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Concentrations

Full-time students participating in a concentration will be assigned a faculty advisor with similar interests, who will assist them in understanding critical areas based on their coursework, capstone and required concentration seminars.

The MPH Capstone for each concentration has both a written and oral presentation component. Full-time students should begin discussing the capstone with their advisor during the 1st Term. By the 4th Term, students complete oral presentations and submit the written component.

Aging and Public Health

*Pending MHEC Approval* The MPH concentration in Aging and Public Health (APH) is designed for students seeking training in quantitative research methods who wish to pursue a multi-systems approach to the study of aging from the perspectives of the aging individual (brain systems, body, & mind), the environments in which they age (home, work, neighborhoods, health care), and interventions that target these systems to delay and treat the progression of chronic diseases.  

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students apply skills and competencies acquired during the concentration to solve public health practice problems that arise during efforts to improve children’s health. Students are required to attend monthly noon seminars, which periodically focus on MPH Capstone progress.

Coursework

Students in this concentration will take at least 18 credits that include a research in aging seminar, 4 core courses and additional elective courses, below, that allow the students to focus their interests in aging and public health.

Required courses:

  • 330.xxx Research and Translation in Aging Seminar

Four courses from the following:

The following courses can be used to focus the concentration:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Michelle C. Carlson, PhD
Associate Professor
Mental Health
410-614-4887
mcarlso2@jhu.edu

Qian-Li Xue, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Medicine, Biostatistics, Epidemiology
410-502-7808
qxue1@jhu.edu

 

Child and Adolescent Health

The MPH concentration in Child and Adolescent Health focuses on the determinants of child and adolescent health in industrialized and resource-limited settings, including socioeconomic, demographic and cultural determinants. Students learn about health problems specific to children and adolescents, like obesity and injury, as well as how to design, implement and evaluate public health programs to improve their health and well-being.

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students apply skills and competencies acquired during the concentration to solve public health practice problems that arise during efforts to improve children’s health. Students are required to attend monthly noon seminars, which periodically focus on MPH Capstone progress and are used for the final oral presentation.

Coursework

Students must complete a total of six courses.

Required courses:

  • xxx.840 Special Study in Child Health 

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

At least two courses from the following:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Andrea Ruff, MD
Associate Professor
International Health
410-955-1633
aruff1@jhu.edu

Susan Gross, PhD, MPH
Research Associate
Population, Family & Reproductive Health
410-614-4848
sgross3@jhu.edu

Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research

The MPH concentration in Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research is designed for students with quantitative backgrounds, who wish to pursue a rigorous curriculum in epidemiologic study design and statistical data analysis. This concentration is best suited for those who have already identified specific research questions of interest.

Capstone

Students gain experience in how to articulate a hypothesis, find an appropriate data set, design a study, conduct statistical data analysis and present results in a written manuscript or research report. Students share the results in an oral presentation. They also attend weekly small group seminars. No more than two excused absences are allowed. Topics include:

  • Getting started on a research project
  • Identifying data sets
  • Managing data
  • Writing a scientific paper
  • Mastering oral presentation skills
  • Research-in-Progress updates from students

Coursework

There are two tracks within this concentration: the Epidemiology track and the Biostatistics track.

Required courses for both tracks:

Required courses for the Epidemiology track:

Required courses for the Biostatistics track:

Recommended courses:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Rosa Crum, MD
Professor
Epidemiology
410-614-2411
rcrum1@jhu.edu

Marie Diener-West, PhD
Professor
Biostatistics
410-502-6894
mdiener@jhu.edu

Food, Nutrition and Health

The MPH concentration in Food, Nutrition and Health focuses on the role of foods and nutrition in disease risk and prevention. Students learn methods for studying food consumption and nutritional status, as well as for using and interpreting nutritional data. They also develop skills in the design and implementation of nutrition programs and policy that could improve the nutrition and health of diverse populations.

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students typically investigate a solution to a particular nutrition problem or analyze food and nutrition policies and/or programs. There are many opportunities for students to utilize available data sets to conduct statistical analyses; this is strongly recommended for those interested in Nutritional Epidemiology.

Coursework

Students must complete a total of six courses.

Required course:

Two courses from the following:

Three courses from the following:

Recommended courses:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Laura E. Caulfield, PhD
Professor
Center for Human Nutrition and Department of International Health
410-955-2786
lcaulfi1@jhu.edu

Eliseo Guallar, MD, DrPH, MPH
Professor
Department of Epidemiology and International Health
410-614-0574
eguallar@jhu.edu

Food Systems and Public Health

*Pending MHEC Approval* The MPH concentration in Food Systems and Public Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the relevance of the food system to public health and apply communication and/or public health policy analysis and advocacy skills to study and address the public health implications of food systems. 

Capstone

The MPH Capstone experience involves applying the skills and competencies acquired during the MPH coursework to a particular food systems-related problem or to the analysis of policies and/or programs at the intersection of food, the environment and public health. Through meetings with their advisor and monthly concentration meetings, students will explore their interests and options for a capstone experience.  The capstone experience may be completed in partnership with a community organization or agency, at the discretion of the student and the advisor. A list of research and project ideas for students will be provided by concentration faculty sponsors, many of which tie into projects currently underway by faculty and staff at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, or may serve as inspiration for project ideas that align with the students’ interests and goals.  In 4th term, students are required to register for the 2-credit MPH Capstone Course (XXX.800). Students will make a formal presentation of their capstone experience as part of the MPH Capstone Symposium.

Coursework

The concentration includes a minimum of 18 credits of required and elective courses.


Required courses:

Two courses from the following:

One course from the following:

One course from the following:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Keeve Nachman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
410-502-7578
knachma1@jhu.edu

Roni Neff, PhD
Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
410-614-6027
rneff1@jhu.edu

Global Environmental Sustainability and Health

The MPH concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability and Health explores the main drivers of global environmental change (land use, energy use, food use, water use and population growth) and how they, in turn, threaten human health on local, regional and global scales. Students gain necessary skills to develop appropriate responses to these challenges through qualitative research methods and behavioral change interventions.

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students can participate in faculty research related to global environmental sustainability and health, by working with the Center for a Livable Future or the Center for Water and Health, or by collaborating with local organizations engaged in action to address these issues. The resulting paper should be of publishable quality.

Coursework

Students must complete five courses.

Required courses:

One course from the following:

Recommended courses:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Environmental Health Sciences
443-287-6734
CindyParker@jhu.edu

Peter Winch, MD, MPH
Professor
International Health
410-955-9854
pwinch@jhu.edu

Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance

The MPH concentration in Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance focuses on the health of vulnerable populations, internationally and domestically. These include refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), populations affected by natural and human-made disasters, victims of human rights abuse, and trafficked women and children. Students gain expertise in methods to assess needs, provide assistance and advocate for vulnerable groups.

Capstone

The MPH Capstone is an opportunity for students to integrate concentration issues with various skills and competencies gained through the year. All students participate in a year-long seminar series that will meet approximately once a month.

Coursework

Students must complete 18-20 credits.

Required courses:

At least 9 credits from the following:

At least 4 credits from the following:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Courtland Robinson, PhD
Assistant Professor
International Health
410-955-3892
court.robinson@jhu.edu

Shannon Doocy, PhD
Assistant Professor
International Health
410-502-2628
doocy1@jhu.edu

Health Leadership and Management

The MPH concentration in Health Leadership and Management focuses on the challenges of organizational leadership and management in the health sector. The concentration is aimed at individuals who do not require or desire a full management degree. Students learn key skills and how to apply them within a range of settings, both domestic and international, especially low- and middle-income countries.

Capstone

The MPH Capstone provides students the opportunity to apply the competencies they acquired to clinical, technical and management problems in health sector organizations. Students are required to provide a Leadership and Management Implications Analysis as a part of their capstone paper. All students are expected to attend the monthly concentration meetings.

Coursework

Students must complete at least 6 courses.

Concentration Core - three courses from the following:

Management Practice Skills - one course from the following:

Technical/Operations Management Skills - one course from the following:

Electives - one course from the above listings or from the following:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH, MBA
Associate Scientist
International Health
410-502-7663
aedward1@jhu.edu

Eric Ford, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist
Health Policy & Management
ewford@jhu.edu

Health Systems and Policy

The MPH concentration in Health Systems and Policy aims to develop a broad understanding of health systems and processes through which public policy decisions are made in the U.S. and select low-, middle- and high-income countries. In addition, students learn a range of research and evaluation methods pertaining to health systems and policy analysis.

Through concentration meetings and extracurricular activities, the concentration builds a community of practice among students, introduces them to possible career paths and exposes them to the workings of a variety of organizations concerned with health systems and policies in the U.S. and internationally.

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students must develop a project on a health systems or policy problem in the U.S. or internationally over the course of the year. Possible topics include:

  • Evaluating the impact of legislation of health behaviors or outcomes
  • Improving coordination among the public sector, private sector and social security systems
  • Developing appropriate policies and regulations for public health priority programs, such as HIV/AIDS, obesity and tobacco control

Coursework

Students must complete at least 4 courses.

Health Systems - one course from the following:

Health Policy Analysis - one course from the following:

Econometrics/Evaluation - two courses from the following:

Recommended Courses:

Faculty Concentration Directors

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD
Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management
410-955-8022
sfrattar1@jhu.edu

Shivam Gupta, PhD
Assistant Scientist
International Health
410-502-3238
sgupta23@jhu.edu

Infectious Diseases

The MPH concentration in Infectious Diseases provides students with competencies in multiple disciplines—including epidemiology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology and vector-borne diseases—to address critical problems in control and prevention.

Students who complete the concentration will gain special expertise appropriate for research careers within state and local health departments, federal agencies and the private sector, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students prepare a paper on a specific infectious disease that reviews current key knowledge in the pathogenesis or control of the disease and focuses on identifying at least two critical areas in need of additional research or public health solutions.

Coursework

Students must complete 20 credits, with at least 3 credits from each area below. Courses that are listed in multiple areas can only be used to satisfy one area requirement.

Required course:

Epidemiology:

Microbiology:

Prevention & Control of Infectious Diseases:

Parasitology & Tropical Diseases:

Immunology, for students with minimal or no prior background in immunology:

Immunology, for students with some background in immunology:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Clive Shiff, PhD
Associate Professor
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
410-955-1263
cshiff1@jhu.edu

Kenrad Nelson, MD
Professor
Epidemiology
410-955-1296
kenelson3@jhu.edu

Neal Halsey, MD
Professor
International Health
410-955-6964
nhalsey1@jhu.edu

Noreen Hynes, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
International Health
410-614-7196
nhynes1@jhu.edu

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

The MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating programs that promote healthy behaviors in international and/or domestic settings. Students study the psychological and social influences on health and behavior, and they obtain skills necessary for working with diverse populations on a variety of health topics, in nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Students who complete this concentration may be eligible to take the national certifying exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

For more information, please read the SBS Concentration Student Manual 2015-2016. http://www.jhsph.edu/academics/degree-programs/master-of-public-health/curriculum/concentrations-and-customizing/SBS_Student_Manual_201516_.pdf

Capstone

For the MPH Capstone, students focus on a specific health behavior problem and work through one of the following skill sets, in partnership with a community organization or agency:

  • Grant writing
  • Comprehensive literature review
  • Intervention design/implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Formative Research Protocol
  • Ethnographic/Qualitative Research Protocol
  • Research Project Addressing Social and Behavioral Issues in Health

Coursework

Students must complete a two-term seminar and five courses. Concentration courses can be taken either for a grade or pass/fail.

Required two-term seminar:

Theoretical Basis - one course from the following:

Intervention Design and Implementation - one course from the following:

Research and Evaluation - one course from the following:

Two additional courses (6-8 credits) chosen from the above listings or from the following:

*Also fulfills MPH core requirement.

Faculty Concentration Directors

Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Health, Behavior and Society
410-614-6119
jbowie2@jhu.edu

Julie Denison, PhD
Assistant Professor
International Health
443-287-2704
jdenison@jhu.edu

Women's and Reproductive Health

The MPH concentration in Women’s and Reproductive Health focuses on understanding the general and reproductive health status of women, the determinants of their health status, and preventive strategies and programs to address women’s health and that of their newborns. Students may choose to focus on women’s, reproductive or perinatal health concerns, either domestically or in a developing country setting.

Capstone

Most students fulfill the MPH Capstone by undertaking independent investigation with a concentration-affiliated faculty. The project may involve, but is not limited to, undertaking a data analysis, literature review with a focus on policy and programmatic implications, or an analysis of a public health problem using the problem solving paradigm or other related conceptual models.

Coursework

Students must complete five courses. If a course is used to fulfill an MPH core requirement, it does not count toward the concentration. Students may also pursue the Maternal and Child Health Certificate. However, there are additional certificate requirements outside the concentration requirements.

Required course:

Epidemiology and Health - one course from the following:

Policies and Programs - one course from the following:

Clinical Aspects - one course from the following:

Biology - recommended for the MPH core requirement:

Two additional courses chosen from the above listings or from the following:

Faculty Concentration Directors

Donna Strobino, PhD
Professor
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
410-502-5451
dstrobin@jhsph.edu

Saifuddin Ahmed, PhD
Associate Professor
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
410-614-4952
sahmed@jhu.edu