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Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals

 Overview

The timely detection, investigation, control, and prevention of outbreaks and major long-term public health problems require a well-trained and competent epidemiology workforce as a key component of a national public health infrastructure. The Epidemiology Workforce in State and Local Health Departments - United States, 2010 Weekly March 30, 2012/61(12);205-208

Epidemiology is an integral component of public health practice. The discipline aims to provide the basis to prevent disease and to promote the health of populations through the study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related states or events, including the study of determinants influencing such states. Professional epidemiologic methods, defined as the application of epidemiologic methods to public health practice, entail the combination of analytical methods and applied epidemiology oriented to problem solving in public health. The principal areas of professional epidemiology include epidemiologic assessment of public health data, health situation and trend analyses, public health surveillance and health program impact assessment.  These areas are closely linked to the essential public health function and services. This certificate program is intended to provide the concepts, methods and tools needed for the assessment of health situations and trends of population groups.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the core courses in this certificate program, individuals will have gained specialized knowledge and skills on the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods to public health problems, as follows:

With regard to the usual functions of public health agencies, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the Problem Solving Framework for measuring the severity of priority health problems,
  2. Recognize the role of routine and public health information systems in epidemiologic assessments,
  3. Identify tools and measurements used to monitor the quality of performance of public health information systems,
  4. Identify the main indicators for measuring the burden of diseases at global, national and local levels
  5. Design health situation analyses: epidemiological profiles and community health status assessments,
  6. Interpret measures of health burden, association and effectiveness,
  7. Describe the framework of the public health surveillance cycle and sources of information,
  8. Design, implement and evaluate disease surveillance systems,
  9. Communicate epidemiological information and synthesis to policy makers, professionals, and lay audiences. 

Eligibility

The Certificate is open to Bloomberg School students, graduate students in other divisions of Johns Hopkins University, and to non-students.

The certificate is designed for junior and mid-level public health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of epidemiologic methods as related to public health issues and their ability to address public health problems.  It is also designed for masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral trainees enrolled at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and in other university divisions, including the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

The certificate can be completed entirely with a combination of online and on-campus courses.  Non-degree students may take the certificate courses not-for-credit at reduced tuition rate or for credit at the JHSPH for-credit tuition rate. Non-credit tuition is one-half of for-credit tuition per academic credit. See eligibility and admissions process below.

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.  

Requirements for Successful Completion

Students must successfully complete the core courses, demonstrated by full attendance and participation in all course activities and assignments. The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the program's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.  

Course of Study

The certificate program requires a minimum of 21 term credits comprised of required courses and core elective courses. The certificate curriculum consists of four required courses in epidemiologic methods, and at least two of three core elective courses. Certificate students may take additional elective courses focusing on application of epidemiologic methods to substantive areas, such as infectious diseases and biostatistics methods.  Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES: Students must complete the following required courses:

Course NumberCourse NameTerm offered on campusTerm offered onlineTerm credit units
 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

-1,2,3,4, Summer0
550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study

-1,2,3,4,Summer0
340.601Principles of Epidemiology OR1,Summer Institute35
340.751Epidemiologic Methods1-5
340.608Observational Epidemiology OR244
340.708Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: Design ANDSummer Institute-2
340.709Advanced Methods in Observational Studies: InferenceSummer Institute-2
340.752OR Epidemiologic Methods II2-5
340.769Professional Epidemiology Methods OR3-4
340.767Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Topics and Methods for Health Situation Analysis ANDSummer Institute-2
340.768Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Decision Making in Health Situation AnalysisSummer Institute -2
340.770Public Health Surveillance OR4-4
340.765Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Health Data Sources ANDSummer Institute-2
340.766Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Public Health SurveillanceSummer Institute-2

REQUIRED ELECTIVE COURSES: Students must complete at least two of the following elective courses:

Course NumberCourse NameTerm offered on campusTerm offered onlineTerm credit units
Students may select either 340.606 or 340.686
340.606.01Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis3-6
340.686.11Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-AnalysisSummer Institute-2
Students may select either 340.653 or 340.693
340.653.01Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations4-3
340.693.11Investigation OutbreaksSummer Institute-2
Student may either select 320.717 or 340.727
340.717.01Health Survey Research2-3
340.727.11Introduction to Health Survey ResearchSummer Institute-2

Faculty Co-Sponsors

Carlos Castillo Salgado, MD, DrPH, JD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Moyses Szklo, MD, MPH, DrPH, Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Administrative Contact

Ayesha Khan, Department of Epidemiology

akhan@jhsph.edu

410-955-7158

Gainful Employment Program Information

This program will be initiated in Academic Year 2014-2015; completion information will be reported after Academic Year 2015-2016.

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.