Applying to a Certificate Program as a Non-Degree Applicant
If you are not currently enrolled in a degree program at either the Bloomberg School or the Johns Hopkins University, you are considered a "non-degree applicant." All non-degree applicants wishing to apply for certificate programs must review the non-degree students' table of application procedures and deadlines below. Non-degree applicants must apply through SOPHAS Express and pay the application fee. Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution are typically not eligible to apply for JHSPH certificate programs, as the coursework for certificate programs is at the graduate level.
Certificate students may not apply the same courses (either elective or required) towards more than one certificate program. Certificate students may only enroll in one certificate program at a time and must complete one certificate program before beginning coursework towards another program. Certificate students may not register for additional courses at JHSPH beyond those that have been approved as necessary to complete the certificate program.
International Applicants Please Note: Certificate programs typically do NOT qualify for visa sponsorship. Most international students are advised to consider certificate programs that can be completed online from their country of residence. Only Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the US and in a status that allows for study may be eligible to pursue a certificate program in person at the Bloomberg School.
SOPHAS Express application
Submit a formal application and select the certificate program to which you wish to apply
Payment of application fee
Certificate applicants are not eligible for a fee waiver.
As part of the application, you will be asked to submit a brief narrative outlining your background and goals vis-a-vis the certificate program's learning objectives.
Anticipated course schedule
As part of your application, you will need to submit an anticipated course schedule showing which term you intend to start the certificate program and the terms in which you will take each course. This document should be uploaded into your online application.
- Please be aware that PDF documents appear blank in the application software, so do not upload the anticipated course schedule as a PDF! Please "Save as Other" > "Image" > "JPEG" and then upload the JPEG image of your anticipated course schedule into your application.
- Your start term will be the term in which you first take certificate courses for academic credit. Introduction to Online Learning must be completed prior to enrolling in online courses; in most cases, it must be completed prior to the start term. By contrast, 550.860 Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH must be taken in conjunction with courses for academic credit in order for the requirement to be met, so students should plan to take it during their start term.
- Please note that any changes to the curriculum must be approved in writing by the certificate program before the accepted student registers for any coursework that is different from that which was proposed in the anticipated course schedule.
- Students in a certificate program may not register for any additional courses at JHSPH beyond those that have been approved as necessary to complete the certificate program.
- In planning your schedule, please be aware that students who intend to apply for federal financial aid will need to maintain a minimum academic load of six (6) credits per term.
Letters of recommendation
Ask recommenders to submit letters of recommendation. The number of letters required will depend on the certificate program to which you are applying, but all programs require at least one letter.
Submit resume or curriculum vitae as an upload to your online application.
Submit unofficial transcripts from all college-level institutions that you have attended, regardless of the number of credits earned or whether the grade appears on your home institution's transcript. Students should not send transcripts to SOPHAS Express, but must send them directly from the academic institution in hard copy, either by email or through the mail to the JHSPH Admissions Office.
Some academic institutions offer secure electronic delivery of transcripts, which is also acceptable. Have your institution email their login information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: Applicants should not send electronic transcripts directly to the JHSPH admissions office, as the admissions office will not be able to accept them if sent by the applicants themselves.
Non-US or non-English-speaking Canadian transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and submitted directly to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health by WES.
English Language Proficiency Test Scores
Submit any English language proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) required by your certificate program as part of your application.
|Anticipated Start Term:||Summer Institute (SI)||Summer Term (S)||1st Term (1)||2nd Term (2)||Winter Institute (WI)||3rd Term (3)||4th Term (4)|
|Deadline to Submit Application:||April 1||May 1||July 1||September 15||November 1||December 1||February 1|
Program-Specific Information for Applying to JHSPH Certificate Programs as a Non-Degree Student
|Certificate Program Name|
(see table above for deadlines)
|TOEFL/IELTS Required||Prerequisites or Special Requirements|
|Adolescent Health- may be completed ONLINE||1,2,3,4||no||none|
|Climate and Health||1,3||yes||none|
|Clinical Trials- may be completed ONLINE||SI,2,3||yes||none|
|Environmental and Occupational Health- may be completed ONLINE||1,2,3,4||yes||none|
|Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals||SI,1,2,3,WI,4||yes||none|
|Food Systems, the Environment and Public Health||S,1,2,3,4||no||none|
|Global Health Practice- must be completed ONLINE||1||yes||2 years of post-baccalaureate health experience focusing on low and middle-income countries|
|Global Tobacco Control- must be completed ONLINE||1||no||Demonstrated interest or involvement in the field of tobacco control|
|Health Finance and Management - may be completed ONLINE||1,3||no||none|
|Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control||1||yes||none|
|Humane Sciences and Toxicology Policy||S,1,2,3||yes||none|
|Injury and Violence Prevention||1,3||no||none|
|International Healthcare Management and Leadership||1,3||no, but a Skype interview may be required||Applicants will be asked to explain their healthcare experience in the application.|
|Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Public Health||2,3,4||no||none|
|Maternal and Child Health||1,2,3,4||no||none|
|Mental Health Policy, Economics and Services||1||yes||none|
|Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety||S,1,2,3,4||yes||Applicants must have 3 years of professional health care experience in a related field.|
|Population and Health||1,2,3,4||yes||none|
|Population Health Management- must be completed ONLINE||1||yes||Applicants must have 3 years of professional health care experience in a related field.|
|Public Health Economics||1,2,3,4||yes||none|
|Public Health Informatics- may be completed ONLINE||Program is not accepting new applications at this time.|
|Public Health Practice||1,2,3,4||no||Applicants must have completed at least one college- level biology and one college-level math or statistics course.|
|Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals||SI, WI||no||none|
|Public Mental Health Research||S,1,2,3,4||yes||none|
|Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes Research - may be complete ONLINE||1,3||yes||Must have 3 years of professional health care experience in related field.|
|Quantitative Methods in Public Health||1,2,3,4||no||Applicants must have completed at least one college- level biology and one college-level math or statistics course|
|Risk Sciences and Public Policy||1,3||no||no|
|Spatial Analysis for Public Health- must be completed ONLINE||1||yes||Prior coursework or alternative evidence of quantitative ability; prior training in epidemiology and biostatistics.|
|Training Certificate in Public Health- may be completed ONLINE||1,2,3,4||no||Applicants must have completed at least one college- level biology and one college-level math or statistics course|
|Tropical Medicine||SI, WI||no||none|
Table revised May 13, 2020
Notification of Admissions Decision
The review of certificate program applications will vary from program to program, but applicants are typically notified 6-8 weeks from the receipt of all final required application documents by Admissions Services.
Admitted applicants must accept the offer of admission by logging back into their online account and accepting the offer of admission. Certificate applicants are not required to pay an enrollment deposit, but must accept the offer of admission before beginning coursework.