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Online Programs for Applied Learning

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.

Master of Applied Science Programs

Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health   


An online, part-time degree focusing on mobilizing and involving communities in primary health programs with a focus on underserved populations in low- and middle-income country settings.

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Global Health Planning and Management   


A part-time, fully online degree program focusing on the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of global development and health initiatives.

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Humanitarian Health   


An online, part-time degree focusing on humanitarian emergency and disaster response planning and assessment, program management and leadership, and advocacy.

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Population Health Management

A fully online, part-time interdisciplinary degree focusing on developing population health management systems and leading transformation to value-based, population-focused care delivery.

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Spatial Analysis for Public Health

A fully online, part-time degree focusing on how to effectively collect, map and interpret geographic information.

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Certificate Programs

Global Health Practice

The certificate program in Global Health Practice is geared towards early-to mid-career health professionals in the public, private, and NGO sectors. It gives an overview of health systems, epidemiology/disease control, maternal and child health, etc.

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Global Tobacco Control

The certificate in Global Tobacco Control designed for research scientists and public health professionals that equips them develop and effectively communicate tobacco control policy development and implementation.

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Population Health Management

The Certificate in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations.

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Spatial Analysis for Public Health

The certificate program in Spatial Analysis for Public Health introduces and reinforces a unifying comprehensive spatial science paradigm, to include components of Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics.

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Key Benefits of Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)

The OPAL portfolio of degree and certificate programs are appealing to professionals with backgrounds in a broad range of public health and health-related fields. For detailed admissions requirements for each program, including any minimum length of work experience, please visit our OPAL Admissions page.

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No program events are currently scheduled. Watch this space for updates as events are added.

Live Virtual Open House events were held for our programs in March 2020 and fall 2019. Please click the links below to view recordings of these sessions:

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Public Health in Action

In May 2016, the JHSPH convocation speaker was Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, MI who was at the center of the lead water contamination investigation. In her speech, she discussed the importance of effectively utilizing research and analytical tools, to address public health questions and crises. You can watch a portion of her speech by clicking the image below.


Get In Touch

We're happy to help as you plan this important phase of your education. Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer. You can also reach us via email at


OPAL Program Office

Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning 
Elizabeth Topper Golub, PhD, MEd, MPH
Responsible for the management and oversight of all OPAL academic programs.

Academic Program Manager
Christina Potter, MBA
Oversees operations of academic programs in OPAL. Liaison between students, faculty, and administrative offices.

Academic Program Coordinator
Natalya Clark
Provides administrative support to OPAL students and faculty.


If you are ready to apply to one of the OPAL MAS or Certificate programs now, click here!