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Date: Feb 2017

In the midst of news that so often is troubling, I was quite excited this week to come across the Bloomberg School’s press release on a significant decrease in adolescent suicide attempts. In research published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, Julia Raifman, ScD, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, looked at adolescent suicide attempts in the U.S. by state from January 1, 1999 to December 31, 2015. Her research team found a direct correlation between the decrease in adolescent suicide attempts and when states legalized same-sex marriage. She estimates there were more than 134,000 fewer suicide attempts. Generally, this was a seven percent decrease in high school student suicide attempts.

The decrease in adolescent suicide, while reducing the overall number, still leaves gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents in the highest population of adolescent suicide attempts. The research was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Read Raifman’s full article on her research.

As many of you know, Admissions Services communicate application decisions via e-mail. If you are an applicant using a Gmail account, it is important to also check your “Promotions” tab. Unless you mark a previous e-mail from us on Gmail as “Primary”, Gmail’s filters will automatically send it to the Promotions tab.

Remember, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. We are available via e-mail and phone (410-955-3543) Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We are half way through February and quickly approaching the March 1 deadline for the PhD and the MHS in Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation. Remember that these programs have specific guidelines for recommendation letters and funding, so please review the instructions on their webpage.

When will I Receive a decision on my application?
Decisions can take 8-10 weeks. However, this is a general statement and depending on the department a decision can take more or less time. For a more accurate timeline, please contact the department hosting the degree to which you’ve applied. This contact information can be found on our website or in the “connect” portion of your personalized microsite.

How Do I apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships?
Now is the time to be thinking about scholarships and financial aid! At the Bloomberg School of Public Health, academic departments issue scholarships and the Financial Aid Office distributes federal and state aid. Your application for admission also serves as your application for scholarships. However, domestic students, now is the time to fill out the FAFSA. March 15 is the deadline to apply for need based aid. Send the FAFSA to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health using code E00234, (not Johns Hopkins University). In the spring, the Financial Aid Office will e-mail admitted applicants with instructions on how to access the Public Health Student Aid Application. Once both forms are completed the Financial Aid Office will send a financial aid award.

Contact Us
You can check the status of your application on your personalized microsite. And remember, always feel free to call us (410-955-3543) or e-mail Admissions Services with any questions. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Monday through Friday.

As a self-proclaimed nerd, I enjoy a good quiz. And by “good quiz”, I mean a quiz that tests my knowledge, but doesn’t have an impact on my life in the form of a grade. So it was a no brainer when I stumbled upon the New York Time’s Weekly Health Quiz. I thought “sure, let’s test my knowledge and see how well public health has educated me on the latest topics!”

I have to admit, I was a little ashamed of my score. There were three questions that I couldn’t decide between two answers and in the end chose incorrectly; however, I was pleased to see recent research published by the Bloomberg School of Public Health included! Question 6 of 7 was on research by Anne F. Rositch, PhD, MSPH (assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology), that showed women are dying of cervical cancer at a higher rate than first believed and that there is a large racial difference in the death rates. Part of what makes Rositch and her team’s research so important is that it did not include women who had hysterectomies as the procedure usually includes the removal of the cervix and therefore prevents this population from developing cervical cancer.

To read more about the cervical cancer research and its conclusions, the press release can be found on our website. Or, if you are like me and want to take the quiz (now that you know the answer to number six), visit The New York Times and their blog for all their weekly health quizzes.