- Sponsoring department
- Educational Objectives
The certificate is designed to serve two audiences—masters or doctoral degree students at The Johns Hopkins University and junior and mid-level professionals—desiring to gain skills in applying demographic analytic methods to identify or forecast public health problems and evaluate the effectiveness of policies or interventions aimed at mitigating them. Demographic analytic methods are used to calculate denominators of health measures. They, along with epidemiology methods, are used to develop profiles of those at risk for health/disease conditions, evaluate health care interventions, forecast health resource needs, and inform health care policies and planning based on accurate projections of at-risk groups.
Upon completion students will be able to:
- ▪ Assess comparative strengths and weaknesses of different methods of demographic analysis
- ▪ Analyze a range of population and health issues using appropriate demographic methods
- ▪ Critically evaluate the public health implications of results from applications of different demographic and population analysis methods
- Admissions Criteria
Persons eligible for admission to the certificate program must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program at The Johns Hopkins University (any division) or be a non-degree student with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
Bloomberg Degree Students will apply for the certificate no later than the first week of the term in which they commence the last course for the certificate. However, students are encouraged to contact the faculty sponsors prior to beginning certificate courses to receive advice on elective selection. Applications are available from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health Academic Coordinator and must be submitted to the certificate faculty sponsors. The certificate program will verify courses and GPA and report the certificate completion to the Bloomberg Office of Records and Registration for inclusion on the student's permanent transcript.
All Others interested in the certificate should contact one of the faculty sponsors prior to applying. Applicants apply through the school’s admissions office in September of the year during which they will begin certificate courses. Applicants apply for special student regular status to the Demographic “track/division” of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. The application includes a copy of all post-secondary transcripts, a statement of purpose, and one letter of recommendation. A committee of faculty will review each application and make the admissions decision. The certificate program will verify courses and GPA and report the certificate completion to the Bloomberg Office of Records and Registration for inclusion on the student's permanent transcript.
Course of Study
Students must complete the three required courses and at least six credits of elective courses.
- 380.603 Demographic Methods in Public Health (2nd term and 3rd term online, 4 credits)
- 380.650 Fundamentals of Life Tables (3rd term, 4 credits)
- 380.651 Methods and Measures in Population Studies (4th term, 4 credits)
- 140.640 Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys (3rd term, 3 credits)
- 221.627 Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries (2nd term, 4 credits)
- 221.641 Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies (4th term, 2 credits)
- 380.600 Principles of Population Change (2nd term and 2nd term online, 4 credits)
- 380.615 Application of Population Data for Policy and Practice (2nd term, 3 credits)
- 380.662 Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health (2nd term, 4 credits)
- 380.711 Issues in Survey Research Design (3rd term, 3 credits)
- 380.712 Methods in the Analysis of Large Population Surveys (4th term, 3 credits)
- 380.750 Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships (3rd term, 3 credits)
- 380.758 Demographic Estimation for Developing Countries (4th term online, 4 credits)
Requirements for Successful Completion
A minimum of 18 credits must be taken. All required and elective certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the certificate courses or a minimum grade of B in each of the certificate courses. Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.