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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


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

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. 

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.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and students should also check for pre-requisites 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 online course during their first term of study

01,2,3,4, Summer-

Academic & 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 (Core) Courses
410.630Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs



410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods3-2
Any students not enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to take the following practicum course. Students must apply to be accepted into the Baltimore Community Practicum during 1st term; instructor permission is required. Experience prior to enrollment in the student's current degree program is not applicable to the certificate program.

Baltimore Community Practicum

Please note: This is a multiterm course; students must enroll in both 2nd and 3rd terms.


2 + 3


School of Nursing students are required to take one of the following two practicum courses
NR 500.602Public Health Nursing Theory & Practice-Practicum--Variable
NR 500.606Public Health Nursing Leadership, Management & Evaluation Capstone Practicum--Variable
Elective Courses: Each student must select at least one course from each of the following three groups of courses, for a total minimum of 10 credits
Group I: Cultural Competency Skills and Attitudes
NR 110.560Program Development and Evaluation in Health Care--Variable
224.690Qualitative Research I: Theory and Methods3-3
224.691Qualitative Research II: Data Analysis3-4
410.650Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2, W
410.651Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies for Effective Communication323
410.690Ethnographic Fieldwork3-1
Group 2: Linking Social and Environmental Causes of Disease and Community Health
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries34-
301.615Seminar in Health Disparities3-2
305.607Public Health Practice442
305.613Evaluation-Informed Program Development and Implementation4-3
380.612Applications in Program Monitoring and Evaluation 4-4
410.611Under Pressure: Health, Wealth and Poverty3-4
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, W
Group 3: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills and Attitudes
180.655Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments4-3
221.635Advances in Community-Oriented Primary Health Care433
301.645Health Advocacy3-4
340.698Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege and Public Health in the United States (offered every other year)4--
410.861Graduate Seminar in Community-based Research*1-1,2,3,4
NR 500.604PHN Population-based Public Health Nursing Interventions3-Variable
550.601Implementation Research and Practice3-2

W = Offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore
SI = Offered in the Summer Institute in Baltimore
*Offered in all 4 terms, 1 unit per term -- minimum of 2 terms required.

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