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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. 

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.

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

Academic & Research Ethics

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


Required Courses

Students must complete ONE of the following two required courses:

Course NumberCourse NameNumber of CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
All students are required to take one of the two Human Rights and Health courses below:
180.636Human Rights and Health Seminar 3-4
180.600Public Health Implications of Health as a Human Right2-WI
All students must also take the following three required courses:
306.650Public Health and the Law3-3
340.639Assessing the Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations2-4
340.683Human Rights in Public Health Practice2-3
Additional elective courses for a total of at least 18 credits, including credits from required courses:
221.613Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies31-
221.639Healthcare in Humanitarian Emergencies312
221.641Measurement Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies2-2
221.656Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice4-SI
301.615Seminar in Health Disparities3-2
301.627Understanding and Preventing Violence3-3
301.692Role of Community-based Organizations and NGOs in Improving Global Public Health3-WI
306.665Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues3-3
308.610The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and Its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life3-3
330.667Mental Health and the Law3-3
340.692Prisons, Public Health and Human Rights2-4
380.750Migration and Health: Concepts, Rates, and Relationships3-3
380.756Poverty, Economic Development and Health4-2
410.606Local and Global Best Practices in Health Equity Research Methods24-
410.611Under Pressure: Health, Wealth and Poverty 3-4
410.683Global Perspectives on LGBT Health3-3
700.622Bioethics, Human Rights, and Public Health 3-1
700.625Bioethics and the Law3-3
700.642Vulnerability in Childhood: from Ethics to Advocacy3-4
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

Sponsoring Department


Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
Name: Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Leonard Rubenstein