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Department of

Mental Health

The Department of Mental Health conducts research to advance the understanding of mental and behavioral disorders; develops, implements, and evaluates methods to prevent and control these disorders; and promotes mental health in the population.


What We Do

Our Department—the only department dedicated to mental health in a school of public health—brings together leading researchers across multiple disciplines joined by their passion for understanding, preventing, and treating mental health and substance use disorders. Faculty, students, and community health leaders in Mental Health are dedicated to educating the next generation of public health workers and scientists about the importance of mental health, the specific skills needed to address public mental health issues, and the integration of mental and physical health.

Department Highlights

One-of-a-Kind Department

We are the only department dedicated to mental health in a school of public health. In 1961, we were founded as the Department of Mental Hygiene—our name has changed, but our mission remains the same.

Spanning the Life Course

Faculty, staff, and students carry out research across childhood, adulthood, and later life mental and behavioral health.

Teaching and Training Focus

We are committed to providing our students with training and mentoring to excel in a challenging but supportive way.

From Methods to Prevention

We cover a broad scope of mental and behavioral health across methods and disorders.

Our Degree 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 | Full-Time | 9 months

The MHS 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 and Institutes

The department houses several school-based centers, and has a significant role in many others across the school. These are described below. Centers help bring together faculty, students, and community partners across multiple departments and schools to meet their particular missions in pursuit of improving public mental health.

Faculty Spotlight

M. Daniele Fallin, PhD,

studies how environments, behaviors, genetic variation, and epigenetic variation contribute to risk for psychiatric disease, with a focus on autism.


Dani Fallin

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