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 is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.
Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to complete a short application and submit it to the Administrative Contact. Applicants are also encouraged to contact one of the certificate faculty sponsors by email in order to receive advice on selecting courses.
All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. 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 and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
Course of Study
The certificate requires a minimum of 19 term credits comprised of at least ten term credits of required courses and at least nine term credits of electives. 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 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
Students must complete a minimum of 19 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn at least a B in each required course and at least a C in each elective course and attain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the certificate courses. All courses must be completed within a three-year period.
In addition to the application that MUST be completed before a student can start the certificate program, 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|
Core Courses (10 units required)
Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues
Ethical Issues in Public Health
Special Studies in Health Policy and Management 1
Elective Courses (minimum of 9 units)
Graduate Doctoral Seminar in Bioethics
Public Health and the Law
Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management
Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners
Social Justice theory and Public Health
Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in Genetics and Genomics Over Time
Animals in research: Law, Policy and Humane Sciences
Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries
Courses offered during JHSPH Summer or Winter Institutes or Berman Institute Bioethics Intensives may be substituted with permission of faculty.
*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. Next offered 2014-2015, consent of instructor required.
***Offered every other year. Next offered 2014-2015.
Name Pamela Davis
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.
The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in bioethics and health policy.
- 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.
- Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
- Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
- The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.