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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Envisioned Futures inspire the National Health Mission Area’s pursuit of defining innovations, providing a means to put our work in context and influence the competencies and capabilities we develop.
Program Areas and Programs
Our programs utilize a cross-disciplinary approach designed to drive science forward to protect and restore health from the individual through the global scale.
APL is leveraging cutting-edge capabilities, drawing on the full expertise of the Laboratory in the COVID-19 response.
May 16, 2023
The Future of Pathogen Genomic Surveillance at Johns Hopkins APLFuture disease outbreaks aren’t probable, they’re inevitable. To prepare for those situations, researchers at APL are leveraging more than 30 years of public health and data analysis experience to develop strategies and tools that will best enable effective decision-making for outbreak response.
Mar 15, 2023
New App Gives Emergency Responders Real-Time Data During Mass Casualty IncidentsJohns Hopkins APL is working with the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop a software application to help first responders and decision-makers stay up to date during national emergencies.
Aug 10, 2022
Ukraine Crisis Latest Activation for Johns Hopkins APL’s Disaster Response CorpsThrough the Disaster Response Corps, APL is bringing its world-class expertise in data analytics, remote sensing, systems engineering and other relevant disciplines to monitor damaged medical infrastructure in Ukraine.
Jul 15, 2022
Grabow Appointed National Health Mission Area ExecutiveBarry Grabow has been named mission area executive for Johns Hopkins APL’s National Health Mission Area, formally occupying a role he has held in an acting capacity since August.
May 12, 2022
Fatigue Monitoring System Holds Promise in Preventing Warfighter InjuriesScientists at Johns Hopkins APL are working on a system to monitor physical fatigue in near-real time. Such a capability could prevent countless musculoskeletal injuries, and fits into a larger portfolio of work at the Laboratory focused on predictive health and human performance modeling.