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Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Certificate


The certificate program in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety is designed for masters and doctoral degree students enrolled at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in other Johns Hopkins University divisions, including the Schools of Medicine and Nursing and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. It is also available to early and mid-career public health professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety to inform their work in academic, regulatory, or industry settings.

Educational Objectives

This certificate program will provide learners with core knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, as well as insights from these fields that can inform the work of policy-makers, patients, clinicians and payers seeking to improve the quality and safety of medication use. Upon completion of the core courses required for the Pharmacoepidemiology certificate program, participants will have the ability to:

  1. Identify the processes of drug development;
  2. Explain key requirements in biomedical product regulation and their rationale;
  3. Participate in the design of studies, both observational and experimental, to assess the effectiveness and safety of drugs;
  4. Employ techniques to study the patterns and determinants of drug utilization;
  5. Apply methods appropriate to the surveillance for adverse drug events.

Course of Study

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


The certificate program is open to currently enrolled masters and doctoral students at The Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. It is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a strong record of successful academic performance, and a minimum of three years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in a related health care field.


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 submit a letter of interest and anticipated course schedule to 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

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to the certificate program 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: Summer, 1,2,3, & 4.

TOEFL/IELTS: Required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: Applicants must have three (3) years of professional health care experience in a related field. 

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

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Sheila Small


Faculty Sponsor
G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS

Jodi Segal, MD, MPH