Master of Health Science
The nine-month Master of Health Science Program (MHS) requires coursework, a scholarly, literature-based essay and a seminar presentation. MHS students must complete 64 credit hours during the four terms of the academic year. Required courses account for approximately half of that number.
MMI has introduced the Master of Health Sciences with a focus on biotechnology. This new focus area recognizes that some students seeking to expand their knowledge of immunology and infectious disease pathogenesis may seek to apply that knowledge in the biotechnology sphere. The MHS with a focus on biotechnology is an ideal fit for students whose career goals could include working:
- In the field of biotechnology
- At a pharmaceutical company
- At a healthcare-focused venture capital firm
- At a biotechnology start up
This new focus area provides MHS students with laboratory experience to understand the tools of the biotechnology world and the opportunity to take a business course at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. In addition, the program allows students to develop the understanding of microeconomic theory needed for navigating the biotechnology world.
The biotech-focused MHS program also allows students to customize their courses based on their interests and career goals.
- An immersive laboratory rotation which provides a solid foundation for medical research and biotechnology positions
A real-world business course
- Real-world experience in the Discovery to Market course. Students learn how to assess the commercial potential of real scientific discoveries ready for commercial development. As part of this process, students have the opportunity to directly interact with the scientific innovators developing the emerging technology.
- Students work in teams at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
- Explore the fundamentals of technology commercialization through the process of scientific discovery to marketplace launch.
A foundation in micro economics
A course that provides the background necessary to analyze the market potential of innovations in the biotechnology sphere.
MHS degree candidates work closely with Department faculty members and a faculty adviser who assists the student in exploring the literature and selecting a topic for the required essay. MHS students will present one seminar based on the essay topic.
For more detailed information about the MHS degree, please consult the Master’s Program Handbook.
Schoolwide courses required of all master's students:
- 550.860 Academic and Research Ethics
- 550.865 Public Health Perspectives on Research
Select two of four core MMI courses:
- 260.852 Fundamental Virology
- 260.627 Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections
- 260.635 Biology of Parasitism
- 260.650 Vector Biology
Required MHS immunology course:
- 260.631: Immunology, Infection and Disease
Select one of the following literature courses:
- 260.852: Molecular Biology Literature
- 260.657: Vector Biology and Disease Ecology
- 260.854: Current Literature in Microbial Immunity
- 260.855: Pandemics of the 20th Century
The remaining credits are flexible and may be individualized based on the student’s interests and career aspirations. Students may take courses offered in MMI or in other departments within and outside of the School.
Credits may also be earned for Special Studies conducted one-on-one with Department faculty. Examples of courses taken by current and former MHS students include:
- Vector Biology
- Statistical Reasoning
- Topics in AIDS Research
- Principles of Epidemiology
- Evolution of Infectious Diseases
- Introduction to Molecular Biology
- Vaccine Development and Application
- Graduate Immunology
- Advanced topics in AIDS Research
Previous graduates of the MMI masters' programs have gone on to pursue PhD or MD degrees at institutions including Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Drexel University, Stanford University, Penn State University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of California system.
Our masters' program graduates have also successfully competed for research positions at the National Institutes of Health, various military research facilities, non-profit organizations and leading biotechnology companies.
How to Apply
MHS Application Deadlines:
Priority: April 15
Final: June 1
Prospective students should submit the School's online application, which requires the following documents:
- Official transcript
- Official GRE or MCAT scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
All master’s students may first apply to the MHS program. At the end of the second term of the first year, students may apply for transfer to the Department's Master of Science Program. Students who are certain that they want to pursue a research-based degree that involves conducting original research should apply directly to the ScM Program.
Prospective students should apply to the MHS program by April 15 for study beginning the following September. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Early application submission is recommended.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Gail O'Connor
Academic Program Administrator
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: (410) 614-4232
Fax: (410) 955-0105