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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.

Educational Objectives

Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:


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.

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.  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; 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; 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 TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses. This is only a requirement for students taking online courses.

01,2,3,4, Summer-

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 Statistical Courses: Students must complete one of the following statistical series (A, B or C)
Statistical Series A:
140.621Statistical Methods in Public Health 14-1
140.622Statistical Methods in Public Health 24-2
140.623Statistical Methods in Public Health 34-3
140.624Statistical Methods in Public Health 44-4
Statistical Series B:
140.651Methods in Biostatistics I4-1
140.652Methods in Biostatistics II4-2
140.653Methods in Biostatistics III4-3
140.654Methods in Biostatistics IV4-4
Statistical Series C for Applied Economics Program students:
AE 440.605Statistics***
AE 440.606Econometrics***
Required Health Economics Course: Students must complete Sequence E and F and G and H
Economics Sequence E
313.601Economic Evaluation I3-1
Economics Sequence F: Student may select either 313.643 or 313.641 or 313.610
313.610Health Economics for Managers3-2
313.641Introduction to Health Economics33-
313.643Health Economics3-2
Economics Sequence G: There is only one option   
313.602  Economic Evaluation II3-2
Economics Sequence H: There is one option offered during 2 terms each year.  Certificate students are only required to take 1 term
313.861Public Health Economics Seminar1/term-3,4
Elective Courses:  Students should select one elective course from the list below
221.619Introduction to Microeconomics3-1
221.644Econometric Methods for Evaluation4-3
300.651Introduction to U.S. Healthcare System41,2,42
309.620Managed Care and Health Insurance3-3
309.670Comparative Health Insurance3-2
309.716Advanced Methods in Health Services Research Analysis3-1
313.603Economic Evaluation III3-3
313.604Economic Evaluation IV3-4
313.644Intermediate Health Economics3-3
380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-2
AE 440.601Microeconomic Theory***
AE 440.602Macroeconomic Theory***
AE 440.622Cost-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.  

Contact Information

Sponsoring Departments
Health Policy and Management
International Health
Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Pamela Davis 

Faculty Sponsor
Matthew Eisenberg

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.