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Date: Apr 2018

It’s been a great week of celebrations and advocacy for immunizations here at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. And in honor of WHO’s World Immunization Week, I’m celebrating our 10th Annual Vaccine Day with these fun factoids that UNICEF published earlier this week:

  1. The countries with the most significant increase in vaccine rates over the last ten years are India, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Turkey and Sudan.
  2. In the last ten years India’s unvaccinated children reduced by 45%.
  3. The diphtheria immunization has helped make the disease rare. However, there has been an outbreak among Rohingya refugees. Several large vaccination campaigns in southern Bangladesh reached close to half a million children.
  4. 2017 saw a total of 22 cases of polio, in only 2 countries. Over 400 million children were vaccinated. Eradication of polio is closer than ever.
  5. Thanks to vaccines, maternal and neonatal tetanus has been eliminated in all but 15 countries. Ethiopia, Haiti and Philippines eliminated the disease in 2017.

Today the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative is hosting Walter Orenstein, MD, DSc (Hon), Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Pediatrics at Emory; and the  Associate Director of the Emory Vaccine Center and Director of Emory Vaccine Policy and Development. The keynote address and panel discussion from 12:15-2pm will be live streamed this afternoon and I encourage you to join the school electronically.

Many students at the School of Public Health value volunteering or working within the Baltimore community while earning their degree. Whether it’s through one-day volunteer opportunities, a volunteer partnership or through a service-learning class, SOURCE (the Student Outreach Recourse Center for the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing) helps students find the right opportunity for them.

SOURCE’s annual National Volunteer Week offers popular events and culminates with the Spring Tri-School Day of Service. This year’s National Volunteer Week begins, Monday, April 23 and ends on Saturday, April 28.

The week really kicks off with the SOURCE Community Involvement Poster Competition. The event is a wonderful way to see how students, student groups and service-learning courses have partnered with Baltimore City non-profit organizations throughout the year. During the entire week, SOURCE will also be collecting toiletry items as part of their donation drive efforts.

For the Tri-School Day of Service, SOURCE has many different volunteer opportunities available to students. The projects for the Tri-School Day of Service, which are listed below, assist popular community partners that many students volunteer with throughout the year.

Tri-School Day of Service Activity List
BUGS Farmers Market – Volunteers will work with Living Classrooms’ BUGS (Baltimore Urban Gardens for Students) afterschool program to set-up and assist in running their annual farmer market.
YO! Baltimore Volunteers help clean and organize the clothing closet and food pantry at YO! Baltimore and help organize the commuter and file room.  
Blue Water Baltimore Volunteers will spend time in the community planting trees to support the diversification and expansion of the City’s tree canopy.
Civic Works Volunteers will assist in setting up and welcoming guests to an event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and help a community beautification project.
Baltimore American Indian Center – Volunteers will learn about the indigenous people who call Baltimore home while assisting with exterior painting and beautification projects around the garden courtyard at the center.
Commodore John Rodgers Volunteers will help with a variety of projects at the school, including painting, to create a more welcoming environment for students and their families.
Amazing Grace – Volunteers will help this East Baltimore urban garden get ready for spring and summer while beautifying the landscape! Volunteers will help weed, mulch, trim bushes and pick up trash.
Franciscan Center Volunteers will assist with bagging and handing out fresh produce to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Kayla Percy is a dual degree MSN/MPH student with two Doctors Without Borders missions already on her resume.  Previously an ER Nurse, Kayla valued her prior experiences when placed on her first trip to the war zone of South Sudan. During her second trip, Kayla was sent to Liberia where she supervised an ER and worked in the intensive care unit.

Both experiences taught Kayla how important it is for “dedicated, skilled workers who are willing to go where people need healthcare the most”, despite the rough living conditions and environments.

After graduating in August, Kayla plans to accept a third mission and believes her future work will include international health.

Kayla will be speaking on the Homewood Campus tonight as part of the student-run Conversations in Medicine series, but you can read more about her experiences with Doctors Without Borders in this article.

One of the great things for students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is that the entire student body is made up of graduate students. This means all events, academic and social, are designed for masters’ and doctoral students.

The Student Assembly plays a large role in student life. From planning events to formulating policies and regulations on behalf of students, the Student Assembly is made up of students from all departments and programs. Another role of the Student Assembly is to help support student groups. Currently there are 46 student groups and students are welcome to create new organizations. Below is a list of the active groups.

List of Student Groups:

African Public Health Network
AHIMSA Students for Non-Violence
American Mock World Health Organization
Arabic Public Health Organization
Anna Baetjer Society
Asian-Pacific Public Health Network (APPHN)
Behavioral Health International Group (BHIG)
Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Bloomberg South Asian Graduate Association (SAGA)
Child Health Society
Chinese Public Health Forum (CPHF)
Chronic Diseases and Aging Initiative
Department of Health Policy and Management Student Coordinating Committee
Environmental Health and Engineering Student Organization (EHESO)
Epidemiology Student Organization
Forum on Alcohol Research and Advocacy
Gertrude Stein Society
Health Behavior and Society Student Organization (HBSSO)
Healthy Minds
Hopkins Science Policy Group       
Hopkins Honey
Hopkins Marathon Team (HMT)
J.B. Grant Society
Johns Hopkins Association of Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Student Association
Latino Public Health Network (Nuestra America)
Hopkins Leadership Initiative for the Environment (LIFE)
Masters in Health Administration (MHA) Student Association
Masters in Public Health (MPH)/Masters in Business (MBA) Society
Mental Health Student Group (MHSG)
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Student Group
Partners in Health Engage (PIH Engage)
Pathogen Genomics Journal Club
PopFam Organizing Committee
Public Health Christian Fellowship (PHCF)
Public Health Film Society
Saudi Health Organization (SHO)
Social Epidemiology Student Organization
Students for Public Health Innovations (SPHI)
Students for Reproductive Health in Crisis
Students United for Peace (SUP)
Students United for Refugee Rights (SURR)
The Women’s Health Student Group
The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM)

Last week the Board of Trustees met and voted on the 2018-2019 Academic Year’s Tuition and Fee rates. The Tuition & Fees webpage has been updated to reflect the new tuition rates.

While there are many factors in deciding where to pursue a degree in public health, the Admissions Services and Financial Aid offices at the Bloomberg School understands the importance of financing a degree. Both offices encourage students to review the new rates and utilize the Funding Resources page for a variety of financial support.

For questions concerning Federal Financial Aid, please contact the Financial Aid office at or 410-955-3004 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For questions concerning scholarships, please contact your department or degree program office.