Health, Behavior and Society
We discover and apply ways to change human behavior to improve public health.
Health, Behavior and Society Headlines
Rehabilitation physician and disability advocate Stephanie Van shares how everything from individual word choice to health care systems and practices can better support people with disabilities.
The FDA’s approval of Opill, the first OTC oral contraceptive pill, is coming at an opportune time. But will it be affordable and, most importantly, available?
What We Do in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Our Department is dedicated to research, education, and practice on public health issues rooted in human behavior and social conditions—from smoking and substance use to diabetes and HIV and more. We develop and evaluate individually targeted interventions, work with communities to address social factors that affect health, and improve public policy and other structural factors to improve the health of millions at a time.
Learn how the Department of Health, Behavior and Society partners with communities to change behaviors, eliminate health disparities, and improve the health of their citizens.
Health, Behavior and Society Highlights
professional publications by HBS faculty as of August 2020
full-time HBS faculty
HBS faculty members named to the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health
full-time HBS master's and doctoral students
Health, Behavior and Society Programs
We offer three master's degrees, one PhD, and seven certificate programs focused on behavioral and societal impacts on public health.
We also offer two combined bachelor's/master's degrees to Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students of all majors.
The MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree offering training in the theory and methods of social and behavioral sciences and public health.
The MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication offers specialized academic training in health education, health promotion, and health communication.
The ScM in Genetic Counseling is designed to prepare graduates to provide genetic counseling with an emphasis on clients’ psychological and educational needs.
The PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences trains graduates to apply social and behavioral science perspectives to research on contemporary health issues.
Centers and Institutes in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society
We are home to seven Centers and Institutes that engage in research and practice around our work.
Rajiv Rimal, PhD, MA,
chairs the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. He works globally on social and behavior change interventions with a focus on gender norms.
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A gift to our department can help to provide student scholarships and internships, attract and retain faculty, and support innovation.