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Training Certificate in Public Health

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the Training Certificate the individual will be able to:


The certificate program is open to non-JHU students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least one college level Biology course and one college level Math or Statistics course completed with a grade of B or above, and a strong overall record of successful academic performance.

The Training Certificate program is also open to members of the public health workforce seeking formal education and training in the five core areas of public health. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis. The program can be completed by taking all courses online or a combination of online and onsite courses.

Students interested in obtaining the Master of Public Health degree in the part-time and internet-based programs of the School may apply all of the course credits of the Certificate program to the MPH program upon application and admission, as long as courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation in the MPH program.  For specific questions about the MPH program, please contact the MPH office directly at

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 as a Special Student Limited before submission of an application to the Certificate program, complete with all supporting documents. Students admitted to the Training Certificate program must begin the program within one year of admission unless granted a deferral.

Requirements for a successful completion

The certificate program requires a minimum of 22 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. This non-credit course must be taken in conjunction with a credit-bearing course.

01,2,3,4, Summer-

Required Courses: Students are strongly encouraged to complete the courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics prior to taking courses in the remaining three core areas.

Biostatistics: *Both courses required*

140.611Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I311, SI
140.612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II322,SI

Epidemiology: Select either 340.601 or 340.721

340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-S, SI
340.721Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I531

Environmental Health: Required Course

180.601Environmental Health53S, SI
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Choose one
221.688Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care43,S-
380.604Life Course Perspectives on Health412
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341,W
Management Sciences: Choose one
305.607Public Health Practice *Please note course prerequisite requirement*442
312.600Managing Health Services Organizations43-
312.603Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management31,2,3,4SI

S = Courses offered in the summer term
SI = Courses offered in the summer institute
W = Courses offered in the winter institute

Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
 Felicity Turner

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.