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Health Security Track for DrPH Program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Accepting Applications

Health Security Track for DRPH Program

September 26, 2019

The Health Security track curriculum, developed by faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, is entering its second year and is now accepting applications. Launched in the first term of the 2019 academic year, the Health Security track, in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is designed for US and international students who are passionate about taking a leadership role in preventing, detecting, and responding to epidemics and other disasters.

The track was designed by Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, and Crystal Watson, DrPH, who serve as its directors. They are both faculty in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, in addition to their work at the Center for Health Security.

“Demand for knowledgeable public health professionals with health security expertise will grow considerably as threats to the health of communities continue to increase in source, frequency, and complexity,” said Nuzzo. “We’re grateful the Bloomberg School has recognized the promise of an emerging academic discipline focused on protecting health and saving lives, and in doing so affirmed the extraordinary value of our Center’s two decades of scholarship and advocacy on health security issues.”

The track is focused on training to identify, analyze, and mitigate the impact of domestic and international health threats, including epidemics, natural disasters, technological accidents, and intentional attacks. Students in the track examine the origin and evolution of major US and international organizations and initiatives to prevent, detect, and respond to health security threats; assess those areas of health security where preparedness is strongest and where additional progress is needed; and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to enhance health security.

The track is designed for public health professionals who work in or would like to begin careers in public health and healthcare preparedness, global health security, outbreak and epidemic management, disaster response, and related fields. A subset of the track’s courses are taught by faculty from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and informed by the Center’s two decades of scholarship and advocacy on health security policy.

The Center was founded in 1998 by the late D. A. Henderson, a former dean of the Bloomberg School and director of the World Health Organization’s smallpox eradication campaign. Now with a staff or more than 30 interdisciplinary researchers and administrative professionals, the Center is regarded as the leading global authority on biosecurity policy and is regularly engaged by governments and health-focused organizations all over the world.

“We are thrilled to prepare future health security leaders through a thematically innovative curriculum that builds on the outstanding educational foundation afforded to students at the Bloomberg School,” said Watson.

The track is one of only a few doctoral-level health security programs currently available at an accredited school of public health in the United States or abroad. It includes a blend of courses taught by senior Center staff and courses taught by fellow Bloomberg School faculty, with courses offered online throughout the academic year or in person during summer institute and winter intercession.

The DrPH degree program at the Bloomberg School is designed for students who already have an MPH or equivalent degree and who intend to pursue a leadership position as a public health professional. The Bloomberg School is the world’s largest school of public health and has been ranked No. 1 by US News and World Report every year since 1994.

For more information on the new DrPH health security track, contact Crystal Watson or Jennifer Nuzzo. To apply, visit The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.


About the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security:
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people from epidemics and disasters and build resilient communities through innovative scholarship, engagement, and research that strengthens the organizations, systems, policies, and programs essential to preventing and responding to public health crises. The Center is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is located in Baltimore, MD.



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