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Training Certificate in Public Health

Educational Objectives

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

  • Use appropriate statistical methods for critical reading of reports of statistical analysis of public health problems.
  • Apply the basic concepts of epidemiology to the study of the patterns of disease and injury applied to public health.
  • Determine the role of environmental factors affecting the health of a population.
  • Identify the managerial and policy issues associated with the delivery, quality and costs of health care.
  • Identify the social, behavioral, and cultural factors related to population health.

Course of Study

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


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

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

Applicants are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All applicants should review the  Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program and application 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 biology and one college-level math or statistics course. 

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 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.  

Contact Information

Certificate Program Contact
 Felicity Turner