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Health Education

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate program, certificate candidates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and modify the personal and environmental factors that influence health-related behaviors, and by doing so, impact the overall health of individuals and communities. Upon completion of the core courses of the certificate program, students will gain a broad understanding of health education principles, theories, and strategies, and will achieve the competencies considered central to effective health education. After completing core and elective courses, students will be able to:

  1. Assess individual and community needs for health education;
  2. Plan effective health education programs;
  3. Implement health education programs;
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs;
  5. Coordinate provisions of health education services;
  6. Act as a resource person; and
  7. Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

Eligibility

Current Johns Hopkins University graduate students with an interest in health education.

Admissions Criteria

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

Students interested in the certificate program must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours from the list of required and elective courses (9 required credits and a minimum of 9 elective credits). All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed within 3 years. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required for certificate coursework.  

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 and 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 prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required. 

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 No.Course titleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
  Introduction to Online Learning

All Students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

01,2,3,4,Summer-
550.860

Academic & Research Ethics

All Students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

01,2,3,4,Summer-
Required Courses (9 credits required)
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341,W
410.630Implementation and Sustainability of Community-based Health Programs3-4
410.651Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication3-3
Elective Courses (9 credits required)
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4-W
410.600Fundamentals of Health, Behavior and Society4-1
410.610Health and Homelessness3-3
410.613Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness3-3
410.615Research Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences3-2
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communication4-2,W

W = Course is offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington DC

SI = Course is offered in the Summer Institute in Baltimore

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact
Name:
 Barbara Diehl
Phone: (410) 502-4415
Email: bdiehl1@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name:
Eileen McDonald

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name:
Andrea Gielen

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.