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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Education and Training


It's not enough for our own faculty and affiliates to adopt a systems-oriented approach to fighting obesity.  We need to ensure that professionals around the globe at all career stages are prepared to tackle obesity using a systems science approach.   

By educating and training professionals at all levels, the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) hopes to increase the number of public health researchers applying systems science theories and methods to the obesity epidemic


ETP 2.1We provide trainees from around the world with a range of opportunities designed to motivate them as systems thinkers and researchers, and to give them opportunities to apply their skills at preventing and finding solutions for obesity.

ETPOur trainees receive a combination of formal, course-based learning along with hands-on training in a range of methods and theories—including modeling and simulation techniques—pertinent to systems science and obesity. Students and trainees can also learn about applying systems science to obesity research through a range of activities, including our:


Obesity in Public Health | 222.662.01

Class Times: Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm

Instructors: Jessica Jones-Smith and Sara Bleich (on leave)

Description: Examines obesity as a public health problem, (including prevalence, trends and disparities as well as the health, psychosocial, and economic consequences of obesity and its associated co-morbidities). Explores physiologic, psychological, economic, and cultural drivers of food consumption. Identifies key issues and approaches for current and future public health and environmental approaches to obesity.


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We recruit post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows with support from collaborating faculty, both at the Johns Hopkins University and from outside institutions. Fellows pursue professional development opportunities at the Bloomberg School for a one-year period. A dual mentorship team is assigned based on research interests. Fellows work with these mentors to identify specific research and academic interests and cultivate desired skill sets. We seek applicants who can work with one or more of the ongoing projects in the Center and who bring additional systems science skills and modeling experience. Trainees also have full access to course offerings both at the Bloomberg School and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.


Each year, the Global Obesity Prevention Center welcomes a select number of visiting scholars to spend a month at Johns Hopkins University, where they can train and participate in relevant research projects. The experience offers hands-on experience and first-hand knowledge of how systems science research is integrated to public health and obesity. We offer financial assistance to cover travel and living costs. Visiting scholars may seek additional support from their home institutions and their University sponsoring mentors if they wish to extend their stay.


View our Education and Training Program overview sheet.
Contact the Center at 410-955-5906 or email