Mental Health Policy, Economics and Services
- Sponsoring department
- Educational Objectives
The certificate introduces current issues in mental health policy including economic evaluation of mental and substance disorders and their treatments; access to mental health care treatments and utilization patterns; and mental health care financing, insurance, and delivery system issues in the US. The certificate program also strives to orient mental health policy, economics, and services training within the broader context of ongoing national health care debates. It is open to Johns Hopkins University graduate students interested in policy, advocacy, and research careers within the field of mental health and junior and mid-level public health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base and expertise in mental health services and economics and related policy issues.
Students completing the certificate will gain specialized knowledge of policy issues and economics relevant to mental disorders and mental health services. They will be able to:
- 1. Describe the types, organization, and financing of service systems for the mentally ill in the US; strengths and weaknesses of these service systems; and historical and recent trends in the mental health care delivery system
- 2. Discuss the major legal and political developments in mental health care in the US over the last century and their impact on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health illnesses and associated disabilities and co-morbidities
- 3. Interpret and provide input into the conduct of program evaluations, including economic evaluation of mental health interventions, and the design and implementation of mental health services and policy initiatives
- 4. Use economic theory to predict changes in delivery of, access to, and quality of mental health services in response to changes in national and local policies and incentives
- 5. Interpret and provide input into the conduct of health systems research related to mental health interventions, services, and policy
- Intended Audience
The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University. It is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic performance.
- Admissions Criteria
Bloomberg School of Public Health masters and doctoral studentsare not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office. They, however, are encouraged to contact a certificate faculty sponsor to discuss electives.
All others (non-Bloomberg masters and doctoral students and non-degree students)apply to the program using the school’s online application. Applications must be submitted in September of the year during which they will begin certificate courses. 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. Degree students must include a brief written statement from their academic advisor giving approval to take the certificate courses. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.
Course of Study
The certificate requires a minimum of 21 credits, including five required courses and at least two elective courses. The certificate courses are listed in the table below.
Required Courses: Students must complete the following required courses
Elective Courses: Students must complete at least two of the following elective courses
Requirements for Successful Completion
Requirements for Successful Completion All certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade and the student must earn a B or better in each course. Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.
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, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.