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:
- Primary causes of adolescent mortality and morbidity both domestically and globally
- Adolescent growth and development including biological, neurological and cognitive, psychological, emotional, and other developmental processes, as well as cultural contexts in which young people live that impact health and health behavior
- Proximate and distal social environments in which young people mature and the mechanisms by which such environments influence health outcomes
- Ethical issues inherent in working with adolescents who are legal minors
- Policies and legislation that are evidence-based as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate and health promoting (e.g., graduated drivers’ licenses)
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::
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
All Students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
|Required Courses: Students must complete the following three required courses|
|380.623||Adolescent Health and Development||3||3||-|
|380.725||The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development||3||-||4|
|380.845||Seminar 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|
|380.720||Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond||2||-||2|
|380.749||Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health||3||-||4|
|380.761||Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health Practice||4||4||3|
|380.762||HIV Infection in Women, Children and Adolescents||4||4||-|
|410.629||Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Health||3||-||2|
|Elective Courses: Group B|
|410.629||Nutrition and Life Stages||3||-||3|
|301.627||Understanding and Preventing Violence||3||-||3|
|330.627||Gender and Mental Health||1||-||S1|
|330.661||Social, Psychological and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders||3||3||3|
|380.624||Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs||4||-||2|
|380.721||Schools and Health||2||-||4|
|380.747||International Adolescent Health||3||4||-|
|410.626||Alcohol, Society and Health||3||-||3|
|380.635||Introduction to Urban Health||3||-||3|
|410.752||Children, Media, and Health||3||-||3|
|Elective Courses: Group C|
|224.689||Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels||4||-||2|
|380.611||Fundamentals of Program Evaluation||4||-||3|
|410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3||4||1|
|410.631||Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods||3||-||2|
Name Arik Marcell, MD, MPH
Name Lauren Ferretti Black
Phone (410) 614-6676
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