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Health Education

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate program, certificate candidates will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and modify the personal and environmental factors that influence health-related behaviors, and by doing so, impact the overall health of individuals and communities. Upon completion of the core courses of the certificate program, students will gain a broad understanding of health education principles, theories, and strategies, and will achieve the competencies considered central to effective health education. After completing core and elective courses, students will be able to:

  1. Assess individual and community needs for health education;
  2. Plan effective health education programs;
  3. Implement health education programs;
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs;
  5. Coordinate provisions of health education services;
  6. Act as a resource person; and
  7. Communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue for full information about course and program requirements. 


Johns Hopkins University graduate students, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program.   Individuals not currently enrolled in Johns Hopkins University with an interest in health education are eligible to apply. 


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 the Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework.

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

Applying to the 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.


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 and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.  

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact
 L. Robin Newcomb

Faculty Sponsor
Eileen McDonald

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Andrea Gielen