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Certificate Programs

Health Disparities and Health Inequality

Overview

The goal of the certificate program is to train future leaders in research on health disparities and health inequality, and to train individuals to identify the underlying causes of health inequalities and how to develop and implement effective solutions.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, student will:

  1. Become knowledgeable of the current research on health disparities and health inequalities
  2. Become knowledgeable on the underlying cause of health inequalities
  3. Be able to identify, describe, and be knowledgeable regarding possible solutions to address/reduce health inequalities in different populations

Eligibility

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 submit a Declaration of Intent to pursue the Certificate Program, and a letter describing how this certificate will help them achieve their career goals. These documents must be sent to the Administrative contact before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate 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. This application includes a CV, a letter describing how this certificate will help them achieve their career goals, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to purse the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The review committee for the certificate program will review the applications and notified by the certficate review committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 academic credits of coursework and participation in the Health Disparities Journal Club over one academic year. The Health Disparities Journal Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:15pm, between September and May. The Journal Club will meet in the Hampton House building, room 250. Questions regarding the course of study should be directed to the faculty sponsors.

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 prerequisites 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 requirements for the Certificate consist of taking the required Seminar in Health Disparities course, attending 75% of the journal club meetings over one academic year, and taking fifteen or more credits from the elective courses listed below. All courses for the Certificate must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average is necessary in the required and elective courses.

All requirements must be completed within 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 review committee, and processed by the Registrar.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Course and Journal Club

301.615

Seminar in Health Disparities

3

-

2

 

Health Disparities Journal Club

0

-

1, 2, 3, 4

Elective Courses:

308.610

The Political Economy of Social Inequality and Its Consequences of Health and Quality of Life

3

-

3

410.611

Health, Poverty and Public Policy

3

-

2

410.610

Health and Homelessness

3

-

3

301.655

Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners

2

-

3

380.666

Women’s Health

3

-

3

380.667

Women’s Health Policy

3

-

4

340.705

Advanced Seminar in Social Epidemiology

3

-

3

380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-4
380.668International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health3-3
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health (formerly: Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks, Contexts, and Measurements)411
300.711Health Policy I: Social and Economic Determinants of Health3-1
410.861Graduate Seminar in Community-Based Research1-1, 2, 3, 4
300.652Politics of Health Policy4-3
308.665Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations2-4
110.831Issues and Trends in Global Health1-1, 2
380.635Introduction to Urban Health3-4
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries34-
410.630Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs3-4
410.660Latino Health: Measure and Predictors3-4
110.824Stress and Stress Response*3- 
340.666Foundations of Social Epidemiology3-2
410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research3-2
 Special Studies (must be coordinated by Dr. Thorpe)   

* =Course offered by the School of Nursing 

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Name Thomas LaVeist
Phone 410.955.3774
Email tlaveist@jhsph.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr.
Phone 443.287.5297
Email rthorpe@jhsph.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone 410.614.1580
Email pdavis@jhsph.edu

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 Health Disparities and Health Inequality.
  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.