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Idealist Grad Fair

Meghan McGinty

Want to change the world? There’s a degree for that.


Meghan McGinty is, by nature, an optimist. “You have to be,” the doctoral candidate says, “to work in public health.”

Here, at the Bloomberg School, visionary faculty in Health Policy and Management (HPM) nurtured her innate idealism, equipping her with tools to strengthen disaster resilience in the U.S. and abroad.  

Once she graduates, McGinty—the 2014 Lipitz Public Health Policy student awardee—envisions improving a local or state government’s capacity to ensure health security.

To attract more like-minded professionals who share McGinty’s hopeful drive, the Bloomberg School is co-hosting the Baltimore Idealist Grad Fair at the Homewood Campus this Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Reps from nearly 60 schools offering degrees related to social good—including nonprofit management, international affairs and teaching—will be on hand to meet prospective students when doors open at 5 p.m.

“The Idealist fair is a wonderful way to connect with qualified prospects passionate about furthering their education in fields that look to solve social and environmental problems,” says Leslie K. Vink, Director of Recruitment, Communications and Events. Her team has attended Idealist events for at least a decade.

McGinty earned an MPH and MBA in 2008 from the Bloomberg School and the Carey Business School. Then she dedicated three years to assessing and building capacity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to ensure delivery of essential public health services during disaster.

She credits courses in management and epidemiology for providing her with concrete skills in disaster response planning. Now pursuing a PhD in HPM, McGinty is adding qualitative research skills to her toolbox.

“My hope in coming back to Hopkins was that I could build upon the skills I already had to better tackle those daunting problems that we face,” says McGinty, who possesses a core attribute shared by public health idealists—the “inherent belief that we can make the world a better place." 
—Salma Warshanna-Sparklin


Event Details

Day: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 5-8pm
Johns Hopkins University
Homewood Campus
Glass Pavilion, 34th & Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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