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Educational Opportunities

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security provides education and training for students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We teach courses, provide practica opportunities, and offer scholarships for students interested in the health security field. We also offer fellowships and networking opportunities.

In a world of rapid innovation in the biological sciences, the emergence of new diseases, and changing environmental pressures, health security risks to the global community are a rising concern. The field of health security has a growing need for trained expertise that can provide science-based solutions and inform global policies to shape preparedness and response efforts. Currently, health security and global catastrophic biological risks (GBCRs) are not routinely integrated into the academic, research, and policy communities. The educational opportunities provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security enables individuals to enter the health security field and work to improve our preparedness for and in response to these potentially catastrophic public health emergencies and enhance community resilience.

Applications for the 2023-24 year are now open. Thank you for your interest.

Health Security PhD Track at the Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security offers a new Health Security PhD track within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. This track will prepare future leaders through the study of major biological and health security risks, participation in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS) research activities, and mentorship from Center faculty to contribute their unique voices and skills to the academic community and ultimately inform global policies that will affect change. While topic areas in the track are wide ranging, they share a common thread of reducing health security threats and their impacts, and increasing community resilience to GCBRs.

The track is accepting students for the 2023-2024 school year, and applicants can indicate their interest within their SOPHAS doctoral program applications, which are due on December 1, 2022. Full funding, supported by Open Philanthropy, is available for selected students.

Watch the information session (October 2021) given by the track directors, Tara Kirk Sell, PhD, and Gigi Gronvall, PhD.

For more information on the Health Security PhD track, contact: Tara Kirk Sell, PhD or Gigi Gronvall, PhD

Frequently Asked Questions: PhD Health Security Track