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Health, Behavior and Society

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

Introduction

The Department of Health, Behavior and Society offers two combined bachelor's/master’s programs to eligible undergraduate students of all majors at Johns Hopkins University. Through our combined bachelor's/master’s programs, students receive unique opportunities to advance their public health interests:

  • Early application and admission to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)
  • Additional senior year advising from JHSPH
  • Up to 16 interdivisional credits counted towards the student's bachelor's degree may also apply to the student’s master’s degree requirements

Program Overviews

What combined bachelor's/master’s degrees does HBS offer?

HBS offers two combined bachelor's/master’s programs:

  • A combined Bachelor's/Master of Health Science in Social Factors in Health (MHS)
  • A combined Bachelor's/Master of Science in Public Health in Health Education and Health Communication (MSPH)

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?

Johns Hopkins University undergraduates of all majors are eligible for the combined HBS's combined bachelor's/master’s programs. Students admitted to the combined bachelor's/master’s programs must earn their BA or BS prior to officially matriculating at JHSPH.

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

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


Application Details

What are the application requirements?

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

  • Transcripts from Johns Hopkins University, and if applicable, transcripts from any other universities attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Standardized test scores, in some cases (see below for details)

Are standardized test scores required for admission to the combined bachelor's/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.

*****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 altered our policy requiring GRE scores for applicants to the 2022-2023 academic year.

For prospective students applying to all HBS academic programs for the 2022-2023 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.

Do the programs require any prerequisite coursework?

We strongly recommend that applicants complete the following courses:

  • Sociology of Health and Illness (AS 230.341)
  • Public Health Biostatistics (AS 280.345)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (AS 280.350)

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

HBS is offering two deadlines for students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year:

  • Deadline 1: JHU students interested in HBS's bachelor's/master's programs can apply during the summer between their junior and senior years. The application deadline is July 1. 
  • Deadline 2: JHU seniors can also apply during the beginning of their senior year until October 15, once the application reopens in mid-August. 

How do students apply?

To apply for either of the combined bachelor's/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 bachelor's/master’s programs with HBS?

For inquiries about the combined Bachelor's/MHS in Social Factors in Health, please contact the program director, Jill Owczarzak (jillowczarzak@jhu.edu).

For inquiries about the combined Bachelor's/MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, please contact the program director, Eileen McDonald (emcdona1@jhu.edu).

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