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Certificate Programs

Health Education


Sponsoring department
Health, Behavior and Society

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, 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;
7. Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

Intended Audience

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

Admissions Criteria

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

This certificate consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours in health education classes; 9 required credits and a minimum of 9 elective credits. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. Electives are chosen from among the courses listed 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.

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
Required Courses
410.620 Program 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
410.613Psychosocial Factors in Health and Illness3-3
410.616 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health4-S
410.618Integrating Social and Behavioral Theory into Public Health Part I: Foundations4-1
410.610 Health and Homelessness3-3
410.650 Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2, W
410.615 Research Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences3-3
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation4-3
410.652Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care2-4

Requirements for Successful Completion

Students interested in the certificate must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours from the list of required and elective courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and must be completed within 3 years. All certificate courses must be passed with a grade of B or better. Candidates must complete the Certificate in Health Education application form and submit it to the HBS Academic Office no later than the drop/add deadline in the term in which the final course leading to the certificate is taken.

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Eileen McDonald
Phone (410) 614-0225

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Andrea Gielen
Phone (410) 955-2397

Administrative Contact
Barbara Diehl
Phone (410) 502-4415

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameHealth Education1
CIP Code 
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes11-9110  Medical and Health Services Managers
 11-9150  Social and Community Service Managers
 19-3000  Social Scientists
View O*Net occupational profiles21-1000  Community snd Social Service Professions  Media and Communication
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required18 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks232 (please read footnote)
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program.
Tuition is $954 per credit for part-time degree students ($17,172 for 18 credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45  (Academic Year 2013-2014)
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
On-time Completion Rate40 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
Job Placement Rate5Not 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
  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 adolescent health.
  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.