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Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program

The Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program is open to all degree-seeking candidates at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students enrolled in the Certificate Program learn about vaccine development, evaluation, policy, safety, and ethical issues.

Educational Objectives: The certificate program provides a framework for understanding vaccine science and policy, from clinical research to implementation, in both the United States and internationally.

After successfully completing this certificate, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand the detailed process of developing, preparing, evaluating and using vaccines;
  • Identify, analyze, and critique cutting-edge strategies for approaching vaccine development;
  • Identify and describe the scientific and policy obstacles preventing development of effective vaccines for several important human pathogens;
  • Understand current national and international policy issues in vaccine research, development, manufacturing, supply and utilization;
  • Understand global finance policies and strategies for funding vaccine research and development, for purchasing vaccines, and for the implementation and evaluation of vaccine delivery programs and campaigns;
  • Communicate with the key stakeholders and institutions involved in formulating vaccine policy in the United States and globally;
  • Explain policy and regulatory requirements and their application in clinical vaccine trials to assure quality and protection of human subjects;
  • Explain the Good Clinical Practice standards for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analyses, and reporting of clinical vaccine trials.

Intended Audience: This certificate is open to all students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The certificate program in Vaccine Science and Policy is relevant to students of all academic backgrounds with an interest in vaccine development, evaluation, and policy.

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  • At least 18 credits of certificate coursework that includes 2 credits of vaccine seminar (223.867), 3 core certificate courses, and elective certificate courses
  • At least a grade of B in the core courses; core courses must be taken for a letter grade
  • At least a grade of C or pass in the other courses
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or better for the certificate courses

Students completing the certficiate:

Once you have completed all the requirements (or in your last term of requirements), please send Amber Cox ( an unofficial copy of your transcript from ISIS. We will review your transcript, notify the registrar, and send your electronic certificate to you by the end of May.

For more information on the Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program click here.

Student Testimonial

"I took and TA'd the Vaccine Development and Application class. It was a great class that explained the science behind how vaccines are made as well as how they are used in the real world (and the vaccine schedule is complicated!). I have used this information often in my work as an epidemiologist at a local health department."
Leah Sirkus, MHS '06 International Health

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