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We're checking the lists, checking them twice. We're finding out who's complete and not complete!
The staff in Admissions Services is working together to check in applications and make sure we have all the required supporting documents. We are almost caught up from all the applications that were submitted in the last week. We are also trying to keep up with all the emails with questions coming in concerning applications.

Remember you can always check your application status via your personalized webpage or via SOPHAS. If there is a problem with any supporting document, we do our best to make a clear notation.
As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail or call Admissions Services Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Standard time at 410-955-3543.

Tomorrow is one of our most common deadlines, and with it comes a very common question. “Does my application have to be verified by the deadline?”

For the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the answer is no. Your application must only be submitted by 11:59 p.m., or midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the day of the deadline. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible as verification can take several weeks. As long as all materials have been received by the supporting document deadline, your application will be reviewed. You will find the supporting document deadline on your personalized website under the Checklist for Application tab.

Admissions Services is happy to answer any of your questions. You can reach us via e-mail at or Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST via phone at 410-955-3543.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in Admissions Services to you! We hope you will be gobbling up some delicious food with family and friends.

The office will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. We will return at our regular hours on Monday, November 27.

I normally post deadline alerts two weeks before a deadline. I’m posting this one a few days early to make up for the turkey coma that will ensue over Thanksgiving so you still have a full two-week reminder.

December 1 is a big deadline day for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, but also for many other programs utilizing SOPHAS. Admissions Services highly recommends not waiting until December 1 to submit your application. Also keep in mind that the application is not submitted until the application fee has been processed. Clicking submit at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time would most likely result in a late application.

The following programs have a December 1 Deadline.

Doctoral Programs by Department
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology*
Environmental Health and Engineering ESEE Track
Environmental Health and Engineering TPMM Track*
Health, Behavior and Society
Health Policy and Management
International Health
Mental Health
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology*
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Schoolwide DrPH

Masters’ Programs
MSPH/RD in the Department of International Health
– Full-time Late June/early July Start and Online/Part-time June Start

*Students applying to these programs should choose the PhD Biomedical Sciences in Public Health as the degree designation in SOPHAS. You can then select the degree(s) to which you are interested in applying. Admission decisions will be made separately by each degree program. In your personal statement, please clearly express why you are interested in applying to your selected program(s).

Last year, the Bloomberg School was proud to award two full tuition scholarships to Syrian refugees for the full-time MPH program (read the blog about it here). I’m happy to say that the Center for Humanitarian Health will once again support a displaced student. This year, the student can come from Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan or Somalia.

To apply, all applicants must complete the MPH application and notify the Scholarship Program of their desire to be considered for the scholarship by emailing the MPH office at

Applications are due no later than December 1. For more information on the scholarship, please review the displacement requirements on the Center for Humanitarian Health’s website.