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When students begin their degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, they are usually thinking of what they are about to learn and the changes they hope to make in the world. They don’t usually think about falling in love. But that’s exactly what two MPH students did when they met at the annual Activities Fair in 2007.

Tara Loyd, MPH ’08 and James Keck, MD, MPH ’08 came to the Bloomberg School with two very different plans. Tara was focusing on a public health career in global health while James was completing the MPH/Preventative Medicine Residency program.

Read how their love story changed their public health careers and how it is making a difference in their family life.

Last year, the Bloomberg School was proud to award two full tuition scholarships to Syrian refugees for the full-time MPH program (read the blog about it here). I’m happy to say that the Center for Humanitarian Health will once again support a displaced student. This year, the student can come from Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan or Somalia.

To apply, all applicants must complete the MPH application and notify the Scholarship Program of their desire to be considered for the scholarship by emailing the MPH office at

Applications are due no later than December 1. For more information on the scholarship, please review the displacement requirements on the Center for Humanitarian Health’s website.

When researching public health graduate programs, it’s important to discover the research projects professors, departments and clinics are conducting. But it’s also valuable to learn what some of the recent, and not so recent, graduates are doing and how they continue to be involved in the field of public health. For this reason, I’m expanding the Student Spotlight series started in the Prospectus to the blog.

VIR Band is put on a Baby
“An infant quietly allows a VIR band to be affixed at a Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI) site in Gulshan-e-Iqbal township.”

For the first feature, I’d like to introduce you to Dr. Noor Rakhshani, DrPH’14, MPH’08. It was during her doctoral thesis research that she put together the pieces to save lives in her native Pakistani homeland, where she too almost died as a newborn. One of the major problems facing Pakistani children is access to vaccinations as well as receiving the vaccinations in the regimented time frame. Combining her research on vaccinations in Pakistani and time-dependent and temperature-independent indicators, Dr. Rakhshani received a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grant to fund a study on anklet bands that would replace the paper vaccination card and help parents bring their babies back to clinics for their next round of vaccinations.

This project that began in 2012 has now received two additional grants to fund Dr. Rakhshani’s concept. Her initial clinical trial, riddled with political red tape, natural disasters, and deadly attacks, was successful and is now going to have simultaneous testing in Pakistan and Nigeria. Dr. Rakhshani came to Hopkins with the hope of Saving Lives-Millions at a Time. Through her VIR band, she is living her dream.

To read Dr. Rakhshani’s full story of her research, check out the Fall Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Magazine article, The Dream.

Welcome (full-time) MPH Students!

We’re so happy to see you!

We hope you enjoy these next few days getting to know our School, your fellow students and - very important - the coffee selection at the Daily Grind!

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Welcome studentsIt seems like convocation was just last week and already the halls are busy with students attending Summer Institutes or beginning their online/part-time MPH.

And would you believe?

Orientation for full-time MPH students is less than a month away!

Are you coming? Are you ready?

Orientation is mandatory for incoming students. The June 30-July 1 event is for full-time MPH students only (there’s a separate orientation in August for all other incoming degree students).

We’ve developed a checklist to help you prepare. This and other details regarding Orientation may be found on the Admitted Student Website (login and password required).

As always, you can email us with any questions.

Hope to see you soon!