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Virtual Plus Campus

We are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience—one in which our students study and learn in partnership with faculty at the frontlines of public health research and professional practice. 

Our Virtual Plus Campus ensures that students studying with us virtually—whether due to the COVID-19 pandemic or because it their format of choice—still benefit from a world-class Bloomberg School education and robust opportunities outside the classroom.

Students learn as if they were located in Baltimore: taking classes, attending a noon-time seminar, joining a study group to prepare for a final exam, meeting with your advisor, reaching out to a teaching assistant for extra help, participating in a research project or practice activity, connecting with alumni, accessing our career services, and—perhaps most importantly—getting to know faculty and fellow students who will become lifelong colleagues and friends.

Our Virtual Plus classroom instruction draws on well-established pedagogy and Bloomberg School technology that maximizes faculty and student engagement. 

A Rich Catalogue of Online and Virtual Courses

Many of our courses were previously available online, even before the pandemic hit. These offerings were routinely taken by full-time and part-time distanced-based degree students and consistently received high marks for quality and accessibility. They offer asynchronous, carefully structured lectures and materials that can be viewed by students when convenient. Additionally, these offerings are supplemented by a limited number of synchronous real-time, “livetalk” experiences for engaged learning with faculty and classmates—all delivered via our proprietary CoursePlus learning platform developed by the Bloomberg School and supported by its Center for Teaching and Learning.

Other courses will take advantage of Zoom technology, with access to streaming studios and technology on our Baltimore campus offering advanced audiovisual equipment, including multiple cameras that can capture the instructor in action—sharing slides, teaching from a whiteboard or using a document camera. The studios also provide large screens, enabling faculty to engage with students while teaching in real time, delivering a rich “in class” experience for our remote learners. Some of these courses will blend the synchronous, real-time instructional experience with pre-recorded asynchronous lectures typically designed to deliver didactic material that can be viewed when convenient. Doing so allows faculty to provide the background for more in-depth and interactive discussion during the real-time, synchronous sessions.

The "Plus" in Virtual Plus

The Plus in Virtual Plus affirms our commitment to offer a full array of opportunities for students and faculty to connect both inside and outside the classroom. These activities, all available online, include:

  • A robust program of daily seminars and special events
  • Applied practice activities that bring students to the frontlines of public health
  • Individual and group mentoring and professional development sessions
  • Participation in student-led groups and activities
  • Student research opportunities in collaboration with faculty
  • Connecting with alumni from around the world and with experts in your chosen area of study
  • Opportunities to network with other students, faculty, and public health leaders
  • All services and supports normally provided for our students, including academic advising, career planning and life design, health and wellness counseling, library resources, and information technology support.

Our Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Virtual Plus Campus offers an exciting, engaging experience that will fully prepare you for the public health challenges we are facing now and in the future.

The Virtual Plus Experience — In Our Students’ Words

Five students share their experiences and opinions with the Virtual Plus campus. Read their stories