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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

         Johns Hopkins Health Policy Institute (HPI)

The Johns Hopkins HPI is a non-paid, for-credit graduate internship program.

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The Johns Hopkins HPI is a partnership with local, state, and federal policymakers in the MD/DC/VA area and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). This program provides JHSPH graduate students with experience and insight into how public health policy knowledge can be applied in real-world public health policy settings.

Internships are with policymakers/legislators and their staff and follow one of the following formats:

Health Policy Generalist InternHealth Policy Specialist Intern
Provide general legislative assistance to the legislator in topic areas as needed through the legislative session.                  Provide assistance in a specific legislative topic area of interest to the legislator (e.g. pharmaceutical pricing, access to mental health services, etc.)

Both generalist or specialist internships will offer students opportunities to participate in the legislative process through a range of activities, such as:​

Key Requirements of the Johns Hopkins HPI Internship

Important Assignments and Deadlines for 2019-2020

Assignment% of GradeDeadlines
In-Service Training Reflection10%TBD
Internship Agreement Form5%December 11, 2019
Monthly Update Report5%15th of every month
Johns Hopkins HPI In-Service Training/Check-in Meetings10%Schedule Below
Final Paper25%May 4, 2020
Oral Presentation at Johns Hopkins HPI Symposium15%May 7, 2020
Student Evaluation of Program5%May 7, 2020 (11:59pm)
Student Performance Evaluation (completed by policymaker/course faculty)25%May 11, 2020

Important Meetings

Orientation LunchOctober 30, 2019
In-Service Training Session 1November 6, 2019
In-Service Training Session 2November 20, 2019
In-Service Training Session 3December 11, 2019
Check-in Term 3February 19, 2020
Check-in Term 4April 7, 2020
*Required to attend all meetings. Additional Meetings may be scheduled as needed

Review Frequently Asked Questions

The Johns Hopkins HPI student application will open in September 2019.


If you are interested in participating in the Johns Hopkins HPI, please contact Paulani Mui ( or Beth Resnick (