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Certificate Programs
Population and Health

Sponsoring department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Educational Objectives
The certificate is designed to serve two audiences—masters or doctoral degree students at The Johns Hopkins University and junior and mid-level professionals—desiring to expand their knowledge of population dynamics and its linkages with public health issues and their ability to relate population-level concepts and measures of fertility, morbidity and mortality, and migration to epidemiologic risks. A population’s health is shaped by fertility, mortality and migration patterns; and population numbers themselves provide the denominators of basic measures of public health, such as life expectancy, cause-specific mortality rates, and infection rates. Connecting a population and health perspective with public health epidemiology allows us to measure and assess the aggregate-level structure of and variation in health risks by age, sex, or other major factors and across the human life span. Students completing the certificate will gain competency in; knowledge of the components and measures of population dynamics,knowledge of population dynamics’ linkages with public health issues, and the ability to relate vital events and duration exposures with risk factors at the individual and population level.

Admissions Criteria

Persons eligible for admission to the certificate program must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program at The Johns Hopkins University (any division) or be a non-degree student with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Bloomberg Degree Students will apply for the certificate no later than the first week of the term in which they commence the last course for the certificate. However, students are encouraged to contact the faculty sponsors prior to beginning the certificate courses to receive advice on elective selection. Applications are available from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health Academic Coordinator and must be submitted to the certificate faculty sponsors. The certificate program will verify courses and GPA and report the certificate completion to the Bloomberg Office of Records and Registration for inclusion on the student's permanent transcript.

All Others interested in the certificate should contact one of the faculty sponsors prior to applying. Applicants apply through the school’s admissions office in September of the year during which they will begin certificate courses. Applicants apply for special student regular status in the Population and Health “track/division” of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. The application includes a copy of all post-secondary transcripts, a statement of purpose, and one letter of recommendation. A committee of faculty will review each application and make the admissions decision. The certificate program will verify courses and GPA and report the certificate completion to the Bloomberg Office of Records and Registration for inclusion on the student's permanent transcript.

Course of Study

Students must complete the two required courses and at least 10 credits of elective courses

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
380.600Principles of Population Change423
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health432
Elective Courses
380.767Couples and Reproductive Health3-1
380.655Social and Economic Aspects of Human Fertility4-1
380.604Life Course Perspective on Health411
380.615Applications of Population Data for Policy and Practice3-2
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
380.666Women's Health3-3
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health:  Adolescence and Beyond2-2
380.665Family Planning Policies and Programs4-3
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships3-3
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health4-2
380.668International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health3-3
380.753Dynamics of Population Aging3-3
380.664Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology4-4
380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-4
380.765Preventing Infant Mortality and Promoting the Health of Women, Infants and Children31-
380.641Prenatal and Infant Growth and Development31-

Requirements for Successful Completion

A minimum of 18 credits must be taken. All required and elective certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the certificate courses or a minimum grade of B in each of the certificate courses. Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Amy Tsui
Phone (443) 281-3833

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Vladimir Canudas-Romo
Phone (410) 955-8694

Administrative Contact
Lauren Ferretti
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 adolescent 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.