Vaccine Science and Policy Certificate Program
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 program, 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.
This certificate program is relevant to students with an interest in vaccine development, evaluation, and policy. It is open to all students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the exception of MAS students, who are not 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 JHSPH GRADUATE STUDENT (non-degree students are not eligible for this program)
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 program 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 form has been submitted and verified by the certificate program and processed by the Registrar.
COURSE OF STUDY
Students should check the JHSPH course directory for information about when the 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 Course- 2 terms are required|
|PH.223.867||Special Topics in Vaccine Science (1 credit per term)||1|
|Core Vaccine Courses (select at least 3 of the 4 core courses)|
|PH.223.662||Vaccine Development and Application||4|
|PH.223.687||Vaccine Policy Issues||3|
|PH.223.689||Biologic Basis of Vaccine Development||3|
|PH.223.705||Good Clinical Practice: A Vaccine Trials Perspective||4|
|Elective Vaccine Courses (students should select courses from the following list to complete at least 18 total credits of certificate coursework)|
|PH.120.603||Molecular Biology of Pandemic Influenza||3|
|PH.223.663||Infectious Diseases and Child Survival||3|
|PH.223.664||Design and Conduct of Community Trials||4|
|PH.223.680||Global Disease Control Programs and Policies||4|
|PH.223.682||Clinical and Epidemiologic Aspects of Tropical Diseases||4|
|PH.260.611||Principles of Immunology I||4|
|PH.260.612||Principles of Immunology II||4|
|PH.260.631||Immunology, Infection and Disease||3|
|PH.260.717||Graduate Immunology: the Immune Response||3|
|PH.306.665||Research Ethics and integrity: U.S. and International Issues|
|PH.340.627||Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases||4|
|PH.340.646||Epidemiology and Public Health Impact of HIV and AIDS||4|