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Demographic Methods


The certificate is designed to serve two audiences—master's or doctoral degree students at The Johns Hopkins University and interested 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.

Educational Objectives

Students completing the certificate will gain competency in:

  1. Knowledge of the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different methods of demographic analysis
  2. Appropriate application of demographic methods to the analysis of a range of population and health issues
  3. Critical evaluation of the public health implications of results from applications of different demographic and population analysis methods

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program JHU e-catalogue page that provides comprehensive information about curriculum and requirements. 

Admissions Process

Applying to a 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 the  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 a Certificate Program as a Non-Degree Student

Students 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: 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
Li Liu