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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.

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)


A day in the life of a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Student can vary depending on the student’s program and year in a program. However, certain things (like where to get coffee) remain the same. The JHSPH Instagram Account is a great way to learn about student life and exciting events on campus.

Recently, MPH student Zahra Zeinali did an Instagram Takeover. I highly recommend watching her Instagram story below in the YouTube video to experience a Full-time MPH student’s typical day.


If you are a current student and are interested in doing an Instagram Takeover, please contact Marisa Russell.