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Date: Mar 2013

Water bottle filling stationThe Admissions staff is enamored with two relatively new additions to our building.

They’re water bottle filling stations!

Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound very exciting to you, but these stations are part of the School’s efforts toward sustainability.

In public health, we’re taught that bottled water is expensive, terrible for the environment and not better for you. Filling stations like these make cold, filtered tap water more convenient and easier to access than bottled water.

All you need is your own reusable container!

The current filling stations are on the second floor, across from the lavatories near the coffee shop and on the sixth floor, about halfway down the inner, east hall.

Rumor has it more are on their way.

On this day, 379 years ago, 150 settlers landed on St. Clement’s Island and established the colony of  Maryland.

The day is now a state holiday and is celebrated in both the original capital of St. Marys and the current capital of Annapolis.

With mountains, marshes, rivers, ocean and Chesapeake Bay  – Maryland is sometimes called “America in miniature.”  It’s a small state, measuring just 12, 193 square miles, but it’s the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Upton Sinclair, Matthew Henson and of course, our own Johns Hopkins.

Happy birthday, Maryland!

Maryland Dove
Replica of the Dove, one of two ships that carried European settlers to Maryland.

Just over a month ago, Admissions posed the question to students, alumni, faculty and staff:

What does public health mean to you?

We asked responders to submit their thoughts in images as part of a photo contest.  And many people did! We received thirty submissions from some very talented photographers.

The judges had an extremely hard job choosing a winner, but after extended discussions, they unanimously chose this photo taken by Kyle Sherman.

photo contest winner: children playing in Malawi

Kyle is an MPH/MBA student and says this about his photo, taken in Lilongwe, Malawi:

“This photo particularly captures what public health is because it shows healthy children at play, people in the background walking and enjoying being outside, and lastly, I think the child in the middle of the photograph with his hands up is symbolic to the optimism and encouragement we as public health professionals should take in our work.”

The judges also liked the photo for its optimism. And while no photo could represent every aspect of public health, the judges felt this one subtly invoked several (environmental health, child health, international health, etc.). 

We’re excited to see it on the cover of this year’s Prospectus!

Congratulations, Kyle!


Contest Runners Up:

Structure in Taungoo, Myanmar

Structure in Taungoo, Myanmar (Burma)
Submitted by Stefan Baral

“This picture represents the complexities of meaningful public health practice given the conflation or rural populations, lack of information technology infrastructure, and sociocultural and religious contexts that limit the provision and uptake of health services.”


IDP Camp in Bududa, Uganda

Grandfather with his grandsons in Western Uganda
Submitted by Emily Carter

“This photo represents public health in the need to provide care across the lifecycle to ensure, healthy productive lives. Access to strong preventative and curative health interventions at each stage in life is key to allowing children to survive to be grandparents.”


IDP Camp in Bududa, Eastern Uganda

IDP Camp in Bududa, Eastern Uganda
Submitted by Mary McQuilkin

“When thousands of people are living close together in a situation like this, there are innumerable threats to public health, and the more knowledge people have of prevention, the safer the population will be.”


Woman at health clinic in Cameroon

Woman at a Health Clinic in Nguelemenduka, Cameroon
Submitted by Emily Carter

“This photo demonstrates the burden of low access to care in the commonality of waiting for treatment in low-resource settings.”

Attention applicants - we have another extended deadline!

The Department of International Health is officially extending their deadline for the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Economics from March 1 to April 30, 2013.

Upcoming are now as follows:

April 1, 2013

  • Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation – all programs
    (extended from March 1)
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – 
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – 

April 30, 2013

May 1, 2013

June 1, 2013

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – master’s programs
  • Environmental Health Sciences –
  • Environmental Health Sciences –
  • Mental Health –
    (extended from March 1)
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – 

There’s this little statistic we’re mighty proud of.

In fact, we’ve been proud of it for twenty years.

I’ll give you a hint.

Celebrating 20 years of Number One