Research & Innovation Focus

Four Thematic Areas

The AHW has identified four thematic areas where an integration of expertise and perspectives is needed to address difficult and inter-dependent social problems.


1. Food & Nutrition Security
2. Healthy Environments

3. Gender Equity & Justice
4. Transformative Technologies & Institutions

This intends to focus research and innovation on areas where JHU is best positioned to harness its expertise to make impact.  

  • Each thematic area addresses underlying and systemic drivers that create a large burden of health inequity around the world. They are also connected to each other; the AHW will support work both within and especially across thematic areas.
  • The thematic areas address unresolved, complex and rapidly changing concerns that have consequences for all, while particularly affecting the most disadvantaged populations.