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Vaccine Science and Policy

Overview

Sponsoring department
International Health

Educational Objectives

The certificate program provides a framework for understanding vaccine science and policy, from clinical research to implementation, in both the United States and internationally.

After successfully completing this certificate, you will be prepared to:
 

  1. Understand the detailed process of developing, preparing, evaluating and using vaccines;
  2. Identify, analyze, and critique cutting-edge strategies for approaching vaccine development;
  3. Identify and describe the scientific and policy obstacles preventing development of effective vaccines for several important human pathogens;
  4. Understand current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply and utilization;
  5. Understand global finance policies and strategies for funding vaccine research and development, for purchasing vaccines, and for the implementation and evaluation of vaccine delivery programs and campaigns;
  6. Communicate with the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally;
  7. Explain policy and regulatory requirements and their application in clinical vaccine trials to assure quality and protection of human subjects;
  8. Explain the Good Clinical Practice standards for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analyses, and reporting of clinical vaccine trials.

Intended Audience

This certificate is open to all students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The certificate program in Vaccine Science and Policy is relevant to students of all academic backgrounds with an interest in vaccine development, evaluation, and policy.

Admissions Criteria

The certificate is open to all students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Post-docs are also permitted to enroll in the certificate. Interested students should email the following information to Amber Cox (acox@jhsph.edu) when registering for the first vaccine seminar:

* Name
* JHSPH Degree Program
* Department
* Advisor
* Mailing Address
* Telephone Number
* Email Address


Course of Study

The certificate program requires the following courses:
 

Course No.Course TitleNo.creditsOnline TermCampus Term
Vaccine Seminar (2 terms)
223.867Special Topics in Vaccine Science (1 credit per term)2-2,3
Core Vaccine Courses (select at least three of the four core courses)
223.662Vaccine Development and application4-2

223.687

Vaccine Policy Issues3-3
223.689

Biologic Basis of Vaccine Development

3-4
223.705Clinical Vaccine Trials and Good Clinical Practice44-
Elective Vaccine Courses (Select from the following list to equal 18 total credits of certificate coursework)

120.603

Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza

3

-

2

260.631

Immunology, Infection and Disease

3

-

2

223.663

Infectious Diseases and Child Survival

3

-

3

223.664

Design and Conduct of community Trials

4

-

3

223.680

Global Disease Control Programs and Policies

4

4

4

260.611

Principles of Immunology I

4

-

1

260.612

Principles of Immunology II

4

-

2

260.717

Graduate Immunology:  the Immune Response

3

-

4

306.665

Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues

3

-

3

340.627

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

4

2

2

340.646

Epidemiology and Public Health Aspects of HIV and AIDS

4

2

1

340.769

Professional Epidemiology Methods I

4

-

3

340.770

Public Health Surveillance 

3

-

4

550.860

Research Ethics

1

1-4

-

340.627Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases4-2
223.682Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases3-4
260.656Malariology443


Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements for Successful Completion

* At least 18 credits of certificate coursework that includes 2 credits of vaccine seminar (223.867), 3 core certificate courses, and elective certificate courses
* At least a grade of B in the core courses; core courses must be taken for a letter grade
* At least a grade of C or pass in the other courses
* An overall GPA of 2.75 or better for the certificate courses


Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Anna Durbin
Phone (410) 614-4736
Email adurbin@jhsph.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Amber Cox
Phone 443-287-4734
Email acox@jhsph.edu

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.

 

 

  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.