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Admissions Blog

Date: May 2013

Those of us working in admissions are not public health professionals. 

We’re data administrators, communicators, project managers, recruiters, event planners and much more. Not one of us has an MPH.

But it’s hard to work here among all the dedicated public health folk and not want to contribute. Each of us participates in our own projects and a few University-wide initiatives, but a few years ago we instituted an office event: the Admissions Day of Service.

Each year, we close the office for a day and volunteer our services to a local organization.

We helped rebuild a neighborhood playground destroyed by arson. We served a meal to the hungry at a center that has done so without interruption for 32 years. We pulled weeds at an urban farm where fresh vegetables are grown to combat inner city food deserts. We pulled trash choking an otherwise beautiful city stream.

Admissions past days of service

Yesterday, we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House.

Among other things, the Ronald McDonald House provides families with a place to stay - “a home away from home” - while their seriously ill or injured children receive treatment at local hospitals.

A few of us organized and disinfected a playroom.
Cleaning the Toy Room

Others sorted through children’s craft supplies.
Organizing Crafts

Still others sorted through bins and bins of metal tabs for recycling.
Sorting pull tabs for recycling

The proceeds from the tabs are used to pay for shuttles transporting families to and from the hospital.

Admissions Group - Day of Service

Each of these volunteer experiences has touched us in some way.  They make us pause and think. They help us understand why our students and faculty are so passionate about public health. And there’s always something we personally take home.

In this case, it was the desire to collect tabs.

Collection jug for pull tabs

Our office will be collecting pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Next time you splurge on a soda in the Wolfe Street building, bring us your tab!

Historical marker for Johns Hopkins birthplaceAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m a native Marylander. I grew up about ten miles from this sign.

But I have a confession to make.

The first time I truly noticed the “s” in Johns, I thought it was a typo.

But then I noticed it’s spelled like that everywhere: street signs, athletic wear, university buildings. That’s a pretty wide-spread typo.

It turns out, “Johns” is a family name. Our Johns was named after his grandfather, the first Johns Hopkins, who in turn was named for his mother, Margaret Johns.

So, there you have it, the mystery of the “s” solved. It is NOT a typo.

Want to know more about Johns Hopkins? There are great resources housed in the archives of JHU's Sheridan Libraries. You can start with this biographical sketch and then read “Mr. Johns Hopkins,” a longer article written by Kathryn Jacobs on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Orientation registration in the GalleryIt’s hard to believe, but New MPH Student Orientation (for full-time students) is less than two months away!

Are you ready?

Are you sure?

We have a way for you tell.

On the Admitted Student Website (login required)*, under , you’ll find a of activities you can complete before coming to campus. We’ve also included a few “save the dates,” a second checklist of tasks you’ll complete during Orientation and an Orientation FAQ.

Check it out, check tasks off and check in with us July 1!

* If you’re an admitted student and don’t have the login, please contact Admissions Services.

alarm clockWhew! We’re finally coming to the end of the application cycle for programs beginning September 2013.


TODAY - 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 – 

Other deadlines coming later this summer include:

August 1, 2013

September 1, 2013

Also in September, we’ll start this whole process again when we open the application for the 2014-2015 Academic Year!