Food Systems, the Environment and Public Health
Food provides many benefits, from nourishment and well-being to livelihoods. Our food systems are also at the nexus of many of the today's most significant challenges, including climate change, resource scarcity, over- and under-nutrition, and environmental exposures to workers and communities. Inequities are widespread. The certificate program in Food Systems, the Environment, and Public Health is designed for Johns Hopkins University degree students and professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of the critical role of food systems in public health and global environmental change. Students will apply selected research, communication and/or public health policy analysis and advocacy skills to address the public health and equity implications of food systems. The certificate curriculum can be customized to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students.
Students completing the certificate program will be able to:
1. Define and describe the concepts of food systems, food security, food system sustainability, and resilience.
2. Describe how food systems and food production practices affect the public’s health, with attention to equity and the historical trends that shaped today’s food system.
3. Use a systems perspective to analyze and apply critical thinking to inter-relationships within food systems, specifically among diet, food production, the environment and public health.
4. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of political, social, and economic policies and other interventions to improve food systems.
5. Apply selected skills (such as research methodologies, communication, advocacy and behavior change) to promote healthy and sustainable food systems.
Certificate Program Contact
All JHU graduate students are eligible for admission to this certificate program, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. Additionally, junior or mid-level professionals (ie, non-degree students) with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a strong academic record and professional experience in food systems related work are eligible.
All applicants must review the General Certificate Guidelines page, which provides important information about how to apply to a certificate program.
APPLYING TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AS A JHU GRADUATE STUDENT
Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit declaration of intent prior to starting coursework.
Start terms: It is possible to begin the certificate program only in these terms: Summer, 1, 2, 3, & 4.
APPLYING TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AS A NON-DEGREE STUDENT
Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general 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: Summer, 1,2,3, & 4.
TOEFL/IELTS: Not required.
Prerequisites or special requirements: None
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
The certificate program requires a minimum of 18 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; 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 JHSPH course directory to confirm when the courses are offered. Students should also check prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|All students must complete the following courses:|
|PH.550.860||Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH (All students are required to complete this noncredit course in their first term of study)|
|PH.180.620||An Introduction to Food Systems and Public Health||4|
|Required Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 2 courses from Group A, one from Group B and one from Group C, for a total of at least 14 credits|
|Group A: Select a minimum of 2 courses (totaling a minimum of 6 credits) from the following:|
|PH.180.605||Food System Sustainability Practicum||3|
|PH.180.606||Case Studies in Food Production and Public Health||4|
|PH.180.614||Urban Agriculture and Public Health||2|
|PH.180.655||Baltimore Food Systems: A Case Study of Urban Food Environments||4|
|PH.410.608||Applying Systems Thinking to Obesity||2|
|Group B: Select a minimum of 1 (one) course from the following:|
|PH.180.607||Climate Change and Public Health||3|
|PH.180.611||The Global Environment, Climate Change, and Public Health||4|
|PH.182.640||Food- and Water- Borne Diseases||3|
|PH.222.653||Food Technology and Health||3|
|PH.222.657||Food and Nutrition Policy||2|
|PH.380.740||Nutrition Programs, Policy and Politics in the United States: the Impact on Maternal, Child and Family Health||3|
|Group C: Select a minimum of 1 (one) additional course from the following:|
|PH.180.625||Community-Driven Epidemiology and Environmental Justice||3|
|PH.185.600||One Health Tools to Promote and Evaluate Healthy and Sustainable Communities||3|
|PH.221.654||Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches||3|
|PH.222.654||Food, Culture, and Nutrition||4|
|PH.224.689||Health Behavior Change At the Individual, Household and Community Levels||4|
|PH.317.600||Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy||4|
|PH.317.610||Risk Policy, Management and Communication||3|
|PH.410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3|
|PH.410.650||Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice||4|
|PH.410.663||Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice||3|
|PH.410.672||Introduction to Campaigning & Organizing for Public Health||3|
|PH.410.712||Theory and Practice in Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation for The Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|PH.313.620||Introduction to Behavioral Economics: Theory and Practice||3|
|PH.305.684||Health Impact Assessment||3|
Recommended Courses: Students who are not enrolled in a degree program at JHSPH are strongly encouraged to complete one or more of the following courses. These credits cannot count towards Group A, B, or C requirements, but can count towards the fulfillment of the 18-credit requirement to complete the certificate program.
|PH.552.601||Foundational Principles of Public Health||.5|
|PH.552.607||Essentials of Environmental Health||.5|
|PH.552.612||Essentials of One Health||.5|
|PH.552.610||The Social Determinants of Health||.5|