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Summer Institutes Courses

Online Courses

What are JHSPH Summer Institute Online Courses Like?

Course participants complete readings, view professionally produced video lectures, and may participate in any combination of online discussion forums, quizzes, and live, real-time sessions known as LiveTalks. Summer Institute online courses are rigorous and compact. A normal term of coursework (eight weeks of material and activity) is covered in three weeks or less. Online courses may be taken from anywhere in the world, and participants do not need to travel to Baltimore to complete their coursework.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Online Learning (IOL)

Introduction to Online Learning is a required prerequisite for all online courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This is a free, non-credit, mini course that must be completed before you can enroll in any online course. The course takes about 2 hours to complete over the course of two weeks and requires participation in one scheduled LiveTalk to complete the class. If you are registering for online courses in the 2020 Summer Institute, please register for the April 20, 2020 session of Introduction to Online Learning so that you can complete this requirement before your course begins.

Please note that registration for this course closes at 11:59pm Eastern U.S. time on the first Friday of the class.

LiveTalk Schedule

  • April 23, 2020 9-10 am Eastern Time
  • April 28, 2020, 6-7 pm Eastern Time
  • April 30, 2019, 1-2 pm Eastern Time


Not all JHSPH Summer Institute online courses are self-paced; in some courses, students move together as a cohort day by day with assignment due dates. Students should carefully review the course description to better understand the format of their chosen courses. 

All JHSPH courses, whether face-to-face or online, require the following minimum time commitments, according to credit hour:

Credits Total Learning Time
(lectures, readings, discussions, assessments, collaborative activities, homework, etc.)
1 24+ hours
2 48+ hours
3 72+ hours
4 96+ hours
5 120+ hours

Many courses require participation in live, real-time synchronous sessions with live audio interaction with faculty and other students known as LiveTalks. Although every effort is made to schedule LiveTalks at convenient times for faculty and students, it is possible that the LiveTalks in your time zone may occur outside of regular business hours.

As with other Institute courses, it is likely that there will be assignments to complete prior to and/or after the classwork portion of the course.  

Technical Requirements

Please see the computing requirements for online courses for more information.

Summer Institute Online Course Listings by Department

Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Summer Institute in Mental Health Research


Online courses cost the same amount per credit as comparable in-person courses. Please see Tuition for more information.