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Date: Nov 2015

TurkeyHappy thanksgiving from all of us in Admission Services to you! We hope you are gobbling up some delicious food with family and friends.

The office is closed for the holiday today and tomorrow. We will return at our regular times on Monday, November 30th.

There is exciting news here at the Bloomberg School! The Welch Scholarship of W.H. Welch$20,000 has been established for Online/Part-time MPH students beginning the program effective January 2016. This $20,000 scholarship, which is a tuition scholarship of $250 per credit, is incrementally disbursed for up to 80 credits and can be used for online or in-person classes and for institute or regular term courses.

We encourage you to read more about the Welch Scholarship, and as always, please let us know if you have any questions. Please note that the admissions deadline for the Online/Part-time MPH starting in June 2016 is December 15, less than a month away.

This is a friendly reminder that the December 1st deadline for the doctoral programs in the following departments will be here in two weeks:


Health, Behavior and Society

Health Policy and Management

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Give us a call at 410-955-3543 or e-mail us at  if you have questions about your application. For application instructions, see How To Apply.

Keep CalmI remember applying to grad school and struggling with the personal statement. With the resume and transcript providing my educational and experiential history, I struggled with how to write about myself without repeating information that was already present in the application. Here are some framing tips that will hopefully help those of you experiencing the same thing.

The field of Public Health is aspirational. It’s not just about helping individuals, it’s about changing society to help millions. The Bloomberg School’s vision of “Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time” is exactly what the field asks of you. With that in mind, try answering these questions:

  • Where do you see yourself falling into that vision?
  • In a single, and very specific statement, can you express why you desire to work in public health?
  • What sparked your interest?
  • What continues to motivate you?
  • What excites you about the field?
  • Why did you chose the specific program you are applying to?
  • What will you do after coming to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health?
  • What will be your contribution to the field of Public Health?

Some other helpful tips:

  • Keep your personal statement 2-3 pages, double spaced (SOPHAS allows 18,000 characters for the Schoolwide MPH Application, however we ask you to be more concise.)
  • We encourage using legible size font such as 11-12pt
  • Most departments don’t conduct interviews, so share with the faculty what you’d want them to know after an interview.
  • Proof read! Proof read! Proof read!

Happy writing, and don’t forget to ask us if you have further questions!

LetterThe last few weeks there have been a lot of questions on the road and in the office about recommendation letters. I thought it was time to hand out some recommendations about, well, recommendations.

  1. All programs require three letters of recommendation, with the exception of the Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation, which only require two.
  2. Admissions Services recommends (I just can’t help myself) that you provide both professional and academic letters.
    1. For our Schoolwide MPH program, the recommenders will submit the letters through the . Please carefully follow the instructions listed in SOPHAS.
    2. For all other programs, it is preferred that recommenders submit through the Bloomberg Application. Please follow the directions given in the application. However, if your recommender submits via paper, they should sign along the seal of the envelope and send it to Admissions Services.
  3. When filling out your application, you will need to enter the recommenders’ name, contact information, and whether you will be waiving the right to view the letter.
  4. Request recommendations early so that they arrive before the deadline.

If you have more specific questions regarding the recommendations letters, we recommend contacting the department to which you are applying as different degrees and departments vary.