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Important Guidance for ONSITE Students in Winter Institute 2023

Special Considerations for ONSITE Bloomberg School Winter Institute Courses

For the safety of the entire Bloomberg School community, all individuals who take courses onsite during the 2023 Winter Institute must adhere to the same stringent health protocols that Bloomberg School graduate degree students are required to follow.

Coronavirus Protocols: You may view the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 protocols in full here:

Registration: Since students attending onsite courses will need to comply with JHU COVID-19 protocols, we want to give them adequate time to prepare. For this reason, registration for all onsite courses will close approximately two weeks before the first onsite class in that particular course. Similarly, it will not be possible for students to “add” onsite courses during the add/drop period. 

Registration for onsite courses starting on January 9, 2023 will close on December 23, 2022. Registration for onsite courses starting on January 17, 2023 will close on December 30, 2022. 

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with approved vaccine: All individuals attending onsite Winter Institute classes will need to submit proof of acceptable COVID-19 vaccination at least one week prior to coming to campus. JHU accepts FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) and vaccines administered outside the U.S. In addition, all Winter Institute onsite participants must receive an mRNA Covid booster (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

Proof of Influenza vaccination: For onsite participation in the Winter Institutes taking courses for academic credit, it is required to submit proof of a valid recent Influenza vaccination. 

Students may apply for medical or religious exceptions as per JHU existing policy.

  • JHU degree students and students taking courses for academic credit should use the JHU Vaccine Management System (VMS) to submit their proof of vaccination or to request an exception. Students may then log into VMS to obtain proof that the vaccinations have been verified and accepted and should submit the verification or a screenshot of their VMS dashboard showing the verified vaccinations to their course coordinator (see below). 
  • Students taking courses not for credit will not be able to use the JHU Vaccine Management System (VMS), and must email their proof of vaccination or request for exemption to their course coordinator (see below)

Course Coordinators for each Onsite Winter Institute Course:

Onsite Winter Institute Course Number and Name Dates of Course Course Coordinator

221.656.13 Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice

January 9-13, 2023 Melissa Reed

221.667.13 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of Native Americans

January 9-13, 2023 Anna Sundbo

223.685.13 Tuberculosis, HIV and Other Chronic Infections in the Tropics 

January 9-13, 2023 Shilah Waters
223.660.13 Tropical Medicine and Parasitology January 17-20, 2023 Shilah Waters

It is important that all students coming to campus submit their vaccination documentation as soon as possible after registering for courses. For students registered for onsite courses beginning on January 9, 2023, the deadline to submit documentation to the Course Coordinator is December 29, 2022; for onsite courses beginning on January 17, 2023, the deadline to submit verification of vaccination to the Course Coordinator is January 6, 2023. If you are unable to submit proof of vaccination before these deadlines, you will not be permitted to come on campus. If an online version of the same course exists, we will transfer your registration to the online version. If there is no online equivalent of the course, we will drop your registration.

Please note that the Bloomberg School will be closed for winter holidays from December 24, 2022 through January 2, 2023; no staff will  be available during this closure, and some staff may be taking additional personal leave during the holidays, so students should be proactive in contacting staff well before these holidays start. 

Thank you in advance for your compliance with the Bloomberg School’s important health and safety protocols.


Contact Us!

Please remember that our intention is to offer students in the Winter Institute 2023 our highest caliber of public health instruction. If you have questions about your course, please contact either the Instructor, the Teaching Assistant, or the individual listed as the "contact" on the course directory listing for the course. 

If you have questions that are more general, and not specific to a particular course, please contact

We're looking forward to welcoming you to our 2023 Winter Institute.