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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. 

Educational Objectives

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

Course of Study

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


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

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 declaration of intent prior to starting coursework. 

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

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.

TOEFL/IELTS: Required.

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

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