National Health

National Health

Revolutionizing Health through Science and Engineering

The National Health Mission Area at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory aims to revolutionize health through science and engineering. 

Public health threats in the U.S. and around the world continue to impact U.S. civilians and military personnel. New approaches are needed to protect civilian populations and our warfighters in the face of such threats. We envision a future where we can better measure and quantify health; better predict and prevent injury, illness, and disease; assure access to reliable care in every environment; and ensure global health security.

Our work occupies a unique position at the intersection of fundamental and applied research in biological sciences, innovative modeling, sensor development, data collection and analytics, and systems engineering. We are able to leverage the vast, cross-disciplinary capabilities and expertise at APL and across Johns Hopkins University to solve the nation’s most critical health challenges.

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    APL leads several test and evaluation efforts for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONs) project, launched to develop state-of-the-art machine learning capabilities by modeling how the brain processes information.
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  • Health systems

    The Systems Approach to Saving Lives

    APL’s thought leaders are stirring discussions on the importance of taking a systems approach to health care.
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