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Master of Public Health Program

Mission Statement for Baltimore

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health prepare students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current local and global health problems with multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches. Both full-time and part-time MPH students partner with Baltimore by volunteering with community-based organizations; completing practicum projects with local organizations, and city and state health departments; and lending their talents and energies to community endeavors.

Baltimore Highlights

MPH SOURCE Day of Service

MPH SOURCE Day of ServiceEach August, the MPH students engage in a Saturday of service with a local organization identified by SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center). An example of an activity is participating with the Civic Works Real Food Farms Perlman Place to help weed and plant vegetables for this urban farm that provides fresh produce to East Baltimore residents.

Henderson Hopkins School

MPH students spend time with Baltimore City students at the Henderson Hopkins School and share their professions, backgrounds, and cultures.

Henderson Hopkins SchoolMPH Practicum Projects with Baltimore City Organizations

Sunny Lai, MPH 2015 partnered with the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS), a permanent supportive housing agency in Baltimore, to help launch a “Moving On” program for tenants to achieve self-sufficiency. She reviewed best practices, identified metrics for self-sufficiency and created an assessment tool for case managers to use to identify tenants who are well suited to transition to independent living.

Will Hebert (MPH/MSW), Elyse Lasser (MPH), Mahendra Naidoo (MPH 2015), Andrew Seiden (MPH/MBA 2016) worked with the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) to make recommendations for optimizing mental health service provision to students in the BCP charter school network. The team conducted a needs assessment of the schools and interviewed key stakeholders to provide recommendations that have laid the groundwork for sustainable improvements in mental health service provision.

Phillip Gross, MPH 2014 worked with Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals at no cost for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening chronic diseases. He conducted a cross-sectional survey to assess the impact of the home-delivered meals on both the health outcomes and healthcare costs of its clients.

MPH Practicum ProjectsYvonne S. Kingon, MPH 2014 partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) to develop the first multimedia education program for people living with HIV/AIDS entitled, “Positively!”. Positively! Is a computer-based set of learning modules combining animation, live-action sequences, voiceover narration, and hyperlinks to deliver educational messages to people with HIV/AIDS, particularly those with limited literacy about their diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Sara McClean, MPH 2014 worked with the Baltimore City Food Policy Director and the Program Director of the Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger to create a policy document regarding meal quality and food procurement practices for Baltimore City’s federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Ariella Zbar, MPH/MBA (2015) partnered with Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. (HCH) in her practicum to conduct an organizational assessment of trauma-informed care at HCH. She worked with a team to conduct client and staff survey to identify solutions for avoiding re-traumatization in persons experiencing homelessness as well as burn-out in those caring for them.

Vision for Baltimore

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Wilmer Eye Institute (including part-time MPH student, Megan Collins) have partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Public School System, and the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Vision to Learn project, Vision for Baltimore, will provide free eyeglasses and vision screenings for pre-kindergarteners to eighth-graders in all Baltimore City public schools.

Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health PracticeAnna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice

The Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice is a MPH student-led group that aims to translate their educational Anna Baetjer Communityexperience into public health practice outside of the classroom.One of their goals is to enhance the health of the East Baltimore communitythrough service to its neighborhood and schools.

Contact Information

Marie Diener-West
Chair, MPH Program and Professor
410-502-6894
mdiener@jhu.edu