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Cochlear Center Hearing & Aging Mentoring Program

The Cochlear Center Hearing and Aging Mentoring Program at the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health brings together students early in their doctoral training from audiologic, medicine, and public health programs for an intensive, multidisciplinary, one-week, in-person program each summer.

CHAMP's aim is to provide a foundation of public health concepts and methodology in the context of age-related hearing loss to stimulate and promote future research careers to address hearing loss with aging in public health.

Who can apply to be a CHAMP?

CHAMP is designed for:

  • Current pre-doctoral audiology, medical, or public health doctoral students
  • Students interested in learning and applying public health research methods
  • Students pursuing a research career that addresses hearing loss with aging and public health

Does this sound interesting but you're not looking for a research career? Scroll down for information about our Summer Institute course.

Program Details

Students will begin the program with a 1-day, intensive, in-person course, Epidemiologic Approaches to Hearing Loss and Public Health (340.690.79), which includes didactic lectures covering epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical trials, gerontology, and intervention concepts in hearing loss. The rest of the program will include additional didactic lectures, as well as seminars and journal clubs with Cochlear Center faculty. During the entirety of the program, students will work in cross-disciplinary teams under the mentorship of Cochlear Center faculty to produce a final research project. 

Presentation of summer projects at a national conference is highly encouraged (travel funding may be available).

CHAMP Funding

If selected as a CHAMP participant, you will receive complimentary tuition for required didactic coursework and there is no cost to participate.  Each student will receive $1,000 USD to cover costs of lodging, food, and incidental expenses, consistent with Federal per diem rates in the continental U.S., while in Baltimore, MD during the time of the program.

How to Apply to CHAMP

CHAMP candidates must submit the requested documents through the application link that is available during the application period.

Required CHAMP application materials:

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement (2-page max) describing interest in hearing loss and public health and what one hopes to gain from the program
  • One letter of support from an academic mentor, research mentor, program director, or department chair
    • If applicable, support letters must explicitly state the applicant has permission to miss classes or clinical duties to attend the program. If the letter is not from a mentor with the authority to grant such permission, a brief additional letter stating such from the appropriate person is acceptable.


Application Period Opens:

To be Announced for 2024


Application Deadline:

To be Announced for 2024


Applicants Notified by:

To be Announced for 2024


Program Dates:

To be Announced for 2024


CHAMP Co-Directors
  • CHAMP co-director Jennifer Deal

    Jennifer A. Deal, PhD

    Assistant Professor | Departments of Epidemiology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery | Associate Director for Academic Training | Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health 

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  • CHAMP co-director Nick Reed

    Nicholas S. Reed, AuD, PhD

    Assistant Professor | Departments of Epidemiology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery | Core Faculty  | Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health 

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Contact Mindy Dmuchowski with questions about submission procedures at JHCochlearCenter@jhu.edu.

Not interested in a research career? 

Students who are simply interested in an introduction to public health, aging, and hearing loss can consider registering for the one-day course, Epidemiologic Approaches to Hearing Loss and Public Health, offered through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

This introductory course is designed for:  

  • Students currently enrolled in or with a completed graduate or clinical degree  
  • Students with an interest in hearing loss and public health  
  • Students wishing to understand and interpret public health research related to hearing loss and aging

Please review the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Summer Institute registration procedures and tuition information. CEU’s available through the American Academy of Audiology (non-credit tuition option). All eligible applicants are accepted.