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Certificate in Population Health Management


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers fully online, part-time master's degree and certificate programs, designed for working professionals. Our Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) focus on emergent industry sectors that have a resounding need for highly skilled professionals. Population health management has emerged as an important strategy for health care providers and payers. The Certificate in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations. The program is structured to guide health care professionals seeking to transform or create sustainable models of value-driven accountable care.


Upon completion of the Certificate program in Population Health Management, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:

  1. Identify determinants of population health that impact health outcomes in a community and apply the essentials of public health practice to design low cost interventions;
  2. Lead the formation and management of contemporary health care systems that consist of, and rely upon, diverse stakeholders in the organization and delivery of community-based models of care;
  3. Communicate effectively to constituencies both within and outside of the health system;
  4. Articulate and apply frameworks for collecting, analyzing, and using data to inform decisions, facilitate care coordination, and improve health outcomes of targeted populations within and outside the health system; 
  5. Develop effective collaboratives and support state and local public health agency efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for improving health services delivery.


The certificate program is open to members of the health care industry and public health workforce seeking formal education and training in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and leading population health management. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. The certificate program can be completed by taking all courses.

The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students are required to have at least three years of health-related work experience in order to apply for the program.

Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School or other schools at Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for this certificate.

Students interested in obtaining the related OPAL degree - the Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management - may apply all of the course credits of the certificate program to the MAS program upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MAS program.  For specific questions about the MAS program, please contact the OPAL office directly at



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

The application for the certificate program in Population Health Management is open in SOPHAS Express. The deadline to apply is Saturday, June 1, 2017. For more information, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.


The certificate program requires a minimum of 26 term credits and successful completion of all courses for a letter grade, as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.  The certificate program length is flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and must be completed within three years. 

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.  


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered for students in OPAL programs.  Courses are offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.  

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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

01,2,3,4, Summer

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

01,2,3,4, Summer
TBDEssentials of Population Health Management 31
TBDManaged Care and Health Insurance: Impact and Challenges for Populations31
TBDCollective Impact: Developing and Leading Community Partnerships to Improve Global Health32
TBDAccountable Care: Assessing Quality and Effectiveness of Population Health Initiatives32
TBDPopulation Health Informatics33
600.701Introduction to Epidemiology 43
600.711Public Health Statistics I44
TBDManaging Health Across the Continuum: Contemporary Models of Disease Prevention and Care Management34



Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak to an admissions officer. 


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

The certificate program in Population Health Management is pending endorsement by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). For more information, Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.