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Online Programs for Applied Learning

Our Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) focus on emergent industry sectors that have a resounding need for highly skilled professionals. All of our programs admit and enroll new cohorts once per year, each fall. These fully online, part-time master’s degree and certificate programs are designed for working professionals.

KEY BENEFITS OF ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR APPLIED LEARNING (OPAL)

  • Offered by the No. 1 school of public health in the country
  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Adds to your current experience to take your career to the next level
  • Competitive price point for tuition

The OPAL portfolio of degree and certificate programs are appealing to professionals with backgrounds in a broad range of public health and health-related fields. For detailed admissions requirements for each program, including any minimum length of work experience, please visit our OPAL Admissions page.

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MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality

A fully online, part-time interdisciplinary degree from three of JHU’s schools and the Armstrong Institute. Focusing on evidence-based protocols that reduce preventable patient harm and improve clinical outcomes.

MAS in Population Health Management

A fully online, part-time interdisciplinary degree focusing on developing population health management systems and leading transformation to value-based, population-focused care delivery. Our MAS in Population Health Management program is one of the first five programs certified by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

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MAS in Spatial Analysis for Public Health

A fully online, part-time degree focusing on how to effectively collect, map and interpret geographic information.

Global Health Practice

PLEASE NOTE: The Certificate program in Global Health Practice is not accepting applications for new students at this time.

The certificate program in Global Health Practice is geared towards early-to mid-career health professionals in the public, private, and NGO sectors. It gives an overview of health systems, epidemiology/disease control, maternal and child health, etc.

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Global Tobacco Control

PLEASE NOTE: The Certificate program in Global Tobacco Control is not accepting applications for new students at this time.

The certificate in Global Tobacco Control designed for research scientists and public health professionals that equips them develop and effectively communicate tobacco control policy development and implementation.

Population Health Management

The Certificate in Population Health Management prepares students to examine and respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations.

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Spatial Analysis for Public Health

The certificate program in Spatial Analysis for Public Health introduces and reinforces a unifying comprehensive spatial science paradigm, to include components of Spatial Data, GIS, and Spatial Statistics.

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OPAL Program Events

Fall Virtual Open House events

Join the respective Program Directors and staff from the OPAL Office to learn more about each of our programs!

Please see details below and sign up to attend one of these sessions to learn more about admissions requirements, program curriculum, scholarship opportunities and more!

 

Fall 2022 Virtual Open Houses for OPAL Programs
Date Event Time (ET) RSVP Link
Wednesday November 9, 2022 Certificate and MAS Programs in Population Health Management 12:00 - 1:00pm Watch recording
Wednesday November 9, 2022 Certificate and MAS Programs in Spatial Analysis for Public Health 4:30 - 5:30pm Watch recording
Thursday December 1, 2022 MAS in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality 12:00 - 1:00pm RSVP now!

 

Monthly Events for Prospective OPAL Students

 

First Mondays - Application Workshops

Every First Monday; Application Workshop from 12:00 - 2:00pm ET!

Drop in to chat with OPAL Office administrative staff about any questions that you may have as you work through the application process for a degree or certificate program in SOPHAS/SOPHAS Express. 

Click the link below to RSVP for the next session, and log in anytime during our next session!

    Monday December 5, 2022          12:00 -2:00pm ET      RSVP now!


 

 

Third Thursdays - Online Programs for Applied Learning Q&A sessions

Every Third Thursday; OPAL Q&A sessions from 12:00 - 2:00pm ET!

Drop in to chat with OPAL Office administrative staff about any questions that you may have about a degree or certificate program. 

Click the link below to RSVP for the next session, and log in anytime during our next session!

    Thursday December 15, 2022       12:00 -2:00pm ET       RSVP now!

 

Questions about the programs? We're happy to help.

Request more information or call us at 410-955-3543 to speak with an admissions officer. You can also reach us via email at BSPH.Admissions@jhu.edu.

Public Health In Action

The Bloomberg School May 2016 convocation speaker was Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, MI who was at the center of the lead water contamination investigation. In her speech, she discussed the importance of effectively utilizing research and analytical tools, to address public health questions and crises. You can watch a portion of her speech by clicking the image below.

Contact Us

We're happy to help as you plan this important phase of your education. 

Request more information or call us at 410-955-3543 to speak with an admissions officer. You can also reach us via email at BSPH.Admissions@jhu.edu.

OPAL Program Office

Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning 
Elizabeth F. Topper, PhD, MEd, MPH
Responsible for the management and oversight of all OPAL academic programs.

Academic Program Manager
Christina Potter, MBA
Oversees administrative operations of academic programs in OPAL. Liaison between students, faculty, and administrative offices.

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Ashley Conroy-Tabrizi, MAT
Assists with day-to-day administrative operations of the OPAL Office, and provides administrative support to OPAL students and faculty.

Student Services Coordinator
Aidan White, MLA
Supports students with day-to-day questions and issues related to their OPAL program, including registration processes, calendar deadlines and course sequencing.

Admissions Officer
Morgan Fredericks, MS
Serves as recruiting coordinator for OPAL programs and primary point of contact for prospective OPAL students as they consider applying and work through the process in SOPHAS.