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Health, Behavior and Society

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Social Factors in Health

The MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree for students with undergraduate exposure to social and behavioral sciences and/or public health who are interested in further training in the theory and methods in this area.

The program is intended to prepare students either for further doctoral training in public health, or to work in a public health research or policy position. The focus of the MHS in Social Factors program in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society is 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.

Please view the curriculum and competencies for this program.

The program consists of one and one-half to two years of full-time study, combining classroom-based coursework, seminars and independent study, development of a research plan and completion of a mentored research project, and a master’s research paper presenting original research.

The final program requirement is presentation of the research by the student in a department seminar. The research project, planned with the guidance of the student’s academic advisor, may begin after successful completion of 64 credits, typically at the end of the first year, and must include the equivalent of 600 hours of activity, in a paid or unpaid position.

Student Handbook

View the Department of Health, Behavior and Society's MHS Student Handbook.

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 (