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Health Communication


Educational Objectives

Students completing the certificate will be exposed to and have a basic understanding of the theoretical and applied aspects of Health Communication. Competencies achieved will include, but are not limited to:

1) awareness of behavior change and communication theories;
2) knowledge of media effects and audiences uses of media/communication modes; and
3) recognition of quantitative and qualitative methods used in the study of Health Communication.

Additionally, the Health Communication certificate program will familiarize students with the design and evaluation (formative, process, and summative) of communication messages, campaigns, and programs.


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 and doctoral degree 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 courses.

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 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

Students must complete a minimum of 18 term credits and earn at least a B in all certificate courrsees.  All courses must be completed with in 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.

Completion of eighteen (18) credits from the following course listing.

Note: It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that students interested in this Certificate take 410.653 Contemporary Issues in Health Communication as a way to familiarize oneself with the different faculty and course offerings in Health Communication.

Additional courses may fulfill the requirements for this certificate; however, permission must be obtained by Dr. Borzekowski prior to submitting the application.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, W
410.650Persuasive Communication: Theories and Practice4-2, W
410.651Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication3-3
 301.645 Issues in Health Advocacy3-4, S
410.652Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care2-4
410.653Contemporary Issues in Health Communication1-1, F
410.663Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice3-4
410.733 Communication Network Analysis in Public Health Programs4-1
 380.611 Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4-3
410.654Health Communication Programs  I4-3
410.655 Health Communication Programs II4-4
410.755Health Communication Programs4-3
410.752Children, Media and Health3-3

Research Seminar in Health Communication2??
410.840 **Special Studies and Research in Health, Behavior and SocietyVariable-1,2,3,4
312.660Marketing in Health Care Organizations3-1, S
 317.610Risk Policy, Management and Communication342
410.656 Entertainment Education for Behavior Change and Development4-1

**Must be arranged with Dr. Storey

Sponsoring department

Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
J. Douglas Storey

Administrative Contact
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 health communication.
  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.