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Certificate Programs

Public Mental Health Research


This program is offered through the Department of Mental Health and 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.


Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision.

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 minimum 2.75 grade average in these courses is required for certification. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year. 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 of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below, and students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo.CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

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


1, 2, 3,4,



Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

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

01,2,3,4, Summer-
Course No.Course TitleNo.CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
330.601.81Perspectives of Psychiatry31-

Psychopathology for Public Health

(Note: Psychopathology for Public Health or The Perspectives of Psychiatry may be waived by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists upon permission of the faculty sponsor - in which case the minimum number of credits in the Department of Mental Health is 15, not 18)

330.603Psychiatric Epidemiology332
330.607Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions342,4
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 -   
140.612Statistical 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 additional courses from Department of Mental Health totaling nine or more credits   

S = Course offered in the Summer Term
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute

Sponsoring department
Department of Mental Health

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
William Eaton
Phone (410) 955-3908

Administrative Contact
Patricia Scott
Phone (410) 955-1906


Gainful Employment Program Information

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