Our Mission

domeThe mission of the JHU LEAH training program is to develop the next generation of leaders in interdisciplinary approaches to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention with a primary goal of reducing health disparities.

  • Clinical practitioners and leaders must ensure that adolescents and young adults experience successful pathways to healthy adulthood
  • The next generation of leaders in clinical and public adolescent health must be strengthened and expanded, with special attention to he A� diversity of the work force
  • A focus on morbidities that disproportionately affect youth of color is imperative in order to address concerns regarding racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Provide training to individuals from five core disciplines a�� medicine, social work, nutrition, psychology, and nursing aimed at increasing their capacities to integrate skills through demonstrated leadership
  • Provide an innovative case study curriculum, as well as leadership seminars, research collaborations, and clinical practice experiences

Scientific & Research Capabilities

A cross-cutting research theme in the JHU LEAH program is a focus on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the health of adolescent populations.

Faculty members affiliated with the research activities represent several departments, centers, and schools throughout Johns Hopkins University. Primary research partners include the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, and the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Training in nutrition is provided through the Center for Human Nutrition. Faculty and trainees have access to applied and basic adolescent health research opportunities and activities in key areas of adolescent health.


Discipline-Specific Training Programs

Across disciplines, trainees must have a demonstrated interest
in adolescent health and well being in order to be eligible for
the LEAH program.


Duration of training: 2 to 3 years

Eligibility: Physicians who have completed an ACGME-approved
residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine.
Must be board-eligible or board certified.


Duration of training: 2 years

Eligibility: Psychologists who have completed doctoral training
in clinical, counseling, school, educational, family or developmental


Duration of training: 2 years

Eligibility: Graduate students who have completed their comprehensive
exams and are working towards a doctorate in public health or clinical
aspects of nutrition.

Social Work

Duration of training: 1 year

Eligibility: Graduate students pursing an MSW or an MSW pursuing a PhD
or an MSW with a doctoral degree in a related area.


Duration of training: 1 year

Eligibility: Nurses who are masters or doctoral candidates in a graduate
school of nursing and who have two years of clinical nursing experience.