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Vaccine Science and Policy

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, students 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.

Eligibility

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.  Post-doctoral students at JHSPH are also permitted to enroll in the certificate.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admission decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in certificate courses.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

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 and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm the 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 prerequisites 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.

01,2,3,4,Summer-
550.860

Academic and Research Ethics

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

01,2,3,4,Summer-
Vaccine Seminar (2 terms required)
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)

223.662

Vaccine Development and application

4

2

2

223.687

Vaccine Policy Issues

3

-

3

223.689

Biologic Basis of Vaccine Development

3

-

4

223.705

Clinical Vaccine Trials and Good Clinical Practice

4

4

-

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

223.663

Infectious Disease and Child Survival

3

-

3

223.664

Design and Conduct Trials

4

-

3

223.680

Global Disease Control Programs and Policies

4

4

4

223.682Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Disease344

260.611

Principles of Immunology I

4

-

1

260.612

Principles of Immunology II

4

-

2

260.631Immunology, Infection and Disease3-2
260.656Malariology443

260.717

Graduate Immunology: the Immune Response

3

-

4

306.665

Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues

3

-

3

340.627Epidemiology of Infectious Disease422
340.646Epidemiology and Public Health Aspects of HIV and AIDS421

S = Summer Term

Contact Information

Sponsoring department
International Health

Certificate Program Contact
Name:
 Amber Cox
Phone: 443-287-4734

Email: acox@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name:
Anna Durbin

Gainful Employment Program Information

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid.  You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs.  Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.