Admissions Services will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 4 at 8 a.m.
One of the most common questions from prospective students is “What makes a competitive application?” While the standard response is a strong academic history, solid GRE scores, letters of recommendation and a well-written personal statement always remains true, I wanted to provide a bit more insight into how you can be a strong, competitive applicant.
Degree and Program Fit
Before thinking about the components of the application, think about your research interests and the impact you want to make in the field of public health. Then look at the program to which you are thinking of applying to at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Do your interests and the degree program match? If the answer is yes, then you can start crafting your application to show how your interests align with the program. If the answer is no or not quite, then the best strategy is to take a step back and look at the other departments/programs within the Bloomberg School. Research and interests at the Bloomberg School can be very interdepartmental, so making sure you’re applying to the right program based on your goals and interests is very important to becoming a competitive applicant. Never hesitate to contact Admissions Services or department and program coordinators to help you figure out your degree program fit.
Prerequisite Program Requirements
While many of our degree programs don’t have special requirements prior to applying or starting a program, some do. For example, the MPH, DrPH and most MAS degrees require previous working experience. The MPH, the MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health and the MSPH/RD in International Health require certain coursework. Look closely at the program’s website to make sure you meet any prerequisites.
Standardized Test Scores
When reviewing applications, JHSPH completes a holistic review. This means that test scores alone will not prevent an applicant from being admitted. However, as a component of the application, it is important to take time to study for the appropriate test (see the Standardized Test Score Chart to ensure you take the appropriate exam).
Admissions Services does not provide average test scores due to the wide variety of statistics from department, program, degree track and admissions cycle. Be sure to check the program and/or department website for any information on average test scores.
Most of our application review committees do not interview applicants, especially for masters’ programs. Therefore, it is important to use the personal statement to share with the review committee your interests and goals in public health and why you are interested in the program. Remember, the committee also sees your transcript and CV/resume. You don’t need to repeat that information. Focus on what motivates you to work in the field of public health and the impact you want to make in public health. Doctoral applicants should indicate their interest in a current research project happening in the department or working with a professor. However, this is not required for masters’ applicants so don’t name drop or imply different interests simply to sound better.
A final note on the personal statement. Long is not necessarily better. Some of the best personal statements are concise while providing insight to the applicant as a person. Be sure to follow any specific instructions on length given by a program or department.
If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us or call at 410-955-3543. Best wishes on your application!
Welcome new students! Today begins Fall Orientation which means Admissions Services and Records and Registration are welcoming approximately 460 new masters’ and doctoral students to campus. Over the next few days, the new students will be introduced to different offices, meet with their department or program offices and obtain ID badges. Let the 2018-2019 academic year begin!
The 2019-2020 Application is now live! The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health uses SOPHAS as the application for all masters’ and doctoral degree programs. Applicants can apply to more than one program at the Bloomberg School; however, it is strongly encouraged to apply to no more than three programs. Also, there are a variety of deadlines for the programs. Be sure to check the deadline chart and submit all materials by that date.
If you started a SOPHAS application for the 2018-2019 academic year and are reapplying or applying to a new program, SOPHAS will allow you to copy and reuse parts of your application if you use the same username and password from the previous cycle. Any coursework previously entered in the application will carry over; however, it is very important to update any new or completed coursework in this section. Documents that will carry over are any transcripts, credential evaluations and valid test scores (GRE, MCAT, TOEFL). Applicants will want to make sure to update any previous in-progress transcripts or credential evaluations and upload a new personal statement, CV/Resume and request new letters of recommendation.
More blogs with application tips will be posted over the next month. To prevent confusion with tips from previous years that may contain different application instructions and deadlines, these blogs will be tagged “Application 2019”.
Are you a prospective student to the MPH or DrPH program? Do you work in one of these focal areas: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health or violence? If you answered yes to both these questions, you could be a potential applicant to the Bloomberg Fellows program.
The Bloomberg Fellows program partners with students and a sponsoring organization to train world-class public health leaders engaged in the focal areas listed in the second question above. The fellowship pays tuition and fees for the fellows. Following graduation fellows are required to work for at least one year at the organization they applied with to the program.
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is hosting webinars over the next two months based on the five focal areas of the initiative. This is a great opportunity for prospective fellows to learn more about the research being done at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the Bloomberg Fellowship. The schedule is as follows:
Risks to Adolescent Health: August 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST
Violence: September 12, 2018, 2:00 p.m. EST
Addiction & Overdose: September 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST
Environmental Challenges: September 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST
Obesity & Food Systems: October 10, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST
The MPH Bloomberg Fellowship application and the DrPH Bloomberg Fellowship application are now open for the 2019-2020 academic year. It is important to note that the Bloomberg Fellowship Application is separate from the Admissions Application. To qualify for a Bloomberg Fellowship, applicants must apply through SOPHAS and be admitted to the full-time or part-time MPH or DrPH program. Carefully review the How To Apply page for admissions instructions. The deadline for the fellowship is December 1. Please refer to the deadline chart for MPH and DrPH admission deadlines.