GENERAL QUESTIONS

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.

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.

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

 


MASTER'S PROGRAM SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Do both full-time and part-time MPH applicants qualify to be Bloomberg Fellows?

Yes. Both part-time and full-time MPH applicants are eligible. Please note if you are interested in either the part-time or full-time MPH Program, the Bloomberg Fellows Program requires all Fellows to begin the program in June only.

When can I apply, and when is the deadline for the application for the MPH Program?

The application for the 2020 class will open on August 1, 2019. The Bloomberg Fellows early application deadline is November 1, 2019, and the final deadline is December 1, 2019. Applicants must submit the Bloomberg Fellows application, the SOPHAS application, and all supporting materials. 

When will applicants be notified about their applications?

Applicants will hear about their admission to the MPH program on a rolling basis. Decisions about the Bloomberg Fellows program will be made in March 2020.

What is included in the scholarship for Bloomberg Fellows?

The scholarship covers all tuition and fees, and includes a stipend of approximately $10,000 to defray a portion of living expenses and travel.

Do applicants for the Bloomberg Fellows Program need to separately fill out the online SOPHAS application for the MPH program?

Yes. It is required that all potential Bloomberg Fellows complete the SOPHAS application, meet all academic requirements for admission to the MPH program, and be admitted by the MPH Admissions Committee.

What are the key requirements for the MPH program?

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

Who pays the student during the Service Obligation  – the Fellowship or the collaborating organization?

The collaborating organization pays the student during the year of service.

Effective June 2020, the MPH Program at the School of Public Health will allow students to take all classes online. Does this change affect the Bloomberg Fellows Program?

No. We believe it’s important for Fellows to meet one another and faculty in person, and that’s why we provide a stipend to defray travel expenses and other costs associated with the valuable onsite courses and experiences in Baltimore. So Bloomberg Fellows should still take 16 face-to-face credits as part of their MPH degree.

 


 

DOCTORAL PROGRAM SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

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 70 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.

When is the deadline for the application to the Doctoral Program?

Applicants must apply for both the DrPH program and the Bloomberg Fellows Program by December 1, 2019, for admission into the program the following June.

The DrPH Application:

Further information about admission to the DrPH program is available on the School’s website. Applications are processed through the School of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).

The application deadline for the Bloomberg Fellows Program is December 1. The deadline for the DrPH program is also Dec. 1st.

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

 


 

COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS

How can my organization qualify to be a collaborating organization? 

Public or private organizations can qualify to be collaborating organizations as long as they 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) adolescent health; and (v) violence. For example, an organization that works on neighborhood development may have interest in training a staff member around food systems. Similarly, organizations that seek to reduce levels of community violence may have interest in training a staff member around violence prevention. The organization’s work in the chosen focus area must be based in the United States.

Would our organization be a good fit for this program if we are not a traditional public health organization? 

Yes, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative seeks to engage with organizations outside of traditional public health departments or organizations. There is no one type of organization that we are looking for in this program. Rather, we seek a diversity of organizations, Fellows, experiences, and locations to ensure greater impact on improving the health of communities across the country. 

What are some benefits of being a collaborating organization? 

Collaborating organizations will join a national network of practice connecting them with organizations across the country working to address the same types of challenges. Not only will a member of your organization gain skills and knowledge through the fellowship, but there will also be opportunities for the organization to engage in various activities hosted by the Initiative and School. The Initiative hosts an annual summit, bringing together collaborating organizations, Fellows, faculty and researchers to share best practices, updates, and progress being made in the focus areas of the Initiative. There are often opportunities to connect with faculty experts and collaborate on grants or research. We seek to support organizations’ interest in engaging in ways that align with the Initiative. 

What are the responsibilities and expectations of collaborating organizations?

There is a portion of the Fellow’s application that must be completed by the collaborating organization to ensure the organization is engaged and supportive of the applicant. The collaborating organization will also sign a letter of commitment should the applicant be accepted into the program. Collaborating organizations pledge to employ the Fellow for at least one year following graduation. (Note: This pledge is not a legally binding commitment on the part of the collaborating organization.) They also participate in activities such as conferences and seminars with the School during the course of the Fellow’s studies. After graduation, the organization remains part of the national network of practice and can participate in a range of activities.

Do collaborating organizations have access to funding opportunities? 

Fellows are eligible to apply for small grant awards to develop a special project that benefits their work and organization. In addition, collaborations with faculty may yield joint grant proposals and other funding opportunities. 

How does the collaboration with the Initiative work? 

Initiative staff reach out to new collaborating organizations to introduce themselves and the Initiative to the organization. Organizations will have opportunities to join online forums centered on the five focus areas of the Initiative. Initiative staff will send regular updates on opportunities for organizations to be involved with various projects or research. The Initiative will work with collaborating organizations to understand their needs or priorities, and will facilitate connections to faculty or other organizations for consultations or collaborations.

 
Is there a financial cost to our organization?

No, collaborating organizations do not have any financial obligations that come along with participation in the Bloomberg Fellows Program. 

Do Fellows take time off from work to participate in the Fellowship?

Fellows in the full-time MPH Program take an 11-month leave of absence from their organizations so that they can complete the program. Fellows in the part-time MPH program and the part-time DrPH program usually continue their existing work arrangements. These arrangements are made between the Fellow and the organization.

How often does the Fellow have to leave work to participate in obligations of the fellowship? 

All fellows are required to attend one two-week orientation in June. Fellows are given opportunities to attend in-person trainings, orientations, and other events throughout the year, and these opportunities are announced in advance to allow for adequate planning. It will be up to collaborating organizations and the Fellow to determine the process for taking time away from work to attend these sessions. 

Are organizations required to pay Fellows during while they are taking classes? 

Organizations are not required to pay Fellows during the time they are away from work to take a class. 

What can I do if I have additional questions?

Please email our Fellowship Officer, Faria Zaman, fzaman2@jhu.edu.