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Training Certificate in Public Health Practice

Educational Objectives

The certificate recipient will be able to:

- Identify, analyze and use available disease and behavioral surveillance data;
- Apply leadership in the management of health systems organizations;
- Communicate effectively to constituencies both within and outside of the health system;
- Determine public health information needs;
- Use appropriate basic statistical, demographic, and epidemiologic techniques to evaluate data with attention to quality control issues;
 - Support state and local public health agency efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for health services research;
- Identify and help fill needs for information and responses to new threats to public health.

Intended Audience

- Members of the public health workforce who seek formal education and training in public health principles, problem solving skills, quantitative methods, social and behavioral determinants of disease, organization and management of health programs, and preparation for new and emerging threats to the health of the public. - Public health practitioners interested in obtaining the Master of Public Health degree in the part-time and internet-based programs of the School may be able apply Certificate course credits towards the MPH degree upon application and admission to the MPH program. - Matriculated degree candidates are not eligible for this certificate but graduate students enrolled in other Schools within the Johns Hopkins University are eligible to apply.This program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. 

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.  No more than 6 credits may be accrued before submission to the certificate program, complete with all supporting documents.  Matriculated students must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferment. 

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 21 term credits with a minimum overal GPA of 2.75.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within two 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 processsed by the Registrar.  

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 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-

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-
Required Courses: 
550.608Problem Solving in Public Health*4-SI,W,F
305.607Public Health Practice (Please note prerequisite course requirement)442.4
Required Epidemiology Courses: Fundamentals of Epidemiology I and II or Principles of Epidemiology
550.694 Fundamentals of Epidemiology I**31-
550.695Fundamentals of Epidemiology II**32-
340.601Principles of Epidemiology**531, S, SI
Required Social and Behavioral Courses: Students must select one course
410.616Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health4-SI
380.604 Life Course Perspectives on Health411
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2,W
Elective Courses: At least 6 credits must be taken
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341,W
300.600Introduction to Health Policy4-1
551.601Managing Health Services Organizations43-
180.620Food Production, Public Health and the Environment42-
220.601Introduction to International Health441
222.637Health Information Systems32-

  *NOTE: This course should be taken first.
*It is recommended that the required EPI course be satisfied as early as possible in the program.

S = Course offered in the summer term
SI = Course offered in the summer institute
W = Course offered in the winter institute 

More Detailed Information

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Thomas Burke
Phone 410-614-4587

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Sukon Kanchanaraksa
Phone 410-223-1851

Administrative Contact
Felicity Turner
Phone 410-955-5595

Gainful Employment Program Information

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