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Institute for Health and Social Policy

Who We Are

Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) is the focal point for policy research and leadership training at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the world’s foremost research institutions in the field of human health and wellness. 

In addition to its leading-edge policy research portfolio, IHSP is widely acknowledged for the quality and rigour of its multi-disciplinary Master in Public Policy (MPP) program. The MPP program has trained some of the most influential policy analysts in the nation. In recent years, the MPP has reached out to a global audience of young policy leaders, attracted by the unique combination of analytics and concrete policy experience. 

IHSP has deep roots in the Hopkins community. It was established in 1962 as the Center for Metropolitan Planning, renowned for its strong commitment to knowledge exchange between academic researchers and decision-makers. That commitment continues to define IHSP's organizational culture. 

In 2012, IHSP was integrated into the Department of Health Policy and Management. Its current director, Dr. PG Forest, Ph.D., FCAHS, was appointed in 2013 following a distinguished career in research, policy and public service. 

While IHSP is in the midst of aligning its resources and initiatives to reflect its new home and direction under Dr. Forest, the Institute will engage in an aggressive process to redesign our website to update and improve our content. Stay tuned for IHSP’s new website!

Our Mission

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy explores the interaction between health and other areas of social policy to expand the understanding of human health and well-being and to generate evidence and insights that inform and influence decision-making.

The Institute provides a dynamic environment that encourages dialogue, learning and innovation amongst academic experts from a wide range of disciplines, practitioners, and decision-makers interested in research and its applications to health and social policy.

The Institute houses an internationally acclaimed Master in Public Policy (MPP) program, reputed for training students with outstanding analytic skills and the creativity to find politically feasible, socially desirable, and economically sustainable solutions to policy challenges.

To achieve its goals, the Institute develops partnerships with multiple groups and organizations, from within its surrounding community and throughout the global scene, leveraging the stature and resources of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the world’s top research institutions.

Our Programs

Master of Public Policy - While often viewed as separate cultures, the 21st century requires policy students to train and develop skills as researchers and practitioners. The Johns Hopkins internationally acclaimed MPP program with graduates from all over the world, aims to legitimate the knowledge and skills of both and find complementarity between them. Through courses in applied microeconomics, statistics, and our policy cores, students will gain exposure to relevant theory, learn to identify important patterns and organize disorder to solve complex policy problems. At the same time, through policy projects, service-learning experiences and policy internships, students will learn how to apply the knowledge, understand the uniqueness of different situations, and work in conditions indicative of the policy field.

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The Abell Award - The Abell Award in Urban Policy is given annually to the student who authors the most compelling paper that analyzes a serious policy problem facing the City of Baltimore and proposes feasible solutions. The contest is intended to encourage fresh thinking about the challenges facing Baltimore City. The Selection Committee decides on the allocation of the $5,000 award.

For more information, please contact Chunxiao Song at

International Fellows Program - The International Urban Fellows Program is the longest-running international fellows program in the United States with a focus on urban problems and policy. The program brings six to eight individuals who are involved in studying or addressing urban issues outside the United States to IHSP for a semester or full academic year of advanced study. The focus of the Urban Fellows Program is the growth, decline, and revitalization of cities, and the welfare of urban residents, with Baltimore as a reference point. Each Fellow is linked to appropriate agencies in Baltimore to permit introduction to U.S. urban problems and policies in a direct way.

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Sandra Newman at

Research Centers

The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of research about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, social investing, and the tools of government. Under Director Dr. Lester Salamon, a pioneer and leading global expert in the study of the third sector, the Center's mission is to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities of civil society organizations, government, and business in addressing today's complex public challenges. Active in over 40 countries, the Center's research focuses on four major areas:

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally.

The main mission of the Center on Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities is to conduct rigorous research on the role of the residential environment in the well-being of individuals, families, and cities, and what this implies for public policy. In recent work, for example, the Center provides new evidence that housing affordability has a beneficial effect on the cognitive development of low-income children, and that this benefit occurs, in part, because families living in affordable housing spend more of their income on child enrichment. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Sandra Newman at

IHSP Faculty 

Beth McGinty, PhD

Brendan Saloner, PhD

Carey Burkoski, PhD

David Altschuler, PhD

Lester Salamon, PhD

Margery Daniels, JD

Marion Pines, PhD

PG Forest, PhD

Sandra Newman, PhD

Scott Holupka, PhD

Contact Us

Institute for Health and Social Policy
Johns Hopkins University
Wyman Park Building
3400 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218-2608
Telephone: (410) 516-7174
Fax: (410) 516-8233

For additional information regarding the MPP program, please contact:

Carey Borkoski, Ph.D.
Assistant Lecturer
Director, Master's in Public Policy Program
Institute for Health and Social Policy
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University