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Training Certificate in Public Health


Educational Objectives



Upon completion of the Training Certificate the individual will be able to:

- Use appropriate statistical methods for critical reading of reports of statistical analysis of public health problems;
- Apply the basic concepts of epidemiology to the study of the patterns of disease and injury applied to public health;
- Determine the role of environmental factors affecting the health of a population;
- Identify the managerial and policy issues associated with the delivery, quality and costs of health care;
- Identify the social, behavioral, and cultural factors related to population health.


The Certificate is open to non-JHSPH students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least one college level Biology course and one college level Math or Statistics course completed with a grade of B or above, and a strong overall record of successful academic performance.
The Training Certificate is also open to members of the public health workforce or students enrolled in degree programs in other Johns Hopkins schools seeking formal education and training in the five core areas of public health. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. The Certificate can be completed by taking all courses online or a combination of online and onsite courses.

Individuals interested in the Master of Public Health or another degree program in the School following completion of the Certificate for-credit may be able to apply the course credits upon application and admission to the degree program.

Individuals who are matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloombert School are not eligible for this Training Certificate; students enrolled in degree programs in other Johns Hopkins schools are eligible to apply.

Admissions Process

Students must apply to the program using the School's online application.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.  There is no deadline for application. The Certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV or resume, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and one letter of recommendation.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by an external credentialing agency.  No more than 6 credits may be accrued as a Special Student Limited before submission of an application to the Certificate program, complete with all supporting documents. Students applying for non-credit must submit an application and be admitted before enrolling in any courses. Students admitted to the Training Certificate program must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferral.

Course of Study

Students complete courses in the 5 core areas of public health. The courses can be taken not-for-credit or for-credit. Depending on the selection of courses chosen, the total credit number will range between a minimum of 22 and a maximum of 26. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics prior to taking courses in the remaining three core areas.

Students interested in obtaining the Master of Public Health degree in the part-time and internet-based programs of the School may apply all of the course credits of the Certificate program to the MPH program upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MPH program.  For specific questions about the MPH program, please contact the MPH office directly:

Please verify the terms during which courses are offered by using the course catalog: - the course catalog information is always up-to-date.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses:

Biostatistics: *Both courses required*

140.611Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I311, SI
 - AND -   
140.612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II322, SI

Epidemiology: Choose

340.601Principles of Epidemiology531, S,SI
 - OR -   
550.694Fundamentals of Epidemiology I31-
 - AND -   
550.695Fundamentals of Epidemiology II32-

Environmental Health : Required Course

180.601Environmental Health53S, SI

Social & Behavioral Sciences: Choose one

221.688Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care43,S-
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, W
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health411

Management Sciences: Choose one

305.607Public Health Practice * Please note course prerequisite requirement*442
551.601Managing Health Services Organizations43-
551.603Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management31,32, 3, SI

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

Requirements for Successful Completion:

- Successful completion of all courses with a GPA of 2.75 or above whether registered not-for–credit or for-credit. In addition, all students must complete the online Introduction to Academic Ethics module within the first two terms of enrollment.  Students planning to take online courses must complete the online Introduction to Online Learning, a free mandatory prerequisite for all on-line courses offered by the Bloomberg School.

- The Training Certificate must be completed within two years of entry to the program.

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Stephen Gange

Administrative Contact
Felicity Turner
Phone 410.955-5995

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 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.
  2. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  3. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for Certificate programs.