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Health and Human Rights

Educational Objectives

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

  • Increase understanding among public health professionals regarding the key linkages between human rights and public health.
  • Explore the vital roles of health professionals in promoting human rights, including the right to health, advocating for protection of human rights, researching violations, and building a culture of human rights
  • Build familiarity with international human rights standards and institutions
  • Review how human rights concepts can be brought to bear on public health programs and policies, ranging from developing health system to responding to an epidemic of infectious disease.
  • Review how public health professionals can bring epidemiology and other methods of public health to investigate, analyze, and document abuses of human rights.

Course of Study

Students should check the JHU e-catalogue for a list of certificate courses and requirements. 


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. 

JHSPH degree students are encouraged to email the Certificate Program Contact and the faculty sponsor early in their coursework for the certificate 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.

JHU graduate students enrolled in programs in divisions of JHU other than JHSPH  must ask their advisor to send an email to the Certificate Director providing approval for the student to pursue the certificate program, and this should include a tentative outline of the courses to be taken. Student may begin coursework only after receiving approval from the Certificate Director.

Start terms: 1, 2, 3, & 4.

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 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.


Sponsoring Department


Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Leonard Rubenstein