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Community-Based Public Health (CBPH)


Educational Objectives
To develop students’ skills and competencies for careers in both community-based public health practice and research, particularly for applications in underserved urban settings. By marrying training in these two areas, this certificate will prepare future community public health practitioners and researchers to collaborate. The certificate will train recipients in the skills and knowledge necessary for community-based public health program development, management and evaluation, community-based participatory research (CPBR) and other research in community settings. It will also train students in the following key competencies for community-based public health practice and research, including: Cultural Competency Skills and Attitudes • Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of community-based public health • Utilize appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences • Develop and adapt approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences Linking Social and Environmental Causes of Disease and Community Health • Define, assess, and understand the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services impacting communities • Understand the historical development, structure, and interaction of national and local public health and health care systems • Identify and apply research methods appropriate for community-based applications Community Dimensions of Practice Skills and Attitudes • Promote the utilization of leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships and maintain key stakeholders • Utilize best practices for engaging in effective community partnerships • Identify community assets and available resources


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johsn Hopkins University.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students 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 email in order to receive advice on selecting electives.

All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application.  Applications are accepted throughout the year. 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 credits.  Students must complete two required courses and one required practicum course for a minimum of nine term credits.  They must also complete at least one elective course in each of the three key competency areas for a minimum of nine elective term credits.  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

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  Students must take all certificate courses for a letter grade and earn a B or better in each course.  Course substitutions and waivers are not permitted and all courses must be taken with 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 TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required (Core) Courses
410.630.Implementation and Sustainability of Community-based Health Programs3-4
410.631Introduction to Community-based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods3-2
Any students not enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to take the folloiwng practicum course.  Experience prior to enrollment in the student's current degree program is not applicable to the certificate:
550.864Baltimore Community PracticumVariable-2, 3
School of Nursing students are required to take one the following two practicum courses
NR 500.602Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice – Practicum3  
NR 500.606Public Health Nursing Leadership, Management & Evaluation Capstone Practicum3  
Elective Courses:  Each student must select at least one course from each of the following three gorups of courses, for a total minimum of 10 credits.
Group I: Cultural Competency Skills and Attitudes
NR 110.560Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care2  
224.690.Qualitative Research Theory and Methods5-3
224.691Qualitative Data Analysis5-4
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2, W
410.651 Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication3-3
410.690Ethnographic Fieldwork4-3
Group 2: Linking Social and Environmental Causes of Disease and Community Health
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries34-
300.711Health Policy I: Social and Economic Determinants of Health3-1
410.611Health, Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S3-2
301.615Seminar in Health Disparities3-2
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, W
305.607Public Health Practice442
305.613Design and Evaluation of Community Health and Safety Interventions4-3
380.612Applications in Program Monitoring and Evaluation4-4
380.634Introduction to Urban Health???
Group 3: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills and Attitudes
180.655Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments4-3
180.880Special Studies in Environmental Health Community Outreach*Variable-1,2,3,4
 410.861Graduate Seminar in Community-based Research*1-1,
NR 500.604PHN Population-based Public Health Nursing Interventions3  
221.635Case Studies in Primary Health Care423
301.645Health Advocacy3-4, SI

W = Offered in the Winter Institute
SI = Offered in the Summer Institute
*Offered in all 4 terms, 1 unit per term -- minimum of 2 terms required.

Sponsoring department
Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Name Janice Bowie

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name Mindi Levin

Administrative Contact
Name Barbara Diehl
Phone 410.502.4415

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.