Bioethics and Public Health Policy
Students interested in supplementing their degree program with the development and use of bioethics knowledge and skills should consider enrollment in this program.
- To develop students' ability to recognize and analyze a moral problem in public health practice, research, and health policy
- To develop students' ability to further public policy debate concerning moral problems in public health practice, research, and health policy.
The certificate program is open to students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs in any division of The Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS degree students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program.
Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.
The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.
Requirement for Successful Completion
The certificate program requires a minimum of 19 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a GPA of 2.75 or higher for the certificate courses. All courses must be completed within a three year period.
The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion form 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 the 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 pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
Core Courses (10 credits required)
|300.840||Special Studies in Health Policy and Management||1*||-||1,2,3,4,S|
Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
Ethical Issues in Public Health
Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues
Elective Courses (minimum of 9 credits)
|187.625||Animals in Research: Law, Policy and Humane Sciences||2||4||-|
|221.616||Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries||2||4||4|
Public Health and the Law
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management
Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners
Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in Genetics and Genomics Over Time
|700.601||Foundations of Bioethics I||3||-||1|
|700.602||Hot Topics in Bioethics||3||2|
|700.603||Moral Theory for Bioethics||3||-||1|
|700.604||Methods in Bioethics||3||-||2|
|700.621||Ethics in Clinical Practice: Fundamentals, Problems, and Approaches||3||1||-|
|700.622||Bioethics, Human Rights, and Global Health||3||-||1|
|700.623||Ethics of Healthcare Decision-making: Theory and Practice||3||-||2|
|700.625||Bioethics and the Law||3||-||-|
|700.640||Nutrition Ethics and Policy||3||-||4|
|700.641||Germs, Genes, Patients and Populations (offered every other year)||3||-||4|
*Students must attend 8 Johns Hopkins Berman Institute Sponsored Seminars over the time period they complete the certificate. Students will enroll for one unit credit during the term they expect to complete this requirement.
**Offered every other year.
Name Holly Taylor