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Public Mental Health Research


This program is offered through the Department of Mental Health and provides graduate training in understanding the causes and consequences of mental disorders in populations. Courses describe clinical and behavioral features, the incidence and prevalence of disorders, and identify factors that promote or influence the occurrence, persistence, or severity of mental and behavioral disorders. Effective research strategies in public mental health include operationalization of case definitions, measurement in populations, design of prevention strategies, and analytical techniques. The goals are to increase the epidemiologic expertise of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and to increase the number of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and health policy makers, with an interest in psychiatric disorders.

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision.

Requirements for Successful Completion

This certificate program consists of a minimum of 21 credits in the Department of Mental Health (18 credits for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who elect to waive 330.617; permission to do so must be granted by the faculty sponsor). All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/Fail; 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; however, the certificate program must be completed within three years.

Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.  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 students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNumber of CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses


1, 2, 3,4,



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-
Course No.Course TitleNo.CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
Students are required to take 330.617 

Psychopathology for Public Health

(Note: Psychopathology for Public Health may be waived by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists upon permission of the faculty sponsor - in which case the minimum number of credits in the Department of Mental Health is 18, not 21)

Students are required to take 330.661 AND EITHER 330.603 OR 330.669




Psychiatric Epidemiology (EITHER 330.603 OR 330.669 may be taken, but not both)


Epidemiology of Major Mental Disorders











Social, Psychological, and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental Disorders3-


Students may take EITHER 330.607 OR 330.664
330.607Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions344
330.664Introduction to Mental Health Services3-1

Elective Courses: Select additional courses from Department of Mental Health totaling at least nine more credits; 330.840 and 330.800 may NOT be used as electives towards this certificate program. Twenty-one credits total are required to complete the certificate program, except in the case of those students who were able to obtain approval to waive 330.617. 


S = Course offered in the Summer Term
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute
*Course offered in alternate years

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Department of Mental Health

Program Contact
 Patricia Scott
Phone (410) 955-1906


Faculty Sponsor
William Eaton

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