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Department of Mental Health


Founded in 1941, the Department of Mental Health attracts students from all over the country and around the world—each contributing in a unique way to a dynamic learning environment on the cutting edge of mental health research. As a component within the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus community, the Department of Mental Health engages in a wide range of collaborative projects which actively engages our students in research projects.

The City of Baltimore provides rich social, cultural and academic activities. The Bloomberg School's proximity to other major cities such as Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York offers students further opportunities for exploration and research experiences.

Students may also tap into the resources of the other schools within Johns Hopkins University, which extends across the Baltimore-Washington region and offers many academic disciplines.

The Department of Mental Health offers a doctoral training program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a master’s program which leads to the Master of Health Science (MHS) degree.

Our Work in Action

Postdoctoral Fellow Kevon-Mark Jackman published a paper,  “Behavioral Intentions to Use Patient Portals to Disclose HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Histories with Sexual Partners Among U.S. Sexual Minority Men" in the journal,  AIDS and Behavior.  Access to the paper here:

Doctoral student and MHS grad Amanda Luken recently had an article published in the Journal of Cannabis Research. The article was based on her MHS capstone project, and Johannes Thrul and Renee M. Johnson are co-authors. This is Amanda’s second first-authored publication. *Luken A, Thrul J, Johnson RM. Electronic cigarette and cannabis use: results from the 2018 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Journal of Cannabis Research. 2021. Available online at:­10.1186­/s42238-021-00080-2