Health Disparities and Health Inequality
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.
Upon successful completion of this certificate, student will:
- Become knowledgeable of the current research on health disparities and health inequalities
- Become knowledgeable on the underlying cause of health inequalities
- Be able to identify, describe, and be knowledgeable regarding possible solutions to address/reduce health inequalities in different populations
The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.
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 Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
|Required Course and Journal Club|
Seminar in Health Disparities
Health Disparities Journal Club
1, 2, 3, 4
The Political Economy of Social Inequality and Its Consequences of Health and Quality of Life
Health, Poverty and Public Policy
Health and Homelessness
Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners
Women’s Health Policy
Advanced Seminar in Social Epidemiology
|380.756||Poverty, Economic Development and Health||4||-||4|
|380.668||International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health||3||-||3|
|380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health (formerly: Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks, Contexts, and Measurements)||4||1||1|
|300.711||Health Policy I: Social and Economic Determinants of Health||3||-||1|
|410.861||Graduate Seminar in Community-Based Research||1||-||1, 2, 3, 4|
|300.652||Politics of Health Policy||4||-||3|
|308.665||Financing and Delivery of Health Services for Vulnerable Populations||2||-||4|
|110.831||Issues and Trends in Global Health||1||-||1, 2|
|380.635||Introduction to Urban Health||3||-||4|
|221.624||Urban Health in Developing Countries||3||4||-|
|410.630||Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs||3||-||4|
|410.660||Latino Health: Measure and Predictors||3||-||4|
|110.824||Stress and Stress Response*||3||-|
|340.666||Foundations of Social Epidemiology||3||-||2|
|410.631||Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research||3||-||2|
|Special Studies (must be coordinated by Dr. Thorpe)|
* =Course offered by the School of Nursing
Health Policy and Management
Name Pamela Davis
Gainful Employment Program Information
|Certificate Name||Health Disparities and Health Inequality1|
|Credential Level||Post-Baccalaureate Certificate|
|Occupations and SOC Codes||11-9110 Medical and Health Services Managers|
|19-3022 Survey Researchers|
|View O*Net occupational profiles||21-1091 Health Educators|
|http://www.onetonline.org/find||29-0000 Health Care Practitioners|
|Minimum Number of Term Credits Required||18 term credits. Each term is 8 weeks in duration.|
|Weeks2||32 (please read footnote)|
|Tuition and Fees||The 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 Rate4||0 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013|
|Job Placement Rate5||Not 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|
- 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.
- 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.
- Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
- Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
- The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.