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Quantitative Methods in Public Health

Educational Objectives

The certificate recipient will be able to – 1) evaluate the methods used to measure health effects in populations, 2) interpret basic, quantitative public health measures, 3) judge policy implications of public health data and research, 4) be familiar with the difficulties of collecting, interpreting and analyzing data and their implications, and 5) perform a critical review of public health/epidemiologic literature.

Intended Audience

Members of the public health workforce and other professionals who seek training and education in basic quantitative methods for analyzing and using public health data. Matriculated JHU degree candidates are not eligible for this certificate program.  This program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis.  Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree with at least one college level biology or equivalent course, one college-level math or statistics course, and a strong record of successful academic performance.  

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions. The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. No more than 6 credits may be accrued before submission of an application to the certificate program, complete with all supporting documents.  Matriculated students must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferral.  

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 21 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, verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.  

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the 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 TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus 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 and 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-
Required Courses
140.611Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I311, SI
140.612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II322,SI
340.663Epidemiology Workshop: Interpreting and Using Epidemiology Evidence2  W (currently offered in alternate odd years only).
550.608Problem Solving in Public Health4-SI,W,F
Students must choose either 340.601 or 340.721
340.601Principles of Epidemiology OR5-S, SI
340.721 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health531
Select either 340.722 OR (140.613 AND 140.614)   
340.722Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health II (Note Prerequisites)442
 - OR -   
140.613Data Analysis Workshop I2-SI, W
 - AND -   
140.614Data Analysis Workshop II (Note Prerequisites)2-SI, W

*It is recommended that this course be taken first.

S = Course offered in the summer term
SI = Course offered in the summer institute
W = Course offered in the winter institute
F = Course offered in the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain

Requirements for Successful Completion

Successful completion of all courses with a GPA of 2.75 or above. In addition, all students must complete the online Introduction to Academic Ethics module within the first two terms of enrollment.

The Certificate must be completed within three years of entry into the program. 

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Sukon Kanchanaraksa

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Marie Diener-West

Certificate Program Contact
 Felicity Turner


Gainful Employment Program Information

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