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Training Certificate in Quantitative Methods in Public Health

Sponsoring department

Educational Objectives
The certificate recipient will be able to – 1) evaluate the methods used to measure health effects in populations, 2) interpret basic, quantitative public health measures, 3) judge policy implications of public health data and research, 4) be familiar with the difficulties of collecting, interpreting and analyzing data and their implications, and 5) perform a critical review of public health/epidemiologic literature.

Intended Audience

Members of the public health workforce and other professionals who seek training and education in basic quantitative methods for analyzing and using public health data. Matriculated degree candidates are not eligible for this certificate. This program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. Most courses are available in the institutes or via the internet.

Admissions Criteria

Bachelor's degree with at least one college level biology or equivalent course, one college-level math or statistics course, and a strong record of successful academic performance.

No more than 8 credits may be accrued before submission of an application to the certificate program, complete with all supporting documents.
Matriculated students must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferment.

To apply, please go to
the admissions application.

Course of Study

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
550.608Problem Solving in Public Health *4-SI, W, F
140.611Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I311,SI
140.612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II322,SI
 340.663Epidemiology Workshop: Interpreting and Using Epidmiologic Evidence2 W (currently offered in alternate odd years only.  The next time this course will be offered is 2015)
Select either 340.601 or 550.694 AND 550.695
340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-I,S,SI
550.694Fundamentals of Epidemiology I31-
550.695Fundamentals of Epidemiology II32-
Select either 340.608 OR 140.613 AND 140.614   
340.608Observational Epidemiology ( Note Prerequisites)432
 - OR -   
140.613Data Analysis Workshop I2-SI, W
 - AND -   
140.614Data Analysis Workshop II (Note Prerequisites)2-SI, W

*It is recommended that this course be taken first.

S = Course offered in the summer term
SI = Course offered in the summer institute
W = Course offered in the winter institute
F = Course offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain

Requirements for Successful Completion

Successful completion of all courses with a GPA of 2.75 or above. In addition, all students must complete the online Introduction to Academic Ethics module within the first two terms of enrollment.

The Certificate must be completed within two years of entry into the program. More Detailed Information.
Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Sukon Kanchanaraksa
Phone 410-223-1851

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Marie Diener-West
Phone 410-502-6894

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 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.