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Public Health Practice

Educational Objectives

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.

Course of Study

Students should carefully review the certificate program page on the JHU e-catalogue site for full information about courses and program requirements. 

Intended Audience

  • 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. 


Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree student (JHU degree students are not eligible to apply for this program)

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express.  

Applicants should review the certificate admission page for application information, instructions and deadlines. 

Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: 1,2,3, & 4.

TOEFL/IELTS: Not required.

Prerequisites or special requirements: Applicants must have completed at least one college-level course in both biology and math/statistics prior to submitting the application. 

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.

Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
 Felicity Turner

Faculty Sponsor
Beth Resnick, MPH

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Sukon Kanchanaraksa, PhD