Non-Course Practice Opportunities
Students can pursue a variety of both paid and unpaid opportunities in HBS.
The centers and institutes affiliated with HBS routinely engage in public health practice and offer a number of practice opportunities for students:
- The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) monitors youth exposure to alcohol advertising to support state and federal efforts to decrease that exposure and provides technical assistance and training on a variety of other alcohol policy issues. CAMY provides policy-related resources on its Take Action webpage.
- The Center for Communication Programs has a staff of more than 600 people who work in the field and at its Baltimore office and has active health communication programs in more than 30 countries. It has engaged in award-winning work in venues as disparate as Uganda, Pakistan, Zambia, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa, and the Baltimore City. A key component of this work is the evaluation of the impact of these activities and the use of this information in further program design.
- The Institute for Global Tobacco Control works with donors and governments around the world to develop and implement policies and programs aimed at reducing tobacco use and its attendant harms.
- The Institute for Health and Productivity Studies is a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Health, Behavior & Society and Truven Health Analytics. IHPS conducts empirical research on the relationship between employee health and well-being, healthcare utilization and costs, and work-related productivity. Studies performed by IHPS help inform decision-makers in both private and public health sectors on issues related to the health and productivity cost burden of certain health risk factors and common disease conditions, and the impact that innovative health, safety and productivity management programs have on medical, safety, and productivity-related outcomes.
- The practice activities of the Center for Injury Research and Policy (located in the Department of Health Policy and Management but led by and with substantial faculty from the Department of Health, Behavior and Society) include mobile safety education vans, exploring innovative dissemination strategies for child safety products, driver policies for seniors around the world, costs of scaling up traffic enforcement in Kampala, an analysis of MADD’s court monitoring program, and statewide case studies of fire prevention.
- The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion trains faculty and students in the art and science of health promotion and advocacy and develops and disseminates innovative and effective health promotion and advocacy interventions that address key health issues.
- Lighthouse Studies at Peer Point, through pioneering social network and other interventions to reduce HIV transmission, is influencing public health practice in Baltimore and other U.S. cities as well as in Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Russia, and Lithuania. The CDC selected one of their social network-based interventions (SHIELD, PI: Latkin) for national dissemination to health departments and community-based organizations.
- The Center for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care is developing new means for delivering evidence-based mental health care to children and adolescents through primary care.
- The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center pioneers clinical strategies for the treatment of weight disorders and obesity prevention.