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Public Health Preparedness

Important Notice:  This certificate program is not accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year

Students who would like tobe trained to identify the major threats to public health; to identify public health issues during emergency situations; and how to integrate the risk sciences, public health practice and public health surveillance systems as they relate to preparedness and emergency response, should apply for this program.

Educational Objectives

The Certificate in Public Health Preparedness is designed to provide essential tools for public health practitioners to prepare for natural disasters, terrorism or other emerging threats. Specific objectives of the certificate are to:

  1. Identify the major threats to public health and to identify public health issues in disasters
  2. Describe the integration of risk sciences, public health practice and public health surveillance as it relates to public health preparedness and terrorism response


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johsn Hopkins University.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office, but they are required to complete a short application and submit it to the Administrative Contact. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. Applicants are also 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 before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. 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 and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
180.670Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness3-4, F
305.607Public Health Practice442
317.600Introduction to Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
Elective Courses (Select 10 credits from the following list)
187.610Public Health Toxicology421
221.613Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies2-1
221.642Mental Health Aspects of Disaster: Public Health Preparedness and Response2-4
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies424
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3-3, F
260.606.Major Global Infectious Diseases: Prospects for Control2-W
300.600.Introduction to Health Policy41-
301.771Communicating with the Media in a Crisis1-S
306.625Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care3-2
306.650Public Health and the Law3-3
340.651Emerging Infections2-4
340.653Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations3-4
551.610Foundations of Leadership3-2,3,S,SI, DrPH

W = Course offered in the Winter Intersession
F = Course offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain
S = Course offered in the Summer Term
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute
DrPh = Course restricted to DrPh Students

Requirements for Successful Completion

Requirements for successful completion: All students are required to complete the three core courses (10 credits) and an additional 10 credits from the list of approved courses for a total of 20 credits to complete the certificate. Core courses required for this certificate may not be waived or substituted. All courses must be taken for academic credit/letter grade, and students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the 20 credits in order to receive the certificate.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Thomas Burke

Administrative Contact
Pamela Davis

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NamePublic Health Preparedness1
CIP Code 
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
Occupations and SOC Codes11-9110 Medical and Health Services Managers
 11-9150 Social and Community Service Managers
 19-1040 Medical Scientists
 19-2040 Environmental Scientists
View O*Net occupational profiles11-9160 Emergency Management Directors Health Care Practitioners
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required20 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 term credit for part-time degree students ($19,080 for 20 term 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 Public Health Preparedness.
  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