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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

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

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all Certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion 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 and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar. In addition, students completing the certificate must submit this form via email to the certificate faculty sponsor.

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 some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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

01,2,3,4, Summer-

Academic & 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-
Required Courses: Students must complete the following three required courses
380.623Adolescent Health and Development33-
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development3-4
380.845Seminar in Adolescent Health (Canceled Academic year 2014-2015)3-4
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 Beyond2-2
380.749Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health3-4
380.761Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice443
380.762HIV Infection in Women, Children and Adolescents44-
410.629Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Health3-2
Elective Courses: Group B
410.629Nutrition and Life Stages3-3
301.627Understanding and Preventing Violence3-3
330.627Gender and Mental Health1-S1
330.661Social, Psychological and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders333
380.624Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs4-2
380.721Schools and Health2-4
380.747International Adolescent Health34-
410.626Alcohol, Society and Health3-3
380.635Introduction to Urban Health3-3
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
410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods3-2

Sponsoring Department

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Faculty Sponsor
Arik Marcell, MD, MPH

Faculty Co-Sponsor

Name Robert Blum, MD, PhD

Administrative Contact

Name Lauren Ferretti Black
Phone (410) 614-6676

Gainful Employment Program Information

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