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Full-time Format

Concentrations

Concentrations

Full-time students participating in a concentration will be assigned a faculty advisor with similar interests, who will assist them in understanding critical areas based on their coursework, capstone and required concentration seminars.

The MPH Capstone for each concentration has both a written and oral presentation component. Full-time students should begin discussing the capstone with their advisor during the 1st Term. By the 4th Term, students complete oral presentations and submit the written component.

Aging and Public Health

The MPH concentration in Aging and Public Health is designed for students seeking training in quantitative research methods who would like exposure to a multi-systems approach to the study of aging. Students are offered perspectives and methods of studying the aging individual (brain systems, body, & mind), the environments in which they age (home, work, neighborhoods, health care), and interventions that target these systems to delay and treat the progression of chronic diseases, including but not limited to dementias, disability, frailty, and cardiovascular disease. The research methodologies covered by this training are translatable to the study of specific chronic diseases that affect older adults disproportionally. The goal of this concentration is to help students integrate coursework with direct participation in practicum experiences and in the design, conduct and/or analysis of existing, ongoing, or new observational, clinic, and intervention studies of aging.

Capstone

The MPH capstone experience in Aging and Public Health is designed to give students an opportunity to apply and integrate coursework with practicum and research. Preparation for the Capstone experience will start near the end of the 1st term and be integrated throughout the year. Students may choose a Capstone project that addresses an important question in aging and that is approved by the student's advisor and the concentration directors. Options include:

  1. Comprehensive literature review. The student will prepare a comprehensive review of the literature on a specific topic in aging research using systematic methods for searching, screening, and inclusion of articles.
  2. Research Report. The student will use an available data set to conduct analyses to examine a specific question relevant to aging.

Coursework

Students in this concentration will complete a total of 19 credits over and above the MPH core course requirements.

Required courses:

    The following courses can be used to focus the concentration:

        Aging and Public HealthConcentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency

        1.  Evaluate how the biology of aging influences late-life vulnerability.

        330.623 Brain & Behavior in Mental Disorders
        2.  Identify life course [and interdisciplinary] perspectives for studying  aging systems. 380.604 Life Course Perspectives On Health
        3.  Determine appropriate research methods that account for the complexities associated with the study of aging adults. 340.616 Epidemiology of Aging
        4.  Assess interventions and policy to improve the health of diverse  aging populations. 309.605 Health Issues for Aging Populations
        5.  Develop oral and written communication skills to support the translation of research for practice and policies for the health of diverse aging populations. Research and Translation in Aging Seminar

        Faculty Concentration Directors

        Michelle C. Carlson, PhD
        Associate Professor
        Mental Health
        410-614-4887
        mcarlso2@jhu.edu

        Qian-Li Xue, PhD
        Associate Professor
        Departments of Medicine, Biostatistics, Epidemiology
        410-502-7808
        qxue1@jhu.edu

        Child and Adolescent Health

        The MPH concentration in Child and Adolescent Health focuses on the determinants of child and adolescent health across the globe, the nature and scope of the multiple determinants of their health status, and the range of public health programs to address the health and well-being of children and families.

        Capstone

        The MPH capstone in CAH involves application of skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to the solution of public health-practice problems confronted in efforts to improve children’s health. It has both a written and oral- presentation component and several options are available to complete this requirement.

        Coursework

        Students are required to complete a minimum of 7 courses for the CAH concentration. The minimum number of academic unites needed to complete the concentration requirement over and above the MPH core requirements id approximately 18 credits (depending on which of the required courses are selected).

        Required courses:

        • xxx.840 Special Study in Child Health 

        CAH core competencies:

          Additional CAH concentration courses (at least 3 of the following):

          Child and Adolescent Health Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Assessing principal health concerns for the child and adolescent population, the associated population-based risk factors, and the relative impact of each risk factor.

          380.604 Life Course Perspectives on Health

          380.744 Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health

          2.  Evaluating strategies to promote child and adolescent health, including health services and systems delivery strategies used to address health concerns in the child and adolescent population.

          380.604 Life Course Perspectives On Health

          380.740 Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the United States: The Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health

          3.  Applying frameworks specific to child and adolescent health for improving the health of the child and adolescent population.

          380.604 Life Course Perspectives On Health

          380.744 Nutrition and Growth in Maternal and Child Health
          380.624 Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs

          4.  Examine political, social and economic influences on child and adolescent health. 380.624 Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs
          380.725 The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development
          5.  Propose strategies to promote child and adolescent health policy by local, national and international organizations. 380.624 Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs
          380.725 The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Andrea Ruff, MD
          Associate Professor
          International Health
          410-955-1633
          aruff1@jhu.edu

          Susan Gross, PhD, MPH
          Assistant Scientist
          Population, Family & Reproductive Health
          410-614-5066
          sgross3@jhu.edu

          Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research

          The MPH concentration in Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research is designed for students with quantitative backgrounds, who wish to pursue a rigorous curriculum in epidemiologic study design and statistical data analysis. The goal of this concentration is to help students participate in the design, conduct and analysis of research studies in public health and put concepts into practice. This concentration is best suited for students who have already worked in a particular substantive area and have identified specific research questions.

          Capstone

          The MPH capstone experience in Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods involves the application of skills and competencies acquired to problems in epidemiology and data analysis. Preparation for the capstone experience will start during the 1st term and be integrated throughout the year. There will be required group seminars for informal discussion of issues relevant to public health research and capstone research in progress sessions. The final product will be a written paper based on a student’s research question of interest and corresponding multivariable data analysis. In addition, each student will register for the 2-credit Capstone Course (xxx.800) in the 4th term and prepare and present the work in a short oral presentation at the capstone symposium in May.

          Coursework

          Students in this concentration will complete a total of 19 credits over and above the MPH core course requirements.

          Required courses for both tracks:

          Required courses for the Epidemiology track:

          Required courses for the Biostatistics track:

          Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Compare and contrast epidemiologic study designs and identify questions that can be appropriately answered with these different designs. 340.752 Epidemiologic Methods II
          2.  Link appropriate analytic models with public health research questions and epidemiologic study designs. 340.753 Epidemiologic Methods III
          3.  Distinguish the summary measures of association applicable to retrospective and prospective study designs.  140.622 Statistical Methods in Public Health II
          OR
          140.652 Methods in Biostatistics II
          4.  Formulate and correctly interpret a multivariable linear, logistic or survival regression model to estimate a health effect while minimizing confounding and identifying possible effect modification. 140.623 Statistical Methods in Public Health III
          OR
          140.653 Methods in Biostatistics III
          5.  Summarize in a table, the results of linear, logistic, log-linear, or survival regressions and write a description of the statistical methods, results, and main findings for a scientific report. 140.624 Statistical Methods in Public Health IV
          OR
          140.654 Methods in Biostatistics IV

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Rosa Crum, MD
          Professor
          Epidemiology
          410-614-2411
          rcrum1@jhu.edu

          Marie Diener-West, PhD
          Professor
          Biostatistics
          410-502-6894
          mdiener@jhu.edu

          Food, Nutrition and Health

          The MPH concentration in Food, Nutrition and Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the relevance of food and nutrition as it affects population health, and with the technical and analytic skills to address the public health implications associated with nutrition problems.

          Students choosing this concentration will gain an understanding of:

          1.  The role of foods and nutrition in disease risk and prevention;
          2. The methods for studying food consumption, and nutritional status and the use and interpretation of nutritional data;
          3. The design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs and policy to improve the nutrition and health of diverse populations.

          Capstone

          Typically, the capstone experience involves the application of the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to the solution of a particular nutrition problem or to the analysis of food and nutrition policies and/or programs. There are many opportunities for students to utilize available data sets to conduct statistical analyses for their capstone, and this would be strongly recommended for those interested in nutritional epidemiology. Through meetings with their advisor, and concentration meetings (to be held quarterly), students will explore their interests and options for a capstone experience.

          Coursework

          Students in this concentration will complete a total of 17 credits over and above the MPH core course requirements.

          Core competencies:

          Recommended courses:

          Food, Nutrition and Health Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Define the role of foods, nutrients and nutrition for human health and for disease risk and prevention.

          For those more generally interested in population-level nutrition:
          222.641 Principles of Human Nutrition

          For those who wish to understand nutrient metabolism, health and disease in a public health context:
          222.644 Cellular Biochemistry of Nutrients
          OR
          222.651 Nutrients of Biological Systems

          For those who wish to understand diet in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases:
          222.652 Nutrition in Disease Treatment and Prevention

          2.  Characterize political, social and economic influences affecting nutrition and well-being. 222.657 Food and Nutrition Policy
          OR
          380.740 Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the United States: the Impact On Maternal, Child and Family Health
          3.  Identify the governmental and non-governmental organizations and processes involved in the development of public health nutrition initiatives.  222.642 Assessment of Nutritional Status
          OR
          222.647 Nutrition Epidemiology
          4.  Identify appropriate methods for studying food consumption and nutritional status and the use and interpretation of nutritional data. 222.642 Assessment of Nutritional Status
          OR
          222.647 Nutrition Epidemiology
          5.  Evaluate opportunities to advance nutrition and health through public health initiatives. 222.657 Food and Nutrition Policy
          OR
          222.649 International Nutrition
          OR
          380.740 Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the United States: the Impact On Maternal, Child and Family Health
          OR
          180.620 Food Systems and Public Health

          Laura E. Caulfield, PhD
          Professor
          Center for Human Nutrition and Department of International Health
          410-955-2786
          lcaulfi1@jhu.edu

          Casey Rebholz, PhD
          Professor
          Department of Epidemiology
          410-502-2359
          crebhol1@jhu.edu

          Food Systems

          The MPH concentration in Food Systems provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the relevance of the food system to public health and apply communication and/or public health policy analysis and advocacy skills to study and address the public health implications of food systems. 

          Capstone

          The MPH Capstone experience involves applying the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to a particular food systems-related problem or to the analysis of policies and/or programs at the intersection of food, the environment and public health. Through meetings with their advisor and monthly concentration meetings, students will explore their interests and options for a capstone experience.  The capstone experience may be completed in partnership with a community organization or agency, at the discretion of the student and the advisor. A list of research and project ideas for students will be provided by concentration faculty sponsors, many of which tie into projects currently underway by faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, or may serve as inspiration for project ideas that align with the students’ interests and goals. 

          Coursework

          Students in this concentration will complete at least 18 credits over and above the MPH core course requirements.

          Required courses:

          One course from the following:

          One course from the following:

          Food Systems Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1. Define food systems and describe inter-relationships within the food system that impact public health. 180.620 Food Systems and Public Health
          2. Characterize political, social and economic influences on food systems. 180.620 Food Systems and Public Health
          3. Evaluate opportunities to advance food system change through a public  health lens. 180.655 Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments
          4. Use a systems perspective to analyze and apply critical thinking to inter-relationships within the food system. 180.620 Food Systems and Public Health
          5. Develop and communicate an evidence-based position on a complex food systems  topic. 180.606 Case Studies in Food Production and Public Health

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS
          Assistant Professor
          Environmental Health and Engineering
          410-223-1811
          knachma1@jhu.edu

          Roni Neff, PhD, ScM
          Assistant Professor
          Environmental Health and Engineering
          410-223-1811
          rneff1@jhu.edu

          Global Environmental Sustainability and Health

          The MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health explores the main drivers of global environmental change (land use, energy use, food use, water use and population growth) and how they, in turn, threaten human health on local, regional and global scales. Students gain necessary skills to develop appropriate responses to these challenges through qualitative research methods and behavioral change interventions.

          Capstone

          The GESH MPH Capstone experience will involve applying the skills acquired during coursework to a climate change or sustainability related problem. This could be through research with faculty, literature reviews, or program/policy analysis, among other options. Students will explore their interests and options for a capstone project through monthly concentration meetings, the GESH seminar and advisor meetings. A list of research and project ideas for students will be provided by concentration faculty advisors.

           Coursework

          Students in this concentration will complete a total of at least 18 credits.

          Required courses:

          One food-related course from the following: 

          One from the following:

          Recommended courses:

          Global Environmental Sustainability and Health Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1. Define climate change and describe multiple ways climate change will have an impact on public health. 180.611 The Global Environment, Climate Change and Public Health
          2. Define behaviors related to climate change and environmental sustainability, and identify factors that affect them. 224.689 Healthy Behavior Change at the Individual, Community and Household Levels
          3. Design a behavior change intervention to address climate change or environmental sustainability. 224.689 Healthy Behavior Change at the Individual, Community and Household Levels
          4. Communicate effectively a position/opinion on a climate and/or sustainability  topic. 188.688 Global Environmental Sustainability and Health Seminar
          5. Characterize the role food system plays in climate change and the  environment. 180.620 Food Systems and Public Health
          6. Apply the system thinking perspective to understand the various causes and effects of climate change on the environment and public health. 180.620 Food Systems and Public Health
          180.611 The Global Environment, Climate Change and Public Health
          188.682 A Built Environment for a Healthy and Sustainable Future

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Peter Winch, MD, MPH
          Professor
          International Health
          410-955-9854
          pwinch@jhu.edu

          Jordan Kuiper, PhD
          Assistant Scientist
          Environmental Health and Engineering
          jkuiper1@jhmi.edu    

          Shima Hamidi, PhD
          Assistant Professor
          Environmental Health and Engineering
          Shamidi2@jhu.edu  

          Hannah Marker, MPH
          Research Associate
          International Health
          Hannah.marker@jhu.edu

          Humanitarian Health

          The MPH concentration in Humanitarian Health focuses on the health of vulnerable populations, internationally and domestically. Students will have adequate knowledge and skills to be able to work effectively in the humanitarian health field – including disasters and emergencies – whether in the context of research, program implementation, and/or policy response.

          Capstone

          The MPH Capstone is an opportunity for students to integrate concentration issues with various skills and competencies gained through the year. Students will work individually or in small groups, and with the support and advice of a capstone advisor, to develop specific projects or concepts.

          Coursework

          Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits over and above the MPH core course requirements.

          Required courses:

          Core electives (at least 4 credits from the following):

          Remaining concentration credits may be obtained from the following courses:

          Health

          Mental Health

          Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness 

          Human Rights

          Quantitative Methods and Monitoring and Evaluation

          Required for International Field Placements

          Humanitarian Health Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1. Ethics and Human Rights: Demonstrate working knowledge of core humanitarian and human rights principles, treaty instruments, and codes of ethical conduct in humanitarian settings. 221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies
          2. Humanitarian Architecture: Demonstrate working knowledge of humanitarian architecture, including key organizations, international and UN systems, and sectors, including health, WASH, shelter, nutrition, food security and protection. 221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies
          3. Methods and Measurement: Students will be able to demonstrate skills in assessment, monitoring and evaluation relevant to humanitarian contexts – including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods – and describe how to apply evidence generated from these approaches to inform decision making in humanitarian settings. 221.641 Methods and Management in Humanitarian Emergencies
          4. Project Planning and Implementation: Students will be able to demonstrate basic skills in humanitarian project design, planning and implementation, including awareness of appropriate interventions and how to contextualize them in operational settings. 221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies
          5. Operationalization: Students will be able to demonstrate how to critically assess and synthesize information, prioritize decisions and actions, and communicate these decisions and actions effectively. 221.695 Seminar in Humanitarian Health
          AND
          221.613 Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Courtland Robinson, PhD
          Associate Professor
          International Health
          410-955-3892
          court.robinson@jhu.edu

          Shannon Doocy, PhD
          Associate Professor
          International Health
          410-502-2628
          doocy1@jhu.edu

          Health Leadership and Management

          The MPH concentration in Health Leadership and Management provides students with an understanding of the challenges of organizational leadership and management in the health sector. The concentration is aimed at individuals whose responsibilities require them to have the knowledge and skills essential to balance the demands of leading and managing during times of change, but who do not require or desire a full management degree.

          Capstone

          The MPH Capstone provides students the opportunity to apply the competencies they acquired to clinical, technical and management problems in health sector organizations.

          Coursework

          Students must complete at least 18 credits and also participate in monthly concentration meetings.

          Required core courses:

          Management Practice Skills - one course from the following:

          Technical/Operations Management Skills - one course from the following:

          Health Leadership and Management Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1. Leadership: Evaluate leadership styles as applied to self, organizations, and the impact on organizational performance. 312.700 Leading Organizations
          2. Communication and Relationship Management: Apply concepts of negotiation to manage conflict, enhance problem-solving, and improve team dynamics. 312.670 Negotiation in Healthcare Settings
          3. Professional and Social Responsibility: Explain the relationship between a commitment to self-development including continuing education, networking, reflection and personal development and leadership effectiveness. 312.700 Leading Organizations
          4. Health and Healthcare Environment: Establish goals and objectives for improving health outcomes that incorporate an understanding of the social determinants of health and of the socioeconomic environment in which the organization functions. 221.722 Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries
          5. Business: Collate relevant data and information, and analyze and evaluate this information to support or make an effective decision or recommendation. 312.604 Quantitative Tools for Managers

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA
          Associate Scientist
          International Health
          410-502-7663
          aedward1@jhu.edu

          Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA, FACHE
          Associate Scientist
          Health Policy & Management
          410-502-0460
          mbittle1@jhu.edu

          Health Systems and Policy

          The MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy aims to develop a broad understanding of health systems and processes through which public policy decisions are made in the U.S. and select low-, middle- and high-income countries. In addition, students learn a range of research and evaluation methods pertaining to health systems and policy analysis, including the skills to use and critique data, research findings, and program evaluations. Through concentration meetings and extracurricular activities, the concentration builds a community of practice among students, introduces them to possible career paths and exposes them to the workings of a variety of organizations concerned with health systems and policies in the U.S. and internationally.

          Capstone

          For the MPH Capstone, students must develop a project on a health systems or policy problem in the U.S. or internationally over the course of the year. Possible topics include:

          • Evaluating the impact of legislation on health behaviors or outcomes
          • Identifying and addressing financial, geographic, and cultural barriers to access to health care and developing policies to address these barriers to improve equity
          • Improving coordination (including information systems, contracting, and payment mechanisms) among the public sector, the private sector, and social security systems
          • Expanding financial protection in health systems through for example, health insurance – both public and private – including raising revenues, pooling revenues, contracting for services and payment options, and setting levels of co-payments.
          • Changing the organization of the health system, possibly including changes in the public-private mix of provision and/or financing of health care
          • Use of information and incentives to effect changes in the behavior of health care providers and/or patients.
          • Developing appropriate policies and regulations for public health priority programs – such as road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and tobacco control

          Coursework

          Students in this concentration will complete at least 20 credits specific to the concentration.

          Recommended courses: 

          Health Systems and Policy Concentration Competencies

          Course(s) Meeting Competency
          (select one course for each competency)

          1. Assess the role of those health systems in addressing contemporary public health issues. 221.646 Health Systems in LMIC (consent required)
          221.652 Financing Heath Systems for Universal Health Coverage
          300.651 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
          180.620 Introduction to Food Systems and Public Health
          221.654 Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches
          2. Assess the role of policy in addressing contemporary public health issues.

          300.712 Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century

          221.646 Health Systems in LMIC

          221.650 Health Policy Analysis in LMIC (note prerequisite)
          305.607 Public Health Practice (note prerequisite)
          300.651 Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
          306.650 Public Health and the Law
          300.600 Introduction to Health Policy
          301.645 Health Advocacy
          305.684 Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
          222.657 Food and Nutrition Policy
          380.667 Women’s Health Policy

          3. Identify and apply evidence to formulate public health policies and interventions within health systems. 221.650 Health Policy Analysis in LMIC (note prerequisite)
          300.712 Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century
          301.645 Health Advocacy
          305.607 Public Health Practice (note prerequisite)
          380.667 Women’s Health Policy
          317.600 Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy
          305.684 Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
          180.620 Introduction to Food Systems and Public Health
          4. Apply economic principles to health systems and/or public health policy  interventions. 221.644 Economic Methods for Evaluation of Health Programs (note prerequisite)
          221.651 Econometrics I (note prerequisite)
          313.602 Economic Evaluation II (note prerequisite or concurrent course)
          313.643 Health Economics
          5. Use evaluation tools to assess the impact of health systems and/or public policy interventions. 221.644 Economic Methods for Evaluation of Health Programs
          221.620 Applying Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems
          221.638 Health Systems Research & Evaluation in Developing Countries
          221.645 Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluation of Health Programs
          309.617 Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research & Evaluation II
          380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Mary Fox, PhD
          Assistant Professor
          Health Policy & Management
          443-287-0778
          mfox9@jhu.edu

          Shivam Gupta, PhD
          Assistant Scientist
          International Health
          410-502-3238
          sgupta23@jhu.edu

          Infectious Diseases

          The MPH concentration in Infectious Diseases is designed for students who wish to focus on the development of new competencies or the enhancement of existing competencies in multiple disciplines needed to be an effective infectious diseases public health practitioner in various settings in the public and private sectors. The goal of this concentration is to help students integrate coursework through the direct participation in related practical experience (practicum) and in infectious disease-related research-related activities. Students who successfully complete the concentration will gain special expertise appropriate for research careers within state and local health departments, federal agencies; or the private sector, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, conducting infectious disease-related research.

          Capstone

          For the MPH Capstone, students will prepare a paper on a specific infectious disease reviewing current key knowledge in the pathogenesis or control of the disease and focus on identifying at least two critical areas in need of additional research or public health solutions.

          Coursework

          Students must complete 20 credits, with a minimum of 3 credits in each of the following five areas: 1) Epidemiology, 2) Microbiology, 3) Parasitology and Tropical Diseases, 4) Prevention & Control of Infectious Diseases, and 5) Immunology. Courses that are listed in multiple areas can only be used to satisfy one area requirement.  Courses fulfilling the concentration requirements cannot be taken pass/fail (a letter grade is required).

          The remainder of the 20 credits can be taken from this list of courses:

          Epidemiology:

          Microbiology:

          Parasitology & Tropical Diseases:

          Prevention & Control of Infectious Diseases:

          Infectious Disease Concentration Competencies

          Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Describe the epidemiological characteristics of major infectious diseases of humans. 340.627 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
          OR
          340.609 Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
          2.  Explain the immune responses to infection. 550.603 Fundamentals of Immunology
          OR
          260.631 Immunology, Infection, and Disease
          OR
          260.611 Principles of Immunology I
          3.  Develop and evaluate strategies to control infections. 340.627 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
          OR
          340.609 Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
          4.  Compare and contrast the microbiology and pathogenesis of major  infections. 223.682 Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases
          OR
          340.627 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
          5.  Develop and evaluate strategies to prevent infections. 340.627 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
          OR
          340.609 Concepts and Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Clive Shiff, PhD
          Associate Professor
          Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
          410-955-1263
          cshiff1@jhu.edu

          Noreen Hynes, MD, MPH
          Associate Professor
          International Health
          410-614-7196
          nhynes1@jhu.edu

          Kawasar Talaat, MD
          Assistant Professor
          International Health
          410-502-9627
          ktalaat@jhu.edu

          Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

          The MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating programs that promote healthy behaviors in international and/or domestic settings. Students study the psychological and social influences on health and behavior, and they obtain skills necessary for working with diverse populations on a variety of health topics, in nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

          Students who complete this concentration may be eligible to take the national certifying exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

          Capstone

          For the MPH Capstone, students focus on a specific health behavior problem and work through one of the following skill sets, in partnership with a community organization or agency:

          • Grant writing
          • Comprehensive literature review
          • Intervention design/implementation
          • Program evaluation
          • Formative Research Protocol
          • Ethnographic/Qualitative Research Protocol
          • Research Project Addressing Social and Behavioral Issues in Health

          Coursework

          Students must complete 18 credits over and above the MPH core requirements.

          Required two-term seminar:

          Elective courses (remaining credits):

          Theory

          Research and Evaluation

          Intervention Design and Implementation

          Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Identify social and psychological factors and processes in the etiology of disease and health-related behaviors. 410.600 Fundamentals of Health, Behavior and Society
          OR
          224.689 Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels
          2.  Appropriately select and apply behavioral science theories to studying health problems in diverse populations. 410.600 Fundamentals of Health, Behavior and Society
          OR
          224.689 Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels
          3.  Utilize effective assessment and program planning skills to design health-promoting programs and policies. 410.620 Program Planning for Health Behavior Change
          OR
          410.654 & 410.655 Health Comm Progs I & II (cannot take this as a single course; counts as 2 courses)
          OR
          224.692 Formative Research for Behavioral and Community Interventions
          4.  Articulate and address issues that facilitate the design, implementation, and sustainability of effective behavior-change programs. 410.620 Program Planning for Health Behavior Change
          OR
          410.654 & 410.655 Health Comm Progs I & II (cannot take this as a single course; counts as 2 courses)
          OR
          224.692 Formative Research for Behavioral and Community Interventions
          5.  Appropriately apply behavioral science methods to evaluate behavioral  interventions. 380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Ryan Kennedy, PhD
          Assistant Professor
          Health, Behavior and Society
          410-955-3435
          rdkennedy@jhu.edu

          Julie Denison, PhD
          Assistant Professor
          International Health
          443-287-2704
          jdenison@jhu.edu

          Women's and Reproductive Health

          The MPH concentration in Women’s and Reproductive Health focuses on understanding the general and reproductive health status of women, the determinants of their health status, and preventive strategies and programs to address women’s health and that of their newborns. Students may choose to focus on women’s, reproductive or perinatal health concerns, either domestically or in a developing country setting.

          Capstone

          Most students fulfill the MPH Capstone by undertaking independent work with a concentration-affiliated faculty. The project may involve, but is not limited to, undertaking a data analysis, literature review with a focus on policy and programmatic implications, or an analysis of a public health problem using the problem solving paradigm or other related conceptual models.

          Coursework

          Students must also select one or two additional courses if less than five courses are taken from the concentration competency table. Students may also pursue the Maternal and Child Health Certificate. However, there are additional certificate requirements outside the concentration requirements.

          Recommended courses:  

          Women’s and Reproductive Health Concentration Competencies Course Meeting Competency
          1.  Assess the principle health concerns for women or mothers and newborns, the associated population-based risk factors, and the relative impact of each risk factor. 380.664 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
          OR
          380.765 Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children
          OR
          380.666 Women’s Health
          2.  Apply a life course framework to understanding the determinants a woman’s or reproductive health concern and population strategies to address the health concern. 380.604 Life Course Perspectives on Health
          3.  Evaluate strategies to promote population health, including the policies and programs that address health concerns and behavior for women or mothers and newborns. 380.624 Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs
          OR
          380.665 Family Planning Policies and Programs
          OR
          380.771 Understanding and Changing International Reproductive Health Policy
          OR
          380.667 Women’s Health Policy
          OR
          380.768 Selected Topics in Women’s Health and Women’s Health Policy
          OR
          380.765 Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children
          4.  Critique health services and systems delivery strategies used to address women and reproductive health concerns. 380.661 Clinical Aspects of Maternal and Neonatal Health
          OR
          380.760 Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health
          OR
          221.627 Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries
          5.  Evaluate research approaches to understanding women’s or reproductive health concerns and the implications of the research. 380.664 Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
          OR
          380.662 Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health

          Faculty Concentration Directors

          Donna Strobino, PhD
          Professor
          Population, Family and Reproductive Health
          410-502-5451
          dstrobin@jhsph.edu

          Saifuddin Ahmed, PhD
          Professor
          Population, Family and Reproductive Health
          410-614-4952
          sahmed@jhu.edu