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Health and Human Rights

Educational Objectives

The Certificate Program in Health and Human Rights is designed to:


The Certificate Program in Health and Human Rights is open to all enrolled graduate degree or nursing degree program candidates from any academic unit within the Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. 

Students with a potential interest in the certificate should take the 1-credit seminar, Current Topics in Human Rights, 340.840, which provides a weekly overview of issues in the field and the work of faculty addressing them.

Admissions Criteria

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

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate program 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.

In addition to the course requirements listed below, any certificate students who do not already complete Epidemiology coursework as part of their degree program must complete at least one Epidemiology course.

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 and 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 some courses are only offered every other year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required for courses.

Course of Study

Course NumberCourse NameNumber of CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required courses:

Academic & Research Ethics

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

340.840Current Topics in Human Rights1-1
340.639Assessing the Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations2-4

Students must complete two of the following courses:

Course NumberCourse NameNumber of CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
180.600Public Health Implications of Health as a Human Right2-WI
180.636Health and Human Rights Seminar 3-4
340.683Human Rights in Public Health Practice2-3
700.622Bioethics, Human Rights and Global Health3-2
Additional elective courses for a total of at least 18 credits, including credits from required courses:
180.626Environmental Justice and Public Health Practice32-
221.656Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice4-SI
301.615Seminar in Health Disparities3-2
306.670Issues in LGBTQ Health Policy3-2
308.610The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life3-3
308.842Emerging Dimensions of Social Determinants of Health Inequalities: a Transdisciplinary Integrated Approach3-FI
318.623Social Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the US3-2
330.667Mental Health and the Law3-3
340.629The Epidemiology of LGBTQ Health3-2
340.692Prisons, Public Health and Human Rights2-4
340.698Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege and Public Health in the US4-4*
380.663Gender-Based Violence Research, Practice and Policy: Issues and Current Controversies343
380.668International Perspectives On Women, Gender, and Health3-4
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates, and Relationships3-3
380.768Selected Topics in Women's Health and Women's Health Policy41-
410.605Fundamental Tools for Promoting Health Equity32-
410.606Local and Global Best Practices in Health Equity Research Methods24-
410.611Under Pressure: Health, Wealth and Poverty 3-4
410.681Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) and HIV: Theoretical Perspectives on the US Epidemic3- 
410.683Global Perspectives on LGBT Health3-3
700.622Bioethics, Human Rights, and Public Health 3-1
700.644Justice Theory and Health3-4
SAIS 650.766

Corporate Sustainability, Business and Human Rights  

(Course is offered at JHU School of International and Advanced Studies- please see their course catalog for information about timing)


WI = Course offered in the Winter Institute held in January in Baltimore/Washington DC; SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute in Baltimore; FI= Course offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain

*= course offered every other year

Sponsoring Department


Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Leonard Rubenstein