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Date: Jun 2013

Child with globeIn a few months, members of our staff will begin traveling to graduate information fairs across the country. We’ll meet with many of you. 

Some of you will know exactly what you want to do and how you plan to do it. Others will be looking for guidance.  What is public health?  How do you know if it’s the right career path for you?

I can answer the first question.

Public health is “the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention” (taken from What is Public Health). It’s an extremely broad discipline that includes epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, policymakers and so many more.

That second question (is public health the right career for you?) is a little more complicated. I can’t answer it for you. It’s yours to research and discover.  

I can, however, point you to a few resources to get started.

  • What is Public Health
    Great website defining public health, its impact and careers of public health professionals.
  • Our (JHSPH) Website
    Over the past year, our School website was redesigned with prospective students as the main audience. It provides a wonderful snapshot of the amazing work our students and faculty do in public health.
  • Public Health: On the Inside
    Our own Dr. Burke (associate dean for Public Health Practice and Training) records this podcast series providing an inside look into real people working in public health.
  • The Nation’s Health
    Monthly newsletter of the oldest organization of public health professionals, the American Public Health Association (APHA)

Go forth and discover the field of public health!

Do you remember the “To Market” nursery rhyme?

To market, to market to buy a fat pig,
home again, home again jiggety jig.

You can’t exactly buy a fat pig on our East Baltimore campus, but on summer Wednesdays you can buy good food and listen to live music.

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market Music

Farmer's Market Sign

Updates to the music schedule may be found:


Application unavailable from 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013 to 5 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Our application vendor needs to make a few updates and will take the application system down Saturday night. During the time stated above, you will not be able to access your online application.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Do you know where this is?

Welch Library

I gave you an enormous hint (enormous = over a foot tall).

It’s a bit of architectural detail on the Welch Medical Library.

Founded in 1929, the library was created to centrally serve the School of Medicine, School of Hygiene and Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Today’s Welch is located across Monument Street from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and provides students, faculty and staff with a wide range of services including classes, consulting, collections of online full-text journals, interlibrary loans and document delivery services.

A great deal of the modern Welch resides not on Monument Street, but online. You don’t need to schedule a campus tour to check this campus landmark out!

JHU ShuttleNew students, let me introduce you to your new friend: the Johns Hopkins Shuttle.

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine provide a number of buses and vans traveling a variety of routes. They’re a great resource for students, staff and faculty. Best of all, they’re FREE to anyone with a Johns Hopkins ID badge!

Johns Hopkins Medicine Transportation Department provides shuttles to Bayview Medical Center, Green Spring Station Medical Center, Church Garage, various satellite facilities and parking lots.

Johns Hopkins University provides shuttles to JHU facilities at Eastern, Keswick and the Homewood campus.

The JHMI-Homewood Shuttle is probably the most popular. It’s a large, city-wide bus with both “Express” and “Local” routes between JHMI (the medical campus where JHSPH resides) and the JHU Homewood campus. The Local Bus stops at Peabody, as well as Baltimore’s Penn Station.  

Lots of students and staff choose to live along the shuttle route. Others take the shuttle to Penn station, where they catch Amtrak, MARC, or Light Rail to BWI airport, Washington, New York, etc.

I suppose you could say, the shuttle isn’t just your friend, it’s your vehicle to other friends – here in Baltimore and around the world!