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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 2020-2021

Assignment% of GradeDeadlines
In-Service Training Reflection10%Nov. 2020
Internship Agreement Form5%Dec. 2020
Monthly Update Report5%15th of every month
Johns Hopkins HPI In-Service Training/Check-in Meetings10%Schedule Below
Final Paper25%May 2021
Oral Presentation at Johns Hopkins HPI Symposium15%May 2021
Student Evaluation of Program5%May 2021
Student Performance Evaluation (completed by policymaker/course faculty)25%May 2021

Important Meetings

Orientation LunchOct. 2020
In-Service Training Session 1Nov. 2020
In-Service Training Session 2Nov. 2020
In-Service Training Session 3Dec. 2020
Check-in Term 3Feb. 2021
Check-in Term 4April 2021
*Required to attend all meetings. Additional Meetings may be scheduled as needed

Review Frequently Asked Questions

Review Past HPI Projects Here


The Johns Hopkins HPI student application will open in September 2021.


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