PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM CAN ONLY BE COMPLETED VIA FULLY ONLINE COURSES.
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, with one of these sectors being Global Health. Our certificate program in Global Health Practice is geared towards early-to mid-career health professionals in the public, private, and NGO sectors. The certificate program will provide students with an overview of the basic components of global or international health, including health systems, health information, epidemiology/disease control, maternal and child health, and social, cultural, and behavioral factors in health and disease. This innovative program prepares students from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to organize, lead, and support effective global health practice initiatives across the globe.
Upon completion of the Certificate program in Global Health Practice, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:
- Apply capacity building processes to global health programming in low and middle-income countries;
- Identify and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders whose active participation is required for successful global health programming at the community, sub-national, national and regional levels;
- Apply ethical reasoning to the policy and programming decisions needed for designing and implementing global health programs in low and middle-income countries;
- Exhibit a health equity and social justice lens in the design and conduct of global health programs;
- Apply appropriate management processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of global health programs;
- Demonstrate social, cultural and political awareness of the context in which global health programming takes place;
- Conduct strategic analysis of factors that influence the success of global health programming.
We have established a LinkedIn group for each of the OPAL program areas in order to strengthen connections between current students, faculty, and alumni of OPAL programs, as well as to facilitate student-to-student peer networking.
Participation is voluntary, but we encourage you to join this professional networking community.
JHSPH OpenCourseWare makes JHSPH course materials used in the teaching of actual courses freely and openly available on the Web. OCW can be used to supplement learning on a particular topic, or provide background material. You are free to review the information on an OpenCourseWare Website at your own pace, free of charge.
For a brush up on statistical skills:
For a general introduction to the field of health policy and public health:
- Introduction to Health Policy
- Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation
- JHSPH Faculty Interviews
- Ethical Issues in Public Health
Additional options are available through the Open Education Global, including courses on:
- Democracy in America,
- Introduction to American Politics, and
- Introduction to the American Political Process.
Certificate in Global Health Practice Contact Information
Certificate Program Adviser
William Brieger, DrPH
Professor, and Program Director for Certificate and MAS programs in Global Health
For Program-wide Issues
Elizabeth Topper Golub, PhD, MEd, MPH
Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)
Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University are not eligible for this certificate program. The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
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 NON-DEGREE STUDENT (CURRENT JHU STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS CERTIFICATE)
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. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.
For more information about the certificate program, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.
Start terms: It is only possible to begin the certificate program in 1st term.
Prerequisites or special requirements: 2+ years post-baccalaureate health-related experience in or focusing on low and middle income countries or under-served populations
Students should follow the plan outlined below if they wish to complete the Certificate program in one year. This plan will also allow students to maintain minimum credits needed for financial aid eligibility each term, and to follow any prerequisite sequencing. Courses can be taken at a slower pace if needed, so long as course prerequisites are met.
The certificate program requires a minimum of 25 term credits and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. Students must earn a minimum grade on a set of required program-specific core courses: “Pass” for courses offered only on a pass/fail basis: “C” or higher for courses offered for letter grading. The certificate program length is flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and must be completed within three years.
Course of Study
|PH.550.860||Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH|
|PH.600.601||Seminars in Public Health||2|
|PH.606.601||Fundamentals in Global Health Practice||4|
|PH.604.603||Ethics in Global Health Practice||2|
|PH.604.621||Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects||4|
|PH.604.604||Global Epidemiology Policies and Programs||3|
|PH.600.701||Introduction to Epidemiology||4|
|PH.604.771||Social & Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Health Programs||3|
|PH.600.709||Statistical Concepts in Public Health 1||3|
Notification of Certificate Program Completion
Students in OPAL certificate programs must complete and submit the Notification of Certificate Program Completion form to the OPAL program office before the end of the add/drop period of the term of your last certificate course; certificate program completions cannot be processed retroactively. If the deadline is missed, the certificate completion will be processed for the next available term.
For MAS students who did not apply to a certificate but will be completing as part of their degree, they can either apply for completion once the certificate courses are successfully completed, or at the end of their degree program. The certificate cannot be granted or included in the transcript until the form is submitted and verified by the certificate program.
It is preferable to complete the form electronically. Send the completed form to the OPAL program office as an email attachment. Certificates will be ordered for students approximately one month after the end of the term in the summer, spring, and fall. A template form for each of the OPAL certificates can be found in the Online Library of the OPAL Student Resources CoursePlus site. The blank form can be found on the School's website as well. Please send the completed Notification form to OPAL-Office@jhu.edu by the deadline noted above. Be sure to complete all personal information on the first page, and the year, term and grade for all completed courses. If needed, we can update the pending grades when they are submitted at the end of the term.