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The Johns Hopkins Certificate in Gerontology  is awarded to qualified students who have acquired a body of knowledge that is essential for success in this exciting field.  The University is known for its several centers of excellence in gerontologic studies. It offers a rich array of aging-related courses, conferences, research projects, and mentors across its medical institutions: the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.. The School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology is considered one of the best in the country, and the continuum of long-term and chronic care, located at the University’s Bayview Campus, has been referred to as the most complete in the United States.

Educational Objectives


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

Admissions Process

 Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to complete a Declaration of Intent form and submit it to the Administrative Contact.

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

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:
309.605Health Issues for Aging Populations3-1
309.607Innovations in Health Care for Aging Populations3-2
340.616Epidemiology of Aging3-4
In addition to the Required Courses, students are required to complete a two-course sequence from both Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Please see Requirements for Successful Completion for more details.
Elective Courses:  Students must complete two of the following (elective options must total at least 6 credits)
260.665Biological Basis of Aging*3-3
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411
330.618Mental Health in Later Life*3-4
380.603Demographic Methods for Public Health432
330.623Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders3-4
308.665Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations2-4
330.802Seminar on Aging, Cognition & Neurodegenerative Disorders2-1, 2, 3, 4
380.650Fundamentals of Life Tabeles (you must register for this course in 3rd term but the course is offered during the Winter Institute)4-

*Next offered in Academic Year 2014-2015

Requirements for Successful Completion

In addition to the courses outlined in the Course of Study, students are also required to complete a two-course sequence in epidemiology (e.g. 340.601/608, 340.621/622, 340.691/692 or 340.751/752) and a two-course sequence in biostatistics (e.g., 140.611/612, 140.621/622, or 140.651/652) before graduation. Students must take all courses for letter grade, and receive a grade of "B" or better in each of these courses. Students must successfully complete at least 18 credit hours among the required and elective courses.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Name Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Phone 410.502.0458

Administrative Contact
Name Pamela Davis
Phone 410.614.1580

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameGerontology1
CIP Code30.1101
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes11-9111  Medical and Health Services Managers
 19-1040 Medical Scientists
 21-1091 Health Educators
 31-1011 Health Health Aides
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Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required

18 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.

Weeks232 weeks  (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program. Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students ($17,172 for 18 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45  (Academic Year 2013-2014)
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate40 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not required
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  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 Gerontology.
  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.