Skip Navigation


Certificate Programs

Adolescent Health


The certificate builds on the certificate student’s existing clinical knowledge and the clinical, research, and/or program/policy-related skills s/he is developing through his/her degree or training program. It focuses on adolescent pregnancy, substance abuse, and violence prevention and on mental health promotion–all of which are strengths of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Certificate topics include: 

Educational Objectives

Students earning the certificate will be able to apply knowledge of adolescent growth and development, positive youth development, and cultural and ethical considerations of youth to design, implement, and evaluate adolescent health-related research, programs, and policies. Upon completing the certificate, students will be able to::

  1. Describe how developmental (biological, cognitive, psychological), environmental (physical and social), and cultural factors do and can be used to influence the health and health-related behaviors of adolescents
  2. Participate in designing research, programs, and/or policies using family-, school-, and/or community-based methodologies that are effective for addressing adolescent health issues and that adhere to ethical standards for adolescents who are legal minors
  3. Use integrated knowledge about 1) the factors influencing adolescent health and 2) effective research, program, and/or policy methodologies to design, conduct, and/or evaluate research and/or to develop, implement, monitor, and/or evaluate programs/policies that are appropriate to address adolescent health issues, prevent unhealthy behaviors, and/or promote healthy ones


The certificate is open to currently enrolled masters, doctoral , and post-doctoral students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the JHU School of Nursing.  It is also open to JHU School of Medicine fellows, Urban Health resident, and Preventive Medicine residents.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students and preventive medicine residents are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office.  They are, however, encouraged to contact one of the certificate faculty sponsors by e-mail in order to receive advice on selecting electives.

School of Nursing masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students and School of Medicine residents and fellows must apply to the program using the school's online application.  Applications must be submitted before October 1 of the year during which they will begin certificate courses..  The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, one letter of recommendation, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency.  The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. 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 a minimum of 18 term credits.  Students must complete the three required courses and at least three elective courses (9 term credit units minimum).  It is highly recommended, but not required, that one course be selected from each elective group. 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.

Requirements for Successful Completion

All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 3.0 or better overall GPA for all Certificate courses is required.  Requirements must be completed 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 Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

Required Courses:  Students must take complete the following three required courses
380.623Adolescent Health and Development333
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development3-4
380.845*Seminar in Adolescent Health3-4
 *Cancelled Academic Year 2013-14   
Elective Courses: Students must complete at least three elective courses (9 credits minimum).  It is highly recommended, but not required, that one course be selected from each elective group
Elective Courses:  Group A
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond2-3*-2
380.749Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health3-4
380.761Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice443
380.762HIV Infection in Women, Children, and Adolescents444

Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Health

Elective Courses: Group B
222.655Nutrition and Life Stages3-3
301.627Understanding and Preventing Violence3-4
330.604Gender and Mental Health3-4
330.661Social, Psychological and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders333
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4-2


Schools and Health3-4
380.747International Adolescent Health34-
410.626Alcohol, Society and Health3-3
380.635Introduction to Urban Health3-4
410.752Children, Media, and Health3-3
Elective Courses: Group C
224.689Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels4-2
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4-3
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341,WI
410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods3-2

*= 380.720 Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health : Adolescence and Beyond is offered for variable credit; contact instructor prior to registering
WI = Course is offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington DC

Sponsoring Department

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Faculty Sponsor
Arik Marcell, MD, MPH

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name Robert Blum, MD, PhD

Administrative Contact
Lauren Ferretti Black
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.