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Date: Sep 2018

Public Health is a massively growing field, but the reality is that it stretches into all industries. From architectural designs that improve the community’s health, to the doctor who treats her patient, and the farmer who grows your food, areas of our field are far reaching. Add to that, the Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of the largest schools of Public Health with eight masters’ degrees, three doctoral degrees and ten academic departments. When our Admissions and Departmental staff meet students on the road, it can be difficult to share information with students who ask general questions, although we are happy to help students who are just starting to navigate through out programs.

For that reason, I want to provide you with great questions to ask us, as well as our colleagues at other schools of Public Health. Below is a list of questions that can lead to wonderful conversations and help you learn more about our School and programs.

  1. I’m interested in _________. Do you have something that would help prepare me for a career in ____?
  2. What should I include in my personal statement?
  3. Can you explain the class format at your school?
  4. How can I ensure that your school has the resources and faculty that will help me reach my career goals?
  5. For programs that require a field placement: Where can I complete my field placement? How do I obtain my field placement position?
  6. Are there opportunities for community involvement at your school?
  7. What is student life like at your school?

Don’t forget, you can always see where we are headed by checking our travel schedule!

When to get your flu shot, or influenza vaccine, each year can be confusing. Pharmacies start marketing the vaccine as soon as they receive it, which can be early August. Since it usually takes around two weeks for a person to achieve the immunity given from the vaccine, earlier would seem better, especially when a person interacts in a school setting that is a hotbed for germs. But flu season doesn’t hit its peak until February, and the vaccine’s immunity won’t last the entire year. So, when is the right time?

As with most things, it depends. But for the general population, Andrew Pekosz, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, recommends October. Last week, Consumer Reports published an article discussing the complexities of the timing and variations in the flu season and vaccination.

Johns Hopkins Students have easy access to the flu shot each fall as there are several clinics to receive the vaccine on the East Baltimore campus (where the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is located) as part of the influenza vaccination flu campaign.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be available for a live chat this Thursday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. eastern time through the This is Public Health Virtual Fair. In addition to the admissions services representatives, the following departments and program offices will also join the virtual fair throughout the morning.

Department/Program Office


Doctor of Public Health

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Environmental Health and Engineering

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Health Policy and Management

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The MPH office will hold a separate chat during the virtual fair from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We look forward to chatting with you!

In the field of public health, preventive medicine is a way of life. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wellness is considered central to the student, staff and faculty life as well. Whether it is working out, relaxing with friends or finding counseling resources, wellness services are found throughout the Bloomberg School and multiple Hopkins campuses.

Fitness Centers
Every JHSPH student has access to the Cooley Center and the satellite fitness center on the 9th floor of the Wolfe Street building. While the Cooley Center is easily assessable on the northwest corner of the East Baltimore Medical Campus, the satellite gym provides the opportunity for a full work-out, locker rooms and showers in the same building as many of the public health classes.

At the Cooley Center, students can partake in group classes, including Basic Yoga, Kettlebell Plus, Butts and Guts, Pilates, Spinning, Boot Camp, Power Pump and more. The TRX Cross Training course offers both cardio and strength training, by using suspension training straps and other functional fitness equipment. While access to the Cooley Center is free to full-time students, there are fees for the group classes. The Cooley Center also offers intramural leagues for soccer, volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, volleyball and racquetball.

JHSPH students may also purchase a membership to the O’Connor Recreation Center, which is located on the Homewood Campus. The O’Conner Recreation Center features a 25-yard lap pool and climbing wall.

Wellbeing Workshops
Jessica Harrington, Director of Student Life, holds Wellbeing Workshops throughout the academic year. Past topics included “Navigating Personal and Professional Transitions”, “Underrepresented Minority Student Multicultural Networking” and “Online Students Wellbeing Livetalk”.

The Office of Student Life offers coaching and advising sessions to help students navigate personal and academic challenges. In addition to one-on-one appointments through the Office of Student Life, students may utilize the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) for short-term counseling, crisis response, healthy relationship support, school-life coaching and adjustment, educational workshops and dean, faculty and staff consultations.

University Health Services Wellness
The University Health Services Office of Wellness and Health Promotion serves JHSPH, as well as the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Berman Institute. Their website is a great starting place for all wellness resources.

Are you unsure if public health is the right field for you? What about how to approach the admissions process? Or do you just want to know more about the Bloomberg School of Public Health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have the perfect solution: Virtual Info Sessions.

The first virtual session we’ll be doing is “The Ins and Outs of Applying to the Bloomberg School”. This session will cover the field of public health, career options in public health, our alumni network and school specific opportunities.

The second session, “MAPHB, MAS, MHA, MHS, MPH, MSPH & ScM…What’s the Difference?” will cover our eight different public health masters’ degrees, including how they differ and any special application requirements.

The great thing about these virtual sessions is that my coworkers can present information to you and then you can live chat with them and ask your questions. Clink the link associated with the session you’d like to join at the appropriate time.

Can’t make the session at the scheduled time? Don’t worry, the sessions are recorded and posted to the website so you can at least gather the information we shared.

The Ins and Outs of Applying to the Bloomberg School
Friday, September 14, 12 p.m. EST
Tuesday, October 30, 12 p.m. EST

MAPHB, MAS, MBE, MHA, MHS, MPH, MSPH & ScM…What’s the Difference?
Wednesday, October 10, 12 p.m. EST