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Public Health Economics


The Certificate in Public Health Economics is designed for graduate degree students and junior and mid-level professionals pursuing a career in public health, health care, health services, and health policy who wish to use economic tools to improve the health of populations. This certificate is only available to students who are able to attend classes in Baltimore. The certificate cannot be completed through online and institute courses.

Educational Objectives

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:


The certificate is offered to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of the Johns Hopkins University.  It is also offered to junior and mid-career level professionals who have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic performance.  Prospective students should have an interest in applying economic tools to improve the health of populations.

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 should, however, e-mail the certificate faculty sponsors of their intent to earn the certificate prior to starting the certificate.  The e-mail must include their current degree program, a list of prior degrees, and economic courses, a brief (<200 words) statement of why they wish to pursue the certificate, and a draft schedule for completing 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 has two application deadlines.  Applications submitted before October 1 will be reviewed  in October; applications submitted before March 1 will be reviewed in March. The certificate  application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, 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 the equivalent of at least 30 term credits.  Students must complete required courses in statistics, health economics, and economic evaluation.  They must also complete one term of the public health economics seminar and one elective course.  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.

Bloomberg Courses:  The course number for Bloomberg courses is linked to a description of the course.  The table also includes the term offered, venue (on-campus or online), and number of term credits for each Bloomberg course.  Bloomberg courses are offered during five eight-week terms.  Terms 1 and 2 correspond to a fall semester and terms 3 and 4 to a spring semester.  The summer term occurs in July and August.  A Bloomberg term credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit.  Click on the course number to confirm the time and venue for each course.

Other Courses:  In addition to Bloomberg courses, certificate courses are also offered by the Carey School of  Business (CB) on the Harbor East campus in Baltimore and the Applied Economics Program (AE) in Washington, DC.  Some of these courses are offered online.  Consult the respective school, institute, or program to confirm course offerings, times, venues, pre-requisites, and credits.

Requirements for Successful Completion

All courses except for the seminar must be taken for a letter grade.  Students must earn a pass in the seminar, at least a B in the other required courses, and at least a C in the elective 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 Statistical Courses:  Students must complete one of the following statistical series

Statistical Series A:
140.621Statistical Methods In Public Health 14-1
140.622Statistical Methods in Public Health 24-2
140.623 Statistical Methods in Public Health 34-3
140.624Statistical Methods in Public Health 44-4
Statistical Series B:
140.651Methods in Biostatistics I4-1
140.652Methods in Biostatistics II4-2
140.653Methods in Biostatistics III4-3
140.654Methods in Biostatistics IV4-4
Statistical Series C:
318.610Statistical Analysis For Policy Making I3-1
318.611Statistical Analysis For Policy Making II3-2
318.612Statistical Analysis For Policy Making III3*3
318.613Statistical Analysis For Policy Making IV3*4
Statistical Series D for Applied Economics Program students:
AE 440.605Statistics***
AE 440.606Econometrics***
Required Health Economics Course:  Students must complete one of the following courses
Economics Sequence E    
313.790 Introduction to Economic Evaluation34-
313.630 Economic Evaluation I3-2
Economics Sequence F    
313.643  Health Economics  I3-2
313.641Introduction to Health Economics33 
312.843 Health Economics for Managers3-2
Economics Sequence G    
313.631Economic Evaluation II4-3
Economics Sequence H    
313.861Public Health Economics Seminar1/term-1,2,3,4
Elective Courses:  Students must complete one of the following elective courses
221.644Econometric Methods for Evaluation4-4
300.651Introduction to U.S. Healthcare System442
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3-3
309.670Comparative Health Insurance3-3
309.716Advanced Methods in Health Services Research Analysis3-3
313.632Economic Evaluation III3-4
313.639Introduction to Microeconomics^3-1
313.644Health Economics II3-3
313.670Mathematical Microeconomics I4-1
330.606Economics of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders3-4
380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-2
AE 440.601Microeconomic theory***
AE 440.602Macroeconomic theory***
AE 440.622Cost-Benefit Analysis***

Non-Bloomberg course numbers are identified by

CB= Carey School of Business
AE= Applied Economics Program

*For non-Bloomberg courses, consult the respective school, institute, or program to confirm course offerings, times, venues, pre-requisites, and credits.

^ the pre-requisite for 313.641 is 313.639 or 313.670 or permission of instructor.

Sponsoring department

Health Policy and Management
International Health
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
David Bishai

Administrative Contact
David Bishai

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 public health economics.
  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.