Job: Senior Associate Professor or Full Professor, International Health, Johns Hopkins University

Department:   International Health
Title:  Senior Associate Professor or Full Professor
Program(s):     Social and Behavioral Interventions Program

Field:               Social scientist (e.g., psychology, sociology, social epidemiology, economics or anthropology) with applied focus, or public health researcher with training on application of social science methods and theories (e.g., qualitative and formative research, mixed methods research, health behavior change, communication, social and economic determinants of health)


We are seeking an experienced senior level applied social scientist to join the faculty of the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program in the Department of International Health, the largest and most renowned department of its kind.

The Department of International Health has a large portfolio of international research and teaching that draws on applied social science methodologies and theories. This portfolio comprises work related to the Department’s traditional focus in applying behavior change methodologies to prevent and control infectious diseases, address maternal and child health in low and middle income countries. as well as work related to emerging public health problems including violence and abuse (prevention and care for survivors), mental health, refugee health, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. There is also increasing demand for expertise in applied social science theory and methods across the Department.

Future Prospects:

The ideal candidate will strengthen the ability of the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program and other Department Programs to compete for funding across a wide range of grants, especially for training grants and center programs that require experienced senior faculty members in leadership positions. The candidate will also make connections and build collaborations with other groups and Centers, within and outside of the department, with related interests in behavior change and the social and behavioral determinants of health. Within the Department of International Health these could include collaborations with the Global Center on Childhood Obesity, the Center for American Indian Health and the International Injury Research Unit among others. Extra-departmental connections and collaborations might include the Departments of Health, Behavior and Society, Health Policy and Management, Anthropology, and Sociology, as well as the Center for Global Health, the Center for a Livable Future, the Johns Hopkins Water Institute, the Energy, Environment, Sustainability and Health Institute, Center for Adolescent Health, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights.

Roles and Responsibilities:

In addition to the evaluation and research work, the faculty member would teach at least one course and one seminar on the applications of social science theory and methods in public health. This would be complementary to existing core courses taught by the Social and Behavioral Interventions Program. The faculty member would also be expected to mentor and advise junior faculty and transition into an overall leadership role within the program.

Required Skills and Experience:

The need is for a highly experienced applied psychologist, sociologist, social epidemiologist, economist, anthropologist or social sciences-oriented public health researcher with skills and experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods. The candidate should have experience in teaching at the graduate level, advising and mentoring doctoral students and junior faculty and a history of diverse and productive scientific and/or policy collaborations. The ideal candidate should also have experience as a Principal Investigator on federally-funded grants and have a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, and other publications (books, manuals, programmatic guidelines, policies etc.).

Educational Background:

Ph.D. in a social science or public health discipline
Strong publication record in peer reviewed journals (at least 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts)
Strong background in securing extramural funding 

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

As one of the world leading schools of public health, the JHSPH provides a rich and collaborative environment to develop new research initiatives and advance existing areas of inquiry. There is also a strong history of interdisciplinary collaboration within the School and across the University, as well as with governmental entities and non-governmental organizations around the world.

Institutional Values:

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

The Johns Hopkins University is a smoke-free environment and as such prohibits smoking in all facilities. The Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free workplace.

Review Process:

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled, with preference given to individuals who submit their application materials by August 31, 2015.

The review process will be headed by Dr. Joel Gittelsohn (Professor, Department of International Health), and will consist of four stages:

  1. Submit CV and statement of interest to Tom Durkin ( by November 30, 2015.
  2. After initial applications are reviewed, we may request additional information.
  3. Phone interview will be conducted with a subset of candidates.
  4. Finalists will be invited to JHSPH to give a presentation and to meet with committee members, other faculty and staff, and students.

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