Are there special opportunities available to Bloomberg Fellows during the program?
Yes, there will be special enrichment opportunities for Fellows while at the school, including seminars, speakers, and other activities.
What will be the key requirements for Bloomberg Fellows during and after the academic year?
In general, the key requirements in the Agreement to Serve will include (1) pursuing the MPH or DrPH degree in good faith; (2) participating in good faith in the chosen focus area or concentration during the program; (3) engaging with the collaborating organization during the period of study; and (4) working for at least one year with the collaborating organization in the chosen area of interest beginning within 12 months following graduation.
What happens if the position with the collaborating organization is no longer available after the Bloomberg Fellows graduates?
The collaborating organization will sign a letter of commitment with the School to reduce the possibility that the position will no longer be available. Failure to offer this position as promised may affect the ability of the organization to have future staff participate in the Bloomberg Fellows program. If, however, circumstances change and the position is not available, the School will work with the Fellow to find an alternative placement in the subject area that would satisfy the requirement.
What kind of organizations can qualify to be collaborating organizations?
Public or private organizations that qualify to be collaborating organizations must work on issues related to one of the five focus areas: (i) addiction and overdose; (ii) environmental challenges; (iii) obesity and the food system; (iv) risks to adolescent health; and (v) violence. These may be but do not have to be traditional public health organizations, such as health departments. For example, an organization that works on neighborhood development may have interest in training for a staff member in the area of obesity. Similarly, organizations that seek to reduce levels of community violence may have interest in training for a staff member in the area of violence prevention. The organization’s work in the chosen focus area must be based in the United States, and the applicant’s work with this organization must be based in the United States.
What are the responsibilities of collaborating organizations?
The prospective collaborating organization fills out its part of the application for the applicant, pledges to hire the applicant following graduation for at least one year, and participates in activities with the School during the time the applicable Fellow is studying at the School. After graduation, the organization remains part of the Bloomberg Fellows network and can participate in a range of activities.
Why does the collaborating organization have to fill out part of the application?
The Bloomberg Fellows program establishes a connection between the School, the Fellow, and the organization. The organization will be invited to participate in projects, conferences, and other activities. We ask the collaborating organization to fill out part of the application to be sure the organization is engaged and interested in this opportunity, and to confirm the support of the organization for the applicant.
In addition, prior to admission, the collaborating organization will need to sign a letter of commitment to help assure there is a position for the Bloomberg Fellow after graduation for at least one year.
Does an applicant have to be an employee of the collaborating organization at the time of the application?
Most applicants will be employees of the collaborating organization at the time of the application. However, applicants who have established an affiliation with the organization but who are not employees may also apply. Examples might be an applicant who previously worked for the organization or an applicant who has partnered with the organization on major projects.
What are the terms of the grant award if I am accepted?
For accepted Bloomberg Fellows:
Conditions of Grant Award. In order to be entitled to receive your grant award:
- Your Collaborating Organization must sign a Collaborating Organization Support Letter; and
- You must accept the grant award and its terms by completing and signing the Tuition Grant Agreement.
Terms of Grant Award. In exchange for the Grant Award, you agree:
- To successfully complete the Masters of Public Health degree program; and
- To work as a full time employee with your collaborating organization (or another collaborating organization approved by JHU) in your focus area of study for a period of one year following your completion of the requirements of the Master of Public Health program. Your employment must commence within one year of your completing your degree requirements.
- If you fail to satisfy either of the above terms, you will be required to repay the full amount of your grant award within one hundred eighty (180) days of such failure. You may choose to enter into a loan arrangement (for a term not to exceed fifteen (15) years with interest at an annual rate of 1%) with JHU to repay the Grant, or you may choose repay the Grant in full from other sources.
- For questions or inquiries about the MPH program, email BloombergFellowsMPH@jhu.edu;
- For questions or inquiries related to the DrPH program, email Bloombergfellowsdrph@jhu.edu
If an applicant applies for the MPH or DrPH program and the Bloomberg Fellows program, and is accepted to the School but not the Bloomberg Fellows program, what happens?
In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to accept admission and matriculate as a student, but will be responsible for tuition and expenses just like other students. The applicant will be considered for other scholarships as part of the typical application process and review. Because many activities of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative activities are open to all students, the student can be involved in the Initiative.
Over what time period will the Bloomberg Fellows Program scale up to full implementation?
The Bloomberg Fellows Program will adding more Fellows to each class through the FY 21-22 academic year.
Will the Bloomberg Fellows Program change over time?
Because this is a new initiative, we do expect to make modifications to the program over time. We will provide important updates through this website and, to the extent possible, directly to prospective Bloomberg Fellows and collaborating organizations.
If I have other questions, how can I ask them?
Is the scholarship a grant or a loan?
The scholarship is structured as a grant that converts to a loan, with a standard repayment term (10 years), and a modest interest rate, if the terms of the Fellowship are not met.
Upon acceptance into the Bloomberg Fellows Program, Bloomberg Fellows will sign an agreement that sets out the repayment terms and conditions that become effective if the grant converts to a loan.
Applicants will be asked to sign this agreement after both admission to the MPH or DrPH program and selection for the Bloomberg Fellows Program but no later than April 15, 2018.
Masters Program Specific Questions
What is included in the scholarship for Bloomberg Fellows?
The scholarship covers all tuition and fees, and a stipend of approximately $10,000 to defray a portion of living expenses and travel.
Do applicants for the Bloomberg Fellows Program need to separately fill out the online SOPHAS application for the MPH program?
Yes. It is required that all applicants to the MPH program, including potential Bloomberg Fellows, complete the SOPHAS application, meet all academic requirements for admission, and be admitted by the MPH Admissions Committee.
Who pays the student during the year of service – the scholarship or the collaborating organization?
The collaborating organization pays the student during the year of service.
May part-time MPH applicants qualify to be Bloomberg Fellows?
Yes. Both part-time and full-time MPH applicants are eligible. Please note if you are interested in the part-time MPH Program, only those beginning in June are eligible for the Bloomberg Fellows Program.
When is the deadline for the application for the MPH Program?
The Bloomberg Fellows priority application deadline is November 1, 2017, with a final deadline of December 1, 2017 for the Bloomberg Fellows application, the SOPHAS application, and all supporting materials.
When will applicants be notified about their applications?
Applicants will hear about their admission to the MPH program on a rolling basis. Decisions about the Bloomberg Fellows program will be made in March.
What are the key requirements for the MPH program?
To be considered for a Bloomberg Fellowship, applicants must apply and be accepted into the MPH program. Detailed information about admission requirements can be found here.
Doctoral Program Specific Questions
What is included in the scholarship for Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows?
The scholarship covers all tuition and fees incurred by the student for up to a total of 70 credits, and a small stipend to defray a portion of travel and costs of participating in summer and winter institutes.
Can I apply to any concentration, or is there a particular DrPH concentration that I must apply to?
Most of the concentrations in the DrPH program correspond to cross-cutting skill sets (e.g. Implementation Science, Health Equity and Social Justice) that may be relevant to any of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative focal areas. So applicants may consider applying to any of the concentrations, but in their application they should make a clear connection between the competencies addressed in the concentration, and their interests in one of the focal areas. Students may also apply for a customized program which gives them greater flexibility to tailor their studies to match their own specific interests.
Must I know what I want to write my dissertation on prior to applying to the DrPH program?
No, we do not anticipate that applicants to the program will already know their dissertation topic. During the first two years of the program students will pursue course work that will enhance their analytical skills and understanding of the problems that they are interested in addressing. However, applicants to the program should demonstrate a clear interest in one of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative focal areas and be committed to pursuing a doctoral dissertation in that broad area.
Who pays the student during the program: the scholarship or the collaborating organization?
The student will remain an employee of the collaborating organization throughout the program and the collaborating organization will continue to pay the student.
What happens if wish to switch to another employer during the program?
To the extent possible students should seek to stay with the same employer during the entire program. However if an alternative opportunity arises then the student should notify the DrPH office at the Bloomberg School as soon as possible and a determination will be made about the status of the fellowship.
Do applicants for the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program need to separately fill out the regular DrPH application?
Yes. It is required that all applicants to the DrPH program, including potential Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows, complete the full regular application, meet all academic requirements for admission, and be admitted by the DrPH Admissions Committee.
When is the deadline for the application to the Doctoral Program?
Applicants must apply for both the DrPH program and the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program application by December 1 for admission into the program the following summer.
For the first year only, students already matriculated into the first year of the redesigned School-wide DrPH program are eligible to apply for the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program. If selected, these students will receive financial support on a pro rata basis, reflecting the credits that they still have to take during the program.
The DrPH Application
Further information about admission to the DrPH program is available on the School’s website.
Applications are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).
The Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program
The application deadline for the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program application is the same as for the DrPH program, December 1.
What are the key requirements for the DrPH program?
To be considered for a Bloomberg Fellowship, applicants must apply and be accepted into the DrPH program. More information about the admission requirements for the DrPH program can be found here.