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Public Health Informatics

Overview

The goal of the Public Health Informatics (PHI) Certificate Program is to offer grounding in methods and concepts of health informatics and health information technology for application to public health and population health. It is designed for current and future public health professionals who wish to develop PHI expertise or specialization to work in policy or management. For more details on the program or the application process, please visit the Certificate Program's Departmental Page.

Educational Objectives

After completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate strategic direction for public health informatics within an organization;
  2. Match data standards to their proper use;
  3. Identify knowledge, information, and data needs of project or program users and stakeholders;
  4. Describe information system development, procurement, and implementation that meets public health program needs;
  5. Evaluate information systems and applications;
  6. Recognize use of informatics to integrate clinical health, environmental risk, and population health; and
  7. Implement solutions that assure confidentiality, security, and integrity while maximizing availability of information for public health.

Intended Audience

This certificate is intended for students currently enrolled in the School of Public Health, and also for non-degree seeking students working in related fields who require in-service education to align their skills with the current health informatics demands of their occupations.

Admissions Criteria

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to complete a short application and submit it to the Administrative Contact by September 10, 2014. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the Associate Director by email in order to receive advice on selecting courses. NOTE: The certificate requires formal acceptance and enrollment, and only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate. The certificate includes a required practicum; planning and advising are necessary for successful and timely completion.

All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students (i.e. students enrolled in degree programs in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Carey Business School, etc) must apply to the program using the school's online application before June 13, 2014. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. Official transcripts are also not required; a transcript printed from ISIS will be accepted. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. NOTE: The certificate requires formal acceptance and enrollment, and only those approved and notified but the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate. The certificate includes a required practicum; planning and advising are necessary for successful and timely completion.

Non-JHU applicants (applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins University) must also apply using the school's online application before June 13, 2014. The certificate application includes offical 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. For applicants who are enrolled in or who have graduated from an accredited School of Public Health, GRE scores are not required. All other applicants will need to submit GRE scores. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores of an English Language Proficiency test (TOEFL or ILETS). Please visit the JHSPH Admissions Website for more information on who is required to submit these scores. 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

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:
Introduction to On-line Learning (non credit)
315.707Introduction to Public Health and Biomedical Informatics31-
315.708Health Information Technology Standards and Systems Interoperability33-
315.700Health Information Systems: Design to Deployment32-
309.631Population Health Informatics32-
315.862Public Health Informatics Certificate PracticumV4, S4, S
Select one of the following:
315.703Leading Change Through Health IT (formerly: Health Sciences Informatics: Evaluation)31-
300.713Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy4-3
309.616*Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation I23-
309.617*Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation II24-
Select one of the following courses:
221.637Health Information Systems in Public Health32-
600.906Real Time Disease Surveillance3M-
315.709Health Sciences Informatics: Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support34-
140.662Spatial Analysis and GIS I3-3
221.649E-health and M-health: Using Technology to Improve Health in Low and Middle Income Countries33-
Additional Approved Elective Options:
600.905Clinical Informatics3-M

V = Variable credit
S = Course held in the summer term
M = Course held in the School of Medicine
* = These courses are companion courses; you cannot take one without the other.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Student must complete required courses and elective options for a minimum of 21 units of coursework. All courses must be taken for letter grade and a 3.0 GPA is required for certification. Requirements must be completed within a 2-year period.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor/Director
Name
Jonathan Weiner
Email jweiner@jhsph.edu

Associate Director and Academic Advisor
Name
Edward Bunker
Email ebunker@jhsph.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone (410) 614-1580
Email pdavis@jhsph.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.

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 Informatics.
  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.