Health, Behavior and Society
We discover and apply ways to change human behavior to improve public health.
Health, Behavior and Society Headlines
Researchers, physicians, and activists who have inspired Bloomberg School faculty and shaped the field of public health
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, and the Office of External affairs were recognized in the 2024 Anthem Awards.
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, STEM-designated research degree offering training in 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 eight Centers, Institutes, and Units that engage in research and practice around our work.
Health, Behavior and Society Faculty
Get to know our HBS faculty members.
Sean Allen, DrPH, MPH, uses research to inform drug policies and eliminate health disparities among people who inject drugs.
Stella Babalola, PhD, uses research to support the design and evaluation of social and behavior change interventions.
Harry Barbee, PhD ’20, is an interdisciplinary social scientist who aims to identify, understand, and improve health and aging outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations.
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A gift to our department can help to provide student scholarships and internships, attract and retain faculty, and support innovation.