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Date: Apr 2013

Public health exhibit Do you know where and/or what this is?

It’s a photo of William Welch’s luggage and one of his notebooks. You can find it in one of two glass cases across from Sheldon Hall (our second largest lecture hall).

The cases house a number of public health artifacts: William Welch’s microscope, George Comstock’s UNICEF bag and an early 20th Century biostatistics calculating machine. There are vials, beakers and photos from various points on the timeline of public health.

It’s a mini museum right here in our own building.

Next time you’re here, take a look.

We’re just a little more than two months away from MPH Orientation (full-time students). About four months away from Fall Orientation. Where should you live?

That depends.

Do you have/want a roommate or do you prefer to live alone? How will you commute to campus? Will you drive or take the Hopkins shuttle? Do you like apartment living or would you prefer a house?

Could you see yourself living here?
Row houses in Charles Village

Or here?
Row houses in Hampden

How about here? Just two blocks from school.
929 Building

There are lots of options for every lifestyle and the JHMI Office of Housing and Residential Life is happy to help incoming students sort through them.

In fact, Admissions and the Housing Office are holding an online information session called “Housing and Life in Baltimore” for admitted students next week! Join us Friday, May 3 at noon (Eastern).  Instructions for joining the session may be found on the Admitted Student Website (login required).

Happy hunting!

Change purseWe know funding is a major concern for prospective students. So today, we’re providing a brief overview of how funding works at the Bloomberg School.


Scholarships are typically administered by the individual academic departments and the MPH program office. You need not apply separately for these scholarships. Your application for admission will be reviewed by your prospective department/program for the possible award of scholarships and/or any funds from the appropriate training grant.

Scholarship availability changes from year to year and varies by department. If you have questions about possible scholarships, you should contact your department of interest directly.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid includes Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Work Study and veteran’s benefits. This type of funding is administered by the Financial Aid Office.

If you’re a domestic admitted student interested in applying for federal aid, review the application procedures provided by the Financial Aid Office carefully. Please note, the suggested filing date for new students was March 15 and the suggested filing date for returning students is May 1. These are not deadlines, you can still apply, but we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Federal aid is awarded with funds from the U.S. government, so unfortunately, if you’re not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., you are not eligible for these funds.

Private Loans

Another way to finance your education is through private loans. The Financial Aid Office, which certifies these loans, provides guidance for those seeking this sort of assistance.

Other Funding Resources & Information

While the Bloomberg School provides funding for many students, there are students we are unable to fund. If you’re one of these students, here are some links to help you:

Best wishes!

Appalachian TrailWe’ve talked more than once about our love for Baltimore. But there are times when one needs a little space from those one loves.

If one is in Baltimore and the outdoor type, one is in luck.

There are 66 state parks in Maryland offering hiking, biking, camping, paddling, tubing, swimming, birding, picnicking, climbing and everything in between.

In addition to the state park system, Maryland has 17 national parks, 1,513 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, two National Heritage Areas, Six National Natural Landmarks and 72 National Historic Landmarks. All of the above operate under the National Park Service.

And here’s the best news if you’re itching to get outside right now – it’s National Park Week!  National park entrance fees are waived through Friday!

 So get out there and enjoy some space!

Today is the first day of National Volunteer Week!

SOURCE, our Student Outreach Resource Center, has organized a number of activities and events.

National Volunteer Week Activities

SOURCE is a wonderful organization working with all three health profession schools on the East Baltimore Campus (public health, nursing, and medicine). Their mission is to provide academic and professional development opportunities through community outreach and service-learning partnerships with community-based organizations.

You can get an idea of the sort of opportunities they facilitate by the National Volunteer Week schedule above.

How can you get involved?

For those of you joining us this summer and fall, SOURCE has provided a handy checklist for involvement with community-based organizations. SOURCE has short- and long-term volunteer opportunities and distributes a weekly scoop on upcoming programs and events. They also host an Annual Community Involvement Fair each September.

The SOURCE Service Scholars Program enables health professional students to make a long-term (one academic year) commitment to a SOURCE partnering Baltimore community-based organization (CBO) or recognized service-based student group. Service Scholars receive a $2,000 stipend. Applications to be a SOURCE Service Scholar in 2013-2014 are due April 22, 2013.