Public Health Advocacy Certificate Program
Advocacy—working for policy change and better implementation of existing policies—is crucial to public health. As research and discovery are translated into policies and programs, the accurate interpretation and use of evidence are essential to political leaders, health care providers, potential clients, and the public at large.
Certificate program coursework will allow students to engage deeply with core theories and skills in public health advocacy, and to augment these with an understanding of how to apply these in a variety of policy and geographic settings. The certificate program will complement students’ options for training in public health policy making with theoretical and practical insights into the role of advocacy in this process.
The primary goal of the certificate program is to develop students’ abilities to translate research into practice, use evidence to inform public health policy, shift social norms and attitudes, and improve public health. The curriculum enables students to understand advocacy methods and apply evidence. Additionally, the program offers practical experience in public health advocacy.
Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the role of political actors inside and outside governments in developing and implementing health policy
2. Identify other actors in the policy making process and how actors such as the media help shape policy
3. Improve policies and laws and their development, adoption, and implementation
4. Increase and influence better use of resources for interventions and scientific inquiry
5. Set agendas in policy circles and the media environment through higher visibility and understanding of issues
6. Shift public attitudes, behaviors, and social norms toward better public health.
Certificate Program Contact
The certificate program is open to currently enrolled masters and doctoral students at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the exception of MAS students who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree program. It is also open to students in graduate programs in other divisions within the Johns Hopkins 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 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: 1, 2, & 3
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
The certificate 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; it varies from student to student, 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 courses are offered. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required.
|PH.550.860||Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH (All students are required to complete this noncredit course in their first term of study)|
|Required Core Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits. Students must complete 301.645 and 410.663; students must also complete either 410.672 or both 410.677 and 410.678|
|PH.410.663||Media Advocacy and Public Health: Theory and Practice||3|
|PH.410.672||Introduction to Campaigning & Organizing for Public Health||3|
|PH.410.677||Theory and Practice in Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health I (Must be taken with 410.678)||4|
|PH.410.678||Theory and Practice in Campaigning and Organizing for Public Health II (Must be taken with 410.677)||4|
|Elective Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits, unless they opted to take 410.677 and 410.678 as required courses, in which case only 4 elective credits are required.|
|PH.221.631||Evaluation Methods for Injury Interventions||3|
|PH.221.633||Policy Advocacy in Low and Middle-income Countries: Application for Real World Challenges||2|
|PH.221.650||Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle income Countries||3|
|PH.300.600||Introduction to Health Policy||4|
|PH.300.610||Public Health Policy||4|
|PH.300.650||Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice||3|
|PH.300.652||Politics of Health Policy||4|
|PH.300.712||Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century||3|
|PH.301.627||Understanding and Preventing Violence||3|
|PH.306.625||Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care||3|
|PH.306.650||Public Health and the Law||3|
|PH.308.604||Effective Writing for Public Health Change||3|
|PH.312.693||Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research||3|
|PH.317.610||Risk Policy, Management and Communication||3|
|PH.330.667||Mental Health and the Law||3|
|PH.380.681||Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries||4|
|PH.380.771||Understanding and Changing International Reproductive Health Policy||3|
|PH.380.880||Lessons in Leadership: Applications for Population, Family and Reproductive Health I (Must be taken with 380.881, 380.882, and 380.883)||1|
|PH.380.881||Lessons in Leadership: Applications for Population, Family and Reproductive Health II (Must be taken with 380.880, 380.882, and 380.883)||1|
|PH.380.882||Lessons in Leadership: Applications for Population, Family and Reproductive Health III (Must be taken with 380.880, 380.881, and 380.883)||1|
|PH.380.883||Lessons in Leadership: Applications for Population, Family and Reproductive Health IV (Must be taken with 380.880, 380.881, and 380.882)||1|
|PH.410.642||TOBACCO CONTROL LEADERSHIP||2|
|PH.410.653||Contemporary Issues in Health Communication||1|
|PH.410.668||Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change||3|
|PH.550.608||Problem Solving in Public Health||4|