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Happy Birthday, Department of Epidemiology! This academic year (2018-2019) marks the centennial year of the department, which is also the oldest department for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Rich in history, two of the department’s most famous discoveries involved viruses. In 1948, immunologists in the Department of Epidemiology identified three types of poliovirus, laying the groundwork for what led to the Salk polio vaccine. 50 years later, Virologist Keerti Shah co-authored the definitive epidemiology study linking cervical cancer to HPV, paving the way for diagnostic testing and the vaccine.

The American Journal of Epidemiology, originally The American Journal of Hygiene, and the oldest epidemiology peer reviewed journal, is still housed in the department today.

In honor of the centennial, the Department of Epidemiology produced a 25-minute documentary looking back at the last 100 years and what the departments hopes for in the future. Starting at the 14-minute mark, the video branches from the department’s history and begins the vision for the future. At the 20-minute mark, faculty discuss teaching and mentoring students.

The documentary provides great insight into the Department of Epidemiology, whether your interest is in the history, faculty mentoring or future research.


You’ve submitted all your materials, SOPHAS has received them, but your checklist shows your application is incomplete for verification. Now what? It may be hard, but now you need to wait. Verification is completed by SOPHAS and is the process of confirming your academic history matches your transcripts and the validity of your recommendation letters. If your application isn’t complete and does not have at least two letters of recommendation or all official transcripts, your application will not be placed in the queue for SOPHAS to verify until those items are received.

You’ve applied, your application is in review and now you are wondering when to expect a decision. On average, decisions take 8-10 weeks from the time the application is complete, verified and has been sent for review. Once a decision is made, your personalized site will be updated to let you know a decision has been made and a formal notification will be sent via e-mail in the next 24-48 hours.

If your application has been in review for more than ten weeks, Admissions Services recommends you contact your department or program office for an update on their review timeframe.

Admissions Services will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All inquiries will be returned upon the office reopening for regular hours on Tuesday, January 22.

Have questions about which of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s eleven degrees is the right one for you? Not sure which department your interests align with the most? The This is Public Health Virtual Fair, on Tuesday, January 15, is a great opportunity to have these questions answered. As part of the fair, the Bloomberg School will host a live chat from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. eastern time. The MPH Office will also hold a chat from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. eastern time.

During the morning session, the following departments will be available in addition to the Admissions Services representatives.




9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Environmental Health and Engineering

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Health Policy and Management

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The following departments have masters’ programs with a January 15 deadline.

Epidemiology* – MHS and ScM
Health Behavior and Society
MHS*, MSPH* and ScM
Health Policy and Management
International Health
* - MSPH and MHS

*Programs have final deadlines that extend beyond the dates listed. Please refer to the program website for the final deadline.

Any questions about the application process should be directed to Admissions Services via e-mail or phone at 410-955-3543.