I want to share an extraordinary opportunity for our city partners who are hard at work making a difference everyday. A new program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, made possible by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, is offering full-tuition scholarships (plus a $10,000 stipend) for staff from public and private organizations working on issues such as addiction and overdose, environmental challenges to health, risks to adolescent health, obesity and the food system, and violence.
All city staff who work in Health, Planning, Police Departments, and similar city departments (or their nonprofit counterparts) will be able to obtain a Masters in Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins at no financial cost. You can get your degree full-time in about 11 months in Baltimore (where JHU is located) or part-time (and largely over the internet) in two to three years.
While taking classes, the program’s students (who will be known as Bloomberg Fellows) will concentrate their studies on a specific area, learning important skills that will help them design and implement innovative programs and tackle the issues they deal with every day working in cities.
Here’s what is especially exciting: The Bloomberg Health Initiative is about more than training great people; it is also committed to helping their cities and organizations.
All students and their employers will commit to working together on these issues for at least one year after graduation — applying what they’ve learned to the real world and creating lasting change.
During the academic program, there will be support for students to lead projects in their cities and home organizations. Beyond graduation, leaders from these organization will be invited to attend major conferences which will bring together practitioners and experts from around the country. Cities and organizations whose employees are students in the program will also join national networks to collaborate on further research and projects.
In all, this new program has the potential to meaningfully change the lives of people all over the country — not just its students.
Learn more and apply to the
Bloomberg American Health Initiative
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the priority application deadline of December 21, 2016, with a final deadline of January 31, 2017.
The number of Bloomberg Fellows to be accepted for the 2017-2018 academic year will be limited however, Johns Hopkins will accept up to 50 Bloomberg Fellows per year. So, even if there is not a potential applicant in your organization now, please keep it in mind for the future.