Non-Course Practice Opportunities
Students can pursue a variety of both paid and unpaid opportunities in HBS.
The centers and institutes affiliated with HBS routinely engage in public health practice and offer a number of practice opportunities for students:
- The Center for Communication Programs has a staff of more than 600 people who work in the field and at its Baltimore office and has active health communication programs in more than 30 countries. It has engaged in award-winning work in venues as disparate as Uganda, Pakistan, Zambia, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa, and the Baltimore City. A key component of this work is the evaluation of the impact of these activities and the use of this information in further program design.
- The Institute for Global Tobacco Control works with donors and governments around the world to develop and implement policies and programs aimed at reducing tobacco use and its attendant harms.
- The Institute for Health and Productivity Studies is a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Health, Behavior & Society and Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company. IHPS conducts empirical research on the relationship between employee health and well-being, healthcare utilization and costs, and work-related productivity. IHPS Studies help inform decision-makers in both private and public health sectors on issues related to the health and productivity cost burden of certain health risk factors and common disease conditions, and the impact that innovative health, safety and productivity management programs have on medical, safety, and productivity-related outcomes.
- The practice activities of the Center for Injury Research and Policy (administratively housed in the Department of Health Policy and Management but led by and with substantial faculty from the Department of Health, Behavior and Society) include mobile safety education vans, exploring innovative dissemination strategies for child safety products, driver policies for seniors around the world, costs of scaling up traffic enforcement in Kampala, an analysis of MADD’s court monitoring program, and statewide case studies of fire prevention.
- The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion trains faculty and students in the art and science of health promotion and advocacy and develops and disseminates innovative and effective health promotion and advocacy interventions that address key health issues.
- Lighthouse Studies at Peer Point is influencing public health practice—in Baltimore and other U.S. cities, as well as in Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Russia, and Lithuania—by developing social network-based and other cutting-edge interventions to reduce HIV transmission. One such social network-based intervention (SHIELD, PI: Latkin) was selected by the CDC for national dissemination to health departments and community-based organizations.
- The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center pioneers clinical strategies for the treatment of weight disorders and obesity prevention.