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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Public Health Certificate Program

Sponsored By: Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Public Health Certificate Program

Globally, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer)-focused public health is a growing field of study, but there is a dearth of training opportunities specifically related to social and behavioral factors. The addition of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in LGBTQ Public Health helps fulfill the School’s strategic planning goal of strengthening and expanding diversity in terms of training in the School, and thus continuing as a leading institution for social and behavioral training and research in public health.

Educational Objectives:

1.    Assess what is known and unknown in LGBTQ health research and critically read public health literature related to LGBTQ health.
2.    Describe a range of psychological and sociological conceptualizations of LGBTQ health, health behavior, stigma, and illness in a cross-cultural context, and integrate these into culturally competent skills and attitudes.
3.    Apply an ecological perspective to LGBTQ health, linking individual, social, community and environmental causes of disease and LGBTQ community health through theory and research. 
4.    Locate and evaluate health disparities both within and facing LGBTQ populations in the context of social behavioral, socio-ecologic, and other theoretical frameworks.
5.    Analyze changes in political climates and how legal, policy and structural changes affect the translation of research findings regarding the health of LGBTQ populations.
6.    Integrate an ecological perspective on LGBTQ health into the design of effective interventions, translating research findings through communications, advocacy, health policy and the law, to reduce health problems and disparities in LGBTQ populations. 

Curriculum for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) 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

The certificate program is open to graduate students currently enrolled in any division of the Johns Hopkins University, 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 must email the Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework for the certificate program. 

Eligible Start Terms:

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 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

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

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Certificate Program Contact

Faculty Sponsor
Danielle German, PhD