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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I Eligible to Take Classes in the Summer Institutes at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health?

Courses offered in the summer institutes are offered at the graduate level, and are suited to a wide-range of people: from professionals who seek specialized information about a particular public health topic, to primary health care practitioners, individuals considering enrolling in a public health degree program, or graduate students-including those enrolled in degree programs at Hopkins or other schools of public health, and medical students.   The courses are appropriate for those seeking academic credit for coursework, as well as those seeking professional development, who may enroll in courses either for academic credit or not-for-credit.

How Do I Apply to Take Classes in the Summer Institutes?

For most of the summer institutes, application is a registration process requiring sign up for individual courses, not a formal application to an academic program. 

However, those interested in attending the Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) course can find information about the application requirements on the website for that particular program:

How Do I Register for Classes in the Summer Institutes?

If you are not currently enrolled in an academic program at the Bloomberg School but would like to take classes in the summer institutes, you will find information about registration here:

If you are a student currently enrolled in an academic program at the Bloomberg School, you will register for summer institute courses through ISIS,  just the way that you register for courses during the regular term.

Am I Eligible for Tuition Remission?

Full-time university faculty, staff, and eligible dependents may enroll in courses under the terms of the Hopkins Tuition Remission Program. Information on tuition remission criteria is available at

Signed tuition remission applications and vouchers (and Institute applications) must be submitted at the time of registration either by mail or in person

Please note that is the student’s responsibility to understand and follow the terms of the Tuition Remission Plan.

Is It Possible to Enroll in Courses in More Than One Institute?

Yes! You are welcome to enroll in the courses that most interest you, even if they are offered by different institutes.

May I Take Courses Either For Academic Credit or Not-For-Credit?

Yes! Students may choose whether they would like to receive academic credit and a JHSPH transcript for the courses that they take in the summer institute, or whether they would like to take their courses not-for-credit. Typically, courses taken not-for-credit cost the student less than those taken for academic credit. The decision to take a course for academic credit or not-for-credit is made at the time of registration. More information can be found here:

What is the Cost Per Course?

Unless otherwise stated, the cost per credit unit in the summer institutes of 2014 is $986. Individual courses differ in the number of credits that they offer. Individual institutes charge different amounts for non-credit courses, so if you are curious about the cost of a course you wish to take not-for-credit, it is best to determine which institute the course is in, and then contact the coordinator for that institute directly.

How Can I Find Out Which Courses Are Offered This Summer?

One way to find out about the courses that will be offered this summer is to visit the individual sites for the summer institutes that most interest you. Each institute lists the courses that it will be offering, as well as information about the faculty teaching the courses.

Another way to see a list of the courses offered each summer is to visit the Bloomberg School’s official course catalog . The course catalog displays the most up to date information about the courses that will be offered. Please make sure that for “Year” you select 2014-2015 from the drop-down menu, and for  “Term” you select “Summer Inst.”  You will be shown a list of all the summer institute courses in all departments that will offered in the 2014 summer institutes.

Is There a Limit to the Number of Summer Institute Courses I May Take?

Individuals who are not enrolled in an academic program at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health may take up to 16 credits of coursework as “Special Students Limited.”  Those wishing to take additional courses must then seek acceptance in Special Students Regular or degree status.

What is the Difference Between Taking a Course for Academic Credit or Not-For-Credit?

Students who take courses for academic credit are required to fulfill all course requirements and participate in methods of evaluation, can choose whether they wish to receive a letter grade or Pass/Fail for their participation, and will receive an official transcript from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health upon completion.

Students who take courses not-for-credit are not required to participate in course requirements or exams and will not receive an official transcript from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Is Tuition Assistance Available for Summer Institute Courses?

No. Financial (tuition) assistance is not available for courses taken in the summer institutes.

Who Should I Contact With Questions?

Each institute has a Coordinator who will be able to answer specific questions about the institute.

If you have questions about registration, billing, or payment information, please contact Continuing Education Student Services:

If you have general questions about the Continuing Education at the Bloomberg School, please contact the Office of Continuing Education:

Contact information for the individual institutes:

 Leadership in Strategic Health Communication Workshop:

Health Policy and Management Summer Institute:

Health, Behavior and Society Summer Institute:

Mental Health Summer Institute:

Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics:

Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine and Public Health:

Health Emergencies in Large Populations:

Health in Prisons:

Environmental Health Sciences:

Principles and Practice of Injury Prevention: