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Humane Sciences and Toxicology Policy Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Humane Sciences and Toxicology Policy Certificate Program

The certificate program will introduce, and explain the application of, the “3Rs,” (reduction, replacement and refinement), which are the guiding principles of humane science as well as demonstrate how the use of humane science principles in biomedical research can lead to more robust scientific methodology and knowledge. The program's course of study covers the scientific principles needed to appreciate humane science and identify and evaluate its implications in biomedical research and public health policy. Persons completing the certificate program will be well equipped to translate new toxicological knowledge into scientifically credible product safety evaluations and hazard assessments and apply these concepts to environmental health decision making.

Curriculum for the Humane Sciences and Toxicology Policy 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

The certificate program is open to any student in a graduate degree program at Johns Hopkins University, with the exception of students enrolled in MAS programs at the Bloomberg School.

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 must submit a declaration of intent form prior to starting coursework.

Eligible Start Terms:

Summer, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd


Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is also open to persons who hold undergraduate degrees from accredited colleges or universities, particularly in the fields of public health or the biomedical sciences. Persons who are members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) and/or involved in animal welfare issues are encouraged to participate in this certificate program.

Eligible Start Terms:

1st and 3rd

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. All non-degree applicants should review the general Certificates Admissions page for instructions on how to apply to a certificate program, as well as application deadlines.

Prerequisites or special requirements 


Application for Non-Degree Students



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

Financial Aid Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in this certificate program may be eligible to apply for Title IV financial aid. Please contact the JHU Office of Student Enrollment and Account Management (SEAM) for more information.

Contact Us

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

Faculty Sponsor

Paul Locke

Faculty Co-sponsor

Kathrin Herrmann