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Health, Behavior and Society

Combined BA/Master’s Programs with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Introduction

The Department of Health, Behavior and Society offers two combined BA/master’s programs to eligible undergraduate Public Health Studies students at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS). Through the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS, students receive unique opportunities to advance their public health interests:

Program Overviews

What combined BA/master’s degrees does HBS offer?

HBS offers two combined BA/master’s programs:

How do the goals and coursework differ for each of the degrees?

The 96-credit MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree intended to prepare students for either further doctoral training in public health or work in public health research or policy. The MHS focuses on integrating and applying a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in social aspects of public health, with an emphasis on contemporary health problems. Learn more about the MHS in Social Factors in Health.

The 96-credit MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication is designed for students seeking specialized formal academic training in health education, health promotion, and health communication. The program provides a solid foundation in behavioral sciences principles and theories, along with advanced skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Learn more about the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication.

Who is eligible to apply?

Undergraduate Public Health Studies majors enrolled at KSAS are eligible for the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS. Students admitted to the combined BA/master’s programs must earn their BA prior to officially matriculating at JHSPH.

How many interdivisional credits may students apply to their master’s degree requirements?

Combined BA/master’s students with HBS may apply up to 16 credits of interdivisional public health coursework counted towards their BA degree to their MHS or MSPH degree.

Application Details

What are the application requirements?

Applications for the combined BA/MHS in Social Factors in Health and the BA/MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication both require the following:

Are standardized test scores required for admission to the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS?

Students with a 3.3 GPA or higher at the time of application will receive a waiver of the standardized test score requirement. Students must maintain the same or higher GPA during their senior year to receive admission to their respective programs at JHSPH.

Do the programs require any prerequisite coursework?

Students must have earned a B or higher in each of the following courses to be eligible for the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS:

When is the application deadline for the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS?

Students should submit their applications by July 1 after completing their junior year of undergraduate work.

How do students apply?

To apply for either of the combined BA/Master’s programs with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, please complete the JHSPH online application via SOPHAS.

Who can answer questions about the combined BA/master’s programs with HBS?

For inquiries about the combined BA/MHS in Social Factors in Health, please contact the Program Director, Jill Owczarzak (jillowczarzak@jhu.edu).

For inquiries about the combined BA/MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, please contact the Program Director, Eileen McDonald (emcdona1@jhu.edu).

*****An update on GRE requirements and COVID-19

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly impede prospective students’ ability to complete standardized testing requirements. To help address the unique challenges the pandemic has presented, the Department of Health, Behavior & Society has opted to alter our policy requiring GRE scores for applicants to the 2021-2022 academic year.

For prospective students applying to all HBS academic programs for the 2021-2022 academic year, GRE scores will be optional, but highly recommended. We encourage applicants with existing GRE scores to include them as part of their applications. However, applications will still be reviewed without GRE scores. 

Applicants may submit GRE scores to JHSPH using the SOPHAS code 3738.

For additional questions related to admissions requirements and applications, please contact L. Robin Newcomb (rnewcomb@jhmi.edu).