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Global Health

Overview

Global health is the study of the health of populations in a global context, considering its political, social, and economic impact. The certificate program 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 program can be completed entirely with online courses or with a combination of online and on-campus courses. See eligibility and admissions process below.

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

Eligibility

Non-degree students and JHU graduate students who are not enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health 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. 

The certificate is also offered 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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility, application deadlines 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

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grad and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all Certificate courses is required.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.  The student's transcripts 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

Please note: The Global Health certificate program will not approve any course substitutions or waivers. The curriculum indicated below cannot be altered in any way for individual students.

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 students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

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

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

550.860

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

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

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

 

Required Courses: Students must complete the following three required courses

220.601

Introduction to International Health

4

1

221.688

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care

4

3, S

-

223.680


Global Disease Control Programs and Policies 
NOTE:  All students must contact kmccarthy@jhu.edu in order to request permission prior to registering

4

4

4

Elective Courses:  Students must complete at least six credits of elective courses

221.606

Training Methods and Continuing Education for Health Workers

4

S

-

221.612

Confronting the Burden of Injuries: A Global Perspective

3

2

2

221.620

Using Summary Measures for Population Health to Improve Health Systems

4

4

4

221.624

Urban Health in Developing Countries

3

4

-

221.631

Evaluation of Safety Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries

33-

221.635

Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care

4

3

3

221.639

Health Care in Humanitarian Emergencies

3

1

2

221.645

Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs

3

4

4

221.646

Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries

3

2

2

221.722

Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries

4

1

1

222.649

International Nutrition

3

-

4

223.662

Vaccine Development and Application

4

-

2

223.682

Clinical and Epidemiological Aspects of Tropical Diseases

4

4

4

410.640

Global Tobacco Control

3

4

-

S = Course is offered in the Summer Term

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
International Health

Faculty Sponsor
Name
William (Bill) Brieger

Program Contact
Name
Karla McCarthy
Phone: (410)614-3000

Email kmccarthy@jhu.edu
 

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.