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Community-Based Public Health Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Community-Based Public Health Certificate Program

The certificate program aims to develop students’ skills and competencies for careers in both community-based public health practice and research, particularly for applications in underserved urban settings. By marrying training in these two areas, this certificate program prepares future community public health practitioners and researchers to collaborate. The certificate program trains recipients in the skills and knowledge necessary for community-based public health program development, management and evaluation, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and other research in community settings, including:


  1. Identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of community-based public health
  2. Utilize appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences
  3. Develop and adapt approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences


  1. Define, assess, and understand the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services impacting communities
  2. Understand the historical development, structure, and interaction of national and local public health and health care systems
  3. Identify and apply research methods appropriate for community-based applications


  1. Promote the utilization of leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships and maintain key stakeholders
  2. Utilize best practices for engaging in effective community partnerships
  3. Identify community assets and available resources

Curriculum for the Community-Based Public Health Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

All Johns Hopkins University graduate students are eligible for admission to this certificate program, with the exception of BSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their primary degree 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 prior to beginning coursework, must email a letter to the Certificate Program Contact outlining career objectives and how the CBPH certificate program will help achieve them.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

Non-Degree Students

This certificate program is only open to individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other divisions at the Johns Hopkins University.


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

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

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact

Faculty Sponsor
Mindi Levin

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Janice Bowie