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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Social and Behavioral Interventions

Offered By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Full-Time | 1.52 years

About This Program

The SBI Program conducts research and training on the development, implementation and evaluation of social science-based public health interventions to benefit the underserved globally and locally.

Program Highlights

Our work is multi-disciplinary. We draw on the theoretical and methodological approaches of medical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, social epidemiology, behavioral psychology, health education, and other social science and public health disciplines.


terms of courses


months field practicum


capstone project


comprehensive exam

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Alumni take on positions where they are able to provide technical assistance in assessing the sociocultural context surrounding public health interventions, and in the development, implementation and evaluation of social and behavioral change programs, to improve the health of underserved communities locally and globally.

Job Title Organization


Rabin Martin

Key Populations Advisor


Health Program Planner

San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Health and Equity Promotion

WASH BCC Specialist


Program Director

D-tree International,

Project Manager


Consultant for Social Art and Behavior Change

One Drop Foundation

Research Coordinator

Center on Gender Equity and Health

Program Associate for Behavior Change

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, UN Foundation

Informed Consent Specialist

Merck, Kenilworth, NJ

Research & Evaluation Officer



Through multiple practicum opportunities, the program offers students extensive hands-on exposure to the development and implementation of social and behavioral interventions globally or locally.

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.

Areas of Interest

  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Behavior change
  • Community mobilization
  • Maternal and child health
  • Social anthropology
  • Social epidemiology
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Indigenous health

Admissions Requirements

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

Prior Work Experience

Not required but desirable

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

Caitlin Kennedy

Caitlin Kennedy

Associate Professor
International Health

Caitlin Kennedy PhD ’09, MPH ’04, is a social and behavioral scientist with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention, and resource-limited settings.

Julie Denison

Julie Denison

Associate Professor
International Health

Julie Denison, PhD '06, MHS '99, develops interventions for youth living with HIV, with a focus on the role of family and environmental and structural determinants of health.

Victoria O'Keefe

Victoria O'Keefe

Assistant Professor
International Health

Victoria M. O’Keefe, PhD, MS, works to achieve strengths-based and culturally informed suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and wellness among Indigenous communities.

Haneefa Saleem

Haneefa Saleem

Assistant Professor
International Health

Haneefa Tasleem Saleem, PhD ’14, MPH, ’09, studies how to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV and to mitigate the risks of injection drug use.

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.

Cristina Salazar, MA
Academic Program Manager

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