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Environmental and Occupational Health


The certificate program educates and trains students to identify major environmental health issues facing public health professionals today. Courses explore the sources of environmental agents, their distribution in community and work environments, transfer routes to humans and possible health effects; the basic biological mechanisms underlying the association between prior exposure and subsequent development of adverse health effects; and control strategies and interventions.


The certificate program is intended for public health professionals (non-degree students) who are currently practicing in environmental or occupational health or other areas of public health and seek formal graduate-level training in environmental and occupational health.  It is also offered to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division or department of The Johns Hopkins University other than the  Department of Environmental Health and Engineering; JHSPH MAS degree students are not eligible to apply.  Non-degree students must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a strong record of successful academic performance.  

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 admission decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  All required courses must be taken for a letter grade.  Electives may be taken pass/fail and students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in 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 and 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.  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 if instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

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


Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

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

01,2,3,4, Summer-
Required courses (Students must complete three of the following five course selections; students may complete either 180.601 or 180.609, but not both)
180.601Environmental Health53S,SI
180.609Principles of Environmental Health I4-1
182.625Principles of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene442
187.610Public Heath Toxicology421
187.650Alternative Methods in Animal Testing34-
188.680Fundamentals of Occupational Health311*
Elective Courses (students complete 2-3 courses from the list below to meet the 18 credit minimum required for certificate programs)
180.602Environment and Health in Low and Middle Income Countries2-3
180.606Case Studies in Food Production and Public Health44-
180.607Climate Change and Public Health3S-
180.608Public Health Responses in Environmental Incidents and Disasters3-4
180.611Global Environment and Public Health4-1
180.620Food Systems and Public Health 42-
180.622Seafood and Public Health: From Production to Consumption 2-1
180.625Environmental Justice: Concepts, Methods, and Practice3-3
180.628Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law44-
180.629Environmental and Occupational Health Law and Policy4-3
180.640Molecular Epidemiology and Biomarkers in Public Health4-3
180.650Fundamentals of Clinical Oncology for Public Health Practitioners3-2
180.651Energy, Environment and Public Health2-3
180.654Nanotechnology Risk Analysis24-
180.655Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments4-3
180.670Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness3-4
182.615Airborne Particles413
182.621Introduction to Ergonomics4-2, SI,WI
182.622Ventilation Controls414
182.623Occupational Safety and Health Management323
182.626Issues for Water and Sanitation in Tropical Environmental Health2-3
182.631Principles of Occupational Safety2-1, WI
182.637Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment432
182.638Environmental and Health Concerns in Water use and Reuse4-4
182.640Food and Water-borne Diseases4-3
183.631Fundamentals of Human Physiology442
185.600One Health Tools to Promote and Evaluate Healthy and Sustainable Communities34-
185.621Methods in the Exposure Sciences3-4
187.625Animals in Research Law, Policy, and Humane Sciences24-
187.632Molecular Toxicology4-2
187.641Immunology of Environmental Disease3-4
187.645Toxicology 21: Scientific Applications3-3
187.650Alternative Methods in Animal Testing34-
187.655Evidence-Based Toxicology3-4
187.661Environmental Health In Neurological and Mental Disorders3-3
188.681Occupational Health5-SI*
188.682A Built Environment for a Healthy and Sustainable Future43-
188.686Clinical Environmental and Occupational Toxicology3-3
188.688Global Sustainability and Health Seminar1-2,4
188.694Health of Vulnerable Worker Populations31-
340.680Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology4-4

*Course offered every other year
S = Course offered in the Summer Term
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Environmental Health and Engineering

Certificate Program Contact
 Katie Phipps


Faculty Sponsor
Name: Jacqueline Agnew

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.