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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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  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

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 grade point average of 2.75 is required for certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years. 

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 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 (see below for further information).  Questions regarding the course of study should be directed to the faculty sponsors.

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 prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study

0

1,2,3,4,Summer

-

550.860

Academic and Research Ethics

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study

0

1,2,3,4,Summer

-

Required Course and Journal Club

301.615

Seminar in Health Disparities

3

-

3

 Health Disparities Journal Club (meets in Hampton House Lecture Hall B14B from 12:00-1:20 on the second Tuesday of each month between September and May.0-1,2,3,4

410.611

Health Poverty and Public Policy

3

-

2

410.610

Health and Homelessness

3

-

3

340.683

Human Rights for Public Health Practioners

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 Health4-2
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 Health*3-4
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-Variable
340.666Foundations of Social Epidemiology3-2
410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research3-2
 Special Studies (must be coordinated by Dr. Roland 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 tal@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor

Name Roland J. Thorpe, Jr.
Phone 443.287.5297
Email rthorpe@jhu.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone 410.614.1580
Email pdavis8@jhu.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.