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Title: Health Education, Health Communication, and Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins

Health Education, Health Communication, and
Health Promotion at Johns Hopkins
Eileen M. McDonald, MS Assistant Scientist MHS
Program Co-Director Childrens Safety Center
Program Director Mobile Safety Center
Co-Principal Investigator 410.614.0225 /
Thank you for exploring health education at the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Please call or email me if your questions are not
answered by this presentation or if you would
like to schedule a personal meeting or tour of
the School. Dont forget to visit our Schools
website ( for information about
scheduled visitor days, web chats for prospective
students, financial aid and admissions
information, application packets, and many other
Eileen M. McDonald, MS (410)
Johns Hopkins History
  • Founded in 1916 by William H. Welch and John D.
  • First, oldest and largest school of public health
  • Consistently ranked Number 1 by U.S. News and
    World Report
  • Students come to the School from 78 nations and
    number more than 1700

Johns Hopkins 1795-1873
Please note His name was Johns! His first name
was the last name of his great-grandmother.
Johns Hopkins Future
A 20 million gift will create a new department
(bringing the total to 10) of Behavior and
Health. This new department will be a focal
point of health education, health promotion, and
health communication within the School. The
department is anticipated for the 2005-2006
school year.
Who Are Health Educators?
  • Health educators are professionals who design,
    conduct and evaluate activities that help improve
    the health of all people. These activities can
    take place in a variety of settings that include
    schools, communities, health care facilities,
    businesses, colleges and government agencies.
  • Health educators are employed under a range of
    job titles such as patient educators, health
    education teachers, trainers, community
    organizers and health program managers.
  • - From the National Commission for Health
    Education Credentialing

Master of Health Science in Behavioral Science
and Health Education
The MHS program is organized around nationally
endorsed competencies for the field of health
education and include
  • Assessing individual, group and community needs
  • Planning effective programs
  • Implementing programs
  • Evaluating effectiveness of programs
  • Coordinating provision of services
  • Acting as a resource person
  • Communicating health information and needs

MHS Program Overview
  • Prepares students for careers in health
    education, promotion, and/or communication
  • Emphasizes skill development needs assessment,
    intervention development, implementation, and
  • Emphasizes flexibility skills can be applied to
    health education programs, health communication
    programs, health promotion programs
  • Prepares graduates for positions in federal,
    state, and local government consulting firms,
    hospitals, schools and universities community
    based agencies

MHS Required Courses
Students are required to complete a minimum of 64
units of courses 45-47 are required courses and
Term One
MHS Required Courses
Term Two
Term Three
MHS Required Courses
Term Four
Once all course work is satisfactorily completed
the student may begin his or her field placement
Tailoring Your Training
  • You can customize your training by choosing to
    participate in one of the many certificates
    available to School of Public Health students.
    For a complete listing visit http//commprojects.
  • Certificate Programs (sample listing)
  • Health communication
  • Health finance and management
  • Maternal and child health
  • Gerontology
  • Injury control

Field Placement Overview
  • The goal of the field placement is to allow the
    student the opportunity to apply knowledge,
    skills, and theories to real world health
    education, health promotion or health
    communication issues.
  • The placement takes place after all academic
    coursework is successfully completed.
  • The field placement is flexible enough to allow a
    student to work in an area that is important to
    his professional career
  • development. The agency must provide an
  • supervisor for the student along with work space
  • resources to complete the assigned projects.

Where Do Hopkins Students Complete their Field
  • Field placements are generally limited to the
    Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Field
    placement agencies span the interests of our
    students and have included, to name but a few
  • Federal government agencies
  • State and local health departments
  • Consulting firms
  • Hospitals and universities
  • Community-based agencies

Field Placement Projects
Below are just a few of the examples of what
Hopkins students have accomplished during their
field placements Assess Needs Conducted focus
groups with parents of children with severe head
injury to identify social and medical needs Plan
Programs Planned radio shows with high-risk
Native American teens to promote health and
prevent use of alcohol and other drugs Evaluate
Program Effectiveness Evaluated through survey
research and data analysis the impact of a
statewide teen pregnancy prevention communication
How Do I Know if Hopkins is Right for Me?
  • Participate in one of our Visitor Days
  • for details visit our website
  • Talk with current or former students
  • contact me for help with this,
  • Take a virtual tour of the School
  • http//