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Certificate Programs

Health and Human Rights Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Epidemiology

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About this Program

Upon completion of the certificate program in Health and Human Rights students will possess increased understanding regarding the key linkages between human rights and public health; knowledge about the vital roles of health professionals in promoting human rights, including the right to health, advocating for protection of human rights, researching violations, and building a culture of human rights; familiarity with international human rights standards and institutions; knowledge of how human rights concepts can be brought to bear on public health programs and policies, ranging from developing health system to responding to an epidemic of infectious disease; and knowledge of how public health professionals can bring epidemiology and other methods of public health to investigate, analyze, and document abuses of human rights.


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

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

JHSPH degree students are encouraged to email the Certificate Program Contact and the faculty sponsor early in their coursework for the certificate program. Students with a potential interest in the certificate program should take the 1-credit seminar, Current Topics in Human Rights, 340.840, which provides a weekly overview of issues in the field and the work of faculty addressing them.

Email Certificate Program Contact


JHU graduate students enrolled in programs in divisions of JHU other than JHSPH must ask their advisor to send an email to the Certificate Director providing approval for the student to pursue the certificate program, and this should include a tentative outline of the courses to be taken. Student may begin coursework only after receiving approval from the Certificate Director.

Non-Degree Students

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

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Sponsoring Department

Certificate Program Contact
Sheila Small

Faculty Sponsor
Leonard Rubenstein