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Public Health Preparedness

Students who would like to be trained to identify the major threats to public health; to identify public health issues during emergency situations; and how to integrate the risk sciences, public health practice and public health surveillance systems as they relate to preparedness and emergency response, should apply for this program.

Educational Objectives

The certificate program in Public Health Preparedness is designed to provide essential tools for public health practitioners to prepare for natural disasters, terrorism or other emerging threats. Specific objectives of the program are to:

  1. Identify the major threats to public health and to identify public health issues in disasters
  2. Describe the integration of risk sciences, public health practice and public health surveillance as it relates to public health preparedness and terrorism response


The certificate program is open to graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply.

Admissions Process

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHSPH are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but  must submit declaration of intent prior to starting coursework. Priority deadline to submit intent is October 1; Final deadline is December 1. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1 & 3

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.  

Course of Study

Students should review the JHU e-catalogue for full information on certificate courses and requirements.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Certificate Program Contact
 Pamela Davis

Faculty Sponsor
Daniel Barnett