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Demographic Methods


The certificate is designed for two audiences—masters or doctoral degree students at The Johns Hopkins University and junior and mid-level professionals—desiring to gain skills in applying demographic analytic methods to identify or forecast public health problems and evaluate the effectiveness of policies or interventions aimed at mitigating them. Demographic analytic methods are used to calculate denominators of health measures. They, along with epidemiology methods, are used to develop profiles of those at risk for health/disease conditions, evaluate health care interventions, forecast health resource needs, and inform health care policies and planning based on accurate projections of at-risk groups.

Educational Objectives

Students completing the certificate will gain skills in applying demographic analytic methods to identify public health problems and evaluate public health policies or interventions. Upon completion students will be able to:

  1. Assess comparative strengths and weaknesses of different methods of demographic analysis
  2. Analyze a range of population and health issues using appropriate demographic methods
  3. Critically evaluate the public health implications of results from applications of different demographic and population analysis methods


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University and to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic achievement.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters and doctoral degree students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions office.  They are, however, encouraged to email the certificate faculty sponsors of their intent to earn the certificate prior to starting the certificate.

All others (non-Bloomberg masters and doctoral students and non-degree students) apply to the program using the school's online application. Applications must be submitted in September of the year during which they will begin certificate courses.  The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, a CV or resume, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and one letter of recommendation.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency.  The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. Degree students must include a brief written statement from their academic advisor giving approval to take the certificate courses.  The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision.  Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credits.  Student must complete three required courses and at least six term credits of elective courses.  The certificate courses are listed in the table below.

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the course is offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and if instructor consent is required.

The free, non-credit Introduction to Online Learning course must be completed before enrolling in online courses.  It is offered five times each year.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  Students must take all certificate courses for a letter grade and earn a B or better in each course.  All courses must be taken within a three-year period.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate'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 No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:  Students must complete the following three required courses
380.603Demographic Methods in Public Health422
 380.650Fundamentals of Life Tables4-3
380.651Methods and Measures in Population Studies4-4
Elective Courses:  Students must complete at least six credits of elective courses
140.640Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys3-3
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
221.641Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies2-2
380.600Principles of Population Change422
380.615Application of Population Data for Policy and Practice3-2
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health4-2
380.711Issues in Survey Research Design3-3
380.712Methods in Analysis of Large Population Surveys3-4
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships3-3
380.758Demographic Estimation for Developing Countries44-

Sponsoring Department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Vladimir Canudas-Romo

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Amy Tsui

Administrative Contact
Lauren Ferretti Black
Phone (410) 614-6676

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in demographic methods.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.