Public Health Practice
The certificate recipient will be able to:
- Identify, analyze and use available disease and behavioral surveillance data;
- Apply leadership in the management of health systems organizations;
- Communicate effectively to constituencies both within and outside of the health system;
- Determine public health information needs;
- Use appropriate basic statistical, demographic, and epidemiologic techniques to evaluate data with attention to quality control issues;
- Support state and local public health agency efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for health services research; and
- Identify and help fill needs for information and responses to new threats to public health.
- Members of the public health workforce who seek formal education and training in public health principles, problem solving skills, quantitative methods, social and behavioral determinants of disease, organization and management of health programs, and preparation for new and emerging threats to the health of the public.
- Public health practitioners interested in obtaining the Master of Public Health degree in the part-time and internet-based programs of the School may be able to apply certificate course credits towards the MPH degree upon application and admission to the MPH program.
- Matriculated degree candidates at JHU, including those at JHSPH, are not eligible for this certificate.
This program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis.
Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. No more than 6 credits may be accrued before submission to the certificate program, complete with all supporting documents. Matriculated students must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferment.
Requirements for Successful Completion
The certificate program requires a minimum of 23 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.
|Course No.||Course Title||Number of Credits||Online Term||Campus Term|
All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses
Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH
All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study
|305.607||Public Health Practice (Please note prerequisite course requirement)||4||4||2,4|
|550.608||Problem Solving in Public Health*||4||-||SI,W,F|
|Required Epidemiology Course: Students must choose either 340.601 or 3340.721 **|
|340.601||Principles of Epidemiology||5||-||S, SI|
|340.721||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I||5||3||1|
|Required Social and Behavioral Courses: Students must select one course|
|380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health||4||1||1|
|410.616||Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health||4||-||SI|
|410.650||Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice||4||-||2,W|
|Elective Courses: At least 6 credits must be taken|
|180.620||Food Production, Public Health and the Environment||4||2||-|
|220.601||Introduction to International Health||4||3||1|
|221.637||Health Information Systems||3||2||-|
|300.600||Introduction to Health Policy||4||1||-|
|410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior||3||4||1,W|
*NOTE: This course should be taken first.
**It is recommended that the required Epidemiology course be satisfied as early as possible in the program.
S = Course offered in the summer term
SI = Course offered in the summer institute
W = Course offered in the winter institute
Certificate Program Contact
Name Felicity Turner
Name: Beth Resnick, MPH
Name: Sukon Kanchanaraksa, PhD
Gainful Employment Program Information
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