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Health Disparities and Health Inequality


The goal of the certificate program is to train future leaders in research on health disparities and health inequality, and to train individuals to identify the underlying causes of health inequalities and how to develop and implement effective solutions.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will:

  1. Become knowledgeable of the current research on health disparities and health inequalities
  2. Become knowledgeable on the underlying cause of health inequalities
  3. Be able to identify, describe, and be knowledgeable regarding possible solutions to address/reduce health inequalities in different populations


The certificate program is open to masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of JHSPH MAS degree students, who are not eligible to apply. 

Admissions Process

Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.  Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The requirements for the certificate program consist of taking the required Seminar in Health Disparities course, two terms of the Health Disparities Journal Club course, and taking thirteen or more credits from the elective courses listed below. 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 program 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, verified by the certificate review committee, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 academic credits of coursework.  Questions regarding the course of study should be directed to the faculty sponsors.

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.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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





Academic and Research Ethics

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




Required Course and Journal Club:


Seminar in Health Disparities




410.864Health Disparities Journal Club (2 terms required, of one credit each)1-1,2,3,4
Elective Courses: Students should select 13 elective credits
221.624Urban Health in Developing Countries34-
224.605Indigenous Health2--
300.652Politics of Health Policy4-3
301.645Health Advocacy3--
308.610The Political Economy of Social Inequalities and its Consequences for Health and Quality of Life3-3
318.623Social Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the US3-2
340.666Foundations of Social Epidemiology34**2**


Human Rights in Public Health Practice




340.698**Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the United States4-4**
340.705Advanced Seminar in Social Epidemiology3-3
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health 411
380.635Urban Health in Contemporary America4-4
380.640Children in Crisis: An Asset-Based Approach to Working with Vulnerable Youth3-3
380.666Women's Health3-3
380.667Women's Health Policy 3-4
380.756Poverty, Economic, Development and Health4-2
410.605Fundamental Tools for Promoting Health Equity32-
410.606Local and Global Best Practices in Health Equity Research Methods2--
410.610Health and Homelessness3-3
410.611Health Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S.3-2
410.630Implementation and Sustainability of Community-Based Health Programs3-4
410.631Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research3-2
410.635Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research23SI
410.660Latino Health: Measures and Predictors3-4
410.681Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) and HIV: Theoretical Perspectives on the US Epidemic3-4
410.861Graduate Seminar in Community-Based Research1-1, 2, 3, 4
550.629Epidemiology of LGBT Health3-2, Fall Institute in Barcelona
110.824Stress and Stress Response*3-Variable
 Special Studies (must be coordinated by Dr. Roland Thorpe)   

*Course offered by the School of Nursing; please refer to that School's website for course information
**Course offered every other year

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Certificate Program Contact
 Pamela Davis
Phone: 410.614.1580

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Darrell J. Gaskin

Faculty Sponsor
Name: Roland J. Thorpe, Jr.

Gainful Employment Program Information

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal aid.  You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs.  Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions.