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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

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 will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Requirements for successful completion: All students are required to complete the three core courses (11 credits) and an additional 9 credits from the list of approved courses for a total of 20 credits to complete the certificate. Core courses required for this certificate program may not be waived or substituted. 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 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 pre-requisites 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 course before taking other online courses


Academic & Research Ethics

All Students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

01,2,3,4, Summer-
Required Courses:
180.670Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness3-4
305.607Public Health Practice442
317.600Introduction to Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
Elective Courses (Select 9 credits from the following list)
187.610Public Health Toxicology421
221.613Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies2-1
223.680Global Disease Control Programs and Policies444
223.687Vaccine Policy Issues3-3
260.606Major Global Infectious Diseases: Prospects for Control2-W
300.600Introduction to Health Policy41-
301.771Case Studies in Communicating with the Media ---
306.625Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care3-2
306.650Public Health and the Law3-3
312.610Foundations of Organizational Leadership3-SI
340.651Emerging Infections2-4
340.653Epidemiologic Inference in Outbreak Investigations3-4

W = Course offered in the Winter Intersession
SI = Course offered in the Summer Institute


Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Certificate Program Contact
 Pamela Davis

Faculty Sponsor
Daniel Barnett


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.