Public Health Economics
The certificate program in Public Health Economics is designed for graduate degree students and junior and mid-level professionals pursuing a career in public health, health care, health services, and health policy who wish to use economic tools to improve the health of populations. This certificate program is only available to students who are able to attend classes in Baltimore; it cannot be completed through online and institute courses.
Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:
- Describe the appropriate role of cost-effectiveness and economic reasoning in the policy making process for health care in the United States and around the world
- Participate in the conduct of economic evaluations related to new health interventions, and health systems, health services, or public health interventions
- Perform statistical and other analytic or modeling tasks necessary to complete cost effectiveness analyses
- Apply economic theory to predict responses to changes in policies and incentives provided by changes in the health system, in health services provision, or in public health
- Contribute to the interpretation of economic evaluations and analyses for policy purposes
The certificate program is offered to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of the Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their degree program. It is also offered to junior and mid-career level professionals who have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic performance. Prospective students should have an interest in applying economic tools to improve the health of populations.
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. Only those approved by the certificate program admissions committee may earn the certificate.
Requirements for Successful Completion
The certificate program requires a minimum of 29 term credits. All courses (except seminar) must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better in order to complete the certificate program. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, 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. 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 prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|Course No.||Course Title||No. Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses. This is only a requirement for students taking 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 Statistical Courses: Students must complete one of the following statistical series (A, B or C)|
|Statistical Series A:|
|140.621||Statistical Methods in Public Health 1||4||-||1|
|140.622||Statistical Methods in Public Health 2||4||-||2|
|140.623||Statistical Methods in Public Health 3||4||-||3|
|140.624||Statistical Methods in Public Health 4||4||-||4|
|Statistical Series B:|
|140.651||Methods in Biostatistics I||4||-||1|
|140.652||Methods in Biostatistics II||4||-||2|
|140.653||Methods in Biostatistics III||4||-||3|
|140.654||Methods in Biostatistics IV||4||-||4|
|Statistical Series C for Applied Economics Program students:|
|Required Health Economics Course: Students must complete Sequence E and F and G and H|
|Economics Sequence E|
|313.601||Economic Evaluation I||3||-||1|
|Economics Sequence F: Student may select either 313.643 or 313.641 or 313.610|
|313.610||Health Economics for Managers||3||-||2|
|313.641||Introduction to Health Economics||3||3||-|
|Economics Sequence G: There is only one option|
|313.602||Economic Evaluation II||3||-||2|
|Economics Sequence H: There is one option offered during 2 terms each year. Certificate students are only required to take 1 term|
|313.861||Public Health Economics Seminar||1/term||-||3,4|
|Elective Courses: Students should select one elective course from the list below|
|221.619||Introduction to Microeconomics||3||-||1|
|221.644||Econometric Methods for Evaluation||4||-||3|
|300.651||Introduction to U.S. Healthcare System||4||1,2,4||2|
|309.620||Managed Care and Health Insurance||3||-||3|
|309.670||Comparative Health Insurance||3||-||2|
|309.716||Advanced Methods in Health Services Research Analysis||3||-||1|
|313.603||Economic Evaluation III||3||-||3|
|313.604||Economic Evaluation IV||3||-||4|
|313.644||Intermediate Health Economics||3||-||3|
|380.756||Poverty, Economic Development and Health||4||-||2|
|AE 440.601||Microeconomic Theory||*||*||*|
|AE 440.602||Macroeconomic Theory||*||*||*|
|AE 440.622||Cost-Benefit Analysis||*||*||*|
Please note: Course numbers that begin with AE are not offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health; they are offered by the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Science's Advanced Academic Programs Divisions . Please confirm course offerings, times, venues, prerequisites and credits directly with that program.
Certificate Program Contact
Name: Pamela Davis
Name: Matthew Eisenberg
Gainful Employment Program Information
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