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.
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What We Do
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.
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
Our Degree Programs
The Bachelor/MSPH is designed exclusively for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
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.
The MHS Online program is designed for professionals to further their career and enhance skills in program evaluation, research methods, and life course perspectives with a focus on maternal and child health.
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.
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
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.
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.