About Johns Hopkins Student Well-Being

Johns Hopkins University strives to promote awareness of and holistic support for student well-being. It values inclusion and overall health, and promotes strategies for resilience in the context of stressful situations and life events common among undergraduates and graduate students. This website serves as a centralized place to explore the robust variety of health and well-being resources available to Johns Hopkins students. It is maintained by the Office of Student Health and Well-Being to serve students at all Johns Hopkins campuses. Please email wellbeing@jhu.edu with any questions you may have about the site and its content.

Well-Being Wheel

The well-being wheel serves as a visual guide to better understand the eight elements of health and well-being. These elements are inherently interconnected and symbiotic, and Johns Hopkins encourages students to actively engage in the management of their health. Supporting personal health and well-being is a key part of the university’s mission to educate students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning.

A circle is divided into eight wedges labeled with the following names and colors around the edge of the circle: Spiritual (red), Sexual (orange), Social (dark green), Environmental (spring green), Financial (navy), Physical (blue), Emotional & Mental (purple), and Professional (lilac). Within the larger circle, there is a smaller ring with small white line drawings of symbols that correspond to the colors and words of the first ring: prayer hands (Spiritual), a heart (Sexual), three human silhouettes (Social), a leaf (Environmental), two stacks of coins (Financial), a hand weight (Physical), the profile of a human head (Mental), and a briefcase (Professional). At the very center of the circle there is black text that says “8 Elements of Well-Being."

Student Health and Well-Being

Fulfilling a key recommendation of the Task Force on Student Mental Health and Well-Being, the Vice Provost for Student Health and Well-Being position was established in August 2019 to coordinate and enhance well-being, mental health, primary care, and disability services for Hopkins students. By synthesizing these resources across the university’s nine schools, this position aims to remove barriers of access for students seeking support.

The mission of the Student Health and Well-Being staff is to build out the university’s services so they better meet the various needs of our student body, including undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral candidates. Delivering relevant programming for students of historically underserved and underrepresented minority populations is also a key priority.

The Student Mental Health and Well-Being team is comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, counselors, dietitians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, health educators, and other experts who understand that well-being is fundamental to both academic and personal growth. They are committed to providing students with tools and knowledge that empower them to prioritize their well-being and thrive mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The following offices are affiliated with SHWB: