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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy


Doctoral-level training in a unique setting, emphasizing biochemical and molecular biology research in to problems relevant to public health, medicine

For careers in: Biomedical and health sciences research

Example careers: Professor, Biotech Executive, Senior Scientist, Government Agency Staff Scientist

Duration: Average 5.9 years

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Master of Health Science


Graduate-level preparation focused on the intersection of basic science and medicine, with curriculum offerings from a public health perspective

For careers in: Medicine, public health, related health sciences, biomed research

Example careers: Physician (MD or DO), Physician Scientist (MD/PhD), Research Coordinator

Duration: 9 months

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Master Of Science


Graduate-level program that blends MHS coursework and lab research experience in the first year and a comprehensive research project in the second

For careers in: Medicine, public health, related health sciences, biomed research

Example careers: Clinical Researcher (MD/PhD), Research Scientist (PhD),  Lab Tech, Science Writer

Duration: 2 years total

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With the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s position as a basic research department within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we are at a unique intersection between basic science, medicine and public health. We train individuals to understand, discover and apply knowledge at cellular and molecular level that can drive medical and public health advances that “save lives—millions at a time.”

Our faculty are dedicated to providing top-notch advising and mentorship to our trainees so they are well-equipped to enter successful careers in research, medicine and public health.

We offer a Doctoral (PhD), a Master of Health Science (MHS) and a Master of Science (ScM) degree program in the Department. We are also part of an online interdepartmental Master of Arts in Public Health Biology. Our students can take classes throughout the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which has been rated #1 by the U.S. News & World Report since 1994.

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