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Date: 2014

Deadline alertMore deadlines are approaching!

Application deadlines vary by program. Know your program, its application, and deadline.

January 2

The Bloomberg School Application for the following programs is due:

January 15

The Bloomberg School Application for the following program is due:

The following Schoolwide MPH cohorts have applications due through (this was an extended deadline):

Remember: school policy is that your online application and supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.  

Some of our programs (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline.  However, once the deadline has passed, Admissions Services can no longer guarantee an admissions review.  Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of funding through the department. 

Apply early!

Best wishes to you and your application!

Good news - deadline extension!Are you applying to our Schoolwide MPH program? Do you need a little more time to submit those transcripts or test scores?

If so, I have good news for you!

It’s to your advantage to submit your by today’s December 15 deadline.  These applications are given first consideration for admissions and for merit-based scholarships.

But if you’re struggling to get your materials in, know the MPH program office extended their materials deadline to January 15.

All required materials must be received by January 15 in order for your application to be reviewed.

Detailed application requirements and deadlines for all nine of our public health degree programs may be found on our website.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

piles of filesWith one application deadline behind us and many more in front, the most common question we’re receiving is:

Have you received my supporting materials?

Whether you applied to one of our departmental degree programs through the Bloomberg School Application or to the , the easiest way to answer this question is to log back into your online application.

Both application systems allow users to view whether transcripts, credentials evaluations, test scores, etc. have been received.

SOPHAS users can see the status of materials before they submit. Some materials, like alternate test scores (LSAT, GMAT, etc.) and other special documents, must be sent directly to our office. These materials will not appear in the SOPHAS. Please see our for more information on where to send supporting materials.

Bloomberg School Application users must submit their application and pay the application fee before their materials will be processed.

The matching of supporting materials to the Bloomberg School Application is a manual process conducted by our office.  It can take up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major application deadline – for your supporting materials to appear as received in your online file.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the status of your materials, please feel free to contact us!

young man writing his personal statementI’ve mentioned before, public health admissions is based on fit. Test scores and grades are important, but so are effective writing skills, research interests, and future goals.

Where can you show off the last three?

Your Personal Statement

All Bloomberg School degree applicants are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application.

Departmental Master’s and Doctoral Applicants
If you’re applying to a departmental master’s or doctoral degree, upload your statement to the Bloomberg Application. The application will accept a number of file formats including .doc, .wpd, .pdf, and .txt.

There are no formal word-count or formatting requirements, but we encourage you to use a legible font (Arial, Helvetica, Times Roman, etc. at 11-12 pts) and double-space. Be concise – two to three pages (no more than three).

If you’re through SOPHAS, compose your statement in a text only processor (e.g. Notepad). When you have a final version, cut and paste your statement to SOPHAS. Additional instructions may be found within the application.

SOPHAS limits statements to 18,000 characters. We ask you to be more concise - two to three pages (no more than three).

What Should You Address?

Most of our departments do not conduct interviews, so your personal statement is your chance to tell your story.

Explain why the program you selected is a good fit and how the Bloomberg School will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Don’t just list your experience and education – that’s what your resume and transcripts are for - but highlight those experiences (in the classroom and out) that made you passionate about public health.

Maybe most important: share your hopes and aspirations within the field. What are your goals? Where do you see this degree taking you?

Take your time, proof read and provide your reviewers an accurate picture of yourself and how you plan to Protect Health, Save Lives--Millions at a Time.

Deadline Alert!We included the following in our last two “deadline alerts,” but thought it was worth mentioning again!

December 15, 2014

Application deadline for:

to our Schoolwide MPH program are submitted through , the public health common application.

If you’re planning to apply to our MPH program, don’t wait! Apply now!
Applications must be submitted to SOPHAS by December 15.

REMEMBER: application deadlines vary by program.
Know your program, its application, and deadline.

Best wishes!