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Adolescent Health


The certificate builds on the certificate student’s existing clinical knowledge and the clinical, research, and/or program/policy-related skills s/he is developing through his/her degree or training program. It focuses on adolescent pregnancy, substance abuse, and violence prevention and on mental health promotion–all of which are strengths of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Certificate topics include:

  • Primary causes of adolescent mortality and morbidity both domestically and globally
  • Adolescent growth and development including biological, neurological and cognitive, psychological, emotional, and other developmental processes, as well as cultural contexts in which young people live that impact health and health behavior
  • Proximate and distal social environments in which young people mature and the mechanisms by which such environments influence health outcomes
  • Ethical issues inherent in working with adolescents who are legal minors
  • Policies and legislation that are evidence-based as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate and health promoting (e.g., graduated drivers’ licenses)

Educational Objectives

Students earning the certificate will be able to apply knowledge of adolescent growth and development, positive youth development, and cultural and ethical considerations of youth to design, implement, and evaluate adolescent health-related research, programs, and policies. Upon completing the certificate, students will be able to::

  1. Describe how developmental (biological, cognitive, psychological), environmental (physical and social), and cultural factors do and can be used to influence the health and health-related behaviors of adolescents
  2. Participate in designing research, programs, and/or policies using family-, school-, and/or community-based methodologies that are effective for addressing adolescent health issues and that adhere to ethical standards for adolescents who are legal minors
  3. Use integrated knowledge about 1) the factors influencing adolescent health and 2) effective research, program, and/or policy methodologies to design, conduct, and/or evaluate research and/or to develop, implement, monitor, and/or evaluate programs/policies that are appropriate to address adolescent health issues, prevent unhealthy behaviors, and/or promote healthy ones

Course of Study

Students should review the information about the certificate program in the JHU e-catalogue; all course information and requirements are listed there. 


The certificate 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 who have an interest in Adolescent Health.

Admissions Process

All applicants must review the General Certificate Guidelines page, which provides important information about how to apply to a certificate program.   

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must email Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: Summer, 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student

Individuals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1,2,3, & 4.

TOEFL/IELTS: Not required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: None

Requirements for Successful Completion

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. 

Contact Information 

Sponsoring Department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Certificate Program Contact
 Kristen McCormick
Phone (410)955-1116

Faculty Sponsor
Arik Marcell, MD, MPH