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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

Successful applicants will receive complimentary tuition for required didactic coursework and there is no cost to participate. Housing, meals, and local transportation will be provided by the Cochlear Center from June 21 to June 28, 2024. Travel to and from the program will not be funded. Participants are eligible for up to a $500 stipend. 

CHAMP participants are expected to be in-person for the duration of the program, arriving in Baltimore, MD by Friday, June 21 for check-in and staying until the program ends on Friday, June 28. 

Please note: acceptance into Summer CHAMP is contingent on participants being able to participate in Baltimore, MD, USA during the time of the program. Please be aware of the notification date in relation to the program start date for the time it will take to obtain a visa from your home country. This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship.

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.


2024 Application Period Opens:

December 15, 2023


2024 Application Deadline:

March 1, 2024


2024 Applicants Notified by:

March 15, 2024


Program Dates:

Check-in Friday, June 21, 2024; Program runs Saturday, June 22 - Friday, June 28, 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.