Students who fulfill the requirements of the graduate program will earn a PhD in History of Science and Technology. Our graduate program is located in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. We cooperate with the Department of the History of Medicine in the School of Medicine, which offers a PhD in History of Medicine. Students apply to one of the two departments depending on their interests. Students primarily interested in history of science and technology should apply to our department through the Krieger School graduate admissions process. Students mainly interested in history of medicine should apply to the History of Medicine Department at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Students may take courses with faculty in either department, although the department through which you are admitted is considered your “home base.” It is also possible to earn an MA degree in History of Science and Technology, although we do not have a separate MA program. Rather, all students apply directly to the PhD program.
Each year, the graduate program in the history of science, medicine, and technology at Johns Hopkins University attracts a strong cohort of students with diverse backgrounds. The program has long been particularly strong in the history of medicine and science for early modern Europe; medicine, science, and technology in the 19th- and 20th-century United States; history of public health and colonial medicine; and Russian and Soviet science. New areas of great activity include Asian science and medicine, history of public health, and the history of 20th-century biology and biomedicine. Graduates of the program work at a variety of universities, colleges, research institutes, and museums.
The graduate program combines a broad introduction to historical scholarship with training in the skills needed for specialized historical research in the history of science, medicine, and technology. Students work in a variety of settings, including research seminars, proseminars, and individualized tutorials, as well as gaining teaching experience in the department’s undergraduate courses. There are also opportunities for students to teach their own courses in the undergraduate program at the Krieger School. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty prior to applying to discuss areas of mutual interest and learn more about the department.