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Public Health Preparedness


Students who would like to be 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

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

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.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Requirements for successful completion: All students are required to complete the three core courses (11 credits) and an additional 9 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 2.75 in the 20 credits in order to receive the certificate

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 pre-requisites 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 course before taking other online courses


Academic & Research Ethics

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

01,2,3,4, Summer-
Required Courses:
180.670Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness3-4
305.607Public Health Practice442
317.600Introduction to Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
Elective Courses (Select 9 credits from the following list
187.610Public Health Toxicology421,S1
221.613Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies2-1
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies444
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3-3,F
260.606Major Global Infectious Diseases: Prospects for Control2-W1
300.600Introduction 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 Infereence in Outbreak Investigations3-2, 4
551.610*Foudnations of Leadership3-2, 3, SI

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

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor
Daniel Barnett

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.