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Evaluation: International Heath Programs


The certificate program is intended for current master's and doctoral students at the JHSPH planning to work in the field of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in low- and middle-income countries.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the certificate program, individuals will be able to:

  1. Evaluate health programs from conception, planning and design through data collection, interpretation, and analysis in low-and-middle-income settings;
  2. Create impact models for health programs that reflect program assumptions and the available evidence on intervention effectiveness;
  3. Critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of various evaluation designs for a given health program;
  4. Identify threats to internal and external validity in program evaluation, and develop a plan to mitigate or document these threats;
  5. Design, implement and manage data collection activities to measure program inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes, and impacts in low and middle-income settings;
  6. Critically assess the quality of existing data on program inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes and impacts, and determine whether these data can be used in the evaluation of a health program in low-and middle-income settings; and
  7. Analyze, interpret and use program evaluation data to improve program implementation. 


The certificate program is open to students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at 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 must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process.

Requirement for Successful Completion

The certificate program requires a minimum of 20 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade, if a letter grade is an option. Students must earn a minimum letter grade of C in each certificate course, and maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher for the certificate courses.  All courses 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 transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion form 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 some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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






Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.





Core Courses- Students are required to complete 4 core courses (14 credits required)

221.645Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs442
223.632Methods for Planning and Implementing Evaluations of Large Scale Health Programs4-4
223.866Special Topics in Program Evaluation 1-3
Students must complete either 340.601 or 340.721 or 340.751
340.601Principles of Epidemiology 5-SI,S
340.721Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health 5SI, 31


Epidemiologic Methods I




Elective Courses (students must complete 6 or more credits from among the following courses)*

General Evaluation Courses


Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy I




300.715Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy II3-4
318.615Program Evaluation for Public Policy I3--
318.616Program Evaluation for Public Policy II3--
380.611Fundamentals of Program Evaluation 4-3
Economic Evaluation Courses 
221.644Econometric Methods for the Evaluation of Health Programs4-4
313.601Economic Evaluation I3-1
313.602Economic Evaluation II3-2
Methods and Analysis Courses
140.640Statistical Methods for Sample Surveys3-3
223.664Design and Conduct of Community Trials4-3
340.717Health Survey Research Methods4-2
380.711Issues in Survey Research Design3-3
380.712Methods in Analysis of Large Population Surveys3-4
Statistical Methods Courses
140.664Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health I443
140.665Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health II3-4

* up to 3 credits of elective coursework may be substituted for a special topics course only with prior approval of the certificate program’s sponsoring faculty

Course that has been discontinued but will still be counted towards the certificate program if taken previously: 410.641 

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
International Health 

Certificate Program Contact

Natalie Wertz

Faculty Sponsors
Melinda Munos

Yvonne Tam

Neff Walker