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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

Admissions Process

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

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

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; 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.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered, as 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 pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

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





Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

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




Required Courses:  Students must complete the following two required courses
380.603Demographic Methods in Public Health432
380.605Advanced Demographic Methods in Public Health4-3
Elective Courses:  Students must complete at least ten credits of elective courses
140.640Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys3-3
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
221.641Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies2-2
380.600Principles of Population Change4-2
380.662Critiquing the Research Literature in Maternal, Neonatal and Reproductive Health4-2
380.711Issues in Survey Research Design3-3
380.712Methods in Analysis of Large Population Surveys3-4
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates and Relationships3-3
380.758Demographic Estimation for Developing Countries44-

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Certificate Program Contact
 Gilbert Morgan 
Phone: (410) 614-6676


Faculty Sponsor
Li Liu

Gainful Employment Program Information

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