Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of individuals, families, and populations across the life course through public health science, teaching and practice locally, nationally, and globally.
Population, Family and Reproductive Health Headlines
Abortion Restrictions and the Threat to Women’s Health
Almost a year since Roe v. Wade was overturned, escalating efforts to restrict abortion access pose threats to women, physicians, and health equity.
RAP Club: Promoting Adolescent Mental Health in Schools
To help address the teen mental health crisis, some researchers are teaching mindfulness and coping strategies in schools—and delivering resilience that extends beyond the classroom.
How Can We Solve the Black Maternal Health Crisis?
Change at every level—from federal policy to individual action—can support Black birthing people in the U.S.
What We Do in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health is dedicated to improving health throughout the life course worldwide. We train research scientists, public health leaders, and health professionals to excel in careers related to a broad spectrum of population, family, and reproductive health issues.
Population, Family and Reproductive Health Highlights
1,000+ alumni living in 50+ countries
Research and Practice
Seven centers and initiatives enhance your education
MCH Center of Excellence
Recipient of Maternal and Child Health grants from HHS/HRSA for 70 years
Unique Field Opportunities
Students have recently been placed at GHEFP, UNICEF, International Health Research Institute, and WIC
Population, Family and Reproductive Health Programs
Bachelor's / Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
The Bachelor's/MSPH is designed exclusively for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Master of Health Science (MHS)
The Master of Health Science (MHS) is a one-year program designed for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge in one of the department’s content areas and strengthening their research and analytic skills.
Master of Health Science (MHS) Online
The MHS Online program is designed for professionals to further their career and enhance skills in program evaluation, research methods, and life course perspectives. The area of interest that is currently available online is Maternal and Child Health.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
The MSPH is a two-year program in which students gain practical knowledge and skills in life course, population, program management, policy, quantitative methods, and core PFRH areas of interest.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The emphasis of the PhD program is to integrate coursework in life course, population and core PFRH areas of interest with the application of a range of research methods to these areas.
Centers and Institutes in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
From the Center for Adolescent Health to the Hopkins Population Center, PFRH is home to eight research centers and initiatives that provide unrivaled hands-on experience with industry leaders domestically and globally.
Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Center for Adolescent Health
Center on the Early Life Origins of Disease
Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health
Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)
Early Childhood Services Research Program
Hopkins Population Center
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Michele R. Decker, ScD,
studies social determinants of women's health and gender equity, gender-based violence, prevention, and implications for sexual and reproductive health.
Support Our Department
This work is made possible in part by contributions to from generous donors.