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Certificate in Global Health Practice


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:

  1. Apply capacity building processes to global health programming in low and middle-income countries;
  2. 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;
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to the policy and programming decisions needed for designing and implementing global health programs in low and middle-income countries;
  4. Exhibit a health equity and social justice lens in the design and conduct of global health programs;
  5. Apply appropriate management processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of global health programs;
  6. Demonstrate social, cultural and political awareness of the context in which global health programming takes place;
  7. Conduct strategic analysis of factors that influence the success of global health programming.


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



Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions for applying in SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.


The certificate program requires a minimum of 25 term credits and successful completion of all courses for a letter grade, as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. 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. 


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered for students in OPAL programs. Courses are only offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required. 

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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

01,2,3,4, Summer

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

01,2,3,4, Summer
600.601Seminars in Public Health21
606.601Fundamentals in Global Health Practice41
604.603Ethics in Global Health Practice22
604.621Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects42
600.701Introduction to Epidemiology43
604.604Global Epidemiology Policies and Programs33
600.709Statistical Concepts in Public Health I34
604.771Social & Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Health Programs34



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