admissions review committee it might be helpful to contact your degree program’s Academic Coordinator.

We do want to emphasize that our Admissions Committees review ALL components of the application (resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, etc.).  Again, check with your program of interest – they may be able to provide you with averages or competitive scores.

Today’s blog is a bit of a “Public Service Announcement”. I’d like to take this time to remind everyone we utilize the SOPHAS and SOPHAS Express applications. This means all official transcripts, credential evaluations, standardized test scores and English proficiency test scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS.

When you send your materials to SOPHAS, please remember that you must start your application prior to sending the materials. This allows SOPHAS to match your materials with your application. SOPHAS also provides specific forms for material requests.

Follow the hyperlinks above for further instructions on each material. And remember, if you’re not sure of something, never hesitate to contact us at or by phone at 410-955-3543.