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Date: Aug 2019

Every year in higher education, fall is fondly called “travel season”. This is the time of year that admissions officers say goodbye to their offices and hit the road to meet with students who are interested in their school. For the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, travel season begins next Wednesday in Indianapolis. Our calendar is packed full of events on both the East and West coasts, as well as some stops in the mid-west as well.

Representatives from the Bloomberg School will be attending the This is Public Health Graduate Fairs and Idealist Fairs throughout the country, as well as some colleges and university’s graduate school fairs. Both the This is Public Health and Idealist fairs require students to register, so be sure to fill out the correct form before attending the event. For students wishing to learn more about public health and the admissions process, JHSPH will be doing joint information sessions with the Columbia, Harvard and Yale Schools of Public Health.

A complete list of the 2019 Travel schedule can be found on the admissions webpage. We hope to meet you and answer your questions in a city near you!

Today begins three days of fall orientation for the incoming class. After answering prospective and applicant questions via e-mail, phone and in person, I find great joy in seeing those applicants become Bloomberg School students.

On Thursday, new students will have a chance to explore Baltimore neighborhoods with returning students. As they walk and take public transit through the city, the students will be posting pictures of their mini-adventures on social media. Follow along using #JHSPHExploreBaltimore and learn more about Baltimore life!

Calling all prospective Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health students! The 2020-2021 academic year application is now open! Admissions Services always encourages applicants to begin the application process well before the deadline.

Gathering the necessary materials takes longer than most applicants expect. Students who attended an institution outside of the U.S. or English-Speaking Canada must have each foreign transcript undergo a course by course iCap evaluation through WES. Each foreign degree earned must be evaluated, even if it does not pertain to public health. Due to the processes involved for the credentialing agency to verify the degree, the evaluation may take more than three months to complete. While some degree programs allow a grace period for documents to arrive and be processed by SOPHAS after the deadline, applicants are encouraged to begin the credential evaluation process early so that the credential evaluations arrive before or by the deadline.

Test scores also take time to process and be sent after the test date. Although the standardized tests are electronic, College Board must verify the scores before sending the scores to SOPHAS and then the scores are manually uploaded to the student’s record. While waiting to take the GRE, or other appropriate test, may allow for more time to prepare and study for the exam, it is important to leave at least three weeks between the test date and the application deadline to accommodate the manual processes.

Application advice and tips are common topics for the Admission Blogs. In the coming weeks, I will feature different aspects of the application. If you read a blog from previous application cycles, please know that admissions criteria may have changed. All future blog posts for the 2020-2021 academic year will use the tag Apply2020.

Admissions Services is always happy to answer any questions concerning the school or application process, so don’t hesitate to e-mail or call (410-955-3543).

Beginning in June 2020, the Online/Part-time format of the MPH will allow for a 100% online format. Students may choose to complete the program on a part-time basis in person, partially online or completely online. Through recorded lectures, discussion boards and live chats, online students interact with their peers and professors to engage in public health discussions.

Students who wish to complete part or all the MPH curriculum in person, simply on a part-time basis, will still be able to do so. The only change to the Online/Part-time MPH program is the additional flexibility, which supports a goal of the Bloomberg School’s strategic plan to provide public health education options to public health professionals around the globe.

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open. MPH applicants must have two years full-time post-baccalaureate, health related work experience OR a doctoral degree in a field underlying public health prior to starting the program. For more information on application requirements, review the MPH admissions webpage.