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Date: Oct 2012

GRE Answer Sheet

One of the most common questions we receive through email and at grad fairs is:

Do I need to submit GRE scores as part of my application?

Once again, I have both short and long answers.

The short answer is yes. All of our programs require standardized test scores and the GRE is the most universally accepted.

The long answer is still yes, with a few qualifiers and one very specific exception.

Several (but not all) of our degree programs will accept other standardized test scores in lieu of the GRE.  For example, our program will accept either GRE or GMAT test scores.  Our Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) through the Department of International Health will accept either GRE or MCAT scores. But, our master’s degrees through Health, Behavior and Society will only accept the GRE.

It’s very important to know the requirements for your specific program of interest.

How do you find this information? Our is your friend!

And what is that one very specific exception I mentioned?

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program – and only our Master of Public Health program – will review applications without standardized test scores for those applicants with a graduate degree beyond the baccalaureate.

It’s important to note, though, that these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if their admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the U.S. Additionally, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

Do you have more questions about standardized test scores?  Check out our FAQ, email us at or wait for upcoming blog posts!

I typically prefer to stay on this side of the computer monitor, but have orders to introduce myself in the next admissions staff profile.

So, please meet:

Amy on the ninth floor patio.Me (Amy Galloway)

Communications Associate

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    I’m a native Marylander and I love my little state. It has a bit of everything: ocean, mountains, farms, cities. 
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    Baltimore has a great arts community and there are always literary readings and interesting exhibits to attend.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    It’s hard to choose. I think my favorite might be Mama’s on the Half Shell in Canton. Their calamari is divine!
  4. What do you like best about your job?
    The people I work with. They’re a wonderful bunch. 
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins?
    This is my fifth year.
  6. Favorite color?  
    Green, followed closely by pink.
  7. Favorite sports team?
    Is coffee drinking a sport?
  8. Hobbies/activities ?
    Reading, writing and just about anything outdoors.  I especially love hiking with my sons in one of the area’s many parks. 
  9. What did you have for lunch today? 
    Peanut butter sandwich with an apple on the side.
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    A cardigan.  It’s chilly in here and I ALWAYS have a cardigan.

In an earlier post, we promised to introduce you to members of our Admissions Team.  Today seemed like a good day to start those introductions.

Please meet:

Jessica on the ninth floor patio.Jessica Jones

Director of Admissions Processing and Systems

  1. What do you like about living in/near Baltimore?
    It’s a great location, because you’re not far from the water/beaches, and yet you have the offerings of a city. 
  2. Your favorite thing to do in Baltimore?
    Go to Orioles games and the Inner Harbor.
  3. Do you have a favorite Baltimore food/restaurant?
    I’m still new to the Baltimore area – so I do not have any favorites yet.  There are a lot of great restaurants in the area, so I enjoy trying a new one each time.
  4. What do you like best about your job?
    The opportunity to help students achieve their dreams of a degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  5. How long have you been at Hopkins?
    I have been at Hopkins since December 2011, but have worked in higher education and admission for over 10 years.
  6. Favorite color?  
  7. Favorite sports team?
    Go Orioles.
  8. Hobbies/activities ?
    Spend time with my family, read, and I really enjoying cooking.
  9. What did you have for lunch today? 
    Grilled Salmon Salad
  10. If you were to be locked all by yourself in E1002 for one week, with no electrical power, what is one thing you would bring with you?
    A flashlight, it would get really dark in here since there are no windows.

Look for more staff profiles throughout this fall and winter!

It’s a little crazy in our office this week.  We’re making signs, checking details and stuffing packets for next week’s Open House.

Are you coming?

If so, make sure you register and we’ll see you at noon on Monday!

If not, we certainly understand. Distance, work obligations, life events can all conspire to make an in-person visit impossible. That’s why we developed our series of online information sessions.

Sessions include:  “What is Public Health,” “Careers in Public Health,” and current student panels.  You may join a live session on the scheduled date or listen to a recorded past session.

This Friday, we'll be hosting a current student panel at noon. We’ll introduce you to three of our current students and then open the floor to you and your questions.

Instructions on how to join the session are on the website.

We hope you’ll join us!

Leslie recording an information session.

Welcome to the third installment in a series of posts describing the general admissions process here at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Future posts will delve into specific admissions requirements, showcase our school, highlight staff and display snapshots of our kids (just kidding). 

For now, let’s talk. . .

Under Review

You submitted your application and all of your supporting materials. The admissions coordinator handling your file processed those materials and deemed your application complete.

What happens next?

The short answer is: the admissions coordinator sends your application package to your program for review.

But it’s at this point that things really begin to vary.

Each of our academic departments, as well as the program office for our Schoolwide MPH, have their own admission review committees.  Some of our departments have separate review committees for master’s and doctoral applications. Some have committees dedicated to a specific degree track.  The committees meet at different times and with varying levels of frequency. They have one thing in common:  eventually they reach an admissions decision on every application.

Stack of files.

On average, it takes eight to ten weeks for a decision to be issued. These decisions come directly from the program you applied to. We in admissions are not permitted to relay decisions one way or another.

We can, however, keep our fingers crossed for you.

Best wishes to you and your application!