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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 mphprog@jhu.edu.

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.

If independent research in biomedical or public health is your interest and you’re an undergraduate student, the Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) is a perfect way to spend your summer. For 10 weeks, undergraduate students from across the country come to the Bloomberg School to be mentored under Johns Hopkins researchers and ultimately gain valuable experience in a collaborative, challenging and fun environment. At the end of the 10 weeks, students present their research during a poster session. Some students have also taken their research to conferences. Included in the summer internship is housing and a minimum stipend of $3,000 for meals.

Applications are due by February 1, 2018. A completed application, two or three letters of recommendation, a resume and personal statement are all required. Past successful applicants showed an interest in pursuing graduate studies. Applicants will be notified of decisions mid-March.

For further information, contact Jessica Harrington, Program Manager for the Diversity Summer Internship Program.

I’m not sure how, but it is time for the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s annual conference again! Beginning Saturday, November 4 and continuing through Wednesday, November 8, this year’s conference is in Atlanta, Georgia and the theme is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health.”

Many of our faculty present research during APHA and you can find the schedule on this temporary page. Also be sure to stop by our booth during the expo; we are at location 132 and 134.

There will also be a This is Public Health Fair on Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Register online to attend. This is a great way to learn about many different public health programs from all over the county.

If you’re attending APHA, I hope to see you there! And if not, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates from the conference.

While the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Opioid Symposium on Monday, October 30 has been planned for a while, it comes at an extremely relevant time as President Trump declared the Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency yesterday. The symposium is being co-sponsored by the Bloomberg School and the Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton will be among the high profile speakers and panelists (follow the link for a full list of participants).

Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will consider critical components needed to reduce the injury and death rates nationwide. Evidence-based recommendations that reflect the most current science will be the focus, and translating that evidence to action will be the goal.

While the event is at seating capacity, there will be a live webcast. I encourage you to join us virtually for this event.

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