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Community-Based Public Health (CBPH)

Educational Objectives

To develop students’ skills and competencies for careers in both community-based public health practice and research, particularly for applications in underserved urban settings. By marrying training in these two areas, this certificate will prepare future community public health practitioners and researchers to collaborate. The certificate will train recipients in the skills and knowledge necessary for community-based public health program development, management and evaluation, community-based participatory research (CPBR) and other research in community settings.

It will also train students in the following key competencies for community-based public health practice and research, including:

Cultural Competency Skills and Attitudes

  1. Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of community-based public health
  2. Utilize appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences
  3. Develop and adapt approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences

Linking Social and Environmental Causes of Disease and Community Health

  1. Define, assess, and understand the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services impacting communities
  2. Understand the historical development, structure, and interaction of national and local public health and health care systems
  3. Identify and apply research methods appropriate for community-based applications

Community Dimensions of Practice Skills and Attitudes

  1. Promote the utilization of leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships and maintain key stakeholders
  2. Utilize best practices for engaging in effective community partnerships
  3. Identify community assets and available resources

Course of Study

Students should review the JHU e-catalogue to see the full list of courses offered for this certificate program. 


The certificate is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS degree students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. 

Admissions Process

Prior to beginning coursework, applicants must email a statement to the Certificate Program Contact outlining career objectives and how the CBPH certificate program will help achieve them. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 term credits.  Students must complete all certificate coursework for a letter grade, earn a minimum of a C in each certificate course, and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in all certificate coursework. Any request to substitute a course that the faculty sponsors consider essential to meet the certificate program competencies must be given serious consideration. The student must propose the course to be substituted and present a rationale for the request. In no case will more than one substitution be permitted.  All courses for the certificate program must be completed within a three-year period.   

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 program was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.


Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact
L. Robin Newcomb

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Janice Bowie

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name: Mindi Levin