The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program

Throughout their training, Bloomberg Fellows are embedded within their organizations and, following graduation, work for at least one year for their organizations. These individuals and organizations will join a growing network of scholars, educators and practitioners devoted to using the tools of public health to address the problems of the twenty-first century.

The DrPH program is a predominantly part-time program—taught through a mix of summer and winter institutes and online classes—that is designed for the student who already has an MPH or equivalent degree and who intends to pursue a leadership position as a public health professional. Through the integration and application of a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, policy, program management and professional communication—coupled with preparation in a specific public health field—graduates of the DrPH program are prepared for careers in public agencies or private sector settings that emphasize improving population health.

The Bloomberg School of Public Health strives for a highly diverse class in terms of race and ethnicity, income, geography and other key areas.

Networks to Facilitate Research and Action 

Bloomberg Fellows have a unique experience. Throughout their studies and as alumni, they  join and help to lead problem-solving networks that bring together expert faculty and public and private organizations from across the country. As they grow over time, these networks will increase in importance and impact.

Problem-focused networks: In each of the five focus areas, anchor faculty develop a network involving Bloomberg Fellows, alumni and organizations to understand and overcome common challenges, establish collaborative research projects and implement evidence-based policies and programs. Each of these networks  maintains an online platform for information sharing and collaboration.

Cross-cutting networks: In addition, the Initiative hosts a major annual summit, which  provides an opportunity to forge connections across focus areas. Learn more about the Bloomberg American Health Summit

Applications for the 2021 Bloomberg Fellows class have closed.


Become a Fellow

How to Apply to the Bloomberg Fellows Program


Apply to the MPH or DrPH program through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS) system


Download and complete the Bloomberg Fellows Program Applicant form (applications for the 2021 Bloomberg Fellows class have closed)


Work with your organization to download and complete the Bloomberg Fellows Program Collaborating Organization form (applications for the 2021 Bloomberg Fellows class have closed)


Submit the Bloomberg Fellows Program Applicant and Program Collaborating Organization forms together

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Food is a basic human right and ensuring access and availability to healthy affordable foods for all individuals at all times has been the basis of my work as a public health nutritionist. 

Amber Canto

Director, Extension Institute for Health & Well-Being, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension

The Bloomberg Fellows Program is providing me with an otherwise-unattainable opportunity to further my formal education and gain technical skills to address some very large challenges.

Emily Hall

Manager, Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch, Texas Department of State Health Services

I feel the Bloomberg Fellows Program will help guide me towards one specific problem of interest and provide me with the training and skills necessary to research and develop interventions to address the problem.

Wadezah McCullough

Site Administrator, Montefiore School Health Program

DrPH Program Fellows

Focus Area
Area of Focus
Addiction & Overdose

Lauren Niles

Washington, DC

Lauren is a Senior Research Associate at the National Committee for Quality Assurance ( ...

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Lauren Niles


Don Hedrick

Rapid City, SD

Don serves as the Assistant Chief of the Rapid City Police Department.

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Don Hedrick

Adolescent Health

Wadezah McCullough

Bronx, NY

Wadezah is a Site Administrator with the Montefiore School Health Program and has worke ...

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Wadezah McCullough

Environmental Challenges

Della Wright

New Orleans, LA

Della is the Assistant Director of the Child Wellbeing Division of the Deep South Cente ...

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Della Wright

Obesity & The Food System

Jaclyn Bertoldo

Burlingame, CA

Jaclyn is the Assistant Director of Food Choice Architecture with Stanford University R ...

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Jaclyn Bertoldo

Environmental Challenges

Janie Cambron

Frankfort, KY

Janie serves as the Quality Improvement (QI) Coordinator for the Kentucky Department fo ...

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Janie Cambron

Frequently Asked Questions

Do fellowship applicants have to be accepted to the DrPH program in order to be considered for the Bloomberg Fellows program?

Yes, all fellowship applicants must be admitted to the DrPH program in order to be considered for the Bloomberg Fellows program; these are separate processes. Questions related to DrPH applications should be directed to the DrPH program at jhsph-drph [at]

Are applicants who are waitlisted by the DrPH program eligible for the Bloomberg fellows program?

No. Due to the fellowship application review and selection timeline, only those applicants who are initially admitted to the DrPH program are reviewed and considered for the fellowship program.

When will applicants be notified about their fellowship applications?

Those fellowship applicants who were admitted to the DrPH program will receive a decision via email during the month of March from the Bloomberg Fellows program.

Is there a fellowship orientation?

Yes, the Bloomberg Fellows program has an annual orientation for all newly selected fellows. The orientation is required of all new fellows and it is an all-day event, which takes place in Baltimore in early June. Please note that during the changing and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the fellowship orientation may be subject to change from in-person to a virtual event and Bloomberg Fellows would be required to participate.

Will my fellowship application be accepted if I submit my application late after the final deadline of Dec. 1, 2020?

No, late fellowship applications will not be accepted. All fellowship applications must be submitted online through the fellowship website no later than the final deadline, Dec. 1, 2020. This includes submitting all required admissions materials for the DrPH program through SOPHAS.

Is email submission of fellowship applications acceptable?

No, email submissions of applications are not acceptable. All fellowship application forms must be submitted through the fellowship website.

Can I revised/update my fellowship application after I’ve submitted it?

No, once fellowship applications have been submitted, revisions and/or changes to applications are not accepted.

Do DrPH applicants have to take the GRE?

Yes, the DrPH program requires the GRE as part of its admissions requirements. Please contact the DrPH program for guidance on the GRE via email at jhsph-drph [at]

What are acceptable quantitative and verbal GRE scores for the DrPH program?

Please contact the DrPH program for guidance about GRE scores and other admissions questions via email at jhsph-drph [at]

What is included in the scholarship for Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows?

The scholarship covers all tuition and fees incurred by the student, for up to a total of 64 credits.

Can I apply to any concentration, or is there a particular DrPH concentration that I must apply to?

Most of the concentrations in the DrPH program correspond to cross-cutting skill sets (e.g. Implementation Science, Health Equity and Social Justice) that may be relevant to any of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative focus areas. Applicants may consider applying to any of the concentrations, but in their application they should make a clear connection between the competencies addressed in the concentration and their interest in one of the focus areas. Students may also apply for a customized program, which gives them greater flexibility to tailor their studies to match their own specific interests.

Must I know what I want to write my dissertation on prior to applying to the DrPH program?

No, we do not anticipate that applicants to the program will already know their dissertation topic. During the first two years of the program, students will pursue coursework that will enhance their analytical skills and understanding of the problems that they are interested in addressing. However, applicants to the program should demonstrate a clear interest in one of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative focus areas and be committed to pursuing a doctoral dissertation in that broad area.


Who pays the student during the program: the Fellowship or the collaborating organization?

The student will remain an employee of the collaborating organization throughout the program, and the collaborating organization will continue to pay the student.

What happens if a Fellow wishes to switch to another employer during the program?

To the extent possible, Fellows should seek to stay with the same employer during the entire program. However, if an alternative opportunity arises, the Fellow should notify the Bloomberg Fellows Program and the School of Public Health as soon as possible, and a determination will be made about the status of the fellowship.

Do applicants for the Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows Program need to separately fill out the regular DrPH application?

Yes. It is required that all potential Bloomberg Doctoral Fellows complete the full regular application, meet all academic requirements for admission, and be admitted by the DrPH Admissions Committee.

What are the key requirements for the DrPH program?

To be considered for a Bloomberg Fellowship, applicants must apply and be accepted into the DrPH program. More information about the admission requirements for the DrPH program can be found here.

What are the key requirements for Bloomberg Fellows during and after the academic year?

In general, the key requirements include (1) pursuing the MPH or DrPH degree in good faith; (2) participating in good faith in the chosen focus area during the program; (3) engaging with the collaborating organization during the period of study; and (4) working for at least one year with the collaborating organization in the chosen focus area (work must begin within 12 months following graduation). These requirements are outlined in the Grant Agreement that all Bloomberg Fellows sign upon acceptance to the program.

If an applicant applies to the MPH or DrPH program and the Bloomberg Fellows program and is accepted to the School but not the Bloomberg Fellows program, what happens?

In this circumstance, the applicant may choose to accept admission and matriculate as a student, but will be responsible for tuition and expenses just like other students. The applicant will be considered for other scholarships as part of the typical application process and review. Because many activities of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative activities are open to all students, the student can still be involved in the Initiative.

Are there special opportunities available to Bloomberg Fellows during the program?

Yes, there are special enrichment opportunities for Fellows while at the School, including seminars, speakers, and other activities.

If I am offered the fellowship, can I defer the fellowship to the following year?

The Bloomberg Fellows program does not permit deferment of fellowship offers. A candidate can apply again the following year.

When do fellows begin the MPH or DrPH program?

All fellows must begin the MPH or DrPH program in June.

Can Bloomberg Fellows audit courses?

Bloomberg Fellows must take all courses for a letter grade unless a letter grade is not an option. Auditing courses are not permitted for courses taken to fulfill degree requirements.

Can fellowship applicants apply to both the DrPH and the MPH programs at the same time and be considered for both?

When applying to the fellowship, applicants must select either the MPH or DrPH program for which to apply. The Bloomberg Fellows program can only review and consider applications for either the MPH or the DrPH program, not both in a given application cycle.

What kind of organizations can qualify to be collaborating organizations?

Public or private organizations that wish to qualify as collaborating organizations must work on issues related to one of the five focus areas: (i) addiction and overdose; (ii) environmental challenges; (iii) obesity and the food system; (iv) risks to adolescent health; and (v) violence. These may be but are not required to be traditional public health organizations, such as health departments. For example, an organization that works on neighborhood development may have interest in training a staff member in the area of food systems. Similarly, organizations that seek to reduce levels of community violence may have interest in training a staff member in the area of violence prevention. The organization’s work in the chosen focus area must be based in the United States, and the applicant’s work with this organization must be based in the United States.

What are the responsibilities of collaborating organizations?

The prospective collaborating organization completes the collaborating organization application form and pledges to employ the applicant following graduation for at least one year. The organizations are also invited to participate in various activities with the School during the course of the Fellow’s studies. After graduation, the organization remains part of the Bloomberg Fellows network and can participate in a range of activities.

Why does the collaborating organization have to fill out part of the application?

The Bloomberg Fellows program establishes a connection between the School, the Fellow, and the collaborating organization. The collaborating organization will be invited to participate in seminars, conferences, and other activities. We ask the collaborating organization to complete the application to ensure the organization is committed and supportive of this opportunity.

In addition, prior to admission, the collaborating organization will be asked to sign a letter of commitment to acknowledge the Fellow and pledge to employ the Fellow for at least one year following graduation.


Does an applicant have to be an employee of the collaborating organization at the time of the application?

Applicants must be employees of the collaborating organization at the time of application submission as well as during the full course of their studies. Applications must be received from both the perspective Fellow and organization.

What happens if the position with the collaborating organization is no longer available after the Bloomberg Fellow graduates?

The collaborating organization will sign a letter of commitment with the School and pledge in good faith to employ the fellow for at least one year following graduation. Failure to offer this position as promised may affect the ability of the organization to have future staff participate in the Bloomberg Fellows program. If, however, circumstances change and the position is not available, the School will work with the Fellow to find an alternative placement in the focus area that would satisfy the requirement.

What are the terms of the grant award if I am accepted?

For accepted Bloomberg Fellows:

  • The Fellow must accept and sign the Grant Agreement.
  • The collaborating organization must sign the letter of commitment and pledge in good faith to employ the fellow for at least one year following graduation.

The Grant Agreement requires Fellows to:

  • Successfully complete the Master of Public Health degree program, and
  • Work as a full-time employee with the collaborating organization in the chosen focus area of study for a period of one year following the completion of the Master of Public Health program. The employment must commence within one year of completing the degree requirements.

Failure to satisfy either of the above terms will require the Fellow to repay the full amount of the grant award within one hundred eighty (180) days of such failure. The Fellow may choose to enter into a loan arrangement (for a term not to exceed fifteen [15] years with an annual interest rate of 1%) with JHU to repay the grant or repay the grant in full from other sources.


Is the scholarship a grant or a loan?

The scholarship is structured as a grant that converts to a loan, with a standard repayment term (15 years) and a modest interest rate of 1%, if the terms of the Fellowship are not met.

Upon acceptance into the Bloomberg Fellows Program, Bloomberg Fellows will sign a Grant Agreement that explains the repayment terms and conditions that become effective if the grant converts to a loan.


Will the Bloomberg Fellows Program change over time?

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative is a new initiative, and we expect to make modifications to the program over time. The Initiative will provide important updates through this website and, to the extent possible, directly to prospective Bloomberg Fellows and collaborating organizations.


Are Bloomberg Fellows and their collaborating organizations expected to attend the annual Bloomberg American Health Initiative Summit?

Yes. In 2020, all Bloomberg Fellows and their collaborating organizations are expected to attend and participate in the annual Bloomberg American Health Initiative Summit. 

Please note that during the changing and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Summit may be subject to change from in-person to a virtual event.


If I have other questions, how can I ask them?

For questions or inquiries related to the MPH program, email BloombergFellowsMPH [at]

For questions or inquiries related to the DrPH program, email BloombergFellowsDrPH [at]

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