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 Johns Hopkins 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.
- Increase understanding of the health issues confronting aging populations and commonly used terms, conceptual frameworks, and domains of gerontology study.
- Provide health professionals with skills for evaluating the health of an aging population.
- Foster knowledge of constructive interdisciplinary for improving the quality of health care and long-term services and supports for aging populations.
The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.
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. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
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 maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all certificate courses. Students must successfully complete at least 18 credit hours among the required and elective courses. 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 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 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 pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|Course No.||Course Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH
All student are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.
|309.605||Health Issues for Aging Populations||3||-||1|
|309.607||Innovations in Health Care for Aging Populations||3||-||2|
|340.616||Epidemiology of Aging||3||-||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)|
|260.665||Biological Basis of Aging*||3||-||3|
|380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health||4||1||1|
|330.618||Mental Health in Later Life*||3||-||4|
|380.603||Demographic Methods for Public Health||4||3||2|
|330.623||Brain and Behavior in Mental Disorders||3||-||4|
|308.665||Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations||2||-||4|
|330.802||Seminar on Aging, Cognition & Neurodegenerative Disorders||2||-||1, 2, 3, 4|
|380.650||Fundamentals of Life Tables||4||-||3|
Certificate Program Contact
Name Pamela Davis
Name Jennifer Wolff, PhD
Gainful Employment Program Information
At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.