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Public Mental Health Research

Sponsoring department
Mental Health

Educational Objectives
This program is offered through the Department of Mental Health, this program provides graduate training in understanding the causes and consequences of mental disorders in populations. Courses describe clinical and behavioral features, the incidence and prevalence of disorders, and identify factors that promote or influence the occurrence, persistence, or severity of mental and behavioral disorders. Effective research strategies in public mental health include operationalization of case definitions, measurement in populations, design of prevention strategies, and analytical techniques. The goals are to increase the epidemiologic expertise of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and to increase the number of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and health policy makers, with an interest in psychiatric disorders.

Intended Audience
The certificate is intended for current students in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health including M.P.H. students, M.H.S. students, doctoral candidates interested in mental health, psychiatrists in residency training, postdoctoral fellows, as well as non-degree seeking students who have at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
Admissions Criteria

Current JHBSPH students. Applicants must declare their intent to obtain a certificate, in an email to the Administrative Contact, before enrolling in their final term of courses.

Non-degree seeking students must have at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students must submit a formal application via the School's website for the Department of Mental Health to be a Special Student Regular. The GRE test score requirement will be waived. Please email the Administrative Contact after submitting the application.

Course of Study

Course No.Course TitleNo.CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
330.601Perspectives of Psychiatry31-

The Public Approach to Psychopathology (this course may be waived by psychiatrists and clinical psychologist upon permission of the faculty sponsor - in which case t3e minimum number of credits in the Department ofMental Health is 15, not 18)

330.603Psychiatric Epidemiology332
330.607Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions334
340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-1,S,SI
  - or -   
340.751Epidemiologic Methods I5-1
One of the following Biostatistics Series
140.611Statistical Reasoning I311, SI
  - and -   
140.612 Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II322, SI
 - or -   
140.621Statistical Methods in Public Health I4-1
 - and -   
140.622Statistical Methods in Public Health II4-2
  - or -   
140.651Methods in Biostatistics I4-1
 - and -   
140.652Methods in Biostatistics  II4-2
Elective Courses:  Select three from the following list   
330.602Epidemiology of Drug Dependence3-1
330.604Gender and Mental Health3-4
330.606Economics of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders3-4
330.609Alcohol Problems: Epidemiology, Prevention, & Treatment3-3
330.612Introduction to Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics333
330.618Mental Health in Later Life3-4
330.620Issues in Mental Health Research in Developing Countries32-
330.623Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders3-4
330.628Principles of Public Mental Health Delivery in the Community Context3-3
330.661Social, Psychological and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders333
330.664Introduction to Mental Health Services3-4, F
330.667Mental Health and the Law3-2
330.674Suicide as a Public Health Problem343

.S = Course offered in the Summer Term
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute
F = Course offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain

.Requirements for Successful Completion

This certificate consists of a minimum of 18 credits in the Department of Mental Health, with an additional requirement of 5 credits in the Department of Epidemiology and 6 credits in the Department of Biostatistics. All courses for the certificate must be taken for a letter grade, and a 2.5 grade average in these courses is required for certification. The certificate must be completed in three years.

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
William Eaton
Phone (410) 955-3908

Administrative Contact
Patricia Scott
Phone (410) 955-1906

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NamePublic Mental Health Research1
CIP Code 
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes15-2040  Statisticians
 19-1020  Biological Scientists
 19-1030  Medical Scientists
View O*Net occupational profiles19-3000  Social Scientists  Health Care Providers
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required29 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks232  (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe 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 ($27,666 for 29 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45 (Academic Year 2013-2014).
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate40 student earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not required
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
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 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.