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Career Fair Employeer interacts with student

Each year, the Career Fair, hosted by Career Services, grows larger and larger as more and more employers wish to attend one of the largest Public Health Career Fairs. Due to space limitations, Career Services can only allow companies actively recruiting for open positions to attend the fair.

This year’s fair, which is open to students from other institutions, will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST in the Wolfe Street Building. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for full-time positions, internships, consultancy and fellowship positions in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors, please come!

Check out the growing list in preparation for the 34th Annual Public Health Career Fair.

The opioid epidemic continues to be a public health challenge across the country. Baltimore has not escaped the epidemic and with funding from the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, Dr. Susan Sherman from the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, was able to publish a successful, quick and high impact research study on testing methods for the presence of fentanyl in street drugs.

The research published this week looked at three different cities, including Baltimore. One of the three methods used to evaluate the presence of fentanyl included using test strips to detect its presence. The strips were tested in laboratory settings of samples of street drugs provided by police departments from Baltimore, Maryland and Providence, Rhode Island. This inexpensive, $1 strip was 100% accurate in testing for fentanyl when fentanyl was present in the Baltimore samples by the Rhode Island State standard and 96% accurate when not present. The Rhode Island samples were slightly lower, at 98% accurate for testing positive and 90% when not present. The strip, much like a pregnancy test, reveals clear results and could be key to drug users not seeking fentanyl in their drugs and curbing the number of overdose deaths due to fentanyl in drugs.

The study was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Brown University. Dr. Sherman did a 25-minute interview on WYPR. For an in-depth discussion and look at the study results, listen here.

Student Affairs Women Wear Red

Last Friday was the 15th annual National Wear Red Day, sponsored by Go Red for Women event. With heart disease as the number one killer of women, Student Affairs was happy to participate in the event to help raise awareness for women’s heart health.

It’s time for another installment of “What You’ve Been Asking!”

When will I hear a decision?
Decisions can take 8-10 weeks from the time your application is complete and submitted for review. Some departments and programs will be able to give you a more accurate timeline, but the average is 8-10 weeks.

How will I be notified of a decision?
Decisions are communicated via e-mail and on the applicant’s personalized webpage. Sometimes e-mail servers will filter our e-mails into a junk or “promotions” folder, so please check these folders if you don’t believe you’ve received e-mails from Admissions Services.

Will I be notified of scholarships with my decision?
Scholarships and grants are limited and distributed by departments and program offices. How scholarship funding is communicated is also dependent on the departments and program offices. As all funding is limited, we do encourage students to seek external funding. Domestic students may apply for federal financial aid via FAFSA. Be sure to fill out the 2018-2019 year FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Are you putting finishing touches on your application for fall 2018? How about looking for a graduate program for 2019 or beyond? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then I’m happy to invite you to join the Admissions Services team and departmental representatives for a live chat through the SOPHAS Virtual Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 31. The MPH office will also be answering questions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

In addition to Admissions Services, department and program representatives will be available at the times listed below.



9:00 am - 10:00 am

Population Family and Reproductive Health

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Online Programs for Applied Learning  and Master of Arts in Public Health Biology

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Health Behavior and Society

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

DrPH Program

9:30 am - 10:30 am


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Health Policy and Management

10:30 am - 11:30 am


If you can’t join us for the SOPHAS Virtual Fair, don’t worry, you can always e-mail Admissions Services or call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Eastern Standard Time at 410-955-3543.