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Department of

Mental Health

We are leaders in the research, education, and advocacy of mental health from a public health perspective.

Mental Health Headlines

What We Do in the Department of Mental Health

We are the only department of mental health in a school of public health in the U.S. We bring together experts across disciplines—from childhood adversity to aging, workplace health to global health—to understand mental health, prevent and manage mental health and substance use disorders, and advocate for improved access to mental health services. Dedicated to advancing research and public health practice, not clinical training, our faculty are committed to educating the next generation of mental health researchers and professionals and giving students the foundational skills to improve mental health in their communities and globally.

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Department of Mental Health Highlights

One-of-a-Kind Department

We are the only department dedicated to mental health in a school of public health in the U.S.

Spanning the Life Course

Faculty, staff, and students carry out research on childhood, adulthood, and later life mental and behavioral health, and study the determinants of mental health at each stage of the continuum from mental wellness to mental illness.

Teaching and Training

We are committed to educating and mentoring students to become leaders in public mental health practice and research.

From Research to Implementation

We identify determinants, develop and test interventions, and evaluate strategies for implementing and sustaining these interventions through evidence-based policy. 

Mental Health Programs

The Department of Mental Health offers a doctoral program, a master's program in health science, and a combined bachelor’s/master’s program. We also offer postdoctoral training, two certificate programs, and a special Summer Institute.

Bachelor's/Master of Health Science (Bachelor's/MHS)

Onsite | Full-Time |

The Bachelor's/MHS program gives Public Health Studies majors at Johns Hopkins University an opportunity to seamlessly extend their undergraduate studies to graduate-level coursework and research.

Master of Health Science (MHS)

Onsite or Online | Full-Time or Part-Time | 9 months - 2 years

The MHS in Mental Health is a nine-month degree program that provides a foundation in the research methods and content-area knowledge essential to public mental health.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Onsite | Full-Time | 4 years - 5 years

The PhD program provides advanced training in the application of research methods to understand and enhance public mental health.

Centers in the Department of Mental Health

The Department of Mental Health houses several centers that bring together faculty, students, and community partners across multiple departments and schools in pursuit of improving public mental health.

Mental Health Faculty Spotlight

Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH

Dr. Johnson uses social epidemiology and behavioral science methods to investigate injury and violence, substance use, and overdose prevention.


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Support Our Department

A gift to our department can help to provide student scholarships and internships, attract and retain faculty, and support innovation.