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Most prospective graduate students in public health begin their program search with the Master of Public Health (MPH) in mind. As a professional degree, it is common to find that schools, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, require post baccalaureate experience for the MPH. At the Bloomberg School, some additional masters’ degrees are intended for students with a previous master’s or doctoral degrees. However, this does not mean a new or soon-to-be college graduate cannot apply for a graduate public health degree at JHSPH.

The majority of JHSPH’s degrees don’t have any restrictions that would prevent a new or soon-to-be college graduate from being considered for one of the graduate public health degree programs. To help show the options, below are lists of degrees that accept and recruit students straight from their undergraduate degree.

Schoolwide or Interdepartmental Degrees

Master of Arts in Public Health Biology
Master of Bioethics

Departmental Degrees

Master's Degree


Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Health Policy and Management

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Environmental Health and Engineering
Health, Behavior and Society (degree in Social Factors in Health)
Health Policy and Management (degree in Health Economics and Outcomes Research)
International Health (degree in Global Health Economics)
Mental Health
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Population, Family and Reproductive Health (degree in Demography)

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Environmental Health and Engineering
Health, Behavior and Society
(degree in Health Education and Health Communication)
Health Policy and Management
International Health
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Master of Science (ScM)


Health, Behavior and Society (degree in Genetic Counseling)
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

For doctoral degrees, some departments look for master’s degrees and/or work experience, while others do not. If you are an applicant hoping to go directly from an undergraduate degree to a PhD program, Admissions Services encourages you to contact your department of interest.

Two weeks ago, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth published a study that looked at violent crimes in relation to alcohol outlets in Baltimore. While previous research studies have looked at the correlation between crime and alcohol access, there is disagreement on whether or not on-premise (such as a bar or restraint) and off-premise (stores that sell alcohol but do not allow for consumption on the property) outlets have a stronger association with violent crime. This study used advanced methods and considered the number of alcohol outlets and the location of the outlets to better understand the association with violent crime.

The study, led by former post-doctoral fellow Pamela Tragnestein, PhD, found that a 10 percent increase in access to liquor stores and beer and wine stores had a 37 percent greater association with violent crime than on-premise outlets. They also found the type of violent crime was different for on-premise outlets than the off-premise outlets. The third important finding was that disadvantaged neighborhoods have a higher access to off-premise outlets.

The study, Outlet Type, Access to Alcohol, and Violent Crime, was published on September 26 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Sunday, October 7 is the 169th anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe’s death, and Baltimore is where he died and was buried. Many Charm City natives celebrate his death with some readings of “The Raven” or watching for the new “Poe Toaster” (originally, an anonymous person who brought three red roses and a bottle of cognac to Poe’s grave for 60 years). I, on the other hand, have a different recommendation. Stop by the Annabel Lee Tavern in Canton for a delicious meal and a decadent Poe-themed mixed drink.

Even before a patron walks into the Annabel Lee Tavern, the ominous nature of Poe’s writing also seeps from the bar to the door.

Annabel Lee Tavern Door

And upon opening the door, a patron’s eyes will immediately be drawn to the mantel on the far side of the bar.

Inside Annabel Lee Tavern

In addition to featuring a Edgar Allen Poe Drink list of martinis and cocktails inspired by the life and writings of the poet, Annabel Lee Tarvern serves upscale pub food such as Duck Fat Fries, “Ressurrection Mac n Cheese” and Grilled Mahi Mahi along side classics such as Nachos and a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwhich.

And while you eat, be warry of the ravens watching. You might just imagine them whispering “nevermore.” 

Raven on a light

The first deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is quickly approaching. All residency program applicants must submit their application through SOPHAS no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, October 15.

Residency applicants who submit their test scores through ERAS must still complete the SOPHAS application.

Public Health is a massively growing field, but the reality is that it stretches into all industries. From architectural designs that improve the community’s health, to the doctor who treats her patient, and the farmer who grows your food, areas of our field are far reaching. Add to that, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of the largest schools of Public Health with eight masters’ degrees, three doctoral degrees and ten academic departments. When our Admissions and Departmental staff meet students on the road, it can be difficult to share information with students who ask general questions, although we are happy to help students who are just starting to navigate through out programs.

For that reason, I want to provide you with great questions to ask us, as well as our colleagues at other schools of Public Health. Below is a list of questions that can lead to wonderful conversations and help you learn more about our School and programs.

  1. I’m interested in _________. Do you have something that would help prepare me for a career in ____?
  2. What should I include in my personal statement?
  3. Can you explain the class format at your school?
  4. How can I ensure that your school has the resources and faculty that will help me reach my career goals?
  5. For programs that require a field placement: Where can I complete my field placement? How do I obtain my field placement position?
  6. Are there opportunities for community involvement at your school?
  7. What is student life like at your school?

Don’t forget, you can always see where we are headed by checking our travel schedule!