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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.

In Admissions Services, the office tries to provide as much information about The Bloomberg School of Public Health as possible. You’ve probably received e-mails, read the blogs and searched the website. Maybe you’ve even talked to someone in your department over the phone. You’ve done all the research on the school as you possibly could to help you make a decision on where you’ll continue your studies in public health. But sometimes what you need to make that decision is a visit to our campus.

For admitted students, the Admitted Student Visitors’ Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about the opportunities and the community the Bloomberg School has to offer. With a chance to sit in on a faculty lecture; have lunch with faculty, staff and students from the department; learn about Baltimore and meet fellow admitted students, these days are designed for admitted students to envision their life at the Bloomberg School.

Admissions Services will be hosting Admitted Student Visitors’ Days on Friday, March 10 and Friday, April 7. Registration is required and can be completed on the “Visit” section of the admitted student’s personalized microsite.

For those who haven’t been admitted yet, other opportunities to visit campus can be found on our website or in the “Visit” section on your personalized website.

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.