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Global Health

Global health is the study of the health of populations in a global context, considering its political, social, and economic impact. The certificate is primarily intended for junior and mid-level professionals practicing or planning to practice in developing countries and interested in expanding their global health skills and knowledge. 

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

For application and tuition information, please visit the Department of International Health's information page.

Educational Objectives
 Upon completion of the Global Health Certificate, individuals will be able to:

  1. Understand individual, community, and organizational behaviors and change processes in cross-cultural and developing countries settings as a foundation for planning appropriate primary health care programs
  2. Apply relevant social and behavioral theories to diagnose and understand individual, social network, organizational, community, and policy-maker behaviors  associated with the planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of community-based primary health care programs
  3. Describe and critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and sustainability of disease control programs and policies for major causes of death and disability in developing countries and discuss program and policy implementation obstacles and approaches to overcoming them
  4. Extend cultural understanding and skills to global and diverse settings related to populations such as refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers
  5. Understand how to work effectively in countries and cultures with differing social and economic perspectives
  6. Analyze the complexities of the social, economic, medical, political, and environmental factors that affect health


The certificate is primarily intended for junior and mid-level professionals practicing or planning to practice in developing countries and interested in expanding their global health skills and knowledge. Non-degree students must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a strong record of successful academic performance and a minimum of one year of post-baccalaureate public health work experience. Non-degree students may take the certificate courses not-for-credit at one-half of the tuition charged per academic credit.

The certificate is also offered for credit to Bloomberg students currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program or a masters or doctoral degree program in any department of the school other than the Department of International Health.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters and doctoral students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office.  They are, however, highly encouraged to contact a faculty sponsor prior to beginning the certificate courses for advice on choosing elective courses.  If the student desires, s/he will be assigned a certificate advisor from among the participating faculty.  Department of International Health students are not eligible for the certificate.

Non-degree students apply to the program using the school's online application.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV or resume, a statement of purpose vis-á-vis the certificate, and one letter of recommendation. Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency.  The application does not required scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS.  The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admission decision.  Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. Students must complete all three required courses and at least six credits of elective courses.  Students may choose to take all certificate courses online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.  The certificate courses are listed in the table below.

Non-degree students must take all certificate courses for-credit or all certificate courses not-for-credit.  Courses taken for-credit cannot be retroactively changed to not-for-credit and similarly courses taken not-for-credit cannot be retroactively changed to for-credit.

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

All students taking the certificate for academic credit must take all of the certificate courses for a letter grade.  Students must earn at least a B in the required courses and at least a C in the elective courses.  Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the certificate courses.  All courses must be taken with a three-year period. Non-degree students takng the certificate for non-credit must take all courses for a pass/fail grade.

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
Students must complete the following free course before enrolling in an online course
 Introduction to Online Learning01,2,3,4,S-
Required Courses: Students must complete the following three required courses
220.601Introduction to International Health441
221.688Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care43,S-
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies424
Elective Courses:  Students must complete at least six credits of elective courses
221.606Training Methods and Continuing Education for Health Workers4S-
221.612Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective322
221.620Using Summary Measures for Population Health to Improve Health Systems444
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries34-
221.635Case Studies in Primary Health Care423
221.639Refugee Health Care312
221.645Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs34TBA
221.646Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries322
221.722Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries411
222.649International Nutrition34TBA
223.662Vaccine Development and Application422
223.682Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects of Tropical Diseases344
410.640Global Tobacco Control32,4-

S = Course is offered in the summer term, July and August

Sponsoring Department
International Health

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
William (Bill) Brieger

Administrative Contact
Tomeka Chance
Phone: (443) 287-8796


 Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameGlobal Health1
CIP Code512210
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes11-9110  Medical and Health Services Managers
View O*Net occupational profiles11-9160  Emergency Management Directors  Health Care Practitioners
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required18 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks248 (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program. Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students ($18,126 for 19 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45 (Academic Year 2013-2014).

Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate442 students earned the certificate in AY 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not required
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2012 -2013)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  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 global health.
  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.