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Gender and Health 


The Certificate Program in Gender and Health will provide concrete training in gender and health with particular focus on gender theories, gender analysis, gender-based violence research methods, gender and sexuality, gender and women’s health, gender and men’s health, and intersectionality. Gender as applied to public health is a burgeoning field, and many NGOs and multi-lateral organizations have specific gender specialist positions; this Certificate Program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work in this area.

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Explain the role of gender in shaping health inequities and recognize how gender health inequities affect health research and interventions.
  2. Apply gender analysis and gender concepts to leading related health topics related to women’s, men’s and people with other gender identities’ health, including sexual/reproductive health and gender-based violence.
  3. Incorporate gender analysis into health research and interventions.


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

JHU and JHSPH graduate students who are interested in completing the certificate program should contact Audrey Lindahl by email as soon as possible to notify her of their intent, preferably prior to beginning certificate coursework. 

Requirement for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 term credits. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; 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; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

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 JHSPH course directory to confirm when courses are offered.  Students should also check for prerequisites 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.





Required Courses: All students should complete 221.621, 221.701 and 380.720; in addition, they should complete either 380.666 or 380.668, AND they should complete either 340.629 or 410.683
221.621Gender and Health: Foundational Theories and Applications 2-1
221.701Applications to Gender Analysis Within Health Research and Interventions 2-2
380.720Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health: Adolescence and Beyond3-2
Students should complete either 380.666 or 380.668


Women's Health 3-3
380.668International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health 3-4
Students should complete either 340.629 or 410.683
340.629The Epidemiology of LGBTQ Health 3-2
410.683Global Perspectives on LGBT Health 333
Elective Courses: Students should complete 5 credits of electives, for a total of 18 credits of certificate program coursework
221.627Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low Income Countries4-2
306.660Legal and Public Health Issues in the Regulation of Intimacy3-4
340.629The Epidemiology of LGBTQ Health (can only count once)3-2
340.698Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the United States (note: course is offered every other year; last offered in academic year 2019-2020)4--
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health421
380.628Public Health Perspectives on Abortion3-4
380.663Gender-Based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies343
380.665Family Planning Policies and Programs 4-3
380.666Women's Health (can only count once)3-3
380.668International Perspectives on Women, Gender and Health (can only count once)3-4
380.760Clinical Aspects of Reproductive Health3-3
380.768Selected Topics in Women's Health and Women's Health Policy41-
410.681Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and HIV: Theoretical Perspectives on the US Epidemic3-3
410.683Global Perspectives on LGBT Health (can only count once)333

Contact Information

Sponsoring Departments
International Health 

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact

Audrey Lindahl: 

Faculty Sponsors

Rosemary Morgan