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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Public Health Certificate Program 


Globally, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer)-focused public health is a growing field of study, but there is a dearth of training opportunities specifically related to social and behavioral factors. The addition of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in LGBTQ Public Health helps fulfill the School’s strategic planning goal of strengthening and expanding diversity in terms of training in the School, and thus continuing as a leading institution for social and behavioral training and research in public health. 



Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:

1.    Assess what is known and unknown in LGBTQ health research and critically read public health literature related to LGBTQ health.
2.    Describe a range of psychological and sociological conceptualizations of LGBTQ health, health behavior, stigma, and illness in a cross-cultural context, and integrate these into culturally competent skills and attitudes.
3.    Apply an ecological perspective to LGBTQ health, linking individual, social, community and environmental causes of disease and LGBTQ community health through theory and research. 
4.    Locate and evaluate health disparities both within and facing LGBTQ populations in the context of social behavioral, socio-ecologic, and other theoretical frameworks.
5.    Analyze changes in political climates and how legal, policy and structural changes affect the translation of research findings regarding the health of LGBTQ populations.
6.    Integrate an ecological perspective on LGBTQ health into the design of effective interventions, translating research findings through communications, advocacy, health policy and the law, to reduce health problems and disparities in LGBTQ populations. 


The certificate program is open to currently enrolled masters and doctoral students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the exception of MAS students who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. It is open to students in graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University, as well as to individuals who are not currently enrolled in the university but who have completed an undergraduate degree program and who have an interest in LGBTQ Public Health.


Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. 


The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program 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. 


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered. The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.


Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term


Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.

01,2,3,4, Summer-

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

01,2,3,4, S, SI, WI-

Required Core Courses (Students must complete three out of the four courses, for a minimum of 9 credits) 

306.660Legal and Public Health Issues in the Regulation of Intimacy3-4
306.670Issues in LGBTQ Health Policy3-3
410.681Gay, Bisexual and Other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and HIV: Theoretical Perspectives on the US Epidemic3-4
410.683Global Perspectives on LGBT Health 3-3
550.629The Epidemiology of LGBT Health3-


Key Area 1: Develop LGBTQ cultural competency skills and attitudes (minimum of 2 credits)

224.689Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels4-2
301.615Seminar in Health Disparities3-2
410.652Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care2-4
410.864Critical Issues in Health Disparities1-1,2,3,4

Key Area 2: Linking social and environmental causes of disease and LGBTQ community health through theory and research (minimum 2 credits required)

224.692Formative Research for Behavioral and Community Interventions4-4
305.684Health Impact Assessment3-3
306.625Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care3-2
330.674Suicide as a Public Health Problem343
340.627Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases422
340.639Assessing Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations2-4
340.646Epidemiology and Public Health Impact of HIV and AIDS421
340.666Foundations of Social Epidemiology331
340.683Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners2-3
380.663Gender-based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies3-3
410.612Sociological Perspectives on Health3-1
410.613Psychological Factors in Health and Illness


410.616Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health4-SI
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, WI

Key Area 3: Community dimensions of practice skills and attitudes to include communications, advocacy, health policy and the law (minimum of 2 credits)

301.627Understanding and Preventing Violence3-2
301.692The Role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Improving Global Public Health3-WI
308.610The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life3-4
380.623Adolescent Health and Development3-3
380.725The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development3-4
380.761Sexually Transmitted Infections in Public Health443
410.657Communication Strategies for Sexual Risk Reduction3-4
410.668Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change3-2
410.672Introduction to Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health3S,3-
410.677Theory and Practice in Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health I4-3
410.678Theory and Practice in Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health II4-4
410.721Translating Research into Public Health Programs I2-3


Sponsoring Departments
Health, Behavior and Society

Program Contact
L. Robin Newcomb

Faculty Sponsor: Danielle German


At this time, non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.