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Master's Degree

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Social Factors in Health

Offered By: Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Onsite | Full-Time | 1.52 years

About This Program

The MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree. It is designed for students with undergraduate exposure to social and behavioral sciences and/or public health, who seek further training in theory and methods in these areas. The program integrates and applies a broad range of interdisciplinary knowledge and analytical skills in social aspects of public health, with an emphasis on contemporary health problems. Students are prepared to work in public health research or policy. Many graduates continue with further academic training, including pursuing a PhD or DrPH in public health or related fields.

This program has a strong track record in training students in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

Program Highlights

1-1.5 YEARS

of full-time study


including coursework, seminars, and independent study

Culminating master's research paper

with opportunity to present original research

Applied research experience

 with development of a research plan and completion of a mentored research project

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Sample Careers

  • Research Associate
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Doctoral Student
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Health Communication Specialist


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue, explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory, and find many more details in the program's Student Handbook.

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Program Faculty Spotlight

Karin Tobin

Karin Tobin

Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Karin Tobin, PhD ‘04, MHS ’00, is a social and behavioral scientist who studies how social networks and place-based context shape health and inequalities.

Meghan Moran

Meghan Moran

Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Meghan Moran, PhD, MA, studies how communications from advertising to misinformation shape public health issues such as vaccine promotion, cancer screening, and tobacco control.

Brian  Weir

Brian Weir

Assistant Scientist
Health, Behavior and Society

Brian Weir, PhD ’13, MHS 12, MPH, is an HIV prevention researcher with expertise in study design, analytic methods, and economic evaluation.

Michelle Kaufman

Michelle Kaufman

Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society

Michelle Kaufman, PhD, MA, designs, implements, and evaluates technology-driven interventions to reduce health disparities and promote wellness among vulnerable populations.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Academic Program Administrator
L. Robin Newcomb