Certificate in Global Health Practice
Fully Online, Part time
1 ‒ 3 years
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers fully online, part-time master's degree and certificate programs, designed for working professionals. Our Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) focus on emergent industry sectors that have a resounding need for highly skilled professionals, with one of these sectors being Global Health. Our certificate program in Global Health Practice is geared towards early-to mid-career health professionals in the public, private, and NGO sectors. The certificate program will provide students with an overview of the basic components of global or international health, including health systems, health information, epidemiology/disease control, maternal and child health, and social, cultural, and behavioral factors in health and disease. This innovative program prepares students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to organize, lead, and support effective global health practice initiatives across the globe.
Upon completion of the Certificate program in Global Health Practice, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:
- Apply capacity building processes to global health programming in low and middle-income countries;
- Identify and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders whose active participation is required for successful global health programming at the community, sub-national, national and regional levels;
- Apply ethical reasoning to the policy and programming decisions needed for designing and implementing global health programs in low and middle-income countries;
- Exhibit a health equity and social justice lens in the design and conduct of global health programs;
- Apply appropriate management processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of global health programs;
- Demonstrate social, cultural and political awareness of the context in which global health programming takes place;
- Conduct strategic analysis of factors that influence the success of global health programming.
Course of Study
Students should check the JHSPH catalogue to view the full list of required courses and to confirm when they are offered for students in the OPAL program. Courses are offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
The certificate program is primarily intended for early to mid-career professionals practicing or planning to practice in developing countries and interested in expanding their global health skills and knowledge. Students are required to have a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate health related work experience in or focusing on low and middle-income countries or under-served populations. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis and can be completed within one year, although students have up to three years to do so. All courses listed below are required for the program.
Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for this certificate program. The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
Students interested in obtaining one of the related OPAL degrees- the Master of Applied Science in Global Health Planning and Management or the Master of Applied Science in Community-Based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health - may apply all of the course credits of the certificate program to one of the MAS programs upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MAS program. For specific questions about the MAS program, please contact the OPAL office directly at JHSPH.Applied-Learning@jhu.edu.
Different certificate programs are open to different audiences. This program is only open to students who are applying as non-students (not already enrolled in a JHSPH program). Please refer to the OPAL Admissions page for full details on admissions requirements needed to apply to the Certificate in Global Health Practice.
Please visit the page on the JHSPH website that addresses certificate program tuition. Interested students should visit the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and a link for applying in SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.
For more information about the certificate program before submitting an application, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.
NOTE: Students enrolled in MAS degree programs are not eligible to apply to JHSPH certificate programs until they have completed their degree program.
Requirements for a Successful Completion
The certificate program requires a minimum of 25 term credits and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Students must earn a minimum grade on a set of required program-specific core courses: “Pass” for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis: “C” or higher for courses offered for letter grading. The certificate program length is flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and 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 program, and processed by the Registrar.
GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION
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* Total tuition using rates for the 2021-2022 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.