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Public Health Preparedness

Important Notice:  This certificate program is not accepting applications for the 2014-15 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 Johns 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

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.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are Tinterested in Public Health Preparedness.

  1. 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.
  2. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  3. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  4. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs