We are committed to improving the health, nutrition, and well-being of the world’s most disadvantaged people with cutting-edge science, responsive and innovative public health practice, educational programs, and focused capacity building.
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Who We Are
The Department of International Health is a global leader and partner in identifying, developing, testing, and implementing practices and policies that help the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people improve their health and well-being. We work directly and collaboratively with communities, scientists, public health practitioners, and policymakers around the world to understand their needs and support changes to improve health globally.
academic program in international health (1961)
Largest Department in Global Health
over 250 full-time faculty working across the globe
have worked in over 90 countries on 6 continents
500+ peer-reviewed articles published a year
Our Degree Programs
The Department of International Health is organized into four program areas: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control; Health Systems; Human Nutrition; and Social and Behavioral Interventions.
We offer a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and doctoral-level training for research (PhD) in these program areas, as well as a Master of Health Science in Health Economics (MHS). We also offer many continuing education programs online and on campus.
The MHS in Global Health Economics is a nine-month program that provides students with the skills necessary to use economic tools in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and positive health outcomes. Students will learn how to develop health systems that promote equitable access to care, using applied health cases from around the world.
The MSPH training program is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the field of public health. Some prior health and/or international experience is preferred.
The PhD prepares students to become independent investigators in academic and non-academic research institutions, and emphasizes contributions to theory and basic science.
Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives
The Department is home to a number of centers, institutes, and initiatives that allow faculty from the Department, the University, and the world to collaborate directly on specific global health issues.
Alliance for a Healthier World
The Alliance for a Healthier World integrates diverse expertise and perspectives from across Johns Hopkins University to create groundbreaking research and policy solutions in support of global health equity.
Melissa A. Marx, PhD,
evaluates maternal, child, and infectious disease programs, and has led response efforts for outbreaks including SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19.
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